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The plot has been summed up enough so I'm going to focus my review on the writer and the book.
Comes the dark is a terrific first novel from an up and coming talent. It is clear from the get go that Patrick knows his source material. Zombies. He has read and reviewed enough books in the genre to have a small library. That being said, I could appreciate al the subtletites that went into this book. His vision of a lone survivor forced to do unthinkable things just to survive is not new but Patrick creates such a compelling main character in Jeff that you will quickly forget any similarities.
This is a first book but it reads very very well. The only real problems are pretty easy to overlook. Repeated words and minor passive voice use but overall these are things that are easy to overlook. Do yourself a favor and check out the book. It is a must read for zombie fans!
I've always liked novels that start with a bang, not unlike most adventure movies and this book does that in spades. Many writers think it is a mistake, but it's not if you start the action by also revealing character and D'Orzio manages to do both brilliantly.
Some readers may be put off by the main character Jeff. For a good portion for the book he makes decision that may not sit well with some readers and an author takes the risk of losing their readers. But D'Orziio makes it very easy to sympathize with his plight, feel the stakes that were at risk and especially share his grief and rage. Yet for a good portion of the book some readers may want to throttle him and feel he makes some pretty horrible decisions!
If you start to feel that way, just hang on.
Because one of the best parts of the story is Jeff's character arc. It's all part of the plan. He is not the same person at the end of the book that he was in the beginning. This is a brilliant example of showing the changes the main character and, not incidentally his traveling companion.
Very good read for fans of this genre!
Comes the Dark throws you right into the action as our protagonist comes home to find his house ravaged by the dead and his family decimated. From there, it doesn't let up. But don't let this fool you into thinking there is no character development or deep, meaningful story (a common complaint in this genre). Comes the Dark has some of the most fleshed out characters that I have read in a zombie novel. I feel for them and understand what they are going through, especially with the added background stories at the end. I definitely get the impression that Patrick's creative mind dwelt with these characters for so long that they became real for him and thereby real for us. While I understand some reviewers complain about how Jeff seemed to suddenly forget about his family, I reflected on the thought of losing my wife to such a horrible end and realized that I would either be shut down with crippling depression and let the dead consume me (putting an obvious end to the story after only one chapter) or become cold and calculated. Patrick decided on scenario two, which allowed for a delightful romp in a world gone to hell.
Alongside these highly conceptualized characters, comes some of the most disgusting and intricate imagery that written words have put into my mind's eye. The dead come to life before my eyes in all their grotesque glory. A definite plus if you're tired of reading zombie books where their best descriptions are a monotonous rehashing of dead, infected, undead, zombie, living dead, walking dead, etc...
I know that the sequel to this book is already available through Patrick's Createspace publication (I'm always impressed with self-publishers as I myself am currently working towards that end) but I anxiously await the publication of Book 2 through Permuted so that I get more of the background stories. If you like zombie novels, this one is right up there with the Day by Day series, Craig DiLouie's novels, or the Plague of the Dead series.