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That's the premise. You'll know going in whether a story like this is going to work for you. If it does - and boy howdy it did for me - then Double Dead delivers on its promises. It's a brutal post-apocalyptic road movie featuring the usual ragtag band of survivors - the overbearing dad, the manipulative bitch, the psychic teenager (and a couple of other characters vying for the opportunity to be the first one to be killed off). Think of The Walking Dead, but with slightly less ghastly humans.
Then there's Coburn. He's selfish, he's cruel, he's completely unrepentant about his decades of debauched self-indulgence and murder. He's only using his vampiric superpowers to protect the others so he can feed from them. Or so he tells himself, until he realises that there are many far more awful horrors - people and otherwise - out there in what remains of the world. As he and his `sheeple' lurch from one over-the-top, action-packed crisis to the next, Coburn realises he has more at stake than his next meal.
Violent, hilarious and horrific by turns, this book does just what it says on the box. There's dismemberment, bad language and misuse of firearms. There are cannibals, monster hunters, ultrazombies and juggalos. The action is fast-paced, the explosions are frequent and the bloodletting is plentiful. Yet for all the mayhem, Double Dead is a book with heart and brains. The characters are all touched by tragedy, even its monster protagonist, and it never lets you forget that all this horror and insanity is happening to ordinary people.
This is a grotesque, ballsy and confident first novel from rockstar penmonkey Chuck Wendig.
I wasn't sold on Coburn (the vampire protagonist) at first, because early on he's a very one-note guy, telling everyone within earshot how awesome he is and how he's seconds from killing them at any moment. But Coburn grows over time and manages a satisfying arc by the end. It was nice to see a vampire who is neither maudlin nor sensitive; Coburn is pure macho id who loves him some murder.
Overall, a few flaws, but an entertaining horror adventure.
He is a fantastic storyteller. I read Double Dead over the course of the weekend, the first time in ages I've read a book that fast.
Double Dead is unlike any zombie novel you've ever read -- the premise of a vampire waking up from a long coma to discover the human race has been decimated by a zombie apocalypse is ingenious. I won't reveal any more about the story here -- to do so, even a little, will cheat you out of a fantastic reading experience.
It's scary, funny and full of action. Wendig's style is clear and cinematic, and he knows to handle a large cast of characters. One of my peeves in reading fiction is being unable to distinguish one character from another -- Wendig never lets that happen.
He's built a very convincing world here, and I look forward to his future books.
The main character and major supporting character were richly drawn and all kinds of awesome, but a lot of the supporting cast characterization seemed to rely on stereotypes - the morbidly obese asexual geek, the catty former prostitute, etc.. Not a grievous sin, but not really the depth I was hoping for from the sample chapter.
The plot moved along at a good clip, with excellent pacing, but the vampire main character had a habit of defying the clearly set rules of his survival over and over again, and it began to get a little Road Runner-ish by the ending.
Those two small snafus aside, I thought this book was worth reading twice just because the dialog kept me grinning through the most horrific events, and the imagery was simultaneously beautiful and horrific.
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