- File Size: 3354 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (November 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H00UQ02
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author came up with a new twist on where Zombies come from - nope, not a virus, aliens, or even a flea from a frozen wooly mammoth that was found buried under the ice. I won't say what it is but it was creative..
There are two story lines that we follow. The first consists of Marino and Anson. They are on the ice collecting core samples in order to track weather patterns that are causing desert condition in Australia. Anson is a quiet, withdrawn Australian who has spent many years in Antartica. Marino who is an American spending two weeks at the Australian camp also studying the weather patterns. His personality is the exact opposite of Anson's which makes for some interesting conversations. They intercept a garbled transmission in Russian which has Anson worried so they held back to base a day early. There, they find the camp destroyed, zombies everywhere, and one lone survivor. The author takes us on their journey through Antartica and back to Australia.
The second story line consists of Alex Nelson and Nicole Blalock. Alex is a retired soldier who now mines for opals in the Coober Pedy region of Australia. He is a loner who has made a fortress and is surviving on his own quite well when he almost runs over a zombie who actually, turns out to be a girl who has had a really rough day. Nicole has just come in from the desert where she was living with her father until they ran out of food. He didn't survive the trip and she is now alone. They team up together, reluctantly at first, and try to survive.
I liked the book - my only problem was that I thought one of the relationships was rather stereotypical (not going to say who because it would spoil part of the story) and the ending was a bit simple. BUT, the dialogue was good, characters well developed, and perfect amount of humor at the right time to break up the tension. I am a visual person and "see" the characters acting out the story in my head while I read... if only I didn't keep picturing Kurt Russell in a parka with an Australian accent it would have been perfect :-)
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Never-the-less, I found the two story threads interesting and enjoyable.
Inevitably, you can't help but get a little annoyed at the authors thinking. Were his characters deliberately "a bit slow"? I could not stop thinking;
you know those zombies up ahead are attracted to noise? Why not make a diversion with a something that makes a noise, then walk on safely!
you know that ex-con with a pistol leering after your woman? Sleep light, he might be trouble!
you know that warm front coming and you remember all the zombies are frozen? What about beheading all the frozen bodies before it warms up?
I also have trouble with nanites. Their ability to actually do anything coordinated is still a pipe dream and as for infinitely reproducing and going airborne.......If they are electronic then what is their power source? how do they program themselves? Why do they only effect humans? (there's a query over the killer penguin).
I prefer a virus as the cause, although I prefer nanites to "when hell is full, the dead will rise...).
Overall, I liked the book and will read the sequel.
Won't go into the story in too much detail but two main stories run concurrent, eventually coming together, with some characters beginning their plight in the Antarctic and some already in Australia. The two stories running in sync made this an entertaining read and with few grammar, punctuation and spelling issues (which makes a refreshing change) I read this over a few nights.
Only niggles were the main character in one of the stories, Alex, was a little bit too 'Ninja Bruce Willis with a smidgen of Special Forces thrown in for good measure' surviving trauma many would die from with medical facilities on tap. Also why didn't the characters in the other story thread stick all the frozen zombies in a locked room before they thawed out or smash their heads at the least(not doing it once was foolish but twice was just plain dumb) especially as they knew what was happening.
But otherwise, all in all an easy, decent read and worthy of it's 3 stars.
David Embleton author Last Man Standing, on kindle