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LAURA AND THE SHADOW KING Paperback – February 21, 2019
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Humanity is dying. Much of the population is living in the wild like psychotic animals ravaged by a seemingly incurable disease. J.J. Berger and his Shadow Team are the defenders of the last remnants of Democracy, threatened by the sick and by the totalitarian forces in the East, wondering if theirs is a lost cause. On the Iberian southern plains, a flicker of hope sparks up, as a little girl and her mother flee their brutal captors towards the dim beacon of civilization still burning in the West.
With this new series, Bruno Martins Soares ventures into a post-apocalyptic world, where his action-filled breathtaking militaristic style rises to a different level, on the southern plains of Spain and Portugal.
While trying to stop an invading army of the East, Berger and his Special Forces operatives will battle organized gangs, hordes of the sick and mysterious suicidal terrorists. But maybe little Laura and her mother bring the answers and hope they have been longing for.
- Publisher : Independently published (February 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 214 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1793991871
- ISBN-13 : 978-1793991874
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.54 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,042,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This world is almost like ours. Places haven't changed, but people did. Society as we know it collapsed. There are two main villain groups, but the detail of the small tribes that fight to survive - away from the old models of political alliances but faithful to their local societies - the fifth column unbalancing the fight, and the personal dramas around each individual, turn this book into a very complete story. The language is involving and quite visual, you can see the action in front of your eyes. There is a particular sequence when the soldiers are moving into a building that you can almost feel the despair. It shows that Soares is a scriptwriter and thinks most books as cinema, even if this will never find a way to cinema. On one side you have a soldier and team leader, almost a legend that can't afford to feel. He has to fight and complete mission after mission like a machine. And to balance the testosterone there is Paige, the craziest character of the book, always with a wicked saying that keeps our brain on alert and amused. She reminds me of some female characters of the 50s, but is also the most XXI century a woman can be. In a Europe that regressed to barbarism and where women are treated as a commodity, she fights alongside men as their equal. As if it is the list spark of civilization they were fighting for.
This book closes quite well and is a very decent standalone product, but I can't wait to see what the future holds for the survivors.
In this novel the author has reversed the usual zombie troupe. Bruno's zombies do make sense, but the story is more of a militaristic guided tour over post apocalyptic Portugal.
Don't get me wrong, it's a well built with enjoyable characters. But I can't stop feeling it shies from asking important questions.
Despite the fantasy evoking title, Laura and the Shadow King is a geopolitical exercise on what could become of Europe in the aftermath of an epidemic outbreak. It makes a fast and easy read, bonus points if you ever been to Portugal.
It's about zombies? Well....yeah. But not your usual tale about zombie attack survival, an arc that most of us have already seen before. This is a story that mixes brilliantly, in my opinion, zombies, geopolitical issues, real human feelings and military action.
As another reviewer posted, Bruno IS a scriptwriter, and we can almost taste a script coming out of this story and be turned into film. I'm eager to know what comes next. Read this book!!!!
In the action that starts building we are taking inside the characters step by step, but each step accelerates quickly as we go along.
There is a moment we can't slow down reading as we are really wishing to know how our characters will get out of the danger, and than when we want to know more we are obliged to wait for the second part.