- File Size: 423 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Publisher: SpiralBound Publishing (March 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007INXHVQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Latter-Day of the Dead Kindle Edition
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As well as being a zombie story, Latter-Day of the Dead is an intimiate, intricate look into the world of a radical Mormon community. Opening with a scene in a local strip-joint, the story quickly moves back to the community and as the virus takes hold, the community leaders at first refuse to believe what is happening and quickly turn to believing the virus is a sign of the devil possessing their families.
Elias is the community doctor, and one of the few members of the community who has allowed to study in the big, bad outside world. He's an intriguing character that despite his exposure to the rest of the world has remained true to his communities beliefs. There was only one thing I didn't really like about him, and that was his habit of expressing strong emotions by saying something along the lines of ''If I could use two words to describe it, it would be 'really' and 'annoying'''.
The other members of the community are incredibly believable in their words and actions, particularly the head of the family who treated his wives as nothing more than human shields when the s*** really hit the fan.
The language used by the characters, and in the writing itself, was incredibly realistic and a perfect fit for the old-fashioned and radical ideas of the community. The spread of the virus through the community realistically used all the 'normal' emotions from denial through to radical ideas on how to deal with the infected. One thing that I particularly liked was the way that townspeople dealt with patient zero - the method they used to stop him from biting others was unique as well as being pretty effective. I'm marking that one down in my zombie survival list!
Latter-Day of the Dead has a great balance of story-telling, characterisation and world-building along with the pre-requisite zombie gore.
Although it's a short book, I really enjoyed Latter-Day of the Dead with it's unique story-line, kooky characters and well-researched setting.
Okay. So no one in this book actually says that, but they could have...
Especially since that happens. Several times, in fact.
Finding the Mormon lifestyle too doggoned permissive, the Brethren of the Last Days have split off to follow their own teachings. They've formed their own compound where they practice plural and placement marriage. Most of the male residents have at least three wives. A young girl is assigned a husband by "The Prophet" as soon as she is able to bear children. (I think I'll mention here that most of the women are on anti-depressants.) The faithful live off of food stamps and financial aid given to the "single" mothers. (And HERE seems to be a good place to mention that due to inbreeding, many of the residents suffer from a rare genetic condition that causes unusual facial features, seizures and mental retardation.) Most members have never left the compound as it is the only way to be sure of not being corrupted by the wicked ways of the outside world.
As they put it:
"We are the embodiment of Christian life. We are the restoration of Christian value. We have removed ourselves from the spiritual dissolution of others, and we will live for all eternity."
Well, they may indeed have that last part right, BECAUSE...one of the members has strayed. He returns home from a visit to a strip club (GASP!) and reveals to the compound's young doctor that he has been bitten in a rather sensitive area.
Soon the pious are stumbling around willy-nilly, biting and devouring each other. This book is a fun and unusual read for zombie-lovers. Be forewarned, however; the story ends with those dirty words - "To be continued."
I would recommend this to any horror fan. You'll come for the novelty of undead polygamists; you'll stay for a well-written, action-packed, suspenseful thriller.
You have a small splinter group of Mormons still practicing polygamy. They have a limited gene pool that results in close relatives marrying generation after generation, leading to wide spread birth defects. Anyone who wants to visit the outside world is supposed to ask for permission from the prophet. They don't have TV or radios and are educated in the community but, they speak using modern slang.
The prophet (leader of the community) realizes they will need a new doctor soon and sends a young man to college in the outside world to get a medical degree. At 20 years old he is legally practicing medicine and prescribing controlled drugs. It all seems unlikely that someone taught in a 2 room schoolhouse without access to technology would be able to get a medical degree and a license to prescribe in just 2 years.
The author is inconsistent. The main character has realized that this is a virus of some kind that is spread by saliva. He sees a girl who has obviously been bitten and knows that she can't be helped. But he continues trying to save one of the prophet's wives whose shin has been chewed on by a zombie. Then he hides under a porch with a group of people, one of whom is the blood-covered wife. He needs to distract 2 zombies, so he pulls a bloody handkerchief from the pocket of his jeans and throws it on the ground next to the porch. The zombies are drawn instantly to the smell of blood but, they couldn't smell it in his pocket.
However, this book may be for you if you want a short, mindless story about people that you probably won't care about being torn apart by zombies.
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