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The story follows a Captain in an Army’s who’s sole purpose is to kill the undead and protect the city from their attacks. Captain Drake is a “cynical and exhausted veteran” who is commanding his army against the seemingly never-ending onslaught of undead attackers. If that isn’t enough for you, there is an incredibly unlikely (and a bit surprising) supposed ally against the undead. And the undead will surprise you too once you get into the book.
As soon as I started writing my review I realized that I was going to give away most of the book in my original title for this review. And then as I was describing it in the paragraph above, I would have ruined two more bombshell reveals. So, I had to re-write all of them and now it’s vaguer.
Fowler definitely understands how to write a story revolving around a group of defeated soldiers whose sole job is to try and stay alive long enough to die from exposure. Fowler was also able to throw in some curveballs that I did not see coming at all.
The story itself was interesting and kept my attention. It reminded me a little bit of From The Ashes by Michael Patrick Hicks (that’s based on the Extinction Cycle series). It was a little bit more vulgar with some really repulsive scenes (other reviews really threw into Fowler for two separate depictions of rape — but unfortunately, things like that would happen in a world as far gone as The Longest Midnight. I do not agree with the choice to add it, but I’m not going to downgrade my review on that.
Another reviewer called it “gritty” and I couldn’t agree more. There are going to be rough edges to a story like this one to make it feel more real. Everything is not rainbows and unicorns in the apocalypse. When the dead being to walk — all bets are off.
Overall, I think that The Longest Midnight would appeal to a pretty wide audience of people. Those who like military fiction (especially around zombies). Those who like (spoiler) vampires might enjoy parts of this. And then, of course, people like me who like post-apocalyptic stories.
Freetoria is a city secure from deadly invaders, protected by bases Alpha, Beta, and Charlie. The undead’s battle tactics advance, and because of this, a secret mission consisting of a handful of soldiers must traverse the deadly feeding fields to find who or what is training them.
Fowler sets the mood well with his narratives. Sunlight filters bleakly in this gray world. Age, destruction, and filth paint every landscape. Life’s choices aren’t riddled with indecision. Choices are black and white, with immediate circumstances dictating the next choice of action. The characters are hardened by their environment, but the spark of hope keeps them sane. The soldiers team unexpectedly with a unique group of allies, a nice touch that surprisingly works in this military thriller, who I won’t reveal so as not to add spoilers. Together, they face human nomads as dangerous as the undead infecting the land, along with the living dead atrocities. As the mission nears its end, those who survive face the greatest challenge of all.
This is JJ Fowlers first novel, a winning, solid effort that should not be passed by for those of us who love to explore the wicked paths of an apocalyptic world.
The core of the story revolves around a sort of men-on-a-mission scenario where a squad of soldiers are sent into enemy territory to find out how the zombies are learning to fire guns and why some of them can speak 'Humanese'. Humanese is the name of the language the world speaks. So the books follows them on their arduous adventure into zombieland.
Let me just say I think the story for this book is great. It really is a war book disguised as a zombie post-apocalyptic book. And while it's not a perfect book (what is?), I thoroughly enjoyed this book and appreciated the relentless pace of it. You can read it rather quickly given how the author keeps pushing the story forward and forward. It's definitely never boring!
One thing I really liked was the angle Fowler took on zombies. The zombies in his book are adapting and learning and can form rudimentary armies using firearms to battle humans. It's not just shuffling around and moaning before they get shot in the head like in most zombie books and movies. This made the book immensely more interesting given we've been oversaturated with zombies lately. This also ratchets up the fear and anxiety in it because not only can they bite you and you become a zombie, but they can also shoot you from far away. I'm curious to see where this story goes next so I'll be reading the inevitable sequel. This is a good book, give it a shot.
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