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All in all, this is an extremely intense and enjoyable read. I definitely want to read more of this author’s books, but hopefully the rest will be better edited than this book.
Throughout the book the loss of Matt's family, creates the connection that we all need how does one react to this despair? retribution? This man may be the jerk in the office, but he's also the father and husband. Matt's extremely selfish throughout the first few chapters but his character grows as the story progresses. From choosing to bury all of the children to sparing life of the man that abandoned them to their fate we see his humanity. Matt overcame his own personal loss and grew into a leader for the survivors of his community and we see him push through emotions that would otherwise cloud our judgement.
Matt is given an edge over his fellow characters (accuracy, calm composure, and "military experience") yet we are reminded that he is still very much in the "real world" such as the constant threat of limited ammunition (his clips hold ten shots not one hundred) and the heavy consequences that accompany his every choice. I look forward to the continuation of this book, one can only wonder what Frank Sr. will do to Matt and his people now that they have rejected his "protection".
Mad Swine is definitely one of these. I was drawn into Mark's world so quickly it left me a little breathless. With his survival skills and his trusty SKS intact he acknowledges the chaos but does not surrender to it. He does what I think most of us would do, head for home. For Mark that means Randall Oaks.
The author does not flinch from the truly gut wrenching losses inevitable in a zombie apochalypse, but he doesn't leave us there. As it must, life moves on and fleeting sanctuary is sometimes found when most needed. You have to meet Kappy, a warm, welcoming character who seems to know what is needed and delivers in fine form.
This story conveys the real sense of constant and intense wariness which are needed for survival in a world full of crazies. The relationship between Mark and his brother Brian veered in directions I did not expect. The neighbors aren't just zombie fodder, they live and breath and make it easy to care about them.
There's a very natural progression of events in the struggle to both create and maintain safety and community. Who do you trust when lives are at stake, who can be counted on and more importantly who can't be.
I am really worried about Mark and the good folks of Randall Oaks. As tough as it's been getting up and running again I think the worst may be yet to come.
No pressure, Steven Pajak, but I can't wait to dive back into compelling world you've created here. Thanks!