Medium Talent: An Apocalypse Weird Book (The Dead Keys 1) Kindle Edition
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Forbes West takes the Apocalypse to another level entirely. The suspense will keep you up all night reading, and the horror will give you some twisted dreams.
Witches, tongue lolling zombies, gargantuan sea monsters, time traveling fog, a talking head and... Ernest Hemingway? There is more than enough weird to go around in West's take on the apocalypse but it just works. I found myself glued to my Kindle as I read through the story of Wendy Wicker and the dismal Florida Keys, even feeling as if I needed a shower afterward. Just when you think you know what is going on, the story takes a bob, a weave, a dip, and a dive and you are thrown into a whole new situation. There is a whole lot of death and not much in the way of hope but isn't that what you expect in a dystopian novel?
I recommend this book to anyone who has read any of the previous AW books or to those who like their apocalypse with a little extra weirdness. I am fully looking forward to reading more from this author, even though it may be a few days until my brain is up to the task.
Taking a distinctly noir-ish tone from the outset, Medium Talent takes place some years after huge storms have ravaged the planet and the undead have risen to partake in the survivors. Set in the Florida Keys (can't get more noir than the Keys!) Wendy Wicker does whatever it takes to stay ahead of the draconian militia, political terrorists and dangerous criminals as she uses her boat Medium Talent to make a quick buck.
When a run takes a turn for the worst, Wicker finds herself in the most unlikely of places and must decide whether to return to the world she knows or leave it all behind and start afresh, although dark forces are already in place that have other plans for Wendy.
An anti-hero of sorts, Wicker is a wonderfully complex character, a borderline sociopath haunted by her past and terrified of her future, desensitized by the death and destruction she has witnessed yet still struggling to hang on to friends and family in an attempt to create some balance in her life and hold on to her humanity.
Medium Talent is also a love letter to Key West and Hemingway with some definite nods to To Have And Have Not and even in its post-apocalyptic setting West does a wonderful job of portraying the area almost as it's own character, even in different time periods as part of the story moves to the 1930's.
West does his best to make this pocket of Apocalypse Weird his own, introducing new aspects to the existing world and bringing his own sense of chaos, fear and madness to proceedings while avoiding overused tropes and keeping the narrative snappy and effective, keeping the reader simultaneously entertained and unnerved. A worthy addition to what has so far been a showcase for some of the best indie talent out there.
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