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Moonlight Paperback – October 30, 2007
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It's kinda like a combo between Stephen King's "Cell" and S. M. Stirling's "Dies the Fire". But different, in that Keith Knapp's "Moonlight" gives us a peek inside the zombies' minds, and he even lets us know why the world is in such a horrible state.
Set in Chicago suburb of Westmont, "Moonlight" is an apocalyptic horror story that shows us what happens when hell runs out of space. Knapp narrates his tale from the perspectives of the zombies, those about to become zombies, and the four "innocents" who must work together to fight the evil monster, the Man in the Dark Coat.
Knapp does a nice job building and portraying his main characters: Jennifer the mayor, John the writer, Heather the cop, Richard the psychiatrist, his wife Lindsay the painter, and Gloria the pregnant receptionist (and surprise: not all of them are innocents). Knapp builds the suspense and the gruesomeness, and ends up with an old fashioned good-vs-evil showdown.
A solid debut by Knapp!
The interesting question that is proposed: what would we do if all things electronic/electrical stopped working? I do wish Knapp would have gone into the implications of that a bit more, but the focus of this story seems to be more action-oriented, with the philosophical questions left for the reader to ponder on their own time. There is a lot of bad language if that sort of thing bothers you, but hell, who wouldn't be cussing if nothing worked anymore and dead people were after you?
Overall, it's an interesting take on your typical zombie story, complete with lots of gore, surprising character twists, and an ending that may seem a little trite, but is adequate. The build-up to the zombie action is probably the best part.
It is a tale of an apocalyptic event. The power goes off all electronics quit.. cars don't run, phones are dead. A lone man wanders into town and begins messing with peoples minds, turning them in to mindless killing machines that die and revive then die and revive and die and revive...and so on. Out of a small town only a few survive not becoming "zombies" to the "strange man in a black trench coat". This is because of their "innocents" an implied sense of god's will in their survival.
Okay.. to be honest.. I really hated the book. I was going to write a review that would highlight the positive qualities of the story, but I can't, the inconsistencies and incompleteness of the story annoys me so much. I really thought the story was rushed, the story line was platitudinous, it left too many questions un-answered. The whole story felt to me to be just a mash up of Stephen King and Koontz story lines. There were too many main players introduced and not much time spent on building them out as independent entities. The characters were not developed as fully as they should have for a story of this magnitude. I never got a sense of who they were as a person. I defiantly didn't empathize with them, in fact I kept thinking hurry up and die. I really feel this story would have been better if spread out over several books that took time to explain why things were happening and why the good guys were the good guys instead of just implying possibilities and jamming it all into one fast paced gore filled novel.
So.. Yes the book has redeeming qualities if you like jammed pack action, blood, gore, no answer books.
Unfortunately for me.. I don't.
I thought the author did a great job. He introduced the characters and kept them at the front of the story in such a way that the reader became a part of the group rather than an observer. His situations were realistic and the characters were believable. I was impressed the way the author maintained a level of mystery from the first page until the final chapter. The story flowed and every action had a purpose, whether it was done by a living character or a dead one.
The conclusion of this book left me feeling satisfied and every loose end was neatly tied up. When I closed the book, I wished the remaining characters well in their future endeavors, and deep down, I knew they would continue to survive.