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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MV7I6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book and the rest of the series which I purchased within two days of each other were pure action set on greased wheels. I loved going into the stores,
going through abandoned homes, killing zombies, and Gus was so down to earth, loved the guy. Writer kept me very entertained and I hope to see more in this
series after Hellifax which I picked up this evening. GREAT BOOK KEITH add more to the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of zombies, these are good old school Romero-style zombies. There's some good zombie-fighting action in this story.
I don't like to get into spoilers about the story line so I'm not going to get into that. I'll just say that it's a good story with well-written characters that you get involved with. I liked it well enough that I just bought the second book in the series.
The best thing about Augustus Berry is that he isn't some kind of superman. Just a regular joe who stumbled upon a perfect hideaway - a house up in the hills, readied for the apocalypse by some now long gone previous owner. He has done a good job of settling in, especially when it comes to booze. He and his pal Captain Morgan are just trying to get by, heading down into the city to scavenge when necessary, avoiding the hordes of mindless dead.
He has had no contact with any other survivors, although he does sometimes hear them down in the valley when he comes across Scott, a survivor from yet another horrible scene, a serial killer. Yup, Blackmore felt like the zombie apocalypse wasn't grim enough, so he throws in a psychopath, who just tracks down survivors and tortures them. Yikes!
So Scott hangs with Gus, and they form up a pretty good team. Scavenge during the day and get blind drunk at night. Until they come across another survivor, this time a female one, who upsets the careful balance. So Scott heads out on a quest for the psychopath, leaving Gus to face up with an uncertain future and a crazy battle alone.
I liked it a lot. The writing wasn't anything special, but the story zipped right along, and I liked how much of a normal nutter Gus was. I could relate to his surviving mostly by holing up and getting drunk - seems like a reasonable response to the end of the world if you ask me. Gus sometimes goes off his rocker and takes on dozens of the zombies, but again, something I could believe. Blackmore doesn't waste much time explaining the zombie disease, which is fine by me. It probably wouldn't make any sense anyway.
So I'm onto book 2, Safari, to see what happens with Scott in his quest for the psychopath and Gus in the aftermath of a crazy paroxysm of violence. And to see what the psychopath is up to, although it's pretty grim.
Gus is an alcoholic. Plain and simple. He use his Jack (yes, Mr. Daniels) to keep his emotions in check. He drinks to oblivion. So there is bound to be a time when he is caught with his drunk on but luckily he is also well armed.
This story is not about your usual hero, it is about a man named Gus, with or without companions. The POV sometimes switches to another person for a brief time to let you know who he either befriends or has to defend against, and sometimes the distinction is not clear.
Zombies, yes, they are out there, dangerous as ever. But as with most zombie stories it is the people who are the real dangers