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The story itself is great, and would be a five-star story in a heartbeat, except EVERYTHING and EVERYONE gets a full background before anything can happen. Here's the wife of so-and-so. Hair, height, age, background, how she happened to be here, why it's unusual. A couple pages of material. Oops! Her throat got ripped out. Next character!
Every single character gets a detailed bio before they're allowed to do much of anything. Large portions of the information are simply unneeded, because a character will be dead in a few moments. Other sections could be more effectively revealed in bits and pieces as they became relevant. The unfortunate, overall effect, is that you have a wonderful concept that should be filled with action and tension that instead slows down to a snail's pace as you try to read it. Unfortunately, I finally had to give up.
There is plot upon a subplot and characters as well developed as in the finest contemporary literature.
All I can say is I highly, highly recommend it.
“Abbott was flecked with spittle. The stench of warm, rancid breath was overpowering as their heads slowly came together. Some of the man’s teeth had rotted and fallen out leaving open sores in the blackened gums. His face was mottled with an unhealthy, purple tinge. It was covered with scabs and flaking skin. Red lines like those of a habitual drinker covered his cheeks. His eyes were bulging and blood-shot, and darted about as though without focus. Yet the most chilling factor was the absolute lack of perception. The pupils were dilated and blank like those of a shark.”
Can you not vividly picture this creature? *shudder* I cannot say that I am a connoisseur of zombie stories but this was a well thought out and detailed take on how a zombie apocalypse could occur. The writing is fantastic and really brings what the author is trying to convey to the forefront of your imagination.
I liked that the story starts in the present and transitions to the past where we are witness to the events leading up to the turning and then you are brought forward to the present so that we also experience the fall out. I loved how the author was able to show the thoughts and inner turmoil that the characters involved were thinking. I really felt that there was special attention paid to each of the characters in this story, they were all developed enough that you formed an emotional connection to what they were going through and that made it all the more devastating when something horrible occurred. I would find myself dreading each new scene because I did not want anything unfortunate to occur. Which is hilarious given that I was reading a zombie book!
“Arianna found herself in excruciating pain with the impression of blinding light thumping through the front of her head. Confused already, she tried to scream but no words would form, just a wild, rasping noise that made her husband stir in his sleep but not enough to rouse him to full consciousness and save his life. The pain continued but as the radiance subsided, so did any last remnants of cognitive awareness. The agony gave rise to a ferocious rage that needed assuaging. Like an injured animal she turned into the darkness and blindly attacked the person nearest to her, biting part of him that was exposed above the duvet, Viktor’s neck.”
I loved this! This is what it felt like, this was the catalyst before the turning occurred. Man, I am already feeling bad for Viktor. I liked that attention was paid to cognitive awareness because that really gives reason to how they could truly lose their humanity. I also liked the rage factor, these zombies are not witless creatures that just want to eat brains. They are ferocious, rage filled animals that just want to tear anything and everything apart and feast on their conquered. Very well done!
The time transitions were very smooth and when plot twists occurred they were a true twist that you did not anticipate. Another thing that I really loved about this story was that there were elements of mystery woven into the story. An incident occurred in the beginning of the story that was investigated but the assumption of what had occurred was completely wrong, which we did not actually learn about this misassumption until later when there was a completely new element that was introduced. I loved that! If you want a fresh take on zombies, vampires and other, I implore you to seek this book out!
*Thank you to Author Antony Stanton for this complimentary copy of Once Bitten, Twice Die*
In the beginning it was a little difficult finding out who the main characters would be that would stick with you for a while. But once it is more clear you really start to enjoy this book since now you can start to hate or love certain characters and start really getting emotionally involved.
Especially towards the end the plot thickens just to leave you with a well placed cliff hanger. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one so I can find out what happens next.
I have received this book from the author for an honest review.
I know, I know - another 'vampire' story right?
Well yes, and no. Rest assured, though, this is a really original 'ripping good yarn' which delivers so much more than the sum of its parts.
Anthony Stanton began writing this some time ago - before the world got over familiar with the genre in fact - and it feels the fresher for that. He negotiates the minefield of clichés with aplomb, bringing the gallery of heroes, anti-heroes and villains vividly to life. I found myself rooting for a favourite character early on and by the fourth or fifth chapter I did not want to put this novel down. While the premise is relatively straightforward the book carries several intertwining themes and paints a rich and detailed environment at the besieged RAF base, Stanton drawing nicely from his time in the military. By the final chapter the scene is set perfectly for the sequels to follow and while you feel sated for the moment you are left wanting more....
Do yourself a favour and grab this book now. I hope, like me, you find it a really entertaining read that also whets your appetite for Part Two.