- File Size: 673 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Publisher: Raven Crest Books; 2 edition (November 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007IX0PG6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,450,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What was it that grabbed me so immediately? Well, two things really. The first was the writing style. Carroll has a style that I seek out regularly in authors. He has a talent at writing clever, witty, and intelligent prose. This talent carries over in all aspects of the novel. The second was the "hook" that any writer will tell you is crucial to deliver early on. A hook has to set the book apart from other similar books, it makes the book unique and special; more importantly, it has to grab hold of you. Many a literary agent in the publishing world has sent rejection letters stating that the book just didn't grab the reader's attention early on to keep them reading. Well, that is not the case in Pandora's Pitbull, Carroll wastes no time at all grabbing hold of you.
On the first page, an unknown character is near death, fighting to stay alive. Who is he? What happened to him? Did he survive? How did he survive? And one more time because it drove me nuts - Who is he? That entire first scene stayed with me for the rest of the book. The world started to slowly come apart at the seams, and then very quickly descended into chaos. While I enjoyed the entire book, the hook that Mr. Carroll sunk into me on the first page kept me reading page after page, anxious to come full circle back to the dying man on the first page.
What I liked most about the book was that the chaos and subsequent anarchy was told from so many different angles, each looking upon the same disaster with very different perspectives. This can be tricky for some writers, as it is easy to get bogged down in repetition. This is not the case with Pandora's Pitbull.
Overall, the book was entertaining, well written, and full of action. The characters were very realistic. I think that any writer that can create characters you root for and others you sincerely hope meets a violent demise has done an excellent job in the storytelling department. Reader beware, the book does have some gruesome scenes of violence and gore that I found enjoyable, if not frightening. I would think that anyone going into such a novel would know that from the start, but if you don't know, now you do. ;)
What didn't I like about the book? Hmmm. Nothing of consequence really. The only thing that was a thorn in my side was some of the UK specific slang terms. I'm not knocking any UK writer for the use of slang, it was an opportunity for me to learn something I didn't know.
Are you a fan of apocalyptic, end of the world type of fiction? This book is for you. Not a fan of the genre? Read it anyway, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Oh yeah, so, what's the story with the man on the first page? Did he make it? Who was he? You're going to have to find out for yourself! LOL
Top international reviews
The two books are very different, the former being a gritty Glasgow based thriller and the latter a fantasy/horror of more national dimensions along the way posing a few important, unspoken and not unfeasible 'could this happen' and 'what if' questions.
I preferred the first novel but also enjoyed the second, which appears to leave a door open for a possible sequel....what happened next; does the UK return to 'normal' and how; what legacy does the 'disaster' leave.
I am left to wonder which way the author will go with a third novel - back towards In Many Ways or along the Pandora's Pitbull path or take yet another new route?
Whatever the choice, I will be reading it.
The story is told through the eyes of several different characters, some lasting longer than others!
It's a pretty brutal book that doesn't ever let up. Definitely worth a read and at only 99p, it'd be rude not to!!
The book is very thought provoking and it reminded me in a lot of ways, by the pacing of the book, of the 28 Days/Weeks Later films, albeit this time round, with actual flesh eating zombies with a twist as to the "patient zero" of the outbreak. What is actually different is the main bulk of the book is set in Scotland (the source of the viral outbreak) and not the whole of the UK is affected. A few memorable landmarks were also mentioned (including my hometown, which made me smile) I liked all three main characters and thought their story was fleshed out very well throughout the course of the story. It was interesting that the mass panic was felt everywhere, especially down south in England where the government struggle to contain the outbreak and stop it spreading.
As I said before a very thought provoking book as, although fictitious, it does make you think "what if?"
Overall an excellent book. I really do hope Peter plans a sequel at some point down the road.
A well told tale set in Bonnie Scotland.
Unexpected twists keep your interest and the pace is good.
Highly recommend this - especially at these prices !
I'm looking forward to the next one - either a sequel to this or anything that Peter's creativity can conjur up.