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Plagued: The Midamerica Zombie Half-Breed Experiment (Plagued States of America) Paperback – September 9, 2013
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Author: Better Army Hero
4 unexpected stars
Resident Evil meets I Am Legend meets The Walking Dead. That's what automatically comes to mind when I think about Plagued by Better Hero Army. It's not a romance novel, nor is it a novel that spares any details when it comes to describing the life of the post apocalyptic world that has the human race having to deal and fight off zombies. Only some zombies have evolved and have some capacity to understand speech and can speak, known as Half Breeds. Ten years after the disappearance of his sister, Tom goes out to search for her at his father's insistence. Meeting a group of veterans, zombie hunters who know where to look and can make sure he can survive, Tom meets Kitty, a Half Breed, who just might know where to start his search and where his sister is.
3 cuddle worthy dreams
This is a novel that draws you in - not because of the gore or the zombie apocalypse, but because of the attention to details, because of the way that the story plays out and how the story pulls you right in, keeping you at the edge of your seat. I was entertained by Better Hero Army's Plagued: The MidAmerica Zombie Half Breed - it had everything I look for in a dystopian, paranormal and zombie genre novels.
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books
I blazed through this zombie adventure. It is character-driven with plenty of action. Two brothers set out to check sales records of three sanctioned outposts. The zombie trade is legal and business is good. They are looking for one specific zombie they haven't seen in a decade: their baby sister.
Tom still feels guilty of what happened that night a decade ago. The search for answers and hopefully a family reunion is the motivation to go into these wastelands.
It doesn't take too long for all hell to break loose and kick off the action. Tom, a half-breed, and a handful of others (seasoned hunters, traders, and tourists) need to get to a radio to call for rescue. Unfortunately, the radio is surrounded by death and destruction.
Fun read! Plenty of death. Well-done setting and characters.
One can't say this book by Better Hero Army lacks action. In fact, it's full of enough action and detail to really keep you reading. The first three chapters move quickly and are very well-written. Beginning with chapter four, however, the editing errors creep in and take over, though the action and detail never stop.
I was impressed with the detail throughout the novella. Better Hero Army does an excellent job in describing the people and surroundings, giving a good layout of the land, enough to give the reader a good visual. Logistically, I had a few issues, but other than that, it was well done.
Tom is the main character, of course, and I'd consider Penelope--the half-breed zombie--the other main character, as Tom grows quite attached to her and the story centers around the two of them. The only part that bothers me with Penelope is that "a certain thing I can't discuss here because it'll be a spoiler" doesn't get explained in the end. Cliffhangers are one thing; leaving the reader hanging without an explanation by the end of the book is another. The author does tie up a lot of the story. It was just that one thing that got me.
Tom is desperately trying to find his sister for penance, for the mistake of the scared twelve-year-old boy he was ten years earlier. There is a good plot to this story, background is well thought out, but it doesn't wrap up everything at the end. I know there will be other books to follow, so I'm hoping this isn't one of those 'let's split one book up into five' deals. As much as I enjoyed the story--though not totally enthusiastic about it--it drives me bonkers when an author splits a story like that. And I did enjoy the story. It's not a complete halt at the end and you do get some closure. Just know that this is part of a series before you dive in.
Plagued is in need of a good copy edit by an experienced editor. I'm rating the book 4 stars on here, though I rated it 3 stars on the ZSC site per my star rating system: 1=hated it, 2=disliked it, 3=liked it, 4=really liked it, and 5=loved it, because while I enjoyed the story overall, there were a lot of distractions with misspelled words, lack of punctuation, passive voice, and formatting, etc. I also thought the story was better than OK.
I wish Better Hero Army the best of luck with the series and future endeavors.
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It had a good story Iine very well written