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The Purge of Babylon: A Novel of Survival (Volume 1) Paperback – December 13, 2013
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I absolutely loved the characters in this book. While reading a particularly tense scene I found myself reading faster to make sure everything was okay. There are some left turns coming your way so don't despair.
I'm a police officer and was pleasantly surprised by the knowledge of the author. He either did extensive research or has been involved in conflict before (maybe both). I did read his bio but it mentioned neither. I actually felt that I could hear shells and magazines hitting the floor. Another detail written was the sound these weapons make so that you can't hear anything around you. Really. I was glad there was no mention of Glocks and their "safeties". Lastly, the banter between the two ex-Rangers was awesome. My partner and I have talked about the stupidest things while under pressure (usually involving our meal break) and the authenticity of this bickering was appreciated.
One person's madness brought on by PTSD was spot on. I mean, you could literally get inside her head and actually understand her reasoning and actions. Not that you could condone it BUT you did feel her pain.
The ghouls were creepy as Hell. For Romero fanatics these aren't your garden variety zombies. I'm not sure they should be called zombies anyway. There was a description of the head honcho that made my skin crawl (in a good way). Oddly, I pictured this ghoul as looking like the Grinch on steroids.
The end of the book was awesome. Not a -- huh? -- to be found. Very clever. This book could be sequel bound or stand alone. You'll have to read the book to find out!! Highly, highly recommended for both PA fans or anyone else looking for a CHUNK of their time taken away. I loved this book! Thank you Mr Sisavath. This is your first book? Outstanding.
I don't mind that Dan and Will deal with their horror through their humor, but there needs to be more to them. I am going to suggest to the author that he read the books of Mark Tufo, starting with Zombie Fallout. These are funny, but there is still character building. And there is more to Tufo's story than just the zombies.
The author's characters are also not very bright. As soon as they started talking about the ultraviolet lights, I was going, dang, use them for defense. It takes the doctor forever to realize that these could be used against the monsters. After the doctor's discovery that the undying monsters that can't be killed need blood, I kept thinking how about EDTA or another anti-coagulant drug? What would happen if you put that on the bullets? Do the monsters react to other forms of radiation? And for the doctor to finally figure out that the ghouls can rewrite DNA was just sad. They changed into monsters. This was the obvious clue that a complete rewrite of DNA had occurred, so slow.
Plan Z, let us talk about Plan Z. Dan and Will were just too stupid for plan Z to be successful at the Archer's. They were not demolition experts. They lacked the computer, the building plans, and the math skills required to do a controlled demolition without killing themselves. They are just way too dumb. They can shoot, they can pee upstream, but they are still dumb.
Kate makes commercials, so for the love of god, I would like to have explained to me why she was viewing a myriad of videos. The author obviously knows zero about making the commercials. Were these boy bands? Did she ask other people to send her ideas so she could buy them? Was it porn for her pleasure? Why was she looking at videos of crap that people sent her? Just go to YouTube if you want videos of crap.
Finally, let us talk about the good stuff. As I already said, the premise was good, and the monsters were way scary. The author made the monsters intelligent... to an extent. They have a plan. There seems to be so much more going on. The author is taking us on a wonderful, scary adventure. It is an exciting and imaginative concept, which makes me want to find out what is really going on. The writing is logical, and the story is easy to follow.
So cut back on the monotonous battles and do more character development, and the story could be a 5 star story. I wish the author luck.
Here are my issues with the book: Certain areas feel extremely forced. For example, I really don't think the power grid, internet, etc would go down within 4 hours. Maybe I am too optimistic but, barring some catastrophic physical damage, I think it would survive the first night of outbreak. My BIGGEST issue was the female characters and the reaction to them. Someone previously stated that one character drops his first love interest (if you could call it that) for another, smarter, prettier female. Said female was also tortured and raped, but no worries - she's quite alright.
I wish I could give it more stars because I really did enjoy reading it. But there were times I put it down and said, "Seriously?!"