- Series: Bloodwalker Legacy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1505244870
- ISBN-13: 978-1505244878
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,422,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Range (Bloodwalker Legacy) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2014
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First point – Read this book, it is a very good way to spend your time – the story zips along
The writing is excellent, Farmer’s style of writing really worked for me.
The writer (Dave Farmer) has delivered a great novel here – the action is delivered at breath-taking pace, the philosophical musings are interesting and not over-bearing. The overall ‘character behaviours’ are recognisable and I was very quick to feel a sympathetic bond with the protagonist (Sam).
The bits I found exceptional were: the relationship between Sam and Louise, the interesting take of ‘two levels’ of infected (normal and Bloodwalkers), the way Farmer really brought out the fear of the Bloodwalkers.
A level down from exceptional… (i.e. ‘great’) was the world-building around the key locations, the behaviours of the people in the story felt real (individuals and the crowd mentality), and the stance that Dave took on guns.
So that feels like a 5 Star review – well there were a few minor areas of the plot that on a personal level did not resonate with me. So it’s probably 4.5 stars (and rounded up). You can find my full review with the minor moans on my website (obviously the fuller analysis will include some spoilers).
The Range is a superb apocalyptic tale filled with "what-ifs", i.e. what would happen in a world without the internet and one with insufficient healthy people to run essential services? As well as this, it opens up all sorts of questions about humanity and the apparent randomness of illness, life and death. It is also a tale encompassing the importance of friendship, community, loyalty, and self-sacrifice.
The main protagonist is a female in her 20s, who at the start of the story is a student, absorbed in university life and not thinking too far beyond that, apart from some vague notion she’ll graduate one day and get a job (hopefully). But with the advent of the plague, whatever it was that she looked forward to regarding normality is overturned. On top of this, she reluctantly finds herself elected leader of a group of survivors; a position she doesn’t feel at all worthy to fulfill.
Anyway, no spoilers allowed, but I’d like to award Dave Farmer ten out of ten for achieving an incredibly authentic portrayal of someone of the opposite sex!
In summary, this is a brilliantly written novel, re plot, setting, characterization, and dialogue. My only complaint with the version I read was the number of typos, proof errors, and the occasional contradictions or repetitions. This is why I awarded the novel four stars rather than five. But Dave has now rectified this in his revised eBook and Paperback editions, so I can only highly recommend The Range to potential readers.