- File Size: 1938 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ian D Moore; 1 edition (July 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GO71CKO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What sets Ian D Moore's zombie thriller apart from others for me is how well written it is. That may sound like a necessary element, but I have read books that had a good story and decent characters, but were sometimes lacking a structure in terms of the story itself.
Here, the author takes another gamble with a first person narrative, before switching to third person. Throw in different timelines and, in the hands of a lesser writer, the result could have been a bit of a hot-potch.
I'm actually a fan of books that switch POVs, that challenge the reader to keep up with timelines. Any critics of this style are welcome to their opinion, but I like this style personally.
Fortunately, Salby Evolution picks up at the same pace as its predecessor, so while I enjoyed the action pieces, especially in the early scenes when Simon encounters his first zombie.
This tale should appeal to readers of any age. For younger readers, they will enjoy the zombie encounters. It's suitably bloody but never over the top. For readers of the author's age (like myself), we can appreciate the issues of marriage and divorce elements that are presented quite brilliantly in this book.
Once that scene is set, and we understand the MC's motivations, some of the scenes are to be expected in how they play out, but that's part of the fun. It's also possible that readers can enjoy this one without reading Salby Damned (Book One) first, but I think you'd be missing out.
Overall, Salby Evolution is a fantastic rollercoaster of a tale. Expertly written, beautifully crafted, with a story that simply pulls you in. It's a book that despite a lot going in my life at the moment, I read it from start to finish within three days.
I will be around for the final installment.
Many of the characters in this tale were featured in the opening story which creates continuity, but new names on both sides of the fence have been brought onto the scene, and the introductions are done well. The action steps quickly from the UK to Russia, which opens up a host of possibilities for the tale.
The author has taken risks with this second book. Point of view is changed regularly, but is signposted to avoid confusion. Military and civilian personnel of different nations are thrown together, while this is further complicated by politically opposed factions becoming temporary allies.
A few minor issues jarred me, which is why I’ve rated 4*, but it wouldn’t serve any useful purpose to highlight my personal misgivings.
The imagery and the choreography of action are created with care. The dialogue, especially between the military is often humorous, and is as brisk as the action sequences. There are hints of romance, regret, and new friendships born among the fast-paced sequences, which allow the reader to take a breath.
In summary, this is not a run-of-the-mill ‘story of the un-dead’. It is a good action-based tale which hits the ground running, so if you enjoyed Salby Damned - pick up Salby Evolution.