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- Publisher: Bobby Adair (November 6, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 6, 2014
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- Language: English
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(SPOILERS) Adair explains in the end notes that he intends to continue with Slow Burn, but not exactly in the same way. Zed and Murphy will stay in the Austin area and appear in the next installment, whereas the rest of the group moves off west as they'd planned. I think this is a bad idea, as it's always the group development that is most interesting, not the shoot-em-up business. I think Adair is really missing a chance to send the whole group out west to see how they try to create a life. The sound of a military helicopter in the distance at the very end is a reminder (finally) that other shreds of organized society still exist. As the infected die off and the infected/non-infected ratio improves (as presumably it will, since most survivors seem to be immune), there are thousands of interesting questions about government, institutions, law, property, etc. I mean, that was really what installment 6 was all about: Who rules? Who decides? What's the pecking order? How do you lock someone up? How do you decide guilt? Who dishes out punishment? Who gets to take what? And Adair seems to be chucking away his chance to continue down that path.
Mind you, who knows? Maybe Murphy and Zed will still face these questions. I just thought we were already well into it with the existing group - why split it up? Interesting to see what happens in the future if the infected can and do give birth to children.
Anyway, a good, solid installment, but a few notes:
If you're going to bring back Freitag, we have to know what ultimately happens to her! I slapped my hand to my forehead when Freitag made her return to the novel, especially as she shows up just pages after another extremely fortuitous encounter. But give Adair credit - he used her quite well to bring out more of Zed, and she ultimately becomes fifth business - not a central character, but absolutely key at a certain moment. She still seems a bit of a mystery to me, and I would've appreciated at least knowing what happens to her. Presumably, she went west. By my count, she was in that group. But who knows for sure?
At least there's a small amount of talk about radios. It amazes me that Dalhover isn't interested, though. He's a military guy through and through, and the military runs on logistics and communications. He should've been all over the radio angle.
I can't entirely disagree with Amy. Zed means well, but that's not always enough. He's highly dangerous to all around him in his pursuit of what's right. Amazing that he was just a massively-underachieving slacker barista pre-infection.
What about Zed's eyesight? His inability to aim a gun was set up so often, you expected some sort of payoff sooner or later. Never came.
At least we didn't have to do the hunt for evil ROTC Mark, but Adair hints he's saving that for the next Zed/Murphy adventure. Funny - Adair seems very much to want those two in fire fights and adventures, but it's the group dynamic that is much more intriguing. To each his own, of course. It was a fun ride.
What I love the most is that there are REAL threats in these books. There is no "The character just did something stupid to endanger everyone". No, no, no. That doesn't happen in this series. Everyone is on their toes, doing the best as possible, and they face real threats. They don't trip and fall while they're running. They don't go into the dark basement without a flashlight. They don't have a baby screaming, getting the attention of the "Whites". They do what you and I would do... and they STILL face some realistic threats.
The writing is great. The characters are realistic. The tension and conflict and threats are real. I love it!!
Just when you thought is was safe to start taking the trash out again Bobby Adair weighs in with another episode of Slow Burn. This time however, even the protagonists are starting to question their motivation for continuing the fight in this post apocalyptic nightmare world where the existential threats have become evenly divided between the Zombie hordes and fellow survivors. To make matters even more dire, some of the Zombies are getting smarter and more lethal.
After 6 installments with a 7th rumored to be in the works, you would expect the whole Zombie/ Post Apocalypse premise to lose steam and quietly expire but the author keeps it fresh by brutally killing off characters who have overstayed their welcome and adding a philosophical dimension that keeps teasing the reader onward.
It will be interesting indeed to see how the author engineers the endgame for Slow Burn. Can't wait!
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