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The story moves along at a brisk pace and makes both narrative and real-world sense.
Believable - the requisite narrow escapes rely on a blend of effort and luck. I was never taken out of the story by having my credulity pushed beyond the breaking point by one incredibly lucky break after another.
The protagonist is not a gun-porn loving survivalist prepper rattling off military acronyms and specs. He's a barista, with some back-story issues that go a long way to explaining his ability to survive.
Humor - some good wry banter between characters, and the protagonists worldview is definitely sardonic. Again, the humor is appropriate and fits with the characters and the situations.
Good twists regarding the nature of the infection.
One of the characters says "Man" too much. Seriously, that's the worst thing about the writing I could come up with. It's not brilliant writing, but very solid. No clunkers in the prose, no typos or grammar errors either.
I was very happy to come across this book/series. I've started but not finished a few recently and this one immediately had me reading and kept me going. If you're looking for a good zombie read and don't need a fetishistic attention to military equipment, go no further. I can't wait to read the next one, and look forward to more from this author.
It takes place in Austin, Texas. Ezekiel Zane, also known as Zed, spent the day getting drunk with his buddies and watching pre-season football.
Later he was arrested and slapped by a police officer. "I didn't react to the slap. Pain was becoming surprisingly easy to ignore."
There was a riot in the jail and about eight hundred prisoners escaped. Zed escaped with Earl and Murphy. Earl was shot and he and Murphy kept moving. Murphy was ill from the bite he received.
They arrived at a park. "The sky still glowed a dull blue. The hot, stagnant air, only marginally cooler without the sun's heat, draped us in its sticky blanket."
Zed met with Jerome a CDC worker in the quarantined area. They found a safe place in a dorm after they escaped from the locked gymnasium with Murphy who was now seriously ill.
Zed thought: "I wondered how long the crisis would last, how deeply everything would be affected. I felt foolish for even considering it, but I wondered how much of human civilization would be left when it was over. What if it was never over?"
I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Next to read is Slow Burn: Infected, Book 2.
Link to purchase: Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1
That said, this is still very obviously an indie novel. In the end notes, Adair says he has editors and readers, but I can only assume he means friends who take a look before he publishes. I can’t believe a professional editor has had a serious go at this book. The writing is too choppy, not everything adds up, and the dialogue is pretty bad in spots, especially in the long Zed/Murphy/Mandi discussion about what the new world will look like. Mind you, there are a few funny lines, such as the one I quoted in the title of my review. Zed is constantly going on about the need to learn how to grow carrots and chickens. Murphy finally calls him on the chicken business.
But Zed is a real problem. As I wrote in my review to Zero Day, he’s all over the place. In book one, he started off sounding like a drunken, ignorant, ultra-insensitive boor, then morphed into a kind of stand-by-me guy, and in book two he’s in super-hero mode. Plus, he’s spouting his “philosophical” musings in a way that’s really not convincing. I figure Adair knows he hasn’t got this nailed down, since he’s now got Murphy and Mandi ragging Zed about his long-windedness and his professorial bent. Unfortunately, it don’t work like that. You don’t correct poorly written character and dialogue by having other characters point it out and mock it. You go back and re-write.
Anyway, I’m about to slap down another buck or so for the next installment. I’m having good fun with the novel so far.
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