- File Size: 2622 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publisher: Bobby Adair (July 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E4VT778
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Short version: this is excellent. Get it. Try the free sample, but save yourself some time and just get the book. You won't be sorry - here's why.
Mechanically, it's very well written and well edited. Very, very minor typos - 'puss' instead of 'pus', 'hoard' instead of 'horde', and that's about it. Spelling, punctuation and sentence structure are particularly excellent - nice job, genuine pleasure to read.
The author poses some particularly apropos metaphors - I especially liked the one about the hyena. The narrative and dialog are well crafted and believable; they flow well and smoothly. The action carries you right along, and the violence is generally understated but is nasty and gory where it needs to be. There's not a lot of guns'n'ammo stuff, but what there is is for the most part accurate and well-done.
This is a hell of an infected tale.
The author lays out the etiology of the infection and the progression of the disease especially well. His explanation of why the infected consume human flesh makes particular sense; it's an interesting change from the genre's unstated given of 'because that's what they do'.
The characters are well drawn and well developed, and the main protagonists experience circumstances and develop a point of view not often seen in Zombie/Infected Apocalypse fiction.
There's a lot to like here; try the free sample.
Update 15 NOV 14: Author has written Book 6 in the series. It's not so much an 'everything's all neatly wrapped up and all your questions are answered end of the series' as it is merely a good hiatus point. I don't hate where he's left it, and I would very much like to see a continuation of the series or a stand-alone novel or two set in the 'Slow Burn' universe.
If you've not read the series, get the first book - it's free. And you can get books 1 - 3 as a ninety-nine cent boxed set!
As stated above, book 1 has some minor issues, but the issues grow fewer and fewer in books 2 through 4, and books 5 and 6 are (as far as I can tell) without editing or constructional problems.
Book 6 is a page-turner (frankly, as are they all); I started it this morning and finished it about ten minutes ago. It's fast paced, action packed - a real hell of a read. Try book 1, but save time and just buy the whole series. You Won't Be Sorry.
PS: Bobby Adair has started a new series - 'Ebola K' It's great, too! And free! What are you waiting for?
The book is very OK. It's not bad, but it's not great either. The dialogue is decent at points, but is rather typical of the genre at times - sarcastic, joking at inappropriate times, etc. It doesn't destroy the story, but it doesn't contain a lot of the clever quipping of a book like, say, Breakers.
The story itself, is pretty typical of the genre. Character's world goes crazy, inevitable close brushes with the infected, and Night of the Living Dead style holding up and trying to keep the infected from attacking. Unfortunately, the tension of this type of scenario is diminished by some peculiarities of the virus that I won't delve into, and the fact that most of the characters are rather uninteresting or poorly fleshed out. As such, the fear of seeing a favorite character perish doesn't really crop up. Furthermore, the characters ability to scrounge quite a bit of weaponry defuses the tension as well. There is some bit of inter-personal conflict, but for the most part it's well foreshadowed and the reader can see it coming.
This is by no means a bad book, even if it weren't free. For someone who's read a lot in the genre though, it's not going to hold much new for you.