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Rough Around the Edges
on July 5, 2012
Spoiler alert in this review!
It took me awhile to get into the book. It definitely got better as it went along.
The biggest thing that lacked in this story was realism, the best way I could describe it is as cartoonish. Yes I know we are talking zombies but first and foremost they get to their camp and seem to forget that the entire world turned to crap. The interactions between the main character and his wife is annoying. I've never seen a couple so lovey-dovey especially after years of marriage, their interactions don't always have to touch on how much they love each other or how their so attracted to each other. Finally the interactions between the main character and his wife's brother border-lined on ridiculous. I mean the kid walking around with a samurai sword and the main character (a retired cop) talking about being a ninja? Seriously?
Details in the story were inconsistent. For example the main character gets a hold of a Army Hummer and later decides to honk the horn. Pretty sure they don't have car horns in the military version of a Hummer. Additionally the working plumbing just doesn't make any sense months after things collapse.
Now that I described all the problems with the story I really liked his unique take on the zombie story. The ghost aspect was unexpected and yet really brings an interesting twist to the story. I also liked the addition of the zombie leadership pack. The story has a great direction on how people would survive after civilization collapses but he needs to move on from them being strictly scavengers to rebuilding society.
I'll be buying the second installment from the author hoping things improve. The foundation for the story is solid. I'm hoping he spends a good amount of time describing how the main character tries to build his compound(s) and put society back together. Also to cover how other groups of people are just as dangerous if not more so than the zombies (pyramid troops?).