Tell Me When I'm Dead: Book One of TELL ME WHEN I'M DEAD Kindle Edition
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This is a book about a zombie apocalypse centered on one town in northern California. It follows an unreliable main character who is fighting alcoholism and marriage problems all while zombies are slowly appearing. This book is kind of an odd duck. There are very few grammatical mistakes, which I appreciate.
It opens on a scene where the MC is in a situation that seems hopeless and flashes back to the beginning of the plague and the events leading up to this penultimate scene. It doesn’t flow well. Seems like the author wrote the story and figured he would vary the format by starting with an action scene to give the book a hook. It doesn’t add anything and is confusing to the reader. There are too many names and events referenced in the opening that need exposition to work.
There’s also an odd religious aspect that I couldn’t quite figure out. These sections seemed as though they were added later for flavor. The motivations of the characters seem suspect and don’t reflect the actions presented. There are a couple of minor plot points that fizzle out and some foreshadowing that fails to materialize.
This book was ok. Not great but not too bad. I will not be following this up with the next one in the series if there is one.
I FINALLY forced myself to turn off my Kindle and go to bed. The next day, I'm back at it. "Just a little more..." "One more chapter." "After the skating rink, then I'll go to bed."
Next thing I know, it's 1AM and I've finished the book. BUT I WANT TO KNOW MORE! Where's the next book!
Holy cow, what a great page turner this was. I thoroughly enjoyed a hero that had issues, and was working through problems- definitely someone I could relate to. All the other character in the book- well written and also fun to read and learn about. Until you lost one. Then it's "NO!! NOT HIM!" I tell you, Steven Ramirez kills more people than all the Whedon brothers combined!!
When people read my books, I hope they get a few laughs- that's what I get out of them. After reading this, I was exhausted (and not just because I had been up until the wee hours) as if I'd been the one fighting those nasty Draggers- the story pulls you in.
Whew! I'm glad it's over and I can go to sleep at a decent hour. Now I just need the sequel to come out...
The book did get a little preachy towards the end with the bible references here n there, but really not anything that distracted from the storyline. I do wish however, that it was a complete novel. The ending was left pretty open for the next book in the series. I prefer a complete novel over a serial read, but that's just a personal preference. All in all, a good read!!
I can read the next novel! I am edgy like a coffee addict before their first cuppa the mornin, wanting to know how this all started. By that I mean how the town of Tres Marias was infected with an unknown contagion, wreaking havoc on an epic scale, reanimating the dead, and general apocalyptic style mayhem.
The characters are very relatable, with excellent depth and interactions. While graphic in places, weapons galore and feasting on the living happen to be somewhat expected standard fare in this genre. What was not routine is the smaller scale of the "outbreak", well, at least as far as we know at this time.
Some very original plot elements, unexpected twists, and a fantastic blend of disparate personalities make this book a stand out in the glut of zombie stories currently available.
Obviously, I am recommending this novel as a stellar addition to your collection. Thank you, Mr. Ramirez, and please hurry with the next installment!
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Simply gripping and an easy read that draws you in!