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This Would Be Paradise: Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – May 12, 2016
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"Iverson is really a good writer . . . I love all kinds of zombie themed books, if they are done right. And this one is done right." ---Boundless Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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N. D. Iverson is a young author trying to find her niche in the world. The holder of a business degree-to which she is still trying to find a practical application for-she has bounced from half-baked ideas of working as a forensic pathologist to becoming a member of a rock band. Visit her at ndiverson.weebly.com. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Bailey is a young woman who is vacationing in New Orleans with her friend Zoe, both from Canada. They are stuck there when the infected starts infecting people and the government falls. They meet up with a brother, Darren, and his 9 year old sister Chloe. Bailey ends up stranded with the little girl and some of the best character development happens between them.
They are a part of many adventures, and you will have to read the book to find out where the serial killer appears.
Now the wait for the third book in this series. I don't know if this will be three and done or if there will be more but I am in for the ride.
In the opening pages of the first book, maybe you tsk-tsked when it dawned on you that the lead protagonist was a blonde college party girl AND Canadian. She seemed so the polar opposite of edgy and resourceful and task-oriented. You wondered how in heck she'd survive. Oh, but she did. As she says: "Hey! I'm smart. I just don't make smart choices. There's a difference, you know." Uh-huh. Nowadays, 22-year-old Bailey is far removed from that day when she woke up in her messy hotel room with the worst hangover after a wild night of celebrating Mardi Gras in the Big Easy - that very same day when the dead began to walk.
This Would Be Paradise was an unputdownable read for me, and its sequel even more so. Far from her home in British Columbia, Bailey in the intervening months has developed into a sharpshooting, axe-wielding badass chick, and I loved how that came about gradually, organically, and after many hiccups. Bailey demonstrates the author's strength as a writer because you instantly emotionally connect with her, and not just with her. Her "Scooby Gang" is composed of interesting characters, from John the grizzled ex-Marine to the smart and energetic 9-year-old Chloe to the kinda shady Darren. The only one I'm lukewarm towards is Ethan, Chloe's caring, do-right, super-bland older brother.
This Would Be Paradise, Book 2 continues Bailey and Chloe's try at reuniting with the rest of their peeps. The meat of the story happens in Hargrove, a community that promises safe haven. But, to quote an Eagles song: "You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye." On the surface, Hargrove lives up to its brag. But there's something just a bit off about the Hargrove boss. And what about those murmurs of serial murders within Hargrove's walls? And, outside the walls, what about those marauders lurking about, leaving worrying signs on the road?
In reading both books, I've only come across two things that really bugged me, and they're lapses that come up often in zombie lit. In this case, they came up in the first book. And, for the rest of this paragraph, a ***SPOILER ALERT***. It's when Bailey didn't off Riley that first time, and you just knew, just knew, he was gonna come back later to mess up her day. The other nitpick is when, deep into the story, at a stage when she should've known better by then, Bailey rushes an infected in a general store and embeds her axe blade into his chest instead of skull. C'mon, Bailey.
Both books are told from Bailey's first person narrative, and this gives us even more of a peek into what makes her tick internally. She's a strong character, man. And I know you can't credit N.D. Iverson for pioneering the trope-upending premise of the party girl who nuts up. Whedon did it before her with Buffy, and I'm pretty sure even he's not the first to do this. But it's for sure that N.D. Iverson can spin an addictive yarn. Her story flows so well. She executes zombie tropes so marvelously that, even though I'd seen this stuff many times before, I still had mad fun reading about the things Bailey goes thru. What is life? Right now, it's Bailey in a mean mood taking guff from nobody and brandishing her beloved Beretta and her melee weapon of choice (the axe). It ain't an easy thing, waiting on the third book.
Other recommended zombie books:
- Michael Stephen Fuchs & Glynn James' Arisen series
- Glenn Bullion's Dead Living
- D. Nathan Hilliard's Dead Stop
- Jonathan Maberry's Patient Zero
- S. Johnathan Davis's 900 Miles: A Zombie Novel
- Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes
- D.J. Molles's The Remaining
- David Achord's Zombie Rules
- Chuck Wendig's Double Dead
- Steven Booth and Harry Shannon's The Hungry 1: Zombie Apocalypse (The Sheriff Penny Miller Series)
- W.J. Lundy's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
- Luke Duffy's The Dead Walk the Earth
- Timothy W. Long's Z-Risen
- Craig DiLouis's The Retreat
- Craig DiLouis's Tooth & Nail
I love how Ms Iverson picks up with the story line, right where the first one ends.. of how Bailey and Chloe struggle to survive as they try to find their family and friends, that they have become separated from in a world of chaos and the undead. Bailey learns quickly that no one is safe, or that she can even fully trust those whom she wants to call a friend. As Bailey and Chloe find their way to Hargrove, the city that is assumed to be a safe haven, she will find that it is not what she was hoping to find.. a place of hope.
There are a couple of grammar mistakes.. but nothing that takes away from the story. Some adult language, but a well written storyline with a lot of fast paced action.
Go grab your copies of these 2 books to read a wonderful series !