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This Would Be Paradise: Book 3 (Volume 3) Paperback – December 10, 2016
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1) Plain and simple - it's a good read - lots of rapid-paced action
2) Excellent character diversity and development
3) Excellent author development - to me it was very exciting to read the author grow in her writing style and technique. Somewhere around the end of book 1 and early book two she really hit her stride and took command of her narrative. This isn't to say that things were sloppy or slow during the first book - it was good enough that I immediately purchased the second (without any hesitation). But you can see she grew exponentially through the series and that's awesome! It's one of the things that makes independent publishing so exciting.
4) Not too many ZA books with (non-military bad-ass) female protagonists
5) Not overly militarized in the jargon and use/explanation of weapons. I love reading some of the ZA/Infected series by ex military special forces, they are totally bad ass. BUT, to be honest I get sick of reading the same two paragraphs that describe a specific weapon over and over and over again. In this book, you learn what you need to know, without overwhelming details
6) It's dirt-cheap and the reading experience is worth so much more
7) Most realistic portrayal of the feeling one gets when finding an unexpected box of strawberry Pop Tarts you will ever read! Let's face it, when it's two months into the ZA and you're getting your ass handed to you every stinking day, few things are going to be better than finding a box of Pop Tarts.
8) Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But digging deep and finding the strength to continue is what makes heroes.
I look forward to reading more of N.D. Iverson!
Secondly, character development. I've seen a couple of reviews from apocalyptic fiction fans who question the main character's quick study of weaponry or other survival techniques. To that I would simply say, it's fiction, not a survival handbook, and it's good to keep in mind that in stories, as in life, you never know what you can accomplish until you are placed in a seemingly impossible or improbable situation. The character of Bailey is exactly that,...a work in progress.
And finally, it's an action-packed story. In a zombie apocalypse, zombies are a nightmare, but they aren't the only walking, talking nightmare in town. Bad people, indecisive, politically correct idiot people, injury that once might have been minor that now might kill you, the hunt for resources or even a simple meal, all of which is the stuff of nightmares. But facing those things in a fast paced and deadly world makes for a good read.
But, I am a self professed and proud "gun nut", and a bit of a stickler for tactical errors, and I can't expect every one to be up on that kinda stuff, so....
The book was well written, with one of the greatest protagonists I've ever had the privilege to read about and would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Look forward to reading more from N.D. Iverson.