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Zombie Messiah: The Mindful Mindless Killing Machine Paperback – November 9, 2012
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"Zombie Messiah" is a short story written from a viewpoint that is new and fresh in the zombie lit genre. The action is fast and the author pulls no punches and plays no favorites. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and felt that the dialogue was much more realistic than many other zombie shorts that I have read.
The basic concept of the story is fantastic, and Eric is able to introduce futuristic terminology, ideas and objects into the story seamlessly, in such a way that you don't even need an explanation.
My only real concern with this short story was just that, it was a short story. The author has a great concept here and could very easily have adapted this story into a full length novel.
I will certainly read more from this author, and I recommend Zombie Messiah as a quick, fun and interesting short story for the Kindle e-reader.
Here's hoping Betty White will play Grandma when Hollywood comes a knockin', Mr. Mead!
(PS: This review space should really be all about promoting Zombie Messiah, but I cannot help to mention that I had a great interview with Mr. Mead on a podcast I co-host. He's a great guy and the Wayne Foundation is a great organization to support.)
I think that the level of the read is open audience, though the subject matter is on the mature end (violence), and the shorter format is a good ice breaker for the novice reader. I hope to watch this writer grow the length, but appreciate the brevity.
In a story that reads more like a fast-paced thriller than what I thought "zombie" literature would be like, there a plenty of things that kept me reading-a feisty "warrior" grandma, humor, drama, and plenty of action. The story reads so comfortably that after a couple of pages, I was already hooked and felt like a person in the story! That is the mark of good writing when this sort of thing happens!
One of the more interesting things I saw in the story that I haven't seen in "zombie" movies is the shift in perspective to the zombie. When Foley becomes "infected", the story shifts to show his internal battle to remain human. The story goes on a different and dramatic turn than I expected and provides yet another reason to this story. It does end the way you expect it (sort of), but the perspective and changes that the characters go through to get to that ending is totally unexpected.
I recommend this book to any reader of thriller, action/adventure and yes, zombie books! I'm still not fully sold on the idea of "zombie lit" yet, but I would definitely like to follow along with this story to see what else happens to this family. I hope this story is extended into a longer work because I would be interested in buying it!