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Salby Damned (Salby Trilogy) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00MVXFHFC
- Publication date : August 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4224 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,240 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From beginning to end, Nathan–a freelance reporter, ex-soldier, and soon to be a soldier again–is there: encouraging, protecting, and forgiving as needed. For Nathan the children he finds himself protecting, while demanding ("This parenting is exhausting. How do people fit it all in?"), are necessary to his mental well-being for the hope they provide: "It was good to see their innocence … having fun as the world outside lapsed into meltdown, anarchy and chaos."
Evelyn (Evie) angsts over water slopped from the tub as she tries to clean up that mess herself, foreshadowing her aching acknowledgment that she needs more than just a towel to clean up the other mess she made: "This wasn't meant to happen. It isn't supposed to kill people we know, people we love."
While showing humanity at its worst, Salby Damned also highlights its ofttimes selfless actions that represent humanity at its best, in a world where even a senseless death can provide "a legacy of hope".
Things I really liked about this book:
Whether Ian was describing the caliber and make of a gun, describing the landscape, or explaining the origin of the virus outbreak in Salby, I always felt satisfied. This was clearly an author who knew exactly what he wanted to write.
Not only did Nathan and Evie have strong back stories but most of the supporting cast were granted at least a paragraph explaining where they came and why they have a certain temperament.
The Plot Structure
Salby Damned was fast paced and brought the reader right into the action early on. Moore made it very easy to understand why the outbreak started, why the zombies acted as they did, and what their limitations were. There was never really a dull moment. Evie and Nathan were constantly challenged by smaller conflicts standing in the way of their ultimate journey.
Overall a strong book worthy of five stars. I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a fast paced thrill.
First off, let me say, I generally don’t read zombie books. I despair in fact over what happened to sci-fi, recalling the days, you know, when it was still a bona fide genre. Before it all became post-apocalyptic doom, and some virus or _____ (fill in the blank how you want) bombs us back to the Stone Age. How is this even sic-fi? And what isn’t post-apocalyptic fare is some version of The Walking Dead, zombies and more zombies. Good luck finding a good Crichton-like sci-fi thriller/action-adventure—which I do enjoy.
But someone recommended this one to me, knowing what a malcontent I am on the subject. And on the strength of that recommendation I started reading tentatively, with a kindle-smashing hammer in hand just in case.
Well, the good news, for those of you who don’t share my aversion to zombie tales, is that this does read enough like a zombie story to enthrall stalwart fans of the sub-genre. But it is still not at all a conventional zombie tale. It reminded me in fact of one of the few zombie movies I really did love, The Crazies, with Timothy Olyphant.
There’s definitely a traditional sci-fi thriller/action-adventure vibe emanating from the pages. The pacing is fast and the tension gripping. Our hero and heroine take a very scientific approach to combatting what’s before them. And seeing how they both hold up under pressure as their feelings towards one another grows is definitely part of the charm. The theme of corporate corruption and intrigue is one that’s close to my heart. As is the ecological concern of the dangers of fracking. The latter two topics feature heavily into the story, interweaving into the theme and suffusing the drama.
Some of my favorite episodes from The X-Files also were rattling around in my head as I read through this one. Do you remember the episode where they were up in the woods and found out that an old growth tree had been cut down and some primeval insect was released that could potentially end mankind? Mulder and Scully isolated in the woods trying to figure out how to save the world all by themselves? Well, this one has a lot of the same fun and outline of a plot.
So to conclude, I would say the irony here is whether you love or hate zombie stories, this one might be worth your while for its skewed take on the genre.
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But despite that, books handle the subject matter on a very different level and until recently, both zombies and fracking as topics were hot. So a combination of the two was always likely to provide a variety of perspectives from which to enjoy such a story. Despite my trepidation for the subject matter I discovered that the book on the whole was an enjoyable experience and that I shouldn't be so jaundiced with my anti walking dead perspective and have an open mind.
The book rollicks along at a pace that would make Usain Bolt seem positively pedestrian. That's not to say that the main characters, Nathan and Evie, aren't developed or intriguing in their own right, as they certainly are. It also doesn't fit that it would be a book that jumped from one action set piece to another. It doesn't, it is to the authors credit that such a style is resisted, and time is given over to consider things as diverse as the nature of relationships under duress and the ecological effects of the controversial vice of fracking. If I had a gripe I would have liked to have seen more exposure to the latter but the author would certainly run the risk of altering the pace of the book as a whole and probably detrimentally so.
Overall i think it would be fair to say that if you wanted a zombie slasher type of thing but with a moral at its centre then you could do a lot worse than picking this up.
So I approached Ian D Moore's book with more than a little scepticism. What I found in this independently published book was a delight. Strongly reminiscent of late 1950s and 1960s British classics like Quartermass, any of the works of John Wyndham, Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain or early episodes of Dr. Who, Salby Damned captures the mood and the atmosphere, everything in fact, that I loved about those early examples of the genre.
There is a well thought through plot with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, strong characters who respond well to the hazards they encounter and a couple of dastardly villains who, by the end, get their just desserts.
I loved the way the children who get caught up in the mayhem were drawn. The interactions between them and the adults are a source of joy for the reader and provide moments of respite from the nightmare events that surround them. That is necessary in order to provide breathing space in the otherwise fast paced action.
It's a matter of personal taste, but I could have done with rather less gruesome detail in the scenes of violence but I have to accept that modern audiences have come to expect such things. The resolution relies heavily on coincidence, but that was always a feature of such tales and simply adds to their entertainment value.
And, just when you think all the loose ends have been neatly tied up, Mr Moore introduces a double twist that I assume is intended to set up the sequel. I had no hesitation in placing my advance order for Salby Evolution and am looking forward to another roller-coaster ride in the company of this accomplished writer.
With so much praise you may wonder why I have given this work only 4 stars. The answer is that I tend to reserve 5 stars for literary fiction of high quality. The truth is that, despite the author's compliments to his editor, Salby Damned does contain some minor faults. For example, the repetition of standard military procedures, especially those surrounding the use of firearms, is unnecessary and this reader found it tedious. If Amazon and Goodreads permitted 4 1/2 stars, that is what this book would get from me.
I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who likes a fast paced piece of escapism and can stomach some pretty gruesome scenes.
I really enjoyed Moore’s writing and his story felt exceptionally authentic. Instead of running from zombies this book takes you to a military base and the consequences of an apocalyptic event, and government involvement, become dangerously apparent and plausible to the reader. The author’s armed forces knowledge took me on a journey I knew nothing about, and opened up a new side to the genre.
Nathan Cross and Evie Shepherd are great characters and I loved all the interlinking characters which moved the story along in a most insightful way. Plot twists and turns will capture you and keep you reading, and you’ll root for the heroes, even though being a hero can be complicated and contradictory.
I'm a zombie book fan, and this is a great read, and I’ve already downloaded Salby Evolution!