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A wonderfully crazy ride through the zombie apocalypse,
This review is from: Double Dead (Tomes of the Dead) (Paperback)
I enjoyed this a lot. The premise - a cruel, utterly selfish vampire forced by apocalyptic zombie circumstances to fight against his own evil nature and protect his prey - is refreshingly different.
Coburn, the sardonic egotistical vampire, is a fine creation; never likeable but always compelling and, in some dark hypnotic way, even admirable. A streetwise guy with a strong personality, he is witty, devious, and has some fantastic lines. In fact, like all the best vampires, Coburn is pretty cool. But, to his continual irritation, not quite as cool as he'd like to be.
The book is one crazy ride - I'm tempted to say romp - through a survivalist series of disasters involving much zombie mayhem. But Double Dead is far more than a blood and guts fest. Coburn the vampire is plagued with internal conflict and mysterious dreams of his past (or his future?). There are plenty of unexpected twists and revelations as he grows closer to finding his answers.
There are some extraordinary setpieces involving various grotesque and outrageous characters who seem to have escaped from a circus of horrors. Gobbling flesh is a surprisingly popular occupation in Double Dead. Turns out it's not just vampires and zombies who are monsters.
Throughout, the horror is described with a flavoursome gusto which only an author in perfect command of his depraved literary talent could produce. There's a great imagination at work and a lot of humour to enjoy. Great stuff. Wonderfully horrible.