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- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Monster Fight Publishing (15 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EEJ3KDC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,097,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies (A Black Redneck Adventure Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Black Redneck, Jefferson, returns home after being away for 10 years to get it ready to sell after his brother dies and discovers that there’s a mama alien living on the farm feeding on the animals and catfish, as well as creating new space zombies. Old Ed luckily had an arsenal of assault weapons hidden in his yard and Daisy, the game warden who has had a crush on the Black Redneck since Day 1, as well as neighbors and squirrel-hunting bare-footed siblings, six-year-old Mary and brother, Tom, help annihilate them, one by one. Mary becomes their leader when the “nice” alien robot Shorty injects her brain with vast knowledge of the universe but more importantly, knowledge on how to kill the alien zombies. She helps in the slaughter by accurately tossing grenades, and giving the order for everyone to “Fire! Kill that bitch!” with their assorted weapons. Shorty, the robot alien even helps kill the mama alien (the Devourer) by releasing tiny little spider robots that were hidden in his mysterious canister, along with his expert “space kung fu postures,” and his “black-belt-theatre-jump-spin,” with his sword, which accurately kills three space zombies back-to-back by chopping off their heads.
This story made me smile and laugh out loud, and I even felt sad a time or two. The love and tenderness between Jefferson and his horse he left behind on the farm, Gray Man, brought tears to my eyes and then I laughed when Gray Man “played dead” while sneaking a peek at his owner. The letter that Jefferson’s brother wrote but never sent brought me to tears as well and that was when I had the “aha!” moment about the story and a deeper understanding of Jefferson and his family.
I loved the way the author uniquely describes different scenes: “Tom jumped forward and landed on Glen’s back, like one of those guys at SeaWorld riding a killer whale.” “Zombie Glen’s leg poured blood as he shuffled toward her like a traditional zombie.” “Kirby did a fist pump like he had just thrown the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.” Oh man, I could go on and on. But my favorite of all: “The beds of the pickups were loaded with fully armed rednecks. For the first time in the history of the universe, a black guy felt relief at such a sight.”
The author uses creativity in his chapter headings too; no boring chapter numbers for this book: Mary Sees A Monster; Sexy Game Warden vs. Space Zombies; Daisy Ain’t Dead Yet; You Can’t Trust Aliens. Also the nicknames for people, objects and places, rock: Monster Anne, Zombie Glen, City Boy, Fort Awesome, Big Bang and Sweet Darling (homemade weapons).
Seriously, I haven’t had this much fun since watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000 back in the 90s. While there could have been more work done with the depth of the characters, I still give this entertaining story a 5-star review and after finishing it “the reviewer had arms in the air as if she had just won the million dollars in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes!”
That's the serious, no bull part of this fascinating book; the rest of it is pure fantasy fun and rollicking adventures. Jefferson Balladeer (the Black Redneck), Old Ed, Little Mary and even the off-stage, dear departed Big Beau, through the other characters memory of him, are only some of the fully developed characters that easily captured my interest, empathy and imagination. These are the good guys and there are some equally three-dimensional bit players that, depending on your own disposition waffle between good and not so good. The really bad guys are simply phenomenal. Seriously, it must take a very special kind of fertile ingenuity to dream up the space zombies. They are fantastic in design and... well, I'll not say more about them; you need to meet them on your own terms.
This is a must read for fantasy fans and anyone who gets a thrill from highly imaginative and skillful writing. Steven Roy is an author to watch... I certainly will be watching, and eagerly anticipating his next book!
I must say, as far as science fiction goes I must give a tip of the hat to Steven Roy for having the gumption to create a character that had the potential to merely offend, but instead created someone truly deep. After years away, Jefferson returns to his hick-town roots after his adopted white brother, Big Beau dies. Unfortunately, cosmic events that send a zombie creating "Devourer" to Earth sidetrack his plans. This causes him to come to grips with his past of being the Black Redneck.
The supporting cast is rock solid, especially Tom and Mary who are just two backwoods kids in for the ride of their lives. Even his old horse, Gray Man is a star. The cast also adds just enough comedy to keep one engaged, but never at any time goes over the top. The story is first and foremost, about Jefferson's journey.
I like the new angle of the zombies as well. I for one am more than tired of Romero-style zombies ( honestly, Walking Dead is horrible ) and love the fresh incarnation used here. Even the chapter headings take a different angle with fun titles. The description is rich, engaging and original. A wild ride!
If I could make one suggestion, a professional edit would be the cherry on top for this book. Most indie books give themselves away due to this and were it covered, it would be hard pressed to be seen apart from a professional work. Space Zombies also feels like a lot of buildup and action doesn't really start until well over half of the way through. However, were this to be book one in a series then that would make sense. Really, a box set of Black Redneck would rock any science fiction shelf! This is a solid 5 star effort and an enjoyable read on all levels!
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This is a laugh out loud very readable tale of Jefferson an African-American who is adopted by a slightly racist white...Read more