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- File Size: 2583 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HGUZWMI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,190,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr Demers has produced a gem of story here with all the classic requirements of the genre - and more. Not just the simple gratuitous violence of the usual zombie gore fests, this is a book with soul and depth, and a little humour thrown in for good measure. And pathos, I defy you not to fall in love little Jade, or empahise with James' condition and desire to fight on despite everything he's lost.
From the use of updated medieval weaponry (the carbon fibre bow) to the chainsaw, and the various military automatic hardware, there's enough action to show a writer of immense talent.
There are enough well written scenes of horror and terror to sate the appetites of the hardest lover of the genre, but there's more - much more.
A great book, highly recommended.
Dead Earth 2 will not ever be on my shopping list.
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The book is similar to a zombie story. It seems to me, though, that the "Tweaks" (those who are afflicted, and therefore are the "enemy" in this story), are not "real" zombies, due to some unique characteristics, like some being able to communicate, and a few actually living amongst the unaffected without issue (for a while).
The structure of this story is choppy, bouncing between time periods without warning or hint. It does move fast, but I felt like a pogo stick going between time periods so quickly and without any setup whatsoever. because there is no real beginning, or a time before the Escalation, so to speak, character exposition and development is sorely lacking. You are sure that James is the main character and that he has cancer, and his best friend is Gaffer. who strikes me as a do-anything for a challenge "Good ol' boy". Few other characters do much more than make an appearance.
It is very difficult to discern how widespread the situation is that they are in: is it just their city, the state, the country, or the world? It is never really determined. Another area that is never touched on hardly at all is the possibility of a cure for whatever is going on; is it being worked on, does it already exist, will it never happen? How did everything start? How was the hospital involved? Did they cause it? Are they trying to cure it? There are very subtle hints occasionally in the book, but most never get fleshed out or addressed in any way.
Then we have the structural issues, such as word usage and editing. The author has a tendency to make the main character's name possessive (James') when there is no call for a possessive to be used. I don't know if it was an occasional misprint or just poor usage; I could not see a pattern. The author makes several references to "carabineers", where I think he means "carabiners". The first is a 17th-century cavalryman, and the other is a metal connector, often used in rock-climbing. Next the author says several times that someone "barred" their teeth; it should be "bared". He is consistent, but he is wrong. Finally is one of my big pet peeves among Kindle books: "Lead" is a soft, grey, heavy metal. "Led" (which the author NEVER uses), is the past tense of lead, such as lead a group. When these errors are thrown into the mix of a story where it is often difficult to tell which person is speaking, and one is often thrown into different venues and time periods in the middle of a chapter, or even a paragraph, things get rather "mushy" in the story line.
I guess the redeeming thing about this book, and a large part of what kept me reading, is that the story itself is interesting, fast-moving, and it makes you want to know what will happen next (along with trying to find out what happened first). The disappointing part is that many of the overarching questions are never answered. Oh, there are also two very short stories (unrelated) at the end. I will not address them other than to say that they are, well, different.
So because the basic story premise is so interesting, I put it in at three stars. Because it has no beginning, few resolutions, and major structural problems, I ONLY give it three stars. I hope the author learned from this first attempt; he has quite a fertile imagination for future stories.