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on 15 November 2014
'Devoured' is the first novel by Jason Brant that I have read. I won't be reading any more. This novel taps into the zombie genre and begins in a manner reminiscent of Stephen King. Mr. Brant introduces a protagonist, seemingly going about his life, before slowly unleashing undead horrors. In this way, Mr. Brant hopes to lure the reader into caring for his protagonist. Regrettably, it doesn't work.
Mr. Brant's expression is clumsy. Here is one example: 'Yet another job interview went horribly wrong as his career circled the drain.' This is the second sentence, and declares too much, leaving the reader nothing to imagine. Furthermore, Mr. Brant has an ear for dialogue made of tin. After his hero bumps into a former colleague, he says: "Don Whitehead! We worked together for SysNet way back when!" Obvious to both characters, this information would be best revealed in an internal monologue.
There are many great zombie novels. This isn't one of them.