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- Language: English
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I was intrigued by this book as it mentioned fracking and this is a subject very much in the news. However, it is also about zombies, or rather what a chemical virus can do to the human body. This is not a genre I might normally read, but I have to admit I enjoyed it. I could relate to the main characters, and I especially liked the ‘bad guy’ and thought he was well portrayed. The writing flowed well, and on only a couple of occasions did I have to re-read a sentence to make sure I had the right message. But the best part for me was the end – not because I had reached the end of the book - but the twist which I had partly expected came with another slight twist that I was not expecting. Try it, I think you will enjoy it too.
The pace is just right and the story flows. The author's narrative and easy believable dialogue made this a very enjoyable read. Ian D Moore can write and I am looking forward tothe sequel Salby Evolution.
So on picking up Salby Damned, I thought 'beat that!'
The synopsis gives us a detailed breakdown of what is to come, but where the story scores highly is the fracking subplot, which runs parallel to the zombie breakouts and a romantic storyline too. You would be forgiven for thinking there is too much going on, but the author Ian D Moore structures the tale so well, I could imagine it being an afternoon story on Radio 4.
Aside from the fracking plot line, the story runs a reasonably familiar course, and this is fine, because the author takes us on one rather graphic fun ride after another. You won't forget how certain scenes are described. I think I have a quite strong stomach, but even I was thinking 'Ugh! Gross!' on many occasions.
Of course, this is the kind of reaction the author wants, much like a comedian wants us to laugh at his jokes, or a horror movie to deliver on a scary premise.
Salby Damned is elevated above many zombie tales because it sits itself in the adult section of the genre. There's no rooms full of post-pubescent kids, wondering whether to have sex just before the deadheads get them.
It's a much more intelligent book than that - and sits well within the thriller genre too.
Nathan, our hero, plays out his role with aplomb. His beau - Evie, is a little more complex, which is great because I don't want all the characters to be facsimiles of each other. Nate is pure Action Man, and he doesn't show any fear. I would have liked more flaws in him, but if that is how he is written, that's okay. The interaction with Evie works as a subplot, never distracting from the overall storyline.
I was torn between a four and five star rating on Amazon for this book. In the end, I think 4.5 is the rating I would give Salby Damned. It works on pretty much every level, just I wanted to care for the characters more, and in this, I felt a little disconnected. But I would believe a re-read would engage me more with them.
Why this book gets a five on Amazon is simply this - the twist is brilliant and will have you pulling your hair out. It's not so obvious that a twist is coming either, and I really like that.
Pick up Salby Damned. I rather think you'll like it too.
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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