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Wanted: Dead or Undead (Zombie West Book 1) Kindle Edition
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You see, the blurb led me to believe that the heroine, Red, was a strong, kick-ass, take charge kind of girl. And she was in the beginning, right up until the point at which she started to fall in love. After that, she became progressively weaker, more often confused, more frequently in need of care, less capable of defending herself, drastically more easily moved to tears, more willing to be told what to do as opposed to instruct others and much more likely to make stupid, ill-thought out, life threatening decision based on misinformation and jumped to conclusions that could have been avoided with a mere conversation. She basically became a weepy, Too-Stupid-To-Live girl in love. Why does this happen so often in YA/NA literature?
Now some readers might read this book and think, 'awww, she found a good man to take care of her, how sweet.' Me? I read it and wonder where the girl who'd been taking care of herself went. I was MUCH more interested in her than the damsel in distress who was lucky enough to attract Trace's affection and protection.
The book could have done with a bit more character development. I can forgive its lack of worldbuilding. Zombie novels don't really need that much to be understandable. But these characters were hollow paper cut outs, with very little depth. The whole thing also felt very anachronistic (if I can use that word to say present things seeped into the past, as opposed to the other way around). Dialogue and personal values felt far too modern, as did money.Read more ›
Trace is a cowboy, whose life is interrupted when a fiery red haired girl walks in the bar and shoots a zombie in front of everyone. Trace thinks she looks familiar and it isn't until he sees the wanted posters he finds out who she is. Trace follows Red looking out to turn her in at the next town but things don't go as planned. Trace gets closer and closer to Red until he finds out the truth about the reward and he vows to keep her safe from her past. Red allows him to know her secret but she doesn't need his company and she damn well shouldn't want it. They outrun zombies until they finally catch up.
At the start Red was an incredible Kick ass heroine who could master any gun. I loved how unique she was, her fiery hair that matched her I-don't-give-a-damn attitude. I loved her at the beginning. What I didn't like was how in the middle she becomes fragile, alas I understand the pain she is put through but it seems her strong will was turned off with a flick of a switch.Read more ›
Told in alternating POVs of Red, a beautiful loner with a tragic past, and Trace (also known as Cowboy), who first encounters her in a wild west saloon, Wanted: Dead or Undead tells their story as they move through the country, looking for a safe haven from the zombie hordes. As their relationship moves from unwilling on Red's part, to friendship and finally love, picking up Wen and two children on their travels, Trace gradually discovers more about Red, and the secret she works so hard to hide.
I liked all the characters in this book, all are well drawn and likable, and it's impossible not to cheer for them as they make their way through some pretty hairy situations. And it's a very well written story - Angela Scott has a knack for making her words come alive on the page.
Probably my favourite part of the book, however, is Red and her secret. It's something I've seen only a few times before in zombie books and it's done exceedingly well here - but if you want to know more, you're going to have to read the book!
Although romance is really not big on my list of favourites, the romance between Trace and Red feels very natural and unforced - there's limited cheesiness and some pretty tender moments. I also enjoyed the Wild West setting - as I said earlier it's not something I've read before, but it does bring a whole new facet to zombie killing! Wanted: Dead or Undead is an enjoyable read, with some unique points, and I'll be definitely checking out the next book in the series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a good read at all. I'm a big fan of zombie horror but found this hard goingPublished on 9 Feb. 2015 by Adam Campbell
I love zombies, and I love this book, story line and characters are definitely worth reading about! 3 books in the series all together.Published on 20 April 2014 by Meggy
Forget Cowboys Vs. Aliens, this is Cowboys Vs. Zombies and it's much more fun.
It had a bit of everything I like in a book: romance, adventure, cowboys... Read more
Red is a woman who needs or wants no one, it only complicates life. She is travelling east to find her brother, fighting zombies along the way. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Red Ribbon
I was asked by Angela Scott to review this book and I gladly accepted. It sounds interesting and different and boy am I happy I accepted. This book was fantastic! Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Liv
The lovely Author, Angela Scott, got in contact with me to ask if I would read and review Wanted: Dead or Undead. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2012 by Liz
This was a well written zombie novel. It is a cross between "Tombstone" & "Night of the Living Dead." I anxiously await the second book. Read morePublished on 31 May 2012 by RR