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VINE VOICEon 9 September 2012
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First thing to point out about this book is that it is not your standard Zombie mash-up. The idea of the undead infesting ancient Rome is an intriguing and tantalising one , but readers expecting a George A Romero crossed with Spartacus Blood & Sand type gore fest are going to be sorely disappointed. What Our Eyes Have Witnessed is more an examination of faith , honour , love, revenge. and political expediency .The zombies shambling through Rome's back streets are mere catalysts for what the story is really about.
Which brings me to Polycarp , a Greek preaching Christianity within his modest abode in the Subura-a slum situated near the River Tiber. He also provides a home for Julia a proud and angry woman who yearns for stature, and betrays those that took her in for a richer piece of clothing. The there is the brutalised and beautiful Regina who was a slave and treated worse than a stray dog, who found love and a sense of self and whose unwavering faith makes her morally superior to just about everybody around her.
When an outbreak of the un-dead occurs within the Subura the Senior Magistrate of Rome Caius Lucius Justus shifts the blame for the infestation onto Polycarp , whose worshipping of Christianity gives him the perfect excuse to do so. So Polycarp must stand trial, all the while being the one person who can effectively stand against the zombies as he has a gift of being able to bring the dead to rest just by touching them for as he says:" If I were to touch one of the dead and gaze into its eyes, it would be far readier than any of you to lay down its burdens and rest. "
Stant Litore beautifully weaves historical and horror fiction together to create something that at times, verges on the profound. This is a very well written book and at times the words sing from the page. However the second act slows the narrative down just a touch too much for this reader while the third is predictable if brilliantly done.
The second in a series ( I have not read the first ) What Our Eyes Have Witnessed is a concept that i instinctively feel would struggle to find a true audience. Literary aficionados will find all that zombies stuff distasteful and horror fans will find it too slow , lacking the thrills ands spills of the usual zombie fiction. .
But the reviews show there is a natural audience for Stant Litore,s work. Which is most heartening The best zombie novel I have read since Max Brooks brilliant World War Z. And I have read quite a few.
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