John is a killer, but that wasn't his day job before the Apocalypse.
A businessman trapped in New York, John rushes to get to his wife just as the dead begin to rise. In a harrowing 900-mile race against time, he sees firsthand the horror of what man is capable of and soon learns that zombies are the least of his worries. Teaming up with an ex-army pilot named Kyle, they escape New York only to stumble across a man who says that he has the key to a rumored underground stronghold called Avalon.... Will they find safety? Will they make it to John's wife before it’s too late? Get ready to follow John and Kyle in this fast-paced thriller that mixes zombie horror with gladiator-style arena action!
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Very average at best.
More thought and input from test readers. Some of the situations in this book are just not believable, and if situations frustrate me as a reader I quickly go off the book.
Also, more and clear detail on the characters would have helped. I didn't buy the Kyle character because he is supposed to have seen action as some kind of infantry and as a helicopter pilot. But we get no details on how this was possible and what units he served with for this to happen. Overall I found the characters a little flat, and Kyle not showing himself to have had military training on multiple occasions.
Plenty of situations sadly. Everything that happened in the town with the siren was just ridiculous, or at least badly written. Are we to believe two men stayed pinned down by a woman in a bathing suit, armed with a deadly cigarette? And then when three armed men join her they apparently could escape with ease if they wanted to do so.
Then a little later how they deal with the woman inside the house - or rather how they don't deal with her - is just not likely. Certainly if Kyle is supposed to be military.
I also found Avalon to be a total farce. If anything all I got from it was that the author might have issues with the 1% elites in his country and used the book as a weapon. Society may well collapse and people may go nuts in any post-apocalyptic world, but a whole bunch of wealthy elite acting like this only a few days after the fall, when most of them would not have seen any hardship at all so far, just didn't come over as likely at all.
The narrator was pretty good. A little overly eager and dramatic at times, but largely gave the scenes the right feel and he seemed into the story himself, which helps.
Frustration mostly. The book could have been better if the author had put more thought into the scenes. Most of them could have worked if he had looked at it again with thought to how people would act in those situations, and how someone with military training would also. For example the fight by the pool. Kyle's actions after the fight would have been different if he had military training. IE he would strip weapons and secure their location from threats before worrying about Michael.
This book could have been good, but for me the unending flaws in the scenes just annoyed me. I mean really these two guys are going on a 900 mile road trip though zombie infested America and not once do they think to maybe check out airfields for a helicopter? Plenty of small fields that would be far less risky than towns or even the roads.
- M. Paddon
Great zombie tale