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Had some computer browser issues this week that I just got taken care of, and now that they are done, Here is this week’s review of “This Darkness Light” by Michaelbrent Collings.
It is a story about an apocalypse at the outset, one in which normal everyday people are turned into horrific creatures for a short period of time before they die. A man wakes from a coma without any memories of who he is, how he got to the hospital, or even why he is there. A glance at his chart lists his injuries as multiple gunshot wounds, but he doesn’t feel as bad as he should after a trauma like that. He’s vaguely able to recall that he has a mission, and that he needs to go to Kansas immediately. As an assassin enters the man’s room and stares in shock at the John Doe in the bed before he aims a silenced gun at him. As this is going on, a nurse arrives for her shift and discovers every one of her co-workers on her floor executed. She enters John Doe’s room and provides enough of a distraction for the injured man to subdue and kill his would be assassin. John and the nurse escape the hospital, only to find themselves targets of an assassin named Isaiah, a former priest blackmailed into chasing them by a shadow organization within the government in order to save the world.
I found this a very hard book to put down. It started like it might be a zombie style story, but just as quickly changed to a mixture of Stephen King’s “The Mist” and the 1989 movie “Leviathan”. The priest’s story was well-played out as the man who believes he is so unworthy that he tries to make things right by eliminating people who he knows for sure are abusive to other people. The back story on why is a well told story and very believable. The way John Doe’s character is painted keeps up just enough of a mystery to keep you wondering who he is and what his mission is. The nurse is a tag along who helps John in a couple of instances, but feels more like just a damsel in distress to be rescued. It read through good and very enthralling, but the ending just felt a bit anti-climactic. Up to that point, I thought it was a great read. My ranking is 3.75 out of 5.
Until next we meet…
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Please excuse the short post today. Today was my long day at work, and coupled with the pain of a possible kidney stone, I don’t have as much energy as I normally do. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into this week’s book review… “Zombie, Inc.” by Christine Dougherty.
Picture yourself in a future where, not only has humanity survived a zombie uprising, but it has found a way for the reanimated dead to become helpful. An entire enterprise has risen to meet people’s needs to protect their property, Zombie Inc. It is a government contracted company that repurposes the corpses to keep living humans safe. People no longer view the zombies as threats, at least those not tasked with servicing the security systems or providing the proverbial “guard dogs”. Add to the mix a group similar to PETA and many other animal rights groups who believe that the undead are still human and deserve to be treated with dignity and a deep conspiracy within the company, and you have the makings of a decent story.
As much as I like the idea of the story and the way they portrayed some of the main characters, there were a few whose back story and how they acted in crisis situations always seemed to contradict themselves, and not in a well defining way. That being said, I thought that the author brought out quite a bit of believability in the main two characters especially. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in zombie fiction. My rating is a 3 out of 5.
Until we meet again in two weeks…
Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks, although nothing really to share at this time. I’ve been busy working on recording an audiobook, housework, reading, and some writing, although not as much writing as I’d like to be doing. I am starting a new schedule when it comes to blogging, writing, and recording and hopefully that will get me back into doing each without taking too much from the others. For the time being, you can expect to see Casa blog posts every two weeks. Along with the Casa, I am also writing pieces for HorrorAddicts.net, and recording a small piece in their podcast called Nightmare fuel. Check out the season premier this weekend.
This week I offer you the first in a unique thirteen book series, “Dead Witch Walking” by Kim Harrison. The story follows a young witch named Rachel Morgan in a world where half the population is changed.into enchanted beings by a virus spread by tomatoes. Vampires, werewolves, witches and all other forms of supernatural and magical beings are a regular part of everyday life, although not necessarily an accepted one. Rachel is a runner, an enchanted version of our police force, and she hates her job. Her boss doesn’t like her and gives her the poor assignments in the hope to force her to quit. When she she finally decides to strike out on her own, she is surprised to find her current pixie partner and her former partner, a vampiress, join her in her endeavor. Soon, Rachel finds herself with a price on her head and she realizes just who she can trust with her life and just how far her friends are willing to go to help keep her alive. To complicate matters more, the young witch decides to go after the one man people suspect of illegal dealings, but who can never be tied to anything.
I found this to be a quirky story, but a very fun and satisfying read. There is quite a bit of romantic tension weaved throughout the book, along with action and humor. If the book has any faults, it is that it didn’t seem like a three act story, but only the first half of the performance, although that might just be me. Overall, I rate the book a 3.5 our of 5.
Donald “DJ” Pitsiladis
P.S. — Check out the HorrorAddicts.net season premier this weekend for a little Nightmare Fuel.