Written by: Vitina Molgaard
“Power over your own fate is terrifying. It means you have to draw a line. You have to decide how far you’re going to go to survive, to be. And some people aren’t willing to look at themselves as the monster who would give up everything but themselves. They’d rather be slaves to something. To anything. So long as it’s not to their own hearts.”
-Bury Me In Smoke
Welcome to Nola, New Orleans, where the undead travel around searching for any breathing being they can feast on. Here amongst the zombies are still a few of the living, struggling to survive. In this town we find Hank, an ex-military man, who is just trying to get through Nola alive. This proves to be a challenge once he finds himself meeting up with groups of merciless bandits. Fortunately he also meets a woman with a different mission on her mind. Hank ends up captured by the gang of miscreants and finds himself fighting to free himself from his captors while eluding the zombies as well. It is now that the aid of others becomes a necessity if he is to make it to freedom.
Let me introduce Hank to you in a more clear fashion. As one of our protagonists he is a hard man,with six bullets left in his only gun and a deep rooted desire to make it home to Texas. Our other protagonist is Kitty, she is the woman I mentioned earlier. To say she’s a hard woman is an understatement. This is a woman trained as a survivalist in every sense of the word. She is a woman with the skills to carry through her own personal mission of vengeance as well as succeed in helping solve other problems in this troubled town. Other than the obvious issues of wandering zombies we have our antagonists, led by a man named Crimson. He is cruel and is basically the Warlord over a small group of men that are willing to loot, terrorize, torture and enslave any other survivors. The rest of our characters can wait to be discovered by you the reader, when you pick up this book.
Now, while I am not a big fan of the zombie subgenre, I can still say this book will please those with an affinity for walkers. There’s definitely some gore within these pages. Did it horrify me? No, but there’s just enough blood and guts to sate the vile appetite and the tale being told is one worth reading. There is the psychological aspect here, of being caught in a situation of needing to decide what is and is not something that you as a human being are capable of doing. That being said I think that led to a few hiccups; I personally found some of the sexual interaction a bit forced, not necessary to the success of Hank and Kitty’s relationship.
At the end of the day this is a good read for those who enjoy the classic man versus zombie tale. It is one I would not read again, but that’s simply personal preference. Megan Kennedy did a fine job with this, keeping it a sharp, well-focused story. So pick it up and give it a read, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
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