Zombies are a dramatic backdrop to everything else going on in Pete’s troubled life. How far will he go to ensure the survival of the woman he loves, even when she doesn’t love him in return?
Pete, his wife, and his daughter are at the center of this story. Pete and Caroline are having some marital problems, which are only made worse by his mother-in-law. And Pete isn’t so sure the zombie threat is real. After all, he hasn’t seen any yet.
You will either love the character of Pete, or you will want to strangle him. Me? Part of the time I really liked his character, but most of the time I wanted to smack him upside his head.
Then along come the zombies. Zombies never make any situation better. They never make things easier.
I understand Pete wanting to keep his wife and daughter safe, even though their marriage isn’t exactly the best. But a bit more zombie action and a little less him moaning and groaning over his marriage gone bad would have made the first part of the story much more interesting.
Lots of fighting, lots of tension between Pete and Carl, the guy he is sure is out to win Caroline’s affection. Even more than Pete wants to be sure he is the one receiving Caroline’s affections, he wants to be sure to save Caroline and Alice, his daughter, from the zombies.
This story did not reach out and grab hold of me as many of the other books I’ve read did. The story was good, but it just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. However, that isn’t to say that it wouldn’t turn out to be a favorite of yours.
No major encounter with zombies until I was over halfway through the book. And the last few chapters are full of action, but the ending was a disappointment.
The theme of this book could be how much a man will give up to ensure the survival of the woman he loves even when she doesn’t love him.
If you are a huge fan of zombie stories, then you might like this one. I was not wild about it. The last few chapters with the ending changed a bit would have made a good beginning of Pete’s story.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to purchase your own copy, click on the Amazon link below.
Amazon Link: Damn Zombies
They really think that when the zombies come, the Lord is gonna beam them up to Heaven in the nick of time.
The hot, moist stench of putrid grain gassed them.
The intense reek killed his sense of smell, but forced him to take shallow breaths.
One thin man went all the way under, and then resurfaced, the water plastering his thin hair to his eggish skull and streaming out of his beard.
New Words Learned:
barcalounger – a distinctive type of deeply padded lounging chair
bleared – made dim or indistinct
confab – short for confabulation, a chat
dodder – to shake, tremble, or totter
grouse – to grumble or complain. And I thought a grouse was just a type of bird.
Palinesque – resembling the style of Sarah Palin (Collins Dictionary)
parapet – a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification
sough – to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound
About the Author:
Patrick Macadoo grew up on a hog fam in Harlan, Kentucky. Since then, he has lived in many other places: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Portland, Oregon; and Reno, Nevada.