Tony's wife, Heather, contacted me on Facebook. She said "Hey, my husband Tony has a book. You should review it." Next thing I know I have a book in the mail and two new good friends. I have been talking to Tony, the author, and because we have become friends it does not mean that I will give a biased review. As always I'll be 100% honest while reviewing the book.
Kings of the Dead is written in a first person narrative. The main character, played by Tony, keeps a journal of his experiences during a post apocalyptic world. The story takes place at a time not so long ago. Mid to late 2009 the Hemagglutinin Neuraminidase virus better known as H1N1 or Swine Flu is causing panic around the world. A vaccine is created but before they can inoculate those infected, the vaccine mutated into something no one expected. Those who received the vaccine expired and returned to life seeking the flesh of the living. One by one the infection spreads, turning most of the world's population into the living dead.
The story revolves around Tony and a group of survivors, which includes Heather, (Tony's wife), Derek and Bren (from the popular zombie podcast Mail Order Zombie '[...]
With the living dead around every corner and the insane survivors that have turned to cannibalism lurking, nowhere is safe. Tony records their travels in his journal. He not only teaches you how to survive a world ruled by the undead but he also teaches you about the human factor. Every journal entry is another lesson in survival till the end. If you want to know what fate has in store for the survivors you'll have to pick up a copy.
Like I said before my friendship with Tony will not get involved in this review. I can say that I honestly enjoyed this book very much. Every journal entry was very entertaining and had me wanting more form the writer. The journal entries gave me just enough information to keep my interest but also held back enough to have me begging for more. I noticed this a lot while reading the book. This is a strong point that Tony has and I hope he continues that form of writing in his upcoming work. Tony's knowledge of survival and weaponry is noticeable and he explains everything with confidence. When he mentions weapons I know he is 100% accurate on the information he has given me. I didn't have a clue what some of the weapons he mentioned were but once he explained it I had a mental idea. He does explain the surroundings well.
Even though the story was very entertaining it does have some flaws. This is Tony's first book so there are a lot of rookie mistakes. There are a few misspellings and I counted a couple of run on sentences. But of course, it's nothing major, we all do it. I have a 1st edition copy; Tony has corrected some of these misspellings for the 2nd edition. The flow of the story could have flowed better, as it was hard to keep a mental time frame. That may have been intentional but as a reviewer I need to have that time frame to keep up. The story felt too rushed, like Tony was in a hurry to write. The character is living the story but I am not, the story teller needs to have his readers feel like they're in the story. I didn't like the journal entries being speared out as they were. Like I said it may have been intentional to give the story a hint of realism. The protagonist may have only been writing in the journal for himself, not knowing others would read it. But that's the problem, others are reading it. Also, the size of the book is very misleading. The book is much shorter then it looks, much, much shorter.
Now that I have explained everything I liked and everything I didn't like I'll have to put it all together. I did enjoy the story very much. All the twists and all the drama that are nestled into these pages are a wonderful touch. I did feel for the characters as they lived their day to day life. However the flow of the story did upset me. I disliked the journal entries sometimes being days, weeks, or months apart. I'm sure it was to move the story along but I want to know what happened during the days there were no journal entries. I will have to give Kings of the Dead 4 Undead Heads out of 5.