- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press; Reprint edition (April 12 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934861839
- ISBN-13: 978-1934861837
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 472 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,724,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kings of the Dead Paperback – Apr 12 2011
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The story is fairly standard zompoc fare, told from the perspective of a man with former military and medical experience, who has prepared with a group of friends for the end of the world as we know it for several years as a hobby. Zombies crop up when the vaccine for a new strain of the flu ends up reanimating those who have taken it. The zombies are mainly the slow shamblers here, with a mix of faster undead joining the fray as the story and timeline moves forward.
This is a fairly personal story. Like some of the other journal written sagas, there is a good chunk of the author’s personality shining through the narrator. This is a story of someone who is a fan of the genre writing a story of survival they have envisioned for themselves and their friends. It does add something to the telling of the tell-a pseudo autobiography envisioned by the author were there a zombie apocalypse. Authors are guided to “write what you know” and Tony does so here, having the personal knowledge related to weaponry, medical skills, and other related topics that would have an impact on survival in an undead world. Credit to the author for not ‘over doing it’ as I have seen a tendency of some to do when it comes to slathering their pages with an excess of demonstrated expertise in a particular area that rapidly turns into overkill. The flow here is more natural and the while the reader will know the author knows his stuff, they won’t be blasted with it on every page.
While the survivors hunker down, attempting to build a new home in their region of Oregon for much of the first half of the book, the story becomes, in time, more of a road trip as Cole, the narrator, ponders the meaning of existence in a dead world and chooses to take a journey of discovery. Cole struggles with the loss of friends and trying to find a reason to carry on, but there are also glimmers of hope that give him, and the reader, reasons to carry on.
There are some rough spots in the story and some of that comes from the format-we don’t get to discovery something happening as it happens, but written as a report done the following day or in the hours following the actual event, which dilutes some of the emotional resonance. Still, there is definite emotional potency here, especially as related to the people Cole deeply cares for and will do anything to try and keep safe, which in the an undead world is a very difficult thing to do.
As is the case with many journal oriented zombie tales, there is not necessarily a main focus outside of survival written on its pages-survival of the body as well as the spirit. As such, it meanders a good bit, but the ending was quite satisfying and unlike many of the books of a similar make and model, the author doesn’t demand that you read three or four more entries in a series to make his point. This book does so succinctly and with quiet grace.
Overall, if as a zombie genre fan you aren’t burnt out on the diary approach to zombie fiction, Kings of the Dead is a solid addition to your library.
I admit that it is hard to bring tears to my eyes when reading a novel (it's much easier when I watch a movie) but I found my eyes sweating three times in this novel. As you can imagine then, this novel deals with more than simply killing zombies and surviving, it also deals with human interactions and the psychological dysfunctions that a post apocalyptic world is likely to exacerbate. I really think the psychological aspects were well displayed here.
For me the 1st 10% of the novel was a little slow and seemed to drag but after that I had a hard time putting the novel down. ALso I need to advise you that there is excruciating detail on the numerous (and I do mean numerous) weapons that the survival group obtained on their journey. For me the gun is either a pistol, rifle, assault rifle or grenade launcher. Anything else is totally lost on me. I sure all of you weapons guys will enjoy that though. Overall I was very impressed with the novel and would recommend it to the post apocalyptic reader.
You also tap into the human psyche and it really goes to show when the people who are mentally defective get off their meds in mass numbers or when sadistic thinking people who are just hiding out pretending to live in the real world as a normal person because fear of law and incarceration, but once the government fully collapses what's to stop these madmen from living their lives the way they want to live???
without spoiling much this book has one of the most INSANELY Awesome endings of epic proportion rarely seen in the Zombie Survival genre. Cole is one of the best protagonists I've followed in the permuted lineup. Up there with JL Bourne and Craig DiLouie I would not pass this book up..
And a message to Tony Faville! You have earned a new fan for life and I hope this review will open doors for more members to follow.
When the ZPAW Happens i'll cya.. i'll remember to bring some MREs