Revolt of the Dead: A Zombie Novel (Death Puppet Trilogy, Book One) Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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I can't express how much everyone should take the time and read this work. It isn't the longest book, but it definitely packs a punch for its size and can't imagine why anyone wouldn't like it. I mean, who wouldn't want a magic book that brought back the dead? I would. Man, the fun I would have with that thing...
Needless to say, I'll be picking up anything with Mr. G's name on it. He has definitely proved himself a talented writer and GREAT storyteller.
GET THIS BOOK! It deserves a spot in every 'genre enthusiast's' library.
Obviously that is not a bad thing. Gouveia has a very interesting writing style that brings you into the world he creates, immersing you to the point you feel that you are in the story yourself and feeling the pains, joys and angst involved with the characters.
Gouveia's Revolt of The Dead follows along with his addictive style of storytelling. I enjoyed the "twist" he spun in this ever-so popular theme. The "oops" manner in which all the zombies come to life is great!
The character development for a short book is nice.
The technical knowledge throughout is nice also (I'm big on that).
Is it all believable? It's a book about friggin' zombies - whadaya think? But!, the way Gouveia explains the circumstances of each series of events and situations? Absolutely! It's spot on!
I don't give it a five because, although the proofing in this book is the best I've seen from him thus far, there were other nuances in the book (personal gripes at best) that left me saying WTH?! But then I had to also remember that this is book one of three, and there is so much more that can, and I'm sure will, come.
A definite good buy, leaving me anxious for the following sets.
A tale of two borderline-outcast teenagers who discover a book of dark magic who "get in over their heads", you won't find a cliche of the genre that that the author doesn't embrace. The worst of it, of course, is we're not dealing with "traditional" zombies here, we get another supernatural tale. In this case the "zombies" are actual dead people brought back through the book, and while they behave as they often do in these stories, it takes continued use of the book to raise more of them rather than the zombies spreading a disease or something else through their bites. So this is no "revolt" of the dead as pretty much they come only to the beck and call of "magic".
The description for this title may be direct, but it certainly sensationalizes the events. Some of the rest of this paragraph may be spoiler-filled, but it's hard to talk about this book otherwise as it is so short. Basically starting as a Halloween party prank, one of the two friends uses the book to raise the dead in a cemetery, though more than anticipated rise and kill one of them--though not really as the first use of the book was an "invincibility" spell that they think must not have worked. Following this, Barry, the surviving member of the duo, treks across Florida to the "safe zone" as of course the immediate government response is to set off a nuclear device while herding "survivors" at a distance from the explosion. Barry meets a few people and there is some fighting with the dead, but it's over pretty quickly and there's a final confrontation and then a joke of a denouement. But really, day one and you're looking for the nuclear solution? Sure...
Okay, the writing isn't that bad, but none of the characters are interesting, the story other than its origin has been told so many times and so much better, and it is short and ridiculously priced? According to the Amazon product listing this "novel" is 112 pages, but that must be using the "high school padding with margins and large font" counting method. But you wouldn't want it any longer, it is pedestrian and ridiculous, and only missing the one star rating because it isn't crammed with the sorts of grammatical and style errors so many books in the "zombie fiction" pantheon seem to be plagued with. Pun intended. I can't recommend this book to even desperate seekers of titles of the genre due to its supernatural underpinnings and high price, it should get 1 1/2 stars.