Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road

Mark Justice & David T. Wilbanks, 2010, Permuted Press

Invaders from another world have raised an unholy army of the living dead, laying waste to human civilisation. The 'Necros' destroyed Jubal's home and everyone he loved - now the only thing that matters to him is payback. Leading a ragtag group of armed survivors, Jubal is now making his way across the desert towards Area 51 - the Necro base - heading for a showdown that nobody may walk away from...

Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road is a fun read. While undermined slightly in places by some fairly clunky dialogue and prose, the central plot is sufficiently inventive and exciting to keep the reader turning the page. There's a distinctly Western-style atmosphere to the whole thing, with the tale essentially amounting to a series of stand-offs and engagements between the forces of Good (lead by Jubal) and Evil (a plague of zombies, controlled by a psychotic, brainwashed biker) as they head towards a final showdown. It's not the perfect zombie novel by any means, but there's a lot to like here, and those who enjoy the unfettered action and imagination of Pulp-style fiction should grab themselves a copy.

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