06 January 2012

Review: Don of the Living Dead by Robert DeCoteau

Don of the Living Dead by Robert DeCoteau

Published: 1 September 2011

Pages: 202 (Kindle)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: Author for review

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Don Carver is the unlikely hero of a zombie outbreak. He must brave the savage streets to escape downtown Seattle in order to save his six-year-old son and his cruelly, vindictive ex-wife, but first he has to figure out how to escape the zombie standing outside the door of his bathroom stall.

This tale is packed with dark humor, gratuitous gore, and extreme violence. It's a nonstop, action packed thrill ride. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll run screaming in terror! 

My Thoughts

Don Carver is a bit of a loser. A divorced accountant for a pharmaceutical company, he lives in a studio apartment, has no luck with women and is sitting on the toilet when the zombapocalypse comes knocking on his stall door. Although Don isn’t the typical hero, he picks up a few stragglers and makes his way to his ex-wife’s house to pick up his son and escape the city.

There are some surreal and funny moments in this book – the characters, particularly Don, are realistic and don’t have the clich├ęd ‘hero’ tag. As the story progresses, more of Don’s past is revealed, giving more insight into the character, and other characters are developed into atypical zombie-survivor types and I wanted all of them (perhaps with the exception of Don’s crazy-ex) to make it all the way through to the end. The cause of the zombie virus is explained in good detail, not overwhelmingly science-y but enough to give credibility to the story.

Don of the Living Dead did lose some momentum in the middle of the book and felt a little like going through the motions rather than nail-biting action, but there were some memorable moments that kept me reading just to see how this would all turn out. And it turned out to be a proper ending – hurrah!

There are some spelling/grammatical errors in this book, not enough to make it unreadable but a good editorial or proofreading eye could make this into an excellent book. Mr DeCoteau has a definite future in zombie/horror writing with some unique ideas and a gutsy writing style.

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