04 February 2012

Review: Z-Strain by Rutger Klamor

Z Strain by Rutger Klamor

Published: 2 December 2011

Pages: 412 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: Author for review

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When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.

Three days. Not much time. Lilith, Queen of the Whores, has three days. That's all the Prophecy will give her. Three days to build an army. Three days to unleash Hell.

Three days. Not much time. Certainly not to become a hero. That's what Dee thought. Before the zombies. Before the dying. And the rising.

Three days until the end of the world.

What he would give to get those three days back.

Z Strain. Book one of the Zee Series Trilogy. Full of all the gritty realism any hard-core zombie fan craves. You know what I mean. Violence served cold. Sex served hot.

And Zees. A whole army of 'em!

Be warned. This book isn't for the faint of heart or easily offended. Buckle up and hold on to your brain pans! Here come the Zees!

My Thoughts

The sub-title of Z-Strain is “A Zombie Love Story”. And it is, but certainly not of the traditional kind! Lilith, the woman originally destined for Adam, was a little too feisty and ended up as a demon, a succubus who has the power to turn any man (and quite a few zombies) to do her bidding. As a demon, naturally Lilith’s bidding means taking over the world, with a not-so-merry band of zombies as her army in her quest to steal the soul of one seemingly average ex-military paramedic.

The introduction of demons from Jewish mythology gives Z-Strain a unique twist, entwined with the lives of a small band of human survivors, the government and military, and a mysterious specter known only as The Watcher.

Z-Strain is an intense book – there are no holds-barred in the violence, gore, language or “funky time” departments, but the story is well-written and the characters (in particular Lilith’s three demon lackeys) are either unique or likeable (I couldn’t say the demons were likeable!).

I admit I did get a little lost with the part of the book set in the middle ages – I had trouble keeping track of the characters and it wasn’t until much later in the book that I understood who was who and what exactly was happening and why.

This is the first book in a series, so of course the ending isn’t really an “ending” but enough questions are resolved that I felt satisfied, but still intrigued about the next book.

1 comment:

  1. I like no holds barred but still undecided whether this one's for me as I'm just getting into the whole zombie genre lol



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