10 July 2012

Review: Necropolis Rising by Dave Jeffrey

Necropolis Rising by Dave Jeffrey

Published: September 2010

Pages: 156

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: Own library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

It took thirty minutes for the city to die. But for the inhabitants of Birmingham City, UK the hunger will last forever. The military has sealed the city. No one is getting in. No one is getting out. But Kevin O'Connell and his team of cyber-criminals have a job to do. A job that will see them receiving a huge payout if they succeed. Or a bullet if they don't. Once inside the confines of the city O'Connell and his team are about to find out that staying alive will prove to be just as difficult as staying dead ...

My Thoughts
Necropolis Rising has some unique points for a zombie book - mad scientists, bio-terrorism, bounty hunters, all in one book - should be any zombiephile's fantasy, right?

Unfortunately the focus of Necropolis Rising, for me, was just a little too Boys Own - heavy on military ops, conspiracy and loyalties that change more often than we change our socks, I spent most of this book either confused or feeling completely disconnected from the characters, who were all far too indistinguishable from each other. I wanted more zombies, and more character development - which is a big ask in such a short book, but Necropolis Rising could have easily accommodated another 50 pages to really pull me into the story.

But this is a well written story - despite multiple POVs, the action is intense and doesn't let up from the first page until the last. The story of Suzie and O'Connell is intriguing and real - this could have been a real heartbreaker with a little bit more flesh.

If you like some wierd science and conspiracy theory in your zombie books,  try Necropolis Rising - it just wasn't to my personal taste.


  1. Oh sad day. :( I am sorry this book didn't live up to it's potential

  2. I know, bummer huh? It wasn't a bad book, just not my thing!



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