Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review! | "Sincerely Dead" by Brendan P. Myers

This week's review is over a book I won in a Goodreads giveaway at the end of February. It being a more traditional zombie book, I was a little hesitant going into the story, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Here's the book's Goodreads description:

20767347"So maybe bringing Velarde back into the city wasn’t the best idea I ever had."

When a mob hitman learns his boss is about to turn squealer, he takes it upon himself to use the zombified version of the man he was sent to kill to take out the boss, but soon discovers that taking even a single zombie into the Big Apple can lead to devastating consequences. And when the zombie apocalypse is inevitably unleashed, an epic adventure of survival unfolds, as a small band of the still living make a desperate bid to escape this now city of the dead.

I had a few small problems with this book, but I think if you're a die hard zombie fan, or a fan of what has become the "norm" for zombie films, you'll like this book, despite some technical things I noticed while reading.

  The first thing I noticed when I began reading, was the narration's broken English. This can be bothersome in the beginning...but it suits the nameless main character and his upbringing/background- however, that same broken English isn't as consistent as it should be throughout the course of the story which made the story stumble a little every time it showed up again.
Some things were repeated, or written in ways that didn't exactly make sense, and like most zombie stories, some events are very clearly just a means to an end. A way to move along the plot and get to a twist the writer was really after. (For example, the chapter where our rag tag team of survivors finds its way to a Burger King...the real point of that plot point only begins to become clear near the end of the story.)
Some of the chapters were written in a way that could be considered confusing, and while the story tried to make you care about all the characters, you don't have enough time to get to know anyone enough to really feel for them. 
That's probably the main problem I had with the book. It was under 200 pages, so everything felt rushed, there was no time to really elaborate anything too much. Granted, I don't know how much longer the story could have been without feeling too long. It would have needed to have an almost entirely different plot evolution or a lot more back story in the book itself for those who haven't read the short ebook prequel. 

In the end, the book is pretty inexpensive, and if you like zombies- I think you'll appreciate the story for what it is.

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