Slow Burn #1
Published July 2013 by CreateSpace
Zombie, Post-Apocalypse | 236 pages
A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious.
Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.
But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.
With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.
Book Review: ★★★★
“Sometimes, a half-bottle of breakfast tequila just isn’t enough to deal with the day’s reality.” – Slow Burn page 3
I picked up this book because I wanted a fast and fun book to read. This novel definitely delivered. The writing was very fast paced and kept me on my toes through the whole experience. It’s not bogged down by unnecessary descriptions or dialogue and I really enjoyed the point of view from the main character. There were instances where we read his thoughts (most of the time it’s swear words) and it was done very well. I loved reading from Zed’s perspective because he is very different from many of the main characters I’m used to. He is very abrasive and level-headed and stubborn – just the type of person who could survive a zombie apocalypse.
The story seemed rather typical for a zombie apocalypse. The outbreak starts in Africa and spreads into China and Europe. However, since it’s Africa the issue isn’t important to the media until it spreads into Europe. By the time it hits America, it’s too late for anything to be done. The uniqueness of this story is the idea of a slow burner. I won’t go into detail about what they are, though, you’ll have to read the book to find out. I am definitely curious to see how they play out in the rest of the series.
Overall, it was a very good book. I picked it up and finished it in less than three hours. I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time and now I feel the need to stock up on non-perishables and artillery. I definitely do not recommend reading this in the middle of the night (zombie nightmares and what not). It was a great start to what appears to be a great zombie series. Can’t wait to see where Zed finds himself next!