I'm a horror and YA paranormal thriller writer. In September, I published my first novel, MALICE. Two of my short stories, THE GRIP and THE SECOND COMING, as well as my novella, BIRD OF PREY, are now also online. And don't worry, I've got plenty more in the pipeline, including a zombie novella that's currently in the works. If you felt like saying hello or you just wanted to engage in some good old fashioned internet stalking, you can find me at my blog: http://griffin-hayes.blogspot.com/
on April 14, 2014 :
A mercenary team are sent into an underground complex to find four missing workers who were on a salvage mission. As Azina's team go further in they discover a mall and living quarters where rich people hid from the zombie apocalypse. But the zombies found a way in and there are thousands waiting in the dark...
This reminded me a bit of the Resident Evil film in places and it was a decent zombie read. As much as I love zombies, the books are pretty hit and miss these days and this is on the better side of the equation. These are proper scary ass zombies that move at speed to come and get you and they are pretty keen to get the fresh meat. These zombies also have the added genetic advantage of powers to track their dinner which makes them pretty darn hard to escape from.
The group of mercs and civilian guides aren't the nicest bunch in the world but as they are being used pretty much as zombie fodder, the lack of decent character traits doesn't matter that much and doesn't really detract from the story. Usually I'd object to obnoxious characters but it's different if some are going to get ripped apart and eaten! There is a nice mixture of zombie attacks and building tension as they try to find a way out, which the author does nicely. There are a couple of nice twists in the story which blows open what you think the mission is and I like a bit of betrayal! I'm not going to spoil the book by telling you about it but the story did evolve in different ways as it progressed.
Overall there was the tension, the gore, the zombies, the victims, the evil bosses, the run for your life...everything you expect in a nice zombie tale. Recommended for zombie fans. 3.5 out of 5.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 17, 2012 :
Two hundred years after the planet was ravaged by millions of 'zees', humanity is struggling to rebuild. The Keepers of Knowledge seek out old world technology and when some of their prospectors go missing, they hire Azina and her band of mercenaries to search for them.
A point comes where one can only stomach the same basic ideas of zombie literature before they get tired and look for something different. "Hive" a novella by Griffin Hayes is a fresh take on zombies. From the method of infection to their behaviors; this is not your Daddy's zombies.
The pacing,characters, and plot are all handled well and make for a great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)