Flesh & Blood

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Jessie had no idea that there would be a lot of "taking care" in the next few months.
When neighbors show up on the farm dazed and bloody, Jessie and his Pa do their best to help their friends, but soon find that there is no way to help those that are already dead.---- Reviews are appreciated. More

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About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Review by: Bruce Blanchard on June 18, 2013 :
Jessie and his Pa are part of a special breed of farm folk who live, breathe, and co-exist with dirt and crops. They're practical-minded, even putting animals out of their misery when they turn rabid - though it hurts to squeeze that trigger. In Flesh and Blood, the two face the challenge of zombies and the need to place a bullet between their eyes, even they might know them as neighbors. It's got to be done. And, maybe even if it's one of them as well. It's got to be done. Flesh and Blood is underlaid with a current of gentleness and compassion in a world of rabid zombie attacks and uncertain futures. This story is a beautiful piece of writing that strokes the contours of the heart. I can only say: Thank you, Jerry, for writing this wonderful short story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kim McNiel on Nov. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Author Jerry McKinney definitely pulls out the creep factor in his works, but does even more amazing in this story, Flesh and Blood.

Jessi and his dad find themselves in a predicament when people they know, neighbors who are friends, and pets all begin showing up dead. Jessi and his dad have to find a way to escape what comes at them next.

Great tale Jerry!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Shadow Girl on Sep. 30, 2012 :
I think it's hard to review books without spoiling the story. But, I'm learning. To me, a great story pulls you in, tuggs at your emotions, makes you lose yourself in the Authors mind. That's what Flesh & Blood did to me. I felt Jessie's emotions with him, the grief of having to 'lose' his beloved dog, the pride in making his pa proud, confusion & terror he felt when he first saw his friend's dad, then his friend. Even the little crush he had on the neighbor girl.
I feel my review is lacking, compared to these others, and I find myself agreeing with all these - but, I'm not the writer here, Jerry is, and he did a brilliant job.
Not cluttered with a ton of back-story or unnecessary characters, Flesh & Blood was a fast read, but he made every word count. A bargain price, too!
I'd like to see a sequel - see where Jessie ends up in life & how he got there.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on Sep. 4, 2012 :
A delightfully chilling tale the writers of The Walking Dead would drool over! It would fit seamlessly into the series, and Jessie is a character with more than enough depth and complexity to make a wonderful permanent addition to the cast. I imagine the various paths Jessie could now take and find myself fervently wishing for a sequel.

At first, we sympathize with him as he faces one of the hardships of a country boy's life. Suddenly the world as he knows it is gone, replaced with fear, horror, and the heavy responsibility of life-or-death choices. I found myself quite proud of him when all was said and done.

His father is also someone I'd be proud to know. He doesn't hide from or try to deny reality as many would do in his shoes. He does what's necessary. As hard a man as he is, he's also reliable and caring when the time is right. He proves he's willing to sacrifice absolutely anything for his son's safety. Who wouldn't respect a man like that?

McKinney's style is rather brilliant - taking familiar characters and creating new situations and conflicts for them to handle. It allows his readers to identify and empathize with them to a depth not commonly found in shorts. Right away we're emotionally invested, and I see his ability to grab us that way as a rare talent.

I don't want to spoil it by mentioning anything specific about the plot, so I hope summing this rambling up to 3 parts will be enough. :)

1 - It really feels like the background of a The Walking Dead starring role, only better written.

2 - Truly caring for these people is such a rare experience (even in novels!); how could anyone turn it down?

3 - Plot and characters aside, this is the most well-written story I have (yet) read from McKinney. I'm happy to report that I was quite lost in this story from its start to its finish, which means there were very few errors!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Janus Gangi on July 12, 2012 :
I am so impressed. I have not see talent such as this since To Kill a Mockingbird. This story is set in the same era and has the same flavor but... it has uniqueness that the author brings to it. It has all the elements of a true, good work of fiction. Well developed characters, emotion, anticipation, and the ability not to let me put it down until the end. This is my first reading from this author,and it is definitely not my last. I highly recommend that you read this and continue reading this author's work.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jackie Williams on June 15, 2012 :
A really enjoyable story, written in a way that Jerry McKinney has mastered. A great tale of family, the love between a father and son, with the odds stacked against them. The descriptions, so vivid, I felt as though I was there. These zombies have the creep factor, who is friend, who is foe.
I recommend this fine read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Lori R. Lopez on June 14, 2012 :

Even if it's the end of the world as we know it, life will still go on. That's the message in this deceptively simple tale by Jerry W. McKinney, who writes with an uncanny gift for capturing reality in all of its gritty and sometimes garish glory, with a lean yet descriptive style that reaches out and touches your heart while gripping you by the throat. Sometimes he rips your heart right out of your chest. In this story, families are not safe when the people around them begin to act "funny". A boy and his father are at the center of McKinney's moving drama, which employs a zombie apocalypse as a conflict and yet is breathtakingly down to earth. Events span months rather than days, but the story is narrated in an effortless manner with immense perfection and skill. This is one of the author's finest creations, and one you cannot easily forget. A reminder of how fragile our flesh-and-blood existence can be at the best of times. When everything has changed around us, it might be the only thing we have left. Or the very thing that threatens us most. Read this if you love horror, zombies, or just an excellently written story with emotional impact and depth of character. Read it because if you don't, you will have missed a vital experience.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Leslie Whitaker on June 13, 2012 :
An incredibly emotional tale of a young boy having to make life and death decisions. This book grabs you from the very beginning and doesnt let you go! I fell for Jessie from the very beginning and his struggle was heartbreaking. I am a huge fan of Jerry McKinney's writting and this one did not disappoint!! I HIGHLY recommend this story as well as any other of Mr. McKinney's brilliant writting.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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