Rot: Island

Rated 2.50/5 based on 2 reviews
The undead roam Alcatraz Island as tourists struggle to survive. Even if they make it off the island, can they survive in the rest of the world? More
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About Linus Locke

Linus Locke is the Author of the zombie survival novel, Decay: Civilization, which is available at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google Play. His short story, Rot: Island, is available for free at Smashwords and Google Play.

Linus is an IT professional who enjoys writing in his free time. He is living in Southern California with his wife and their three boys. When he isn't writing, he tries to spend time outside with his kids in the beautiful SoCal weather. He also loves gaming. Primarily, Linus plays World of Warcraft and H1Z1. You can watch his live streams of his favorite games at

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chucklesthescot reviewed on on Nov. 6, 2015

This was one of these stories that had the potential to be really good but it just fell flat the way it was fleshed out.

The first big issue for me was Layla, the most self obsessed selfish bitch to ever walk the planet. When she hears on the radio that thousands are dead in riots across California, there is no sympathy, just her moaning that she can't find a channel playing music instead of reporting the breaking news. She spends the car journey sleeping and taking selfies. She doesn't like her husband talking to anyone else in case it takes his attention off her for a second. She moans about his car not being expensive enough and that people might think he only earns minimum wage. And when a woman watches her husband get ripped apart by zombies, Layla is in a mood because her husband dares to touch the woman's arm in sympathy. What a cretin in heels. I despise bitches like this and HATE it when I'm expected to care if she lives or dies. Then we have the spineless husband who won't say or do anything to upset his precious bitch from hell.

The story itself was a decent idea-a tour group getting stranded on Alcatraz with a zombie infection beginning. However the way the story was told could have been much better. There was no building of tension to get you wondering if a zombie was hiding around the corner. The infected guy attacked someone at the dock and it all went down in a few pages. Our lovely heroes then hid for a few pages then wandered back to the dock to get back in the boat. Think of how that could have been developed! Stragglers from the tour group being quietly picked off. A mob of zombies attacking the group, forcing them to split up and hide which would have built the tension nicely. Footsteps are coming towards it survivor or zombie? We could have had a couple of different POVs in the survivors, ramping up the horror and excitement as they all try to make their way back to the dock! But no, we are stuck with Miss Prissy Pants instead.

This was a great idea, wasted by poor characters and a lack of show with too much tell. No tension, no real plot development and a tame and uninteresting ending.
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Mary Blackwell reviewed on on July 12, 2014

This tale starts with a very real feeling portrayal of a couple and how they annoy each other starting out on a trip. How will the unexpected appearance of zombies affect their relationship and how will they survive?

Linus Locke really made me care about his characters, even when they were almost just thumbnail sketches! I cannot really describe this further without providing spoilers so will only urge you to read this.

The only drawback is that the final pages do not draw things to a close nor provide a cliffhanger. Perhaps I missed a page towards the end, but it felt a little was missing there. Having said that, I still enjoyed reading this with my heart racing, hoping against hope all heroes would survive.
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