Kings of the Dead (Revised & Expanded)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The dead are rising. Cole and his friends are not only survival experts, they’ve spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event. And they know they’ll eventually have to deal with the worst qualities of the living: desperation, greed, selfishness, and cruelty. And a chance encounter at a secret military installation may reveal a conspiracy bigger than any of them had imagined... More

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Review by: phillip Dix on May 16, 2013 :
pretty fun. The characters had it a little to easy, the zombies were not that effective. But the problems the group faces are very realistic, and the fact that several characters are not in perfect health added alot to the story.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Thom Brannan on May 04, 2011 :
When I started reading KINGS OF THE DEAD, I was more than a little put out by the fact that the titular Kings were so ready for things to hit the fan. Location, equipment, stores, weapons, you name it. I was, in fact, quite upset at how prepared these people were. It reminded me at times of a video game. But I read on.

Then after a while, it hit me: just because you have all this stuff doesn't really mean you're READY.

The growing sense of loss that comes across in the journal-format book is acute, even if it is couched in manly terms. The members of the cast that disappear leave their mark on Cole, the main protagonist, and even though they aren't mentioned very often afterward, the change that follows lets you know: it weighs on him.

KINGS OF THE DEAD was a quick read, fast-paced and real to the chosen format. The format was, as stated, that of a journal, and I was ready to be put out by that, too. I've read several journal-style books and there is no way, in my humble opinion, real people recreate entire conversations in their diaries. Tony Faville's Cole doesn't, and it made me happy. Cole lost track of dates, found them, lost them, etc, and it felt right.

The zombies...I won't even bother. Any zombie book worth its salt isn't really about the zombies unless there's something new going on there, ala Dr. Kim Paffenroth's DYING TO LIVE series. KINGS takes a traditional approach to the undead, and the book's focus is rightfully on the survivors.

Overall, KINGS OF THE DEAD was a satisfying read. There were flaws in the story, and in the characters, but sometimes Perfect comes across as Boring. Three and a half stars, rounded up for the subtle ways in which some of the perceived flaws were addressed.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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