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Author of the zombie novels EMPIRE and EMPIRE'S END, the horror collections DARK ENTITIES and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES, and numerous other short stories.
on June 23, 2011 :
Welcome to the second and final part of the Empire saga (although hopefully just the start of a Reaper universe). The first book took the unusual premise that in a post apocalyptic zombie world there are people fighting to survive (most live in large "protected" compounds) and a reaper walks around looking for a purpose to death! In this book, the reaper has found his cause, but zombies can get smart plus organised and some have a taste for immortality.
This book follows on from Empire and moved the story forward; it introduces new characters in both human and zombie form and actually expanded the universe quite a bit. The reaper gets a bit more venerable but that's balanced off by some pretty cool weaponry! There is a good insight into human nature and the dregs of a society struggling to survive, I love the way that the author created some of the most despicable characters, you end up wanting to shoot them yourself and at some points I was even on the side of the zombies, but maybe that's just me!
I was frustrated during the whole of the book as I was hoping for more of the Reaper/Adam and had mentally planned for a front to back cover rip roaring first person view, this was not the case. However, once I finished the book and sat back to review it was a whole, I find myself amazed at how much the author moved on from the first book. I had found myself wrapped up in the antics of the circus troupe and the Omega and wanting even more of their story. The book is extremely well balanced between the different threads and they are all pulled together nicely, this means you need to set yourself enough time to read the last 100 pages in one go. Because of my frustration with the first reading, I immediately re-read the book and found it to be even more rewarding, if there are other reaper mad fans out there, I would recommend that you do this as well.
Without adding any spoilers, the book ends with its own apocalyptic conclusion and a great twist that ties up almost all loose ends, which is nice as some authors don't seem to be able to end a series (think of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein).
Finally, at the end of the ebook you get a fantastic short called After Dead and I hope this is an indication to where the authors work is going.
In summary, this is another great read from David Dunwoody and in addition to the first book you will have a story that you will go back and re-read again and again. This young author has created his foundations with this amazing set and I will be standing in the line when his next publication is due.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)