Zombie by any other name is still a Zombie!! Another UK writer who doesn't like that "Z word" in their book for whatever reason. As with most zombie lore, the interesting part of the story is with the people trying to survive. This story is no different and offers interesting story lines which come together and inter-twine at various points. Good character development. This book will keep you flipping to the next page. Much recommended for UK zombie fans. (He uses a lot of actual central UK places in this book).
Never mind the many scientific inaccuracies (Allosaurus lived in the Jurassic not the late Cretaceous and there were certainly no native humans in the late Cretaceous) this is a page flipping read. Or if you read on Kindle a forward button pressing read! If you like Earth bound Sci Fi mixed with a little espionage, this is your book
This was a ripoff of the Michael Lee Jones case. You can read this article from 2010 in Vanity Fair and it looks like the story was lifted right off its pages.
I am giving it 4 stars (one star off due to the ripoff) but it is still a pretty good read. If the link doesn't work Google "The Case of the Vanishing Blonde".
Great book! Even though the author classifies this is as fiction, make no mistake. There are facts in here. Also there are familiar players in here (renamed of course). Barack Obama, Hitlery Clinton, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and even John McCain... all present and accounted for. What is fiction is what happens... very enjoyable read! It should be a wake up call for dum dums who still think US News sources like CNN and MSNBC are "unbiased".
I am glad I read LIARS first. WTF is terrible. LIARS was great so I know what this author is capable of. WTF is supposed to be about a man who gets knocked out in 2020 or so and remains comatose until 2050 then wakes up, and gets a load of the liberal world in 2050. Ok the biggest problem with this is that the author has these conversations between a hypothetical narrator & reader. That would in itself not be too bad but they dominate most of the book! Page after page of this dribble and hardly any adherence to the story line. It reminded me of reading a UseNet post from Alt.Tasteless back in the 1990s for those of you can remember the internets of the 90's. If you enjoy that endless banter go ahead and read it. But I give it only one brown star!! Comon, you can do better than this Mr. Thompson!
For readers of the supernatural, it doesn't get much better than this book. Although like the prior reviewer, the culprit was easy to guess in advance. However, the story and character development is superior and makes up for any shortcoming in the obvious part of the story line.
A nice taught short story. I do think the author could have done more with the story but nevertheless, it was a good one. The kind of story people tell around a campfire to scare each other. And I am sucker for train stories for some reason.. here is another ghost train story I found on the web much different than this one:
This is a genuinely good horror novel. It's well developed story and characters are captivating. Part of the book is a nod to Friday the 13th but with different twists. Also maybe a nod to Hellraiser in here but with other twists. Intelligently written and well constructed. If you love good horror, read this!!
A rambling mess. OK I get that the author uses this to entice the reader to purchasing the next book but this book had no end the story - not even a partial ending. In between, the stories rambled on and the dialogues were sophomoric. There is a zombie element that is introduced here but not explored properly. Sorry if you want me to buy your next book, you will have to do better with the free intro of the series.
BRAVO! A deeply engrossing story that keeps you turning the pages and wanting more. And wanting answers that are not made obvious. This book puts you inside a child abduction and makes you see it from many different angles. U.S. Readers: you need to brush up on your UK colloquialisms but even if you don't; it's a great read.
Ok book but I am only giving you 3 stars because it was WAY too easy to figure who dunnit. I figured it out in the first 1/3rd of the book long before the bombs were dropped later. You needed to insert more marginal male characters that would have created more suspects and keep us guessing. However, it was good reading just the same.
A very poorly written book. The author is a doctorate and has many academic publications to his credit. I suppose this indicates there is a huge chasm between the skill sets needed for academic writing and mystery fiction writing.
All I can say about this mess is that is it is full of undeveloped characters and sophomoric dialogue. When a character is called up in the story, you often have no idea who he or she is.
Furthermore the dialogue and situations in this story are so unreal, I had to just shake my head. There is also no real suspense until the very end of the book.
The only thing that kept me going was the story line (which actually was good conceptually) but that is a fairly thin thing to lean on when the writing is so poor.
Infection = Zombies! Personally I do not like zombie fiction. This author gives a new twist on the old zombie theme so if you like zombie fiction, you might like better than I did. It takes place on another world - which is remarkably Earth-like right down to websites, cell phones, blogs, trucks and vans, and military so it might as well be Earth. The infection is delivered in a different than usual way so I won't spoil it but for Zombie lovers, give it a read.
This is a book about a hacker attacking a thinly veiled company called "General Automotive" (A thin veil for General Motors). It's a good story because every time you think you have the hacker figured out, you don't -- so you keep reading.
However, I am only giving this book 3 stars because of some problems. The technical aspects of this are too much for most readers. Even though the author gives lengthy (and often pretty boring) explanations of how the technology works, it's muddles up the story badly.
The author needs to proof his work. There were a plethora of grammar errors and mis-used words. Quote marks are missing or one-sided making the reader wonder if that is being said or thought by the character. Breaks in the story did not appear in the Kindle version (perhaps they were in other versions of story). One paragraph flowed into another even though the scene changed.
Furthermore, the author frequently got his character names mixed up. Brad was Mark on several occasions. Harold was Brad too!! Brad was Mark Staples at one point. Sometimes Willy's last name was Scane and sometimes it was Scene. Very difficult to follow where there is a fairly large cast of characters.
"The Year was 1990" it states at the beginning. However, the author took a lot of liberties with the year 1990.
There is a lot of talk throughout the book about websites and looking things up on the web. That could not happen in 1990 unless you were working at CERN. The very first actual website was CERN's in late 1991. The first commercial websites did not appear until 1993 so GA would not have had a website.
In the book, Lisa had a Pentium 100. Pentium chips did not appear on the scene until 1993.
Book mentions in past tense "Intra Netware". Intra Netware was released with Novell Netware's TCP/IP Suite 4.11 in 1996. It was not even in the planning stages in 1990.
And the history stretching was not limited to technology. Later in the book Harold mentions the Clinton / Lewinsky scandal as did the FBI agents. That scandal didn't start breaking until 96/97.
The OJ Simpson murder trial was also mentioned. That happened in late 94 to early 95.
While some time did go by in the book, it wasn't that much time. Perhaps 6 months to a year.
The book gets 3 stars because it's a compelling story but the author should have refined it and cleaned up the sloppiness in details. He also should have proofed the book or had someone proof it.
Yoga stretching, smoothie sipping, pot smoking liberals on one hand and the gun crazed, loud mouthed, unhinged farmer conservatives on the other hand.
This author manages to insult everyone via stereotype. One character is homosexual because he lisps a bit. The Hispanic brothers are named Chico and Cisco? Black man snorts cocaine at a movie theater and there is the ubiquitous crazy black lady next door.
But the worse stereotyping is used against those big bad bogeymen: the conservatives. As in most liberal folklore, conservatives are mean-spirited, violent, and murderous.
This books gets stripped down to 1 star for several reasons.
First, the over-the-top stereotyping. And the over politicizing of the story. The poor character development with their sophomoric unrealistic dialogue makes me think this book was a written by a middle schooler.
I think there was supposed to be humour in there but that mostly failed. Although I did get a chuckle every once in awhile. It's sad that this story is so poorly executed because the story itself had possibilities.
Don't expect the usual mystery book with this one! You might think this is the "oh this is where the lady gives up everything to find out what happened to her friend" plot. Well kinda.
This book does have a disappearance but it mostly revolves around the main character's roller coaster of emotions - A middle aged woman who regrets her marriage, has stop enjoying her job and has fallen for a much younger man.
Don't expect an 'action packed' thriller! It's a long ride and packed with emotional ups and downs. And you also be rewarded with a surprise ending. You won't guess "who dunnit" with this one. Good job Ms. MacDonald.
The world's smartest arsonist turned murderer versus the world's dumbest cop! Really the cop in this book is lacking in brains, character, emotions and everything else.. like this cop is a placeholder character or something. So I took one star off for that... but if you can ignore that, it's a pretty good read with a nice climax type ending.
Very good read. Great combo of horror and mystery. Main character well developed. My only criticism is that I felt the story moved a bit too fast. Hurried along in fact. Like there could have been more plot there. But I give it 5 stars just the same.
I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet. This books is a masterpiece! For fans of Farmer's Riverworld, you will find a bit of that influence there, but the author takes it much further. And it will keep you turning pages as you just don't know what is going to happen next. Bravo!