A review by: Terri Kinckner
Lance, by his own admission, was a loser. Stuck in a failed marriage and unable to keep a job, he had succumbed to depression and had pretty much given up. While walking down the street talking to an old coworker that he hadn’t seen in years, he noticed an incoherent woman stumbling toward an intersection and certain death. He was struck by a car when he pushed the woman to safety, but the insanity was just beginning. While in the hospital, he learned that the woman was infected with a virus that had turned her into a cannibalistic monster. She wasn’t the only infected; it seemed the entire city of Pittsburgh was under attack, and the military closed in to quarantine the hospital. With the help of a doctor and a staff sergeant with a conscious, Lance was able to get his soon-to-be ex wife and her boyfriend (his old coworker), to safety and to escape the hospital. His journey to safety, however, was far from over!
Jason Brant has made me afraid of the dark once again! His rendering of these “Vladdies” was horrifying. They’re a terrifying cross between demons, zombies and vampires, and the true stuff of nightmares! Lance and his travelling companion Cass were quite a pair. The banter made me smile even while my heart was pounding and I was struggling to remind myself that it was okay to exhale! These two “failures” came into their own and proved their own opinions of themselves wrong. They managed to be stronger than they thought, while still keeping their insecurities. This made them completely believable characters that I rooted for with a vengeance! I try to imagine myself stuck in a situation like this, and I hope to be 1/10th of the person that Cass was.
This book was so fast paced that there was absolutely never a dull moment. It held my attention from the first page to the last, and I darn-near threw my kindle when the battery died. This is also a book that I thought about even when I wasn’t reading it… very few books affect me like that. I am both nervous about and looking forward to the next book in the series. Jason has a way of making even the bizarre terrifyingly real, and this book was no exception. As a Pennsylvania girl, the location of the book hit me a little hard. My home was being invaded! Seriously, five stars doesn’t do this book justice. Elevendy seven will have to do!
I give this book elevendy-seven stars out of five!
Big, top-selling famous authors are fine. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with reading a book from someone who will end up in the literary classics section someday…but I honestly prefer Indie writers. What are Indie writers anyway?Surprisingly, there isn’t even a wikipedia article on them. (this must be rectified) An Indie writer is a writer who self-publishes their work. E books have made a HUGE difference in the number of Indie writers, and it’s a wonderful thing. Indie writers seem to write with a fresher approach, since they’re still connected to everyday people. I am always thrilled when I see a brilliant Indie writer end up on the New York Times Best Seller List- it makes me feel as though the underdog that I was rooting for has won the race.
For a long time, Indie writers were virtually ignored by their backed-by-a-publishing-company peers. I always wondered if they were that far outside the grasp of everyday reality, or if they were just intimidated by the creativity of these self-published authors. It could be both, I’m no expert, I’m just a plain old middle-aged woman working 40 hours a week and aspiring to be….Indie.
I think the one thing that is wonderful about Indie authors, besides their brilliant writing, is their connection to their fans. They really appreciate their fans, and the fans love them right back. Indie authors are not above joining in the banter on their Facebook page, or participating in contests and donating “swag” from their current or past book series’. This makes the fans more emotionally invested in their work. They know they are appreciated. They’re more likely to review a book on a site like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads. Indie fans give reviews and promote their favorite authors with a fervor rarely seen these days, and Indie authors give back to their fans by way of appreciation and the occasional free offer, signed bookmarks, book posters, etc.
Indie is not just writing. Indie writers bring fans into a fantasy world, give them characters they still think about (or pine for) long after the book or series are through. They then keep those characters alive through blogs, Facebook, etc. This makes these books more of an interactive experience, which in turn keeps the reader’s attention until the next book comes out, but it also provides writers with a lot of information they’d otherwise not know. Fans aren’t afraid to voice their opinions on their beloved characters, and I think it really helps Indie writers make their wonderful books even better!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my very first blog post!