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Posted August 21, 2011
I would have given this book 3 and a half stars but you can't do that on Barnes and Noble. I gave it four to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I feel it is undeserving of three stars.
I finished this book and it's pretty ho-hum as far as novels go. Tim is a solid writer but I never fell in love with any of his characters. The only one I really liked was Jerry. This isn't any fault of the author's I don't think...it just has to do with the story he is telling. It involves really shallow college kids who are not fazed by much, are oversexed, and really seeing their friends die doesn't cause them any grief at all. They just shrug and say, "glad it's not me". I thought the zombies could have been scarier, but really, the zombies weren't the monster. The shaman was the monster. And he seemed a little on the hokey side...like not frightening at all, especially since Jerry pretty much kung-fu's it a bunch of times.
I did like the setting. I thought the island worked really well. It made me long for tranquil beaches by the waves. There's lots of eating and laying around and talking and reading to find out what's going on in this book. Like pages and pages of that. Oh and getting soaped up in the shower and then sex. Keep in mind that all of this "soaping" happens after they're friends all die in a horrific shipwreck. Everyone always seemed far too calm making breakfast, drinking coffee, and wanting to be on vacation.
Honestly, I think I would have liked more monster mashing, more of a sense of dread. All the zombies do when they show up is knock a few doors down and go away. Then the college kids burn them up. The fight with the elemental seemed anti-climactic. But again, why should it be climactic? It's not his writing, just the story. Maybe the villain just wasn't strong enough or maybe the story didn't resonate with any fearful moments like I wanted. The scariest parts happened underwater and nothing really happened there either.
I'm not sure I understand his epilogue. Is he leaving this open for another sequel? I think I'd be interested in reading one if only to see if there were some greater horror that he could unleash. Also I'd like to see what Jerry is up to. I really liked that character.
There could be a little better editing, however, this is not from a major publisher so I don't fault him or the publisher on that. And for the record, we're not talking about misspellings. Just wrong word choice like "rode" instead of "rope". Easy enough to mistake and something a computer is likely not going to flag.
Sure, this isn't Stephen King. But I don't care. I wasn't expecting Stephen King. For what it's worth, I will read more of Tim's books and I recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read in the horror genre with a lil "South Pacific" combined with AMC's "The Walking Dead".
Posted August 17, 2011
A group of people are stranded on an island that was once a penal colony. If they are able to live long enough to escape the island they are forced to fight zombies, a pissed off shaman with a bad attitude and an elemental with nothing on its swirling little mind, but to kill every living thing on the island.
Mr. Hanner is able to keep your attention throughout. For an ebook it is properly edited, both of which result in an enjoyable read.
Posted October 14, 2011
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