Dead Relatives: The Chronicles of Orlando

Dead Relatives: The Chronicles of Orlando

by M.M. Shelley

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ISBN-13: 9781468144024
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/13/2012
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Dead Relatives - The Chronicles of Orlando 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Reviewer: Me Dead Relatives hits the ground running with the first opening scene. Our main character Orlando has a lot on his plate as his crew of zombie hunters are searching for the elusive fifth, and someone – or something – called Lexicon. For zombie lovers this novella is sure to be a fantastic creepy joy ride. There’s Magick, ghosts, zombie bulls, and bad guys who turn out to be worse than they imagined. At first I wasn’t sure how this story was going to turn out. Not having read the previous novella The Zombie Story I wasn’t familiar with the characters and their backstories. However, Shelley does a decent job of catching the reader up on what previously transpired without overdosing readers on too much information. It was a fun quick read jam packed with tons of action. In a short amount of time we are jumping from one intense scene to the next. I really enjoyed watching Orlando develop. He wrestles with his magical abilities and being able to see ghosts. He has a difficult task ahead of him deciding how to best use his gifts and as his friends pull him in different directions, ultimately he has to decide if he’s ready to embrace what is a natural part of him. Along the way Orlando even discovers something about his family that shakes him to the core, and when he discovers a friend is near death he must once again decided how far he is willing to go. Overall this novella has a lot of great potential. I would like to see more character development with our side characters, their gifts, and their importance to the story. My only issue is the way in which some aspects of the story wrap up too quickly. I am hoping that we get better insight into Orlando’s family life, Ruben, Michael, and Cora in the next installment. And for those of you who are grammar fanatics, I did find some errors here and there, but nothing that should really pull the reader out of the story. However, I do suggest reading The Zombie Story first as I think this probably works best as a series than a standalone title. Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Reviewer: Me
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Yay!!! The sequel to The Zombie Story! I will say firsthand that it delivered a lot more than I expected. I felt like it really filled in the shoes that The Zombie Story left behind. Dead Relatives gave me everything I was hoping it would give me after the key that The Zombie Story came to a close with. I will admit that I wasn’t expecting much, maybe a few zombies getting slayed and then watching Orlando deal with some crucial and world risking place. But no, instead I get a full out action novel where Orlando and his Zombie Hunter buddies, Elodie, Michael and Rubin (sorry if I forgot the rest of the gang). For most of the novel, we get to watch out main character and his dynamic crew-o search for the fifth (did you see what I did there?). While the group does come across the fifth who is a creepy dude named Mr. Jefferies, they end up with the sudden realization that there is something a whole lot deeper, darker and edgier going on. By that, I mean that everything we knew from The Zombie Story gets bumped up a notch. The bad guys are proven to be a whole lot more powerful. The zombies are bigger, faster and stronger and the supernatural ability portion of the novel is even more clearly expressed. Did I forget to mention the part where zombie bulls come in? Well I did now: Zombie. Bulls. You can do the math about why that’s a really bad combination right? While I did say that the zombies are a lot badder, so are the bad guys. Can you imagine that? Badder Bad Guys. It’s a nightmare! And so, our group of favorite and trusted main characters go on a quest to stop the mysterious corporation known as Lexicon as well as figure out just what Warehouse One was used for and what really went on inside of it… Oh and our lovely MC Orlando is beginning to become a lot more than just a Wizard, he’s also starting to see ghosts and not just Fernie. He’s starting to see departed family members and not just his own kin, but his friends as well. Orlando seeing “dead relatives”… Coincidence? I think not.