First off- you can't tell me these covers aren't delicious! I love them like crazy, man! There's something sexy about an apocalyptic situation with a man standing, ready to fight. He can be fully clothed or Conan the Barbarian-like and it doesn't matter, I love it! Enough salivating and on to this amazing trio.
My review is based on the first three books of Peter Troy. From what I understand there's another book coming next year. The story is about a group of people, led by who else? Peter Troy. He's something of a zombinologist. His entire life has been spent studying every zombie movie ever made, no matter how cheesy. Sounds like my life. There are some really cool references to Sharktapus and The Walking Dead and other shows on SyFy that keep me very happy, but the story itself is fast paced and full of decayed wonder...
This book introduces you to the beginning of the apocalypse. Peter's been dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job as a meat monger. He feels his life sucks, but hey, he's got an abundance of science fiction/ horror movies to keep him occupied. At least, until he spots his ex-girlfriend giving a guy mouth-to-mouth across the way... or is she?
That's when the adventure begins. The story moves fast and the action is funny as well as a bit chaotic. What lost me was detail. There wasn't a great bit of detail. There's an instance where he meets Lena, a neighbor in his townhouse complex. She rushes over because she's afraid, but they never were really neighborly... but suddenly they're locking eyes and getting jealous at the rescue of big-boobed nurses! It was odd because nothing led up to the feelings, unless it was due to apocalyptic stress.
Also, I understand why Lena listened to Peter and his zombie tactics, but she, along with others were way too trusting in an apocalyptic world. Especially with Jim and Nathan! But it was a fun ride, so I moved on to book number two! Rated: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
I love books that pick up right where the first one ended. In volume two, we're on the road to nowhere. Actually, The Black Road and it's the one that I wasn't all that thrilled with.
It was slightly predictable to me on how it all started once something was introduced to the story (NO SPOILERS!) but it didn't take from the tale. What did sorta ruin the story for me was (1) There's so much missing from this story! I love what's going, but when there's an attack, there's next to no information. I need more! Why does the virus make your perfect teeth go jagged and your hair fall out... INSTANTLY? And why are planes still falling from the sky?
My other reason (2) was the sex scene. I won't go into details, but it was so unnecessary. It took away instead of adding the story, for me. It was roughhewn and difficult to visualize, even if I'd wanted to, because again, with the missing details. The book would have been perfect without it.
I think DiBartolo is a cool story-teller, but even with short stories, more is better! Rating: 👓👓👓 /5 specs
Lastly, we have volume three, Mayhem. Again, we start where the last one ended and we find ourselves riding with the crew through the rubble of the plane crash. A scene that could have been amazing, had there been lots of details.
Like right after they drive through the brief incident of decayed exiting the plane ablaze, they find two people being chased. They run the monsters over (which by now the F-350's engine should be about dead since it's never been cleaned) to find a guy and an Asian girl. I say this because the girl is described but not the guy, other than him being dark-skinned. That could be Hispanic, Arabic or even African-American. The the girl isn't described quite the same a few pages over. First, she's "strikingly beautiful", then out of nowhere, she's got a unique look because her facial features were flawless but she carried extra piercings and tattoos that screamed badass chick. I'm lost cause strikingly beautiful doesn't usually equate to piercings and tats, though beauty is in the eye and yadda yadda yadda. Did it hurt the tale? No, but Details, man! I'd rather have overkill than not enough.
The stories are a fun ride, but it seems the story jumped way too fast on their missions I'll see what happens in the next installment for 2016. Until then, I enjoyed the story. Below is the rating for this book and then there's one rating for all three. On to the next book! On to the next book! 📚 Rating: 👓👓👓👓 /5 specs
Rating Average for Both Books: 👓👓👓👓 /5 specs
*The Light Side of the Moon is next.
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