Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead (great movie!) The Walking Dead… we have quite the appetite for rotting flesh, don’t we? *snirk*
Fellow genre writer Jack Flacco’s debut novel “Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse” continues in this fine tradition with a story about a grizzled survivor, a rusty pick-up, and his trusty 12-gauge. Protecting fellow survivors, uncovering an insidious conspiracy, and above all, blasting away at hordes of shambling undead is what this is all about.
The genuinely refreshing thing is while RM is fraught with tension and action, (and zombies) it keeps from decomposing into ponderous, grim darkness with a salting of black humor and a light tone. Thankfully, the book keeps on the side of a good old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoon rather than descending into a relentless, dreary tale of survival. It’s the undead with their tongue firmly in cheek. If you’re looking to waste some time with some good old-fashioned Zed-blasting, this is the book for you.
Be sure to click through to his Website to stay notified of the release date. I’m looking forward to more from this guy.
* Full Disclosure: I know the author through online venues and received an ARC of Ranger Martin.