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The short story Pale Rider introduces us to Janus, the first Blue Brain or Zombie. At the end of civilization as we know it the remaining human survivors struggle to rebuild. Fuel and vehicles are no more so humans genetically engineer animals to be stronger and larger to help in farming, clearing, and transportation duties. These beasts are called dinosaurs. Plots of land must be cleared of zombies to become farms. Our protagonist Paul is known as The Pale Rider. This is the basis of the introduction to our new world. Three.point.five for the effort.
My rating: 4 stars
Audiobook narrator Michael C. Gwynne rating: 4.5 stars
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fun and short book. I have read a few zombie books but this one was certainly different. I really like the world that was created by James Livingood involving dinosaurs and zombies. I never thought of the farming profession as a deadly and thankless job. I think I have a lot more respect for farmers due to this book (of course farmers in our world are not dealing with zombies and dinosaurs… lucky…).
I was driving through a very rural area with lots of farms at night while I was listening to this book (and a full moon too – not that it had anything to do with anything). Needless to say, I was quite creeped out. I kept expecting a “blue blood” zombie to pop out of the cornfields while riding a dinosaur! This book could certainly be made into a longer novel with more backstory and description of the dinosaur creation/riding.
I thought the narrator did a great job with breathing life into this story. His voice inflection varied along with the tone of the book and really made the book that much more exciting.
Thanks for the free book, James!