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the rising would've been really good w/o the supernatural element. yes, that's the weakest part of the story. i don't mind a touch of the supernatural in my zombie stories. in fact, one of my favorite series, zombie fallout, has a supernatural aspect. so why did i dislike it in this novel? 2 reasons.
one. the supernatural aspect was not needed! the author develops 2 sets of bad guys. the "other" set of bad guys is more insidious and just as evil and deadly to our characters. they come from within. that's all i'll say! they're more devious and scarier.
two. the supernatural aspect is cheesy! so cheesy that i almost gave up on the book in the first 30 minutes and returned it! thankfully, the opening scene only lasted like 34 minutes! so why do i say it's cheesy? b/c it's soo b-movie, and the narration of the ancient evil sounds over the top cartoony! that's not to say all the narration is bad, but how the narrator portrays the supernatural characters is worse than a roger corman b-movie villain! i love my b-movies, but this is worse than a tara reid movie. if you're going to mix supernatural with zombies, then don't make it chessier than sharknado!
i won't spoil too much, but the publisher's summary does mention a dark priest. ok...i could deal with this whole dark priest thing IF it was done right, but instead of feeling creeped out or threatened, i just couldn't get past the cheese factor. again...thankfully, his introduction is short, and he only pops up twice for a short amount of time in the rest of the story.
as for the rest of the story, i rather liked it! in fact, i liked it so much that i kept listening through those cheesy parts. basically, there are 4 separate groups of people that are trying to survive as the dead come back to life and start viciously attacking the living. i liked the different characters, they and their situations were so different that i never got confused as to who was who and what was happening to them.
as the story progresses, the different storylines begin to merge. yes, this is the first in a series, but it ends at a good point.
overall, i liked a majority of the story. IF you can put up with a little cheese and like zombie stories, then you may like this one. BUT the cheese is kind of strong and if you're the least bit lactose intolerant, then stay away. for a 7 hour book, there's about an hour of cheese. the rest is gravy. i love poutine so i'll probably get the next book in this series when it comes out. if you're on the fence, then wait until it comes out and i'll review it and let you know whether or not it's worth it.
a mix of the movie, constantine, and the living dead.
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