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I learned more about Chicago than I wanted to know . There where a few "zombie battles" but in the end I regretted buying the book.
My first Scott Kenemore audiobook was Zombie Ohio and I was instantly hooked! The storyline had me, the performance was superb, so imagine my delight when I discovered there was a series! Unfortunately, this book falls flat.
The performance was mediocre, with absurd attempts at accents. The only one consistently carried through was the Pastor Mac, which happened to be the one I found the most obnoxious. The attempts at Spanish/Hispanic accents were laughable, often sounding almost like Middle Easterners.
The storyline was more about the trio traipsing around Chicago than zombies. In all honesty, they could have been running from mobsters, rampant teenagers or rapid dogs for all it mattered, their interaction with zombies was so infinitesimal.
My first experience with Scott Kenemore's zombie books was so great, I won't let this drop in the bucket keep me from listening to his others.
The novel's main themes, zombies and Chicago politics, blend surprisingly effortlessly, and to amusing effect. The main characters are sufficiently original and make for an interesting team -- the sole woman is introduced in a somewhat obnoxious way that mostly defines her via a man, but "she gets better." The star and most well-drawn of the three is arguably the black pastor with the rough past and strange vice -- a likable clergyman, no small feat there!
All considered, the book is more humorous than grim. The zombie/politico blend moves the story along well enough, but the zombies very rarely feel like a real threat that can't be handled, or like the possible doom of humankind. Likewise, there is some gore, and some survival themes (running out of ammo, food, or batteries) are hinted at, but all in all, they seem a backdrop to the main theme of "how would zombies affect dirty politics."
The reader is competent.
"No regrets." :)
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