Saturday, February 16, 2013

INDIE BOOK REVIEW: ‘Domain of the Dead’ entertains with zombies, politics

I’ve been on something of a kick lately when it comes to zombie fiction.

As a result, Amazon keeps suggesting more zombie fiction for me to buy.

Since I’m a glutton for punishment, more often than not I oblige.

I’m not going to lie, there is a lot of zombie fiction out there that is just plain bad. It’s like some authors watched two episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ and thought they could do that themselves and then proceeded to write something almost exactly like ‘The Walking Dead.’

Here’s a hint: You can’t improve on the original, so don’t try.

‘Domain of the Dead,’ by Iain McKinnon and David Moody doesn’t really present a new story. It’s about a group of people that manage to survive the zombie apocalypse but they’re now running out of food and they have absolutely no place to go.

When one of the characters, Sarah, is debating killing herself to give the others more food to live on, thus extending their lives, she catches sight of a helicopter.

The helicopter team consists of a military group. It’s important to note, this is not our military. In the time since the zombies took over, anyone that isn’t a zombie essentially joined together to form a new government.

The helicopter’s base is in the nearby ocean, and three of the survivors manage to make it on the helicopter. When they’re reintroduced into civilization, they realize some things have changed. 
The helicopter team was not out looking for survivors, they were looking for zombies for the doctors on board to experiment on.

That’s the basic premise of ‘Domain of the Dead,’ which is the first book in a series.

There’s really nothing new in ‘Domain of the Dead.’ What I like about the story is the political angle. While the story doesn’t tell anything new, it does examine the new world with a critical eye that is sometimes lacking in other zombie books.

‘Domain of the Dead’ isn’t perfect. There are a few typos. Still, the story is strong and moves at a rapid pace and the reader is left wanting more when the book ends.

‘Domain of the Dead’ is $3.99 on Kindle and $14.95 in paperback.


Blogger JonSnow said...

wow and didn't even mention it's on nook, which it is. If you are going to say something is digital, let it be known of ALL places it's digital. geez. for fucks sake.

February 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM 

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