Saturday, 29 March 2014

Book Review: HIVE by Griffin Hayes

Nearly two hundred years after the planet was ravaged by millions of undead Zees, the human race is still struggling to rebuild. The Zees may be long gone, but so too are centuries of scientific advancement.

A group calling themselves The Keepers of Knowledge have set out to retrieve and protect what little technology survived the fall. When four of their Prospectors go missing, the Keepers turn to a no-nonsense mercenary named Azina and her eclectic crew of hardened veterans to find them.

The search leads the group to a crumbling underground city. But what looks like just another ruin from a bygone era isn’t nearly as deserted as it appears. Soon, a simple rescue mission becomes a slippery descent into hell as Azina and her men unwittingly awaken a savage, bloodthirsty world. Who will stand and fight, and who will be lucky enough to stay dead?

My Review: 
A mercenary team are sent into an underground complex to find four missing workers who were on a salvage mission. As Azina's team go further in they discover a mall and living quarters where rich people hid from the zombie apocalypse. But the zombies found a way in and there are thousands waiting in the dark...

This reminded me a bit of the Resident Evil film in places and it was a decent zombie read. As much as I love zombies, the books are pretty hit and miss these days and this is on the better side of the equation. These are proper scary ass zombies that move at speed to come and get you and they are pretty keen to get the fresh meat. These zombies also have the added genetic advantage of powers to track their dinner which makes them pretty darn hard to escape from.

The group of mercs and civilian guides aren't the nicest bunch in the world but as they are being used pretty much as zombie fodder, the lack of decent character traits doesn't matter that much and doesn't really detract from the story. Usually I'd object to obnoxious characters but it's different if some are going to get ripped apart and eaten! There is a nice mixture of zombie attacks and building tension as they try to find a way out, which the author does nicely. There are a couple of nice twists in the story which blows open what you think the mission is and I like a bit of betrayal! I'm not going to spoil the book by telling you about it but the story did evolve in different ways as it progressed.

Overall there was the tension, the gore, the zombies, the victims, the evil bosses, the run for your life...everything you expect in a nice zombie tale. Recommended for zombie fans.
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  1. I really like the sound of this one - gonna check it out.

  2. This sounds really good. I like the idea of the Undead Zees die like what you don't find...You find those darn zombies alive everywhere.


  3. I was thinking the same thing ... sounds somewhat like RE. I love zombies, but I haven't been in the mood for them lately. This book looks interesting, I'll just have to keep it in mind for when I feel horror-ish. lol

    1. I download a lot of free zombie books but like you say, you need to be in the right mood to read them!