Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Book Review: Forget the Alamo by RJ Spears

When Grant was forced to land in San Antonio with his protectee, Sam Jenkins, he didn’t expect to be there for more than a day or two. That was until a strange viral outbreak started bringing the dead back to life and those reanimated dead started attacking the living.

After a few harrowing days, Grant and a handful of other survivors find themselves trapped inside the Alamo, surrounded by a horde of the undead with their options narrowing. If the zombies don’t get them, starvation, or a military strike will.

With their backs against the wall, they must learn to use their ingenuity to find a way to escape and then to survive.

My Review:
Grant is taking Jenkins into protective custody when their plane is diverted to San Antonio. They are stuck in a hotel there when the zombie apocalypse begins in the city and they try to escape, only to end up with a group of tourists inside The Alamo. The group are trapped by the zombies with no supplies but when they hear that in 90 minutes San Antonio is going to be bombed, escape becomes vital. A daring plan is hatched...

This was good zombie fun! It followed the traditional zombie plot of a group of people trapped by the undead, a crazy ass plan that would never work and a dangerous escape attempt with tons of zombies! The plan itself sounded totally bonkers and I couldn't see how it would actually work, but in a zombie novel, things being a bit unrealistic doesn't bother me as long as I enjoy it. And I did enjoy this book.

We spend just enough time getting to know the survivors so we care what happens to them, without slowing the plot down. There is tension in each stage of the plan, building up when the escape is at its height and characters are in danger. I got quite attached to this group of people which is surprising for a zombie novella. The action is pretty much non stop with lots of well described zombie attacks to enjoy. The fact that the clock is ticking down adds another level of tension to the situation.

It's hard to say too much without spoiling the plot but it is one of the more entertaining zombie novellas that I've read and I'd certainly recommend it to zombie fans. I plan to grab other books by the author if I get the chance. 
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