Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Book Review: When there's no more room left in Hell by Luke Duffy

Mankind is on the brink of extinction. A deadly plague sweeps the globe like a tsunami causing the dead to rise and prey on the living. When there's no more room in Hell is a horror/action story set in a post apocalyptic world filled with suspense, drama, humour, grief and action. While one brother fights his way home through the horrors and confusion of a savage landscape from the 'Meat Grinder' that is Iraq, the other finds himself as the leader of a rag-tag band of survivors striving to survive against the onslaught of the dead.

My Review:
I never really got into this book from the start, based yet again on an obnoxious, lazy, partying, layabout former drug dealer who admits he would have done anything for cash and thinks the world owes his ass a living. And now because he has a kid, he declares himself father of the year and totally reformed and I'm supposed to cheer for him. Nope. Drug dealers are something I despise and becoming 'reformed' doesn't chamge all the destroyed lives you leave behind to grab some quick money. So do I want one as my MC? No thanks.

Even putting that aside, I don't like the way the story was presented. There was a lot of tell and no show. We are told about the terror attack at the London Olympics, the wars and the strange virus which followed. We get an info dump about how much Steve hates the government. We are told of the zombie outbreak and the YouTube videos but we don't get to experience any of these things or society breaking down through Steve's eyes. We are merely told about it after the event. One of the things I love about zombie books is seeing the outbreak happen through the MC's eyes and experience, seeing the scary moments and living through the horror with them. It's exciting that way! But being told everything after the events takes the drama out of the whole story.

We switch to Steve's brother Marcus and his military adventures in Iraq which again has info dumps and we get a bit description of his battle with insurgents, which is not as interesting when you would rather see that detail with zombies, since it is a zombie book. It was taking way too long to get to anything interesting and I got a bit fed up with it.
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