Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Book Review: A Father's Quest by Kirk Allmond (What Zombies Fear #1)

When Victor Tookes went to work that beautiful spring day he never expected to see a man eaten in the street in front of his office. After convincing himself that they really were zombies, he makes a trip from his house in Pennsylvania to his family home in Virginia, battling zombies all the way. His three and a half year old son was bitten on the leg, but doesn't turn into a zombie. Instead, he turns into something more than human.

Victor and his friends discover that not all zombies are created equal, some of them are smarter than others. Some of them are even able to pass for human.


My Review:
Victor is at work when he witnesses a zombie attack and decides he has to go to day care to rescue his son Max, getting him and Candi to safety. but these are no ordinary zombies. They can think, operate weapons and employ tactics and they have a particular interest in Max...

Urgh I don't like ultra smart zombies! I like the shambling George Romero ones who just keep going and hunt you down. These zombies were smart enough to guard bridges, patrol areas with weapons, set ambushes, talk and I wasn't really sold on any of that. I also didn't much like the idea of those bitten becoming superhuman. But that is a personal thing and it's not what ruined the book for me. Oh no, that would have to be the all amazing Victor.

Victor is a self obsessed, sexist, moronic, obnoxious asshat. And those are his good qualities. When he gets to day care, two teachers are bravely defending his terrified son and what does Victor do? He grabs Max and runs off, leaving the women to die and has no regret about doing it. They saved your son!!! He then gets Candi killed when, despite noting that it looked like an ambush situation, he drove into it anyway which caused his wife to get shot dead. Does he cry for her? No he's too busy feeling all smug about his brilliant truck that forced the ambush aside, noting that everyone said the truck was a waste of money but Victor was right about buying it. Oh the man is such a prince. In fact Victor spends a lot of time congratulating himself on his excellent plans, or his accurate shooting or just how smart he is in general. Gag.

It's not long before he meets other survivors and his first job is to leer at the woman getting changed. Then in the middle of her zombie story, Victor interrupts a woman to ask where she is from because he can't place her accent and it's really distracting. He totally loves himself and thinks he is the Big I Am who is to be worshipped in some way. Revolting jerk. I literally wanted to climb into the book and rip out his throat. There was no way I was going to read any further with THAT as my so called hero. Obviously Max got his personality from his mother.

Dreadful MC, story that did not appeal and no chance of reading anything else by the author.
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