Thursday, 24 November 2016

Book Review: Twice Dead by George Magnum

Within forty eight hours, it had become a global pandemic. There was no explanation. The dead were rising, returning to life, and devouring the living. Commander Peterson, leader of the most elite fighting unit in the U.S. armed forces, was assigned one, last final mission.

In his worst nightmares he never could have imagined this apocalypse, or that he and his team were to become the one last hope that remained…. 

My Review: 
I'm still not sure if I actually liked this book or not. There were elements of it that I enjoyed but there were other things that really annoyed me and made me want to bite the book.

Lets start with the good. I liked the overall plot of the book. If you want to be picky you can say that there is nothing new in it but it is still entertaining for zombie fans. A military team are to escort a smug scientist on a mission to collect another scientist and his data for a cure from a secured location. You are always going to get zombie action scenes in that kind of plot which is what attracted me to the book to start with, so I was expecting it to be quite fast paced. I would say that it was what I expected it to be so that was fine.

As an MC, Peterson is a no nonsense soldier who is calm under pressure and you would expect that in the leader and for more time to be spent developing his character. However, I can't say that I actually liked him. He had previously been in a relationship with Sharon and was being really vile to their team mate Tag because Tag was interested in Sharon. ooh what a crime, fancying the ex of your team leader. I felt Peterson's attitude was unprofessional and nasty, and that it greatly affected how well the team worked together. He was even blaming Tag for mistakes made by other team members-the actions of a pure bully and not a hero. He NOTICES that a soldier is limping after a zombie encounter yet does not challenge him over it and then blames Tag for the guy turning and attacking others in the helo!

The rest of the team I had mixed feelings about due to their stupid actions more than their actual personalities. They have no discipline and seem to choose which orders they want to follow. When told to stay somewhere to cover a team mate, the other guy wanders off leaving his colleague unprotected. Cash is an arrogant showboater whose dangerous actions keep putting the team in danger and he never obeys the orders given. The pilots didn't check the helo for damage from the first zombie attack before flying off in it. JB questions every order given. If these donkeys are the best military unit available, the world is doomed. Is this how you expect an elite unit to behave? Not in my opinion.

So the original mission cannot be completed thanks to the idiot behaviour of the team and they have to crash land and make a run for it towards a barricaded parking lot where other survivors are. Cash yet again is ignoring orders and acting like he is playing Resident Evil or some similar game and behaving like a total moron. Bite him already! The survivors and Peterson's people now need to get to the hospital which has a secure basement and supplies while where they can regroup. I'm not sure that this was the best plan in the world but the run for the hospital and the action inside was exciting. Between Cash and Peterson, man management skills with the civilians are sorely lacking.

Peterson continues to disappoint as a leader. He allows a small group to go their own way in the hospital on a virtual suicide mission, then from the safety of the basement, and AFTER the zombies have flooded the hospital, he decides for some bizarre reason to go and rescue the idiots. I just lost interest at this point. The fact that he still plans to complete the original mission with no helo or plan while trapped in a zombie filled hospital shows that the plot idea was rapidly going downhill.

The idea for this book was good and the zombie action scenes were well written. It was the characters and the lack of realism in the actions of the military unit that just destroyed my enjoyment of the book. There was seriously good potential in the actual writing and that is what frustrates me with this. I found that I wasn't greatly caring about the characters and who lived or died, and I don't have much interest in reading on with the series.

Read April 2016.
2.5 stars.

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