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Friday, June 3, 2011

Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: Sue Edgerley, via Smashwords
  • Format: Paperback
Copy provided for review.


In the midst of a catastrophe the world has never seen before, one woman will stop at nothing to protect her family…. When miners release an ancient and deadly virus, Lori, a nurse, finds herself at ground zero of a deadly battle for survival. With time running out, can she find the strength to fight an ever-increasing enemy and save her family?

I believe I've said this a thousand times, zombie novel... not a fan. We'll that's because what I was exposed to was the Zombie types that were integrated in the fictional society as domesticated, harmless, like Fido. I admit I've read probably two YA novels that were not that bad (story wise) but a rotting body will never be appealing, for me. I like them flesh eating and terribly lifeless the conventional depiction of the walking dead. I am a huge fan of the zombie movies, I probably saw most of what was released in theaters and the ones that went straight to DVD. The ones that got infected with mutated rabies virus (from a rat), ebola, cancer treatment serum, or some type of bio-chemical weapon. But whatever the cause, they all end up into flesh eating creatures that will devour your flesh and turn you into one of them. So when I read the back cover of Dead tropics, I knew that this is one of those zombie novel that I'd highly appreciate. As soon as I got it in the mail, I started reading it.

I will say it again, it is true when they say do not judge the book by its cover. I am not a fan of the cover but the story it provided greatly covers that flaw. Like any other zombie related event, the book starts with a normal day that turned into an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it kind of deal. They believe the cause of the outbreak was from encephalitis. Small town Cairns, Australia is where it was set. One thing a movie that does not really provide in great details, is how the characters feel, how they formulate their plans and what's going on inside their head. The main character, Lori is everybody's heroine, a strong character from beginning till end. The drive to save her family and the strength to survive will make every reader root for her. It was fast paced and charged with adrenaline. Where to run, where to hide, how to both and live... I appreciate the graphic details (an essential for any zombie novel). I believe this is also the first time I've read a zombie apocalypse from a female perspective. I was impressed.

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