Title: Carnage Road
Author: Gregory Lamberson
Review: The Zombie genre has become very popular and along with that comes things good and bad. I found this book to be a good combination of Dawn of The Dead and Mad Max. The author doesn't waste any time with background of how the apocalypse happened instead he puts the reader right into the action.
The anti-heroes Boone and Walker are the only ones left from their infamous biker gang. With the world falling to pieces and their leader dead neither one knows what to do so Boone decides he wants to take a road trip to Hollywood. He wants to see the USA before he is eaten. As the boys bike across the US they come in contact with your typical brain eating zombies, along with religious nuts, and unlikeable gangs. I felt the author had a chances to bring something new to the Zombie genre but instead chose to stay with the same types of characters that populate most of the zombie books out there.
There were some fun parts in the books dealing with a movie theater and hoping to see the last film ever made and the typical insane religious zealots. This is where I felt the book started to get way to political for my taste. The author started to put his own political views out there but in ways that made it annoying and painful to read. At this point in the book I almost stopped reading because it was feeling more like a political statement than a "zombie" book. I decided to keep reading and enjoyed the book once they reached Hollywood and there is one hysterical scene where the celebrity zombies still wanted to be admired and wouldn't leave their star on the walk of fame.
After they arrive in Hollywood they decide to head back east to Florida but end up living there last hours, days or weeks at the Alamo in Texas.
The Author give Walker and Boone heart right before the book ends and make you wonder what happened? I wish the author would have left a bit more social commentary out of his novella and stayed with the fun zombie killing.
Carnage Road is short but it packs a punch with boot stomping bikers and a bleak end of the world story to tell.
Being a typical zombie book there is a lot of swearing, gore, and sex but if you like films like Dawn of the Dead or TV shows along the lines of The Walking Dead then you will enjoy this short novella.
Thanks so to Heidi for this review.
Publisher: Published by Print is Dead
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Where I got the Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Why I read the book: I love a fun or good Zombie book and it was a quick read.
Synopsis: The tale centers on Boone and Walker, the last two members of the Floating Dragons motorcycle gang, who set out on a cross country odyssey during the zombie apocalypse.
Author Biography: Gregory Lamberson is the author of JOHNNY GRUESOME and CHEAP SCARES! LOW BUDGET HORROR FILMMAKERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS. He is also the director of the cult horror film SLIME CITY and the creator and editor of the popular horror entertainment website Fear Zone (www.fearzone.com). In October 2009, Medallion Press will publish his novel PERSONAL DEMONS. Visit him at www.slimeguy.com"
* Jake Helman Files