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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Severed Press (October 8, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 180 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1925342573
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1925342574
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
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Rich Restucci is a practicing chemist living in Pembroke Massachusetts. He resides with his lovely wife, three children, and a permanent hangover. He enjoys drinking beer, stocking up on weapons and supplies, playing with explosives and reading/writing anything zombie related. An up and coming writer, Rich is currently working on two series set in the same undead world: The Run Series, and the Theories Series.. Rich's work can be found on the fiction section of Homepage of the dead.com, or you could check out his blog on Zombie Fiend.com. Rich's novels can be found wherever books are sold.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Chaos Theory by Rich Restucci 7.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chaos Theory by Rich Restucci 7.5/10
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2017
We are thrown into the action straight away so the author clearly knows his craft and is aware that he must grab the reader’s attention from the start. It written in a rushed and hurried tone appropriate to the high adrenaline situation the narrator finds himself in. The reader is left disoriented in the same way as our narrator is who has found himself in the middle of a situation with no idea how to handle it. Wtf? What do we do? Perfect!
In some ways, the action comes at the cost of characterization. Of SHIP it is made very clear what he looks like and it’s easy to picture him but when it comes to our hero, I have no idea what he looks like, I don’t recall a physical description or how old he is and, I must be mistaken I’m sure but I cannot find any mention of his name. It did take me some time to, as we say, get into the book and it wasn’t until the half way point that I became really engaged.
He does several things well. Firstly, with so much zombie death it can be hard to think of interesting ways to make them permanently dead but the author manages this. “Ventilated his cranium” and having a “lead headache” were my favourites. Secondly, humour isn’t always easy to write in a book but he does this well and I found myself chuckling frequently. When the author gets us to remember our school science teacher and then tells us that he was nothing like that, I was in stitches and “Let’s get the duck out of fodge” is something I’ve actually found myself saying once or twice recently.
I thought it was very brave to write a mute character. What they say and how they say it is so much a part of getting us to like them. SHIP is great and his silent personality fills the page.
The scene where they bug out of Keesler base was action packed and made me feel like I was right in the middle of a scene from war of the Worlds and I have to agree with our hero on the subject of coffee. It really is nasty stuff lol.
The author raises a very good point about a lack of breath means no smell so how do they sense outsiders. It’s such a fundamental point yet it’s not something I’ve seen mentioned in other books of the same genre and I was astonished it hadn’t occurred to me before. It really made me think. I eventually came up with the theory of possibly being able to sense electrical impulses much as a shark senses prey. All speculation of course.
There are however some confusing story choices made by the author and strange decisions made by the characters that do leave us the reader with unanswered questions. Questions such as why were a bunch a prisoners being driven about after the apocalypse was known to be underway? Did it really happen so quickly that the guards weren’t aware and carried on their job as normal? The implication is not as those attacking the bus at the start had already formed enough of a collective to band together and attack others.
Where does the zombie outbreak come from? It’s just there, it just happens. While I appreciate the need to keep exposition to a minimum is what writers are generally ‘told’ to do so to speak, a bit of background information is necessary. Government experiment, new virus, weird new drug, alien meteorite whatever. It also needs grounding in reality. Where and when are we? We need some hint because otherwise we just feel like a boat without a rudder flapping round with no idea what is going on.
The method of zombification is also confusing because reference is made in the beginning to some people lying down ad dying but not staying dead and then getting up to kill everyone. There is no mention of bites at this point only bullets so my first thought is that it’s a ‘Walking Dead’ style of resurrection where the dead come back to life whether bitten or not but in short order it turns into the ‘turning through biting’ scenario and the former is forgotten.
At one point they kill a bunch of hillbillies then escape on a snowmobile and drive west “for a long time”. Now while I can just about go with their trail being followed despite the fact that it’s dark, I can’t figure how the other bad guys caught up with them if both Ship and aforementioned bad guys are travelling at top speeds on their respective snowmobiles and how does the all-knowing Lynch seems to have magical abilities to trace them know matter where they go with no explanation as to how.
Finally, there is a hint of sexism in the main character that is quite off-putting. Yes he’s been in a prison a bit so one might argue that justifies him viewing them as pieces of meat nevertheless, constantly calling women, and others at times, fat, I counted ten incidences of this in the first few chapters before I stopped counting, or “New Hampshire heifers and “cannibal heifers” got a bit annoying and referring to the rig’s doctor as his “doctor hottie” and “twenty-something chickie” who seems to giggle at his attentions made me wonder why our so-called hero is incapable of treating her with the respect her position is due. She’s a doctor not a simpering school girl. And telling us about his ‘nuts’ and that he has ‘big ones’, too much information!
The book improves immensely from the halfway point. The zompoc genre is very easy to do badly and it can be hard for an author to stand out amongst the crowd. The author manages to keep the action going, our interest held and aforementioned gripes aside, was a good read which has the potential to be far better. It ends on a suitable cliffhanger leaving the reader eager for the sequel. Without a big name publisher to polish a book within an inch of its life, the first book in a new series is often where a self-published author finds his or her style and rhythm. I’m certain the sequel will be even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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