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Fast paced Zombie horror that wears its influences on its sleeves.
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020
Zach is back to the world of zombies, after concluding his Empty Bodies hexalogy and one side story, he returns with a vengeance. The zombies are different this time around but no less threatening. In the afterword, Zach gives some insight into where this story came from, with a main character inspired by The Punisher and a world inspired by the Biker/zombie video game Days Gone. Jon South doesn't go full Punisher (or Deacon St John), but it's clear where the character came from mixed with Zach's own characterizations. The book is a quick read, beginning with South smashing in zombies with a baseball bat (that he refuses to name in another fun wink at zombie culture) and it's basically pedal to the medal, while South meets and refuses the invitation of a seemingly friendly community, while also trying to handle a surely not-so-friendly community, he keeps on smashin those heads until the book ends with the promise of more. There are short breathers in the form of flashbacks but the impending doom makes even those moments tense. Jon South is a brand new character that I am looking forward to following on his journey. He's not out to cure the virus and save the world. He just wants vengeance, and he's going to smash a lot of heads to get it.