This is more of a short story or a novella than a novel, but it packs a lot of punch. Anyone who loves zombies will enjoy this little book. I'm a big fan of the AMC television series, The Walking Dead, and this book reminded me of it in some ways. However, Lamberson cleverly added some elements to the story that make it even more frightening.
After our heroes, Walker and Boone, lose their crew, they set off on their own. They decide to head to Hollywood because Boone, "wants to see America." The idea is against Walker's judgement, who would much rather go to Canada. Along the way, they meet a preacher who is still tending to his flock...of ghouls. Oh yeah, their called ghouls in this story, not zombies. They are warned that the left over police forces have probably formed militia or something to that effect and that they should avoid them, if at all possible. It turns out that they're not so easy to avoid. They find themselves in the midst of the Founding Fathers' Order lead by a woman that evokes thoughts of Sarah Palin (yikes!). Some of her new world order consists of making abortion illegal and rewriting textbooks to eliminate evolution in favor of creationism. Yikes again! As Walker reflects later on, "With the human race the minority group among biped, we needed to stick together, but the same old differences kept us apart: sexual politics and politics of power. It must have been November already." Frankly, I find this element of the story even more scary than the
Carnage Road is a quick, entertaining read. I really recommend it to anyone who likes zombie stories and especially to anyone who might be afraid of what our world would be like if there was a zombie apocalypse.
About the book:
Boone and Walker, the last two members of the Floating Dragons motorcycle gang in Buffalo, set out to re-discover America during the zombie apocalypse. Their odyssey takes them to Ohio, Kansas, Hollywood, and a last stand in Texas. Along the way they learn just what happens when the federal government ceases to exist, and it isn’t pretty.
A tale of friendship and loyalty, Carnage Road is author Gregory Lamberson’s unforgettable ode to westerns, biker pictures, and the cinema of the living dead.
About the author:
Gregory Lamberson is the author of five published horror novels and one nonfiction book on independent filmmaking. A two-time winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror for his novels Johnny Gruesome and Personal Demons, and a three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, he has three books scheduled for 2012: his zombie novella Carnage Road, from Creeping Hemlock Press; The Frenzy War, Book Two in his werewolf series “The Frenzy Cycle” from Medallion Press; and Tortured Spirits, Book Four in his occult detective series “The Jake Helman Files,” also from Medallion. An Active member of International Thriller Writers and the Horror Writers Association, Lamberson also has a following as a cult horror film director and is best known for "Slime City" and "Slime City Massacre."
Visit him at his website, www.slimeguy.com.
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