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Godless Murder Machine - Mike Leon
Review: Personally, I am a very slow and very thorough reader. It usually takes me a few weeks to read each book. I read this one in 3 days. I woke my wife up at 3am on a work night because I laughed so hard at one scene. That's how good this book is. Sid, the world's foremost killing machine, works at Gamestop, where they can sell you a preorder for just about anything. That premise alone is incredible. I loved Rated R, but this sequel is better in every single way. The action was more intense, the characters are much more developed and complex, the writing is phenomenal, and the comedy is as unstoppable as Sid's guns. There is no possible way anyone could read this book and not like it.
Score: 10 / 10 - The first full score I have ever given. Honestly, this book will change your life.
Red Scare - Mike Leon
This one wasn't as good as Goodless Murder Machine, but nothing will ever beat that book for me. Sid goes on another killing spree, this time carving his way through the Russian mob after he falls for a trick that has him believing the mobsters just killed his girlfriend. Oh, and the cover is a nod to the old Doom games. This is a hell of a good book. Plenty of violence, some truly despicable characters (high schoolers, not the Russian mob), and more witty humor on each page. I loved it.
Score: 9.9 / 10 - Another must read from powerhouse author Mike Leon.
Kill Kill Kill - Mike Leon
Review: We've all heard that the governments of the world hide terrible secrets. Unimaginable weapons, criminal evidence, alien landings, Big Foot - they know it all. What you haven't heard about is Graveyard, the mercenary organization that keeps those secrets hidden by any means necessary. Kill Kill Kill is as extreme as horror gets. Every page is exactly what horror should be. Gut churning violence, white-knuckle suspense, surreal monsters, and character development that makes even the most ridiculous plot elements feel real and possible. The end of each installment (of which there are currently 5) drops the reader off a very tall cliff that leaves your head swimming with questions. If he is the bad guy... oh man... that changes everything....
Score: 9 / 10 - Superb action, characters you can love / hate, and a relentless plot that will blow your mind and occasionally overwhelm any sense of morality you may have.
STZ - Andrew Nienaber
Review: When the town good-girl goes on vacation to the tropics, she comes back with more than a tan. Fulton Flats, Idaho quickly becomes ground zero for a sexually transmitted zombie virus that turns everyday folks into sex-crazed, flesh-eating monsters. A recent transplant who finds herself immune to the infection teams up with the local misfits to combat the threat and attempt to save Fulton Flats before the zombies take over. The book is well written, action packed, and full of humor that keeps you turning page after page. It certainly could use some polishing to fix a few typos and repeated words, but don't let that distract you. The imagery is wonderful, the humor is plentiful, and the characters are real enough to make you attached. One of my few complaints was that the gore was always zombie related and (semi-spoiler alert) never involved the main characters, so none of the exposed bones and torn flesh really made me squirm. When I read horror, I want main characters to get mauled and lose limbs. The ending felt a tinge more than contrived and lacked a big plot twist that I was hoping for.
Score: 7.0 / 10 - Don't let the boring cover fool you! STZ is packed with bloody adventure, sharp wit, and gratuitous sex. If you like reading books you'd never want to be seen with in public, you'll love STZ.
Contamination Box Set, Book 0-3 - T. W. Piperbrook
Review: I picked up this box set for free and really enjoyed books 0 and 1. They followed the tale of a cop and his daughter as they tried to escape from some sort of virus / infection which has turned their neighbors and friends into zombies. The action was good, the writing was decent, and I only found a couple typos. Things went downhill quickly in book 2 and hit rock bottom by book 3 (which I couldn't bring myself to finish). The first issue: massive plot holes. Why is everything happening? What is actually going on? How did these characters know where to look? Why on earth are they acting like children? Like other reviewers of this series have mentioned, the plot holes here are brutal. The second issue: inconsistent zombies. In one scene early on, a zombie intimidates a person and toys with them, all while their appearance is described more akin to a demon than a zombie. I thought, 'Oh cool, maybe this will be about supernatural forces mixing in with zombies, sweet.' But I was wrong. The demon-zombie was a unique, unexplained case. The third issue: these characters are boring. The reader wants to feel emotion toward the two main characters (cop and daughter), but they are left alone by the narration so long you just forget about them. The other characters are pretty boring and typical. Everything about this series, especially after book 1, just falls flat.
Score: 2 / 10 - Don't waste your time. There are better zombie books out there.