Well ladies and gents, this is it. The last book in the Zombie West series, and I have to admit…I’m a tad concerned. Am I concerned that people won’t enjoy it? No. Not in the slightest. Am I concerned that Angela has lost her ability to smoothly smash together to very different worlds? (Westerns and zombie fiction?) Nope. I’m concerned that Ms. Scott is trying to give George R. R. Martin a run for his money…when it comes to axing people. (*insert dramatic music*)
Yes, I AM aware that this is a zombie book, that people WILL inevitably die. (Hell, I watch the Walking Dead each week with the EXPECTATION that someone is going to kick it.) But I was shocked, SHOCKED I tell you by the extent of primary character deaths in this book! (Hence the Martin reference. That fool takes no prisoners.) Just when you think things are starting to go well for this tiny cast of characters BAM! Someone is lying out of their ass, getting turned into dynamite hash (wow, that was slightly insensitive) or being drained of all their blood by a mute medicine woman. (And that’s just in the first half.)
I may or may not have teared up a time or two (I admit to nothing!) but even that was quickly vanquished with gruesome (read: totally awesome) passages such as this:
Pretty gnarly right? Big ups to Ms. Scott for incorporating the words: spider, umbilical cord, and dangling jaw into 3 sentences. (That should totally warrant some sort of “You make sick sound uber-rad!” prize.) But wait…that’s not all! Just when you think this 364 page jaunt through oogy oggy land can’t get any worse, you read this:
It’s ok…feel free to take a moment. I totally threw up in my mouth too. (Point. Angela.)
But what about the STORY Misty???
Ok, gore festivities aside, the plot (aka struggle for survival) found between the pages of “Dead Plains” was (in my opinion) the BEST of the three. While yes, it did seemed to take a tad longer to get to the point…the trials and tribulations faced along the way seemed more impactful than they had in the past. Red had to learn the difference between educated and blind trust. Trace was challenged more emotionally than he had been in the past. Wen was a little more front and center with HIS struggles. Rivers, crazy blonde machete girl, even Lasso (or Maverick depending on whose dog you think it actually is) had moments of true growth and heartache. (I’m not joking..the dog is what prompted the crying.) So, even though the flow of the story slowed a bit (which was bound to happen since Red is pregnant in this story) the well-developed character drama helped even the lag out. (Aka: I didn’t fall asleep while reading. That’s always a good sign.)
I wish I could tell you more but to be honest…I’m afraid I’ll throw more spoilers out than I intend to, so I’ll leave you with this.
“Dead Plains” is a solid end to a solid zombie series. If blood and gut is your thing…give these little gems a try. Oh, and make sure to read the epilogue at the end of this book. It’s totally worth it.
Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: You don’t have to be faster than everyone, just SOMEONE.
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About the Zombie West Omnibus
The Wild West is hard enough to survive with its native territory, wanted outlaws, and harsh terrain, but with a plague turning civilized people into brain-eating monsters, survival becomes nearly impossible.
Red has lost everything to the fast-spreading disease: her family, her trust in mankind, and her hope for a better tomorrow. When she meets Trace, a smooth-talking gambling man whoís more city boy than cowboy, sheís forced down a path sheíd been avoiding for years. Until his arrival, sheíd lived by a certain set of rulesódonít ask names, keep to yourself, donít let anyone too closeóbut the jackass of a man wonít let her be, and he has an uncanny knack for appearing at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places.
Each, with a secret of their own, will need to learn that only by working together do they have any chance of surviving The Zombie West.
That is, if they donít kill each other first.
Angela Scottís†Zombie West†Omnibus†includes the three books in the†Zombie West†series†WANTED: DEAR OR UNDEAD, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP, and DEAD PLAINS. Find these books on†Amazon,†Barnes & Noble,†iTunes,†Kobo, and†Smashwords.