July 2011 – Rotters – Carl Cart
Rotting Good Story
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I was lucky enough to get hold of a paper copy of Cart's new story Rotters but most of my comments apply equally to the kindle version.
The first thing I noticed about Rotters was the bleak and arty cover - it's suitably 'viral' for this story and the skulls fit right in with the plot. The paper version is an unusual A4 booklet which was handy as when I read it on holiday people thought I was working...that could work well elsewhere!
The story revolves around an unusual viral outbreak in central Africa and into which the central character Peter Barry is thrust. Cue dangerous mission, some run ins with the local undead and muchos adventure. The first person perspective works well in this story and the little touches of detail Cart adds work well.
The text is tight and the plot keeps moving along at a good pace. Rotters reads like a movie which is not surprising as the author is also an accomplished screenwriter and movie-maker. Everything is crisp, to the point and the dialogue is solid. There is no flaccid verbiage here!
A minor gripe with the story would be the lack of any real African characters, the continent being painted very much as something dark and gloomy. OK so there is a major viral outbreak going on but still the story would have been stronger with some good African characters.
A real strength of the tale is that Cart really seems to have done his science homework. He makes an effort to explain the biology behind the outbreak and this fits in well with his central character being a scientist.
I'm dying to tell you about the zombie animal encounter but I don't want to spoil it - needless to say, it's a great part of the story.
So, in summary, a first-class zombie outbreak story. Well-written and Cart obviously knows his stuff. The story is robust and believable. I would certainly follow on with Cart's Rotters if he is planning a sequel.