July 12 - Dead Nations Army Book One : Code Flesh (the True Zomie War) - Alan Dale
A Zombie Novel with Echoes of 1984
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I read this book some time ago when it was in draft and was more than happy to contribute an introduction to it.
However, I always want to leave a balanced review as part of my role as a reviewer at the Ministry of Zombies so here it is.
I should say firstly that I really enjoyed the story. That's what every novel is really about and this tale keeps the reader moving along at a frantic pace with enough attention to detail that you certainly don't feel like you're reading a typical zombie-slasher book.
The Nazi-like NWO are in control in Dale's world and from the safety of their Utopian shelters, they conduct a war to wipe out the rest of the `dross'. The themes here are money, power and control - of which the NWO has plenty of inherited reserves.
The only light in the darkness is a scattered resistance organisation which battles for survival against the NWO and against a background of the walking dead or `scrats'. For the survivors, the world is an unhappy and dangerous place.
The author has a very distinct style and voice. It won't be for everyone. He is a powerful and emotional writer and you have to be willing to let the style flood over you. The work is strong in metaphor but can easily be enjoyed as a cracking zombie novel.
There is a message in this work and one that I think is best uncovered as you read it. I think the book will appeal widely to folks who like 1984, I am Legend, Dawn of the Dead - see what I mean about wide appeal!
It's part of a trilogy so be interesting to see where it goes next.