Friday, March 25, 2016

The Complex by Brian Keene [4 stars]


From the Description

For fans of Garth Ennis' "CROSSED" and "THE EVIL DEAD" comes a new novel of savage terror.

There was no warning. No chance to escape. They came suddenly. Naked. Bloodthirsty. Sadistic. They descended upon the Pine Village Apartment Complex, relentlessly torturing and killing anyone they could find.

Fearing for their lives, the residents of the complex must band together. A young trans woman, a suicidal middle-aged writer, a lonely Vietnam vet, a newlywed couple, an elderly widow, a single mother and her son, two on-the-run criminals and the serial killer known as The Exit. Eleven strangers. The only thing they have in common is the unstoppable horde that wants to kill them. If they are to make it through the night, they must fight back.

From World Horror Grandmaster Award winning author, Brian Keene, comes an ultra-violent and action-packed horror thriller.


The Complex is a lot of fun to read, the action and horror starts right away and never slows down. The characters are realistic and easy to root for as they try to escape the relentless assault of killers they're surrounded by. Sam, Stephanie, Mrs. Carlucci, Grady and Mendez are my favorites. As a longtime fan I love the connections to other books and worlds that Keene has created. My only complaints would be that I want to know why the people went crazy and the ending. The ending does fit the story but I still wish it had been different. Reminiscent of The Crazies this 4 star read is sure to please both fans and newcomers to the Brian Keene universe.

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About the Author

BRIAN KEENE is the author of over forty books. His novel, THE RISING, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene has also written for media properties such as DOCTOR WHO, THE X-FILES, HELLBOY, and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Several of Keene's works have been developed for film. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. He lives in rural Pennsylvania.

You can find him at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter