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Friday, September 30, 2016

Deadside Revolution by Terry Grimwood [3.5 stars]

 
From the Description

Shreds remain…

The dead are ascendant while The Living hide like rats in the dark corners of their cities.
For some there is the hell of the flesh farms that supply their Masters with live meat and fresh skin
For others, the Vitally Skilled, there is servitude,
slavery, And survival.

Dr Robert Lewis, cosmetic surgeon, clings to life as a
Vitally Skilled repairer of dead flesh.
He is a survivor, a shadow, and plans to remain that way,
until a message arrives which plunges him into an
inferno of unspeakable violence and destruction.

A Fallen Angel is in revolt.
There is war in Hell and as it spills over into this world, Robert Lewis
discovers that he has the key to the Living’s defeat or salvation.

Publication Date: September 24, 2016

Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing

Publication Length: 230 pages

 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.

Deadside Revolution is a dark, tension filled look at the lengths some people would go to to survive the zombie apocalypse. The world in this book is violent, bloody and doesn't have much, if any, hope. Robert Lewis is a selfish cowardly man who ends up holding the fate of the Living in his hands. His character arc as he decides whether he's going to do what's best for all of the living or for Anna is brutal. I really liked both Nick and Nathan, both survivors who held on to a little of their humanity. The creatures that inhabit this world are like something ripped out of a nightmare. The Dead didn't scare me as much as the scythers and the sucklings but Reeder and Baker were the most terrifying. The action is chaotic and frenzied as the survivors try to escape the army of Dead and their minions. I had a hard time getting into this book but by the middle I wanted to know what would happen next and I liked the ending. A solid 3.5 stars.

 
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About the Author

 

Suffolk-born Terry Grimwood started his working life as an electrician and is now a college lecturer, having travelled full-circle from doing the job to teaching it (which he prefers). Along the way he has been a quality assurance manager, project manager and technical author. He is the author of numerous short stories and reviews which have appeared in Midnight Street, Bare Bone, Murky Depths, All Hallows, FutureFire and Eibonvale Press’s Blind Swimmer anthology, among others. He has written and directed three plays and runs the Exaggerated Press which started when he published his first collection, The Exaggerated Man.

 
Praise


"…the most important thing I know about Terry Grimwood – the thing I want everyone else to be aware of – is that he writes one hell of a tale of dark fiction." - Gary McMahon, author of the British Fantasy Award nominated novella "Rough Cut"


"Terry Grimwood interweaves wry social commentary with lively narrative." - Darja Malcom in "Strange Horizons"