Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review: Rotten Legend by Sylvan Kills

Rotten Legend
by Sylvan Kills

Welcome to the Burkville Institution, the home of a variety of residents ranging from recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, to other more serious mental disorders, who will most likely never return to society. Early this morning, hours before sunrise, Cyrus is being led to the Infirmary where he will receive the final injection of an experimental virus which is hoped to cure his Schizophrenia.

He has suffered enough in this life, has been forgotten by his family, and hopes this voluntary treatment will erase the suffering from his painful childhood memories, along with improving his chance for positive future endeavors.

After returning to bed following the treatment, he is awakened in a cold sweat, with searing pain erupting inside his head. He is able to rise to his feet, and stand just long enough to stagger over in the moonlight of his small room to the desk where his Bible rests. He receives a shocking prophecy just before he collapses into convulsions on the floor.
Chaos erupts when his “treatment” becomes highly contagious and begins to run rampant through the Institution. Violent cannibalistic behaviors ensue, while the creator of the treatment, Dr. Cho, along with the head of security, Gibson Hart, struggle to contain the outbreak, while also fighting to stay alive. Time is running out.

In a small apartment in downtown Greensboro, Chase is trying to relax with some television and beer, when a shocking message on the TV relays an Emergency Broadcast Report of a chemical spill; along with an unusual warning to lock all doors and stay inside. Soon an unwelcome visit by a neighbor becomes Chase’s first step into a world that will soon be turned upside down.

Not far away, Atticus has just returned to his underground bunker from a successful hunting trip. He is merrily unloading the harvest and is processing the meat, completely unaware of the outbreak that is occurring not far away at Burkville. Not that it matters too much though, because Atticus and the Infected may just have more in common than anyone could have imagined.

Rotten Legend combines gruesome horror, intense action, and the disturbing drama of unlikely relationships between survivors in a collapsing world. Enter a place where the survivors must question who is more dangerous; the Infected or themselves?

Published by Whatta Production LLC September 9, 2013


My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of zombies, and this is one heck of a well written zombie book!

Each of the multiple storylines is constructed beautifully and is jam packed with amazing details. It was exciting to get to know each of the complex characters. And when they finally come together, it’s simultaneously dreadful and hopeful.

I found the science behind the infection fascinating. The medical jargon was minimal, and to the layman like myself, it was understandable. But most importantly, it was believable.

One of my favorite things about this book is the hierarchy of the infected. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the generations of infected can be compared to making a copy of a copy of a copy, with patient zero being the original. Genius!

My absolute favorite line from the entire book!
Fans of zombie books, you will love Rotten Legend. Go pick up a copy right now. You can thank me later.

About Sylvan Kills
Sylvan Kills was born in rural North Carolina in the spring of 1982. He grew up on a small farm in Julian NC, where he learned at an early age the beauty of life and death from the animals his family raised. He soon grew to see them as both friends and food. His family's farm bordered a now well-known local dairy farm which soon became a creamery. These were simpler times when you could ride up to the nearest gas station and choose your cuts of local meat from the butcher right there in the station. It was a town where you could purchase fresh milk, cream, butter, and eggs. It was an idyllic setting for a child to flourish.

Sylvan was an introspective and independent child. He enjoyed his time alone, creating. By the age of 8 he was an accomplished fiddle player; having been taught by one of the masters in the style of old time music. He toured the surrounding areas, winning competitions and performing. It was then, through his love of the fiddle and music in general, that he began writing. He first began composing music with accompanying lyrics, then later developed a unique writing style that lent well to poetry, short stories, and his desire to one day complete a novel. Throughout his 20's Sylvan explored his love of writing through his studies at UNCG, along with starting his own writing and editing company, Whatta Production LLC.

He drew further inspiration from delving deep into the meaning of his wildly vibrant and often horrific nightly dreams. Always drawn towards the darker sides of literature along the lines of Edgar Allan Poe, he plunged into the murky waters of writing a horror novel. With the release of Rotten Legend, that boyhood dream has come true.

Now Sylvan is able to dedicate his time solely to writing. He recently left Julian and the family farmland to live in Greensboro, NC, allowing the scenery change to further inspire his work.

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