Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Kingdoms of the Dead Book One: Chemical Rot by Ian Woodhead

Kingdoms of the Dead: Chemical Rot
by Ian Woodhead

Kingdoms of the Dead: The zombie apocalypse like you’ve never seen it before. The plague destroyed nine-tenths of the population, and the dead refuse to rot. The survivors learn that each and every one of them carries a death sentence: the virus circulating in their very bloodstreams. Just how far will one scientist go – how many people’s lives will he destroy in his quest to save the human race? The fates of several worlds hang in the balance.

It had only been a week after the twins’ thirteenth birthday party when the whole world had gone to complete shit. At first, both Mortimer and Daniel had thought that witnessing the dead coming back to life and eating folks was probably the most awesome thing ever to happen in their lives. Seeing all those zombies killing people on the nightly news was far better than anything that their video games could have come up with. 

Their excitement took a serious blow when the news hit the Internet that a select few were turning without getting bitten. The fear became more profound when these select few began growing daily. When the outbreak reached their hometown, their terror increased exponentially. 

Will the twins and their older brother, Martin, survive? Will they learn the truth about the infection that decimated the world’s population, and their role in saving the human race?

“Every single one of those things is a chemical disaster. As long as the zombies still shuffle about, their bodies stay together. It’s only when the things are truly dead when the fun and games begin. Their flesh is nothing more than a foul concoction of highly toxic and corrosive chemicals.” Tony looked at his wife. “How on earth do you dispose of countless millions of corpses that refuse to rot?”

Tony must battle to find the answers before time runs out for all of them.

Even after four long, miserable years, Kenny’s mind and body wouldn’t allow him to forget his impossible resurrection. Of all the millions of souls the plague of death had taken, Kenny believed that only he had risen with his humanity hanging by a thread. 

Right now, his thread had frayed to the point of snapping. If he didn’t get his injection, Kenny’s joints would stiffen and the cold would grip his body, and this time the sickness would not release him. He’d be dead for sure this time. After that, there would be no stopping that urge to bite into sweet human meat. 

Join Kenny and his sister, Diane, as they attempt to navigate
the Kingdoms of the Dead.

Length: 253 Pages
Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction, Zombies
Publish Date: March 15, 2014
Published by: Self-Published

Ian Woodhead conceived a story marrying rotting zombies and intelligent sci-fi that is mind-blowing!

First of all, I love the cover design. I wanted to read this story before I read one word of its description.

As far as pacing goes, this book kicks butt. It is nearly non-stop action, so buckle up before you start reading. There were moments, however, especially in the beginning, when I wasn't sure which character's story we were seeing because there are characters with the same name from different worlds. Doppelgangers, if you will. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it, so I'll leave it at that.

I've got to say this is one of the most creative zombie books I've read in recent years. By merging rotting zombies with a sci-fi element, Ian created a beautifully ugly world. A world where the living must take a drug to prevent undergoing "the ultimate change from living human to dead monster with an insatiable craving for fresh meat," because the living are already infected.

Though filled with selfish and cruel characters, there are brave and loyal characters as well that I couldn't help cheering for.

I am pitching my tent on the sidewalk so that I am first in line when  Book 2 is available.
Born in the 60′s, Ian Woodhead managed to survive the decades that followed with minimum trauma. He lives in the north of England, the County of West Yorkshire, and is married with four children, four stepchildren and numerous pets.

He has been a writer for over two decades but has only recently decided to make a name for himself, with several novels and multiple short stories available. Ian writes mainly in the horror genre, but sometimes likes to add a helping of science fiction and romance.

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