Title: The Zombie Whisperer
Author: Jess Petersen
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror
Series: Living With the Dead (Book 4)
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Format: ebook, 174 Pages
ISBN-10: B00B1H1VXQ (IGLA)
Reviewed by: Shirene
Once a zombie, always a zombie?
Dave and Sarah are pretty happy in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana. They’ve done their part in saving the world (kind of) and now they’re settling in for a long life of killing straggler zombies. Well, they think that’s what they’re doing until a helicopter lands on their front lawn with old friends Nicole Nessing and Robbie “The Kid” on board. They propose a dangerous plan: Dave and Sarah must return to Seattle and use Dave’s Superpowers to help with the final stages of a formula that will not only wipe out most of the zombies, but innocluate humans against the virus.
Going back to Seattle was never in the plan. Especially since Sarah has a few secrets of her own that could change her marriage, increase the danger they’re facing and even alter the future they’re so desperately trying to save.
Quick & Dirty: Saving the world is hard enough with out the Zombies but Sarah and Dave are going to accomplish both.
Opening Sentence: We call it Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana.
I was trepidatious about starting this book because the concept of zombies and romance was a tough pill to swallow. There are so many themes I don’t even blink an eye at when thrown into a romance but for some reason this concept was totally ICK for me, but Ms. Petersen made me into a Zombie believer.
This story is the final in this series and I went into this book with no knowledge of previous actions, repercussions and results, but the story didn’t suffer from my lack of knowledge. Great props to Ms. Petersen for crafting a story that I could jump into in the final act and truly enjoy. There are moments that are obviously harking back to a previous incident, but as a reader they are more signs than dissertations that would have left me confused or just rushing to complete this book.
Our story picks up with Dave and Sarah who have struggled to get to Montana to escape the apocalypse, zombies and people seeking to capture Dave. You learn very early in the story that Dave has become a human that has zombie characteristics but functions like a normal person. This twist on Zombie-ism was an enjoyable morsel of this story. That Dave has extra strength, smells brains and can walk amongst Zombies and not be injured is part of the charm.
Now, Sarah is a snarky lady who is seeking to protect her family and for that I get her and her motivations. This is a woman who can shoot quips and isn’t afraid to take down a horde of zombies with barely a blink of her eye, but loves her husband dearly. Heck, I would so have her cover my back in a Zombie Apocolypse and know that she will get the job done.
During the course of Dave and Sarah’s journey we meet a number of different characters that were featured in the other books such as Nicole Nessing and Robbie “The Kid”. The shared history between these characters plays out and even for someone that jumped in at the final portion of the play, I was able to enjoy the sharp and sometimes pointed moments that were lived through by Dave and Sarah.
So what do I think of this book? It is a well crafted piece of fiction. I truly think it would have been that much better reading experience if I had the history and character development, but I thought it was a great afternoon read. I would suggest that if this review piques your interest that you would be doing yourself and the story a disservice not to start at book 1, Married With Zombies.
I nodded. “I get that. So was he the one who died?”
She hesitated. “Yeah. Well, got turned.”
I flinched. That was worse. “Sorry.”
“It’s okay. I headed for Vegas at first, hoping to find my sister, but that didn’t work, obviously. Then I wanted to get to the East Coast and my parents, but…well, there aren’t many ways to get across that wall, are there? So I ended up back here. Like a salmon.”
I laughed at the image, but said, “Go with a homing pigeon.”
“Why?” she asked.
“Because salmon die once they return to their home stream and spawn.”
“Ah.” She saluted me. “Gotcha.”
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FTC Advisory: IGLA provided me with a copy of The Zombie Whisperer. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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