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Eternal Aftermath, by Michael D. Griffiths Genre: Zombies Publisher: Living Dead Press Published: 2011 Review Posted: 10/13/2013 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 10 out of 10
Eternal Aftermath, by Michael D. Griffiths
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
I read the Kindle edition of this book, as it was quicker and cheaper than
waiting for the printed edition to plop through the letterbox -- and this, after
all, is what I bought my Kindle for in the first place...
Devon has made a huge mistake by leaving the side of his wife and the safety of
the compound on a gamble that the plague of undead has run its course. On his
own, with thousands of Tucson's restless dead tracking his every move, is there
any way he can hope to survive? He might have a chance with the undead, but his
real enemy could end up being his fellow survivors. If Devon isn't careful, he
may find out that there are worse things than death, and those who have already
perished were the lucky ones.
This is one of the latest offerings in the slew of zombie books avalanching
onto our book shelves -- a sub-genre of the horror market whose popularity shows
no sign of abating. Griffiths' first book was a modern take on Lovecraftian
horror with his hero, Jack Primus hitting the road in an effort to overcome the
terrors dogging him. Eternal Aftermath has a far more claustrophobic
feel, as five years after the zombie-producing plague that enveloped the globe,
the remains of the human race are reduced to living in armed encampments. And
when Devon finds himself battling -- in every sense of the word -- to survive, he
has to find his own hiding place.
This book has the same energy crackling off the pages that is Griffiths'
hallmark -- but the plotting and narrative tension is also very effective. In
between the action scenes, we get a chance to really get to know Devon as more
than just an effective killing machine with a justifiable chip on his shoulder
-- which is so often the staple of these books. As a result, I really cared
about him and his companions and found myself unwilling to put down the Kindle,
but read on into the small hours to find out what would happen next.
This isn't my favourite genre by a long country mile. Partly because I'm rather
squeamish, and partly because it is characters that always draw me into a story
and often action horror tales don't spend much time on character development.
In amongst all the mayhem, Griffiths manages to flesh out Devon, warts and all.
I found it far more satisfyingly realistic that he was strongly tempted to
shoot his wife when given the opportunity, for example. And those lulls in the
action scenes also provides plenty of gathering tension, backlighting, and give
the fight scenes with greater emotional investment.
The scene setting is excellent, and clearly one of Griffths' strengths. It is
particularly crucial in this book that he manages to clearly portray the
various backdrops to the action and at no time did I find myself floundering or
backtracking to work out exactly where I was while it was all kicking off.
Which is something I regularly have to do during action scenes, partly because
my spatial awareness isn't that wonderful -- and partly because authors often
tend to skim over the where and when as fists and bullets start flying. Not so,
in Eternal Aftermath.
Griffiths satisfactorily ties up the plot, but leaves the possibility open for
a sequel, which I very much hope he will soon start writing. I want to know
more about how Devon and his little band of followers are going to cope -- and
whether he can keep true to his ideals in this grisly Aftermath...
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