The world has gone to hell but Mo Collins and his shipmate, Crow, are still alive. Every night hordes of naked, blue, biting zombies flood the now dead Alabama lake town. While on board their replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, they fish and watch the monsters roam the night; seeking untainted flesh and leaving a disgusting mess in their wake…just like a horror show.
Mo had sailed around the country, but now he finds himself 15 miles from his childhood home, a reluctant Hero. When a lone survivor stumbles upon Mo and Crow they gain a new member but also find much needed direction. The new comer, Smokes, will change Mo’s view of this zombie infested world forever.
As reality mimics fiction an ever growing cast of crazy characters play out their role carving out an island sanctuary in a plague ridden world. The Expert, The Tech, The Oracle, The Sacrifice, The Old Friend plus many more ….. Welcome aboard, friend to this wild ride where the fish bite, the Zombies bite…sometimes life bites.
Zombie Lake is the first book I’ve read from Javan Bonds and I have to say I really like his writing style. He takes a bit of horror, a bit of humor, a group of unlikely survivors and adds a pile of “peevies” for a new and interesting form of zombie story.
I like how he twists the zombie virus into a plague, thus the name “peevies” = plague victims/PV’s. I thought that was pretty creative and different.
Zombie Lake is told in an unusual sort of style. The main character, Mo (short for Elmo) presents the story to us in the form of a journal. As he tells the story, he does it in a way that is completely different from what I’ve seen before. Writing as if their experiences are paralleling a stereotypical zombie movie. From the way he labels each of his companions (the savior, the old friends, etc) and referring to “the director”, I’ve never seen anything like it before.
The writing itself isn’t amazing, you can see the author needs to improve on some things, but at the same time, since it’s the journal of someone who isn’t declared to be an actual author, I can let this slide. Mo is an inexperienced writer, so it would be understandable for him to not have professional grade writing.
Overall, this was a fun book to read. Mo is easy to relate to and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.