Written By: John Hornor Jacobs
Release Date: July 3, 2012
This Dark Earth is probably one of the most realistic zombie apocalypse novels I’ve read in a long time. I found this one while stalking my local bookstore’s SciFi section, and glad I did. The story starts out in a hospital where poeple are starting to flow in with weird symptoms and has the doctors and nurses baffled. Aside from the medical jargon the opening scenes keep you glued to your seat wondering what the hell is going on and how did this happen. And the story only gets better from here, fast paced and extremely well written. This one will have you on the edge of your seat, then bring you down gentley near the end.
I don’t want to ruin the story or the good parts, so I’ll be brief with this. The story revolves around Guss, who is ten when the world goes to hell in a handbasket. But he’s no ordinary ten year old, his mind works like a highly educated adult but with common sense and reason. The story advances and as he grows up he and a band of people build a fortification called Bridge City where they live a relatively normal life, or as normal as it can get. But soon things get hairy as other survivors and not so good ones want what Gus and the others have worked so hard to build and re-establish. Now they not only have to fight off zombies, scavange the burned and scortch land for food and supplies, now they have to fight off thousands of Slavers with more fuel, food and supplies than they do. Luckily, Gus and his crew have more brains thant they do.
The story is extremely well written and keeps you clinging on for more. A great read, especially for those like us that love a good head bashing.