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Zombie! (1981)

By Peter Tremayne


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Reviewed By Dead Kev

Hearken back to the heyday of zombie fame...it's 1981...the dawn of the dead has come and gone. Now you're eagerly waiting for the day, and the return of the flesh munchers. Peter Tremayne gave us a little novel to snack on during the wait. At a mere 183 pages, it's far from a meal, but sometimes a snack is all you need.

The good news is that June Lambert, and her husband Steve, have just found out that she has a grandmother who wants to meet her granddaughter for the first time. The bad news is that her grandmother is on her deathbed, and lives on an island way out in the Caribbean. There's still some more good news though. June is notified that she's the only heiress to her grandmother's estate. The couple has also just received a nice check from her grandmother's lawyer to make the trip down to the exotic Caribbean island known as St. Miquelon. Not to worry though, more bad news is on the horizon...

Who would pass up a free ride to the Caribbean? I know I wouldn't. June and Steve don't either, although they would soon wish they had. Things pretty much go downhill after getting to the quaint little island. The lawyer in charge of the estate is inept. The people are unfriendly, secretive, and like to spew forth cryptic warnings. Transportation into and out of the inner portions of the island is hard to find, to say the least. And nobody put in the brochure that the island is volcanic! If all of that isn't enough, the bathrooms on the island were really, really dirty. Okay, that last part isn't in the book, but I bet that they were really nasty.

I love roller coasters. So it would stand the reason that I love books and movies that take me on that crazy up and down ride of emotion. This book does just that...just not really in the way I would have wished. This roller coaster starts slow out of the gates and takes awhile to pick up some steam. Once steaming along though, I couldn't put the book down. The middle chapters flew by. Then, somebody put the brakes on and I realized that the book was only a few chapters from ending and I've only seen ONE freakin' zombie! I assured myself that there would be more zombies soon enough. Alas, the last several chapters came and went, and the book was done. The ride had crawled the last several hundred feet to a grinding halt into the station. The ending left something to be desired and the lack of zombies had me asking nobody in particular, "That was it?" Nonetheless, the read was quick, entertaining, and the middle portion will have you on the edge of your seat!







RATING

(out of 5)


DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
Recommended. Overall a worthy read, even if only for its brevity. It won't take up too much of your time, so pick it up if you can find it cheap.
ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
Notice to the travelers out there...
1. Always be wary of old women on Caribbean islands...even if it is your grandmother.
2. If you do decide to go to a strange Caribbean island, stay near the coast.
FAVORITE QUOTES
Famous last words...
-"They say old Hanging Tree Mountain hasn't erupted since eighteen fifty-seven. It's still active, but not that active."
-"I shall have to leave you for a moment, Mrs. Lambert."


DETAILS
St Martin's Mass Market Paperback
December 1987 (Reprint)
192 Pages
Dimensions (inches): 6.5 x 4.25
ISBN: 0312909233
COPYRIGHT
1981

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