Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Desolation, by Travis Simmons - Book Review

*Disclaimer - I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


DESOLATION by Travis Simmons

Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York.

With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.   

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Author the Author 
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.

He lives in a remote part of upstate New York and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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My opinion:

Though not a stranger to reading paranormal literature, this was one of my first zombie books. Boy, I think I may be hooked!

Movie experiences aside, Travis Simmons brought some even more chilling ideas up beyond the usual zombie apocalypse for me. From necromancers to living zombies and speeders and infernals, it was enough to keep me riveted to the story.

The main character of Asher St. Paul was easy enough to fall in line with. Tired, alone it is hard not to root for him to get up and keep fighting against the zombie hoard ... as well as all the twists this story has to throw at him. Some of the action was a little hard to follow smoothly, but overall the story was good enough to keep reading. 

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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