82,500 Words or 143 pages
5 stars out of five Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016
Outnumbered was a pleasant surprise for me since I am not a fanatic about horror stories. I read a few and reject the majority. The main character, Tom Jacobs, won a big state lottery prize before the worldwide Zombie Apocalypse began. He and a group of close friends watched the terror as it originated in the mid-east and traveled across Europe. They had the time, money and inclination to construct a large compound to sit through whatever horror was about to accost the United States. Right from the opening scene the pace is fast and furious. Tom's wife, Emma, leaves the compound by herself which is a big no, no. Then her handgun and her rifle both seem to misfire as she is attacked by biting, clawing zombies. She is soon replaced by, Kira, a sensitive but tough, no nonsense lady.
I liked this story because there is abundant action; but the author injected enough breathing space between action sequences to slow the pace and let the reader catch a breath. Even when the pace slows there is conflict to pull the reader along. The action scene details are well thought out and realistic.
Zombies are only a catalyst for the changes the survivors must face as the world they knew crumbles all around them. Slowly they come to accept that their life styles will eventually revert back to a pre-industrial revolution period.
The humans can only kill the zombies in a limited number of ways a limited number of times until it would become boring. That's where the internal conflict with the survivors or outlaw gangs keeps the story going.
There are a large number of characters in this story that I learned to care about. It was with great regret that I said good-bye to them as they were occasionally killed off. This isn't a John Wayne type story where only the Indians die.
To further complicate the survivor's situation, each time the humans thought they knew how to handle the zombie hordes, and might be getting the upper hand, the zombies would begin to mutate and develop new characteristics that made them even more fearsome.
The writing is crisp and fast moving and the editing and sentence structure are good.
Character Development is adequate considering the large cast of characters, some of whom die off.
The overall plot is well thought out with enough twist, changes and surprises to keep the reader interested and waiting to learn what is in store next.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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