Revolution Z (book review)
*Disclosure: I was provided an e-book and information on the release of Revolution Z by N K Author Services to include in the book tour. All opinions are my own.
Revolution Z was written by GB Banks and Blaine Hislop.
About the book:
THE REVOLUTION IS COMING...
WORLD WAR Z MEETS OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
He was the first President of the United States
Now he may also be the last...
When the resurrected general George Washington discovers the corruption now ruling the US government, he vows to do something about it. So President Washington wages war on the nation's capitol...with an army of zombie soldiers at his back.
While I didn't love Revolution Z, I did find the story idea interesting. I mean.... basing a story on a zombie/resurrected George Washington? And then throwing in George Patton? Crazy. I think, for me, the book was too focused on the military and weaponry aspects of the story. There was a lot of referencing to different specific weapons especially... and I found myself a little lost. It would go into paragraphs of military jargon and I found myself skimming.
Skimming wasn't constant though. Having been obsessed with The Walking Dead (like the authors are) I was excited about the whole "Zombie Army". Zombie stories mean action and excitement to me. Then realizing that the zombies in this story were capable of (somewhat) being trained was an interesting spin. On top of that, some of the "zombies" were actually not at all the usual mindless animals which gave it another unique twist. My favorite parts of the books were the scenes involving George Washington and George Patton having conversations and observing the soldier trainings.
I have to say, my biggest disappointment about the book was that I felt there was a better story to be told. There was a little focus on one other zombie character named Michael Stone. Michael was a zombie soldier... but was also sentient. He was throughout the book, first as a soldier (before being killed) and then resurrected as a part of Washington's army. Just with the brief descriptions of Michael, I found myself wanting to know more about him. What was he thinking? You knew he was unlike the other zombie soldiers, so what was going on in his mind? Why was he less like the other soldiers and more like the Georges? I think if a lot of the military babble was left out, more focus could have been put on character development. I finished the novel... but I'm just left wondering about Michael.
About the authors:
GB Banks is a sufferer of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as "Brittle Bone Disease", and has been wheelchair- and home-bound and cared for by his parents for all of his 48-years. But through the power of his imagination, he has been able to escape to far-off lands and go on magical adventures, and now he hopes to use that very same ability to better his life, to give back to his parents for everything they have done for him throughout his life, and to free himself of the fear of being left alone and placed into a nursing home when they are gone. He has published several works in small publications over the last few years, but his dream is to become a full-time, financially successful author so that he can finally live a more independent life and be able to travel to see the numerous places that he has only been able to explore in his fantasies.
Among Banks' works are the novel "Three Hours to the Apocalypse" and the series WALKERS, which are stories based in the universe of The Walking Dead. His latest book is entitled "Revolution Z", an epic zombie war novel.
Blaine Hislop is a writer from Canada who loves zombies, vampires and, basically, telling a good story. His other zombie novel is a post-apocalyptic thriller, "Deadlands: The Last Stand." It is a novelization of a story by Gary Ugarek that features a desperate, tightly-knit group of people brought together in a world populated by ravenous zombies, madmen with guns and no conscience, doomsday weapons, and creeping terror. Each day, the survivors wake up not knowing what fresh horrors await or which one of them will be next. It is, above all else, an account of family and of survival in a maddened world where death and destruction can come at any time.
Also, as a lover of the world of Stephenie Meyers, he wrote "The Cullens". It's a story that focuses on the relatives of The Cullens and features dynamic characters and a growing love story between William Cullen, a handsome, young vampire, and Samantha Carlton...a Werewolf. It's a serious and respectful parody about a great series. I'm a huge fan and I want to play in that great world and pay tribute to it. I hope you will take the time to check out "The Cullens" and support this growing series. His latest book, "Revolution Z", was co-written with author GB Banks