Thursday, October 4, 2018

Review: Rabid Heart - by Jeremy Wagner

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

It's hard to believe it has been more than six years since the release of Jeremy Wagner's last novel, The Armageddon Chord, now out of print and only available on the secondary market.  Work with his death-metal band, Broken Hope, has kept him busy, but now he's back with an entertaining new book, Rabid Heart.  There's other good news, too.  A revised edition of The Armageddon Chord, with a new cover and more, is planned for December 2018.

It's also been a while since I've read a zombie novel and just when I thought I was done with the sub-genre, along comes a story with something different.  Sure, there are plenty of undead in this new story, only instead of zombies, they're referred to as Cujos, you know, like that rabid dog in the book by that writer, Koontz, or somebody.

Rhonda Driscoll lives on a military base with her father and base Commander, Colonel Kenneth Driscoll.

“Dead Cujos are the only good Cujos.” Dad waved a fist. “I want every single dead-walking, maggot-breeding, flesh-eating, inhuman, un-American, rot-smelling biped within the range of a bullet, flame-thrower, grenade or any other form of ordnance, DEAD FOR GOOD!”

That's all well and good until Rhonda brings her undead fiance back from a reconnaissance mission.

Here's the thing.  I'm not really a love story kinda guy and, as I mentioned, I was getting a bit burned out on zombie stories, but mash-em-up and voila, "winner, winner, chicken dinner."  This is not a one-note horror story.  There are a number of tangents followed in Rabid Heart which add depth to the overall tale and I can definitely recommend this one for a fun read.  Welcome back, Jeremy.

Published by Riverdale Avenue Books, Rabid Heart is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats.

From the author's bio - Jeremy Wagner has written lyrics to hundreds of songs spanning several albums with his international death-metal band, Broken Hope.  Aside from his music career, Wagner writes dark fiction and short works full time.  His published works include the best-selling debut novel, The Armageddon Chord and a number of short stories.

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