Monday, March 18, 2013

The Hungry 3: At the End of the World - by Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon - More of Sheriff Penny Miller and friends

4 of 5 Stars

Review Copy

First, let me say, if you haven't read The Hungry and The Hungry 2: The Wrath of God, you should correct that right now.  If you must read The Hungry 3: At the End of the World as a stand-alone work there is just enough back-story to catch you up, but you would be missing all the"fun" that got the group to where they are now.

Of course, as you can see from the cover of the new book, Flat Rock, Nevada's Sheriff, Penny Miller is still alive, kicking ass and taking names.  She's joined by her one-time prisoner and now romantic interest, Scratch, her ex-husband, Terrill Lee, and the man who knows more about the virus that caused the zombie apocalypse than anyone one else alive, Sgt. Karl Sheppard.

We still have the snappy one-liners that have become a staple of these books.  Stuff like."..lost it like a third-grade girl at a tarantula farm." Personally I love that stuff, but there doesn't seem to be quite as much of that kind of banter in book three.

Staying ahead of what's left of the living dead, our heroes arrive in Hope Springs, Colorado, population 473,  and make their way to a lodge owned by Greta, an old acquaintance of Scratch.  Seems Scratch lived in this town at one time and knows some of the locals, which knowing Scratch, isn't necessarily a good thing.  His history in the village also leads to some of this books biggest surprises.

All in all, The Hungry 3: At the End of the World, is about what you would expect for the third book in this version of the zombie apocalypse.  The main characters are joined by some fresh meat, including having to deal with a particularly nasty survivalist group.

I get the feeling this will be the last in the series, at least for a while and that's a bit sad.  Given the ending though, that door is definitely not nailed shut.

If you haven't read any of the stories in this series, you're missing some good-time zombie fun.  That's what you get from Stephen W. Booth and Harry Shannon at the helm.  A fun read, with zombies.  And, after all, isn't that what we're all looking for out of life?

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