Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Hungry 5 - All Hell Breaks Loose - by Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon

4.5 Stars    Review copy

Penelope Jean Miller, Sheriff of Flat Rock County, Nevada, is back and still fighting to stay alive, but this time Penny is fighting more than zombies.  She and her rag-tag band of zombie fighters are also trying to remain one step ahead of the people who caused the disaster in the first place.

The Hungry 5 - All Hell Breaks Loose delivers.  The fun starts in the prologue and continues right through to the shocking conclusion.

Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon continue to breath life into the zombie sub-genre. "Miller approached and spotted a long-dead female behind the wheel.  She appeared to have gotten stuck somehow, perhaps when she'd run out of gas and couldn't reach the pump.  She had an old rusty pistol in her lap.  Miller guessed she had been bitten and then shot herself in the head to keep from coming back.  She was wearing a nightgown and wore green, plastic curlers in her blood-splattered hair.  Her mouth was open and flies had laid eggs within it.  The corpse was not fully decayed.  The odor of decay was now faint but still nauseating."

With old friends and new characters, the writers manage to keep things comfortable yet fresh and of course there is still the sexual tension between Penny and Scratch, and when Scratch shows an interest in one with those new characters, Miller shows her jealous side, "She leaned forward ever so slightly, so as to offer Scratch a generous eyefull of cleavage. The dumb redneck son of a bitch didn't even care that he was being played like an antique accordion at a Cajun picnic."

Once again, it's not necessary to read all the previous books in the series, but why miss out on all the fun.  Will there be more books in the series?  I've heard there will be, but once you read The Hungry 5 - All Hell Breaks Loose you will find yourself wondering how they'll manage to pull that off.

The Hungry 5 - All Hell Breaks Loose is available now from Genius Book Publishing though

A fun read I can highly recommend.

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