Book Chat: Last Man Standing
by Keith Taylor
First in a new zombie series. Tom is an ordinary man and he is going to have to up his game if he is going to survive in this new deadly world.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
BANGKOK, MARCH 2018. The world looked on in horror as millions of innocent lives were snuffed out in a matter of hours. Countless men, women and children slaughtered without mercy, torn apart by a violent mob that attacked without reason, motive or warning.
Tom Freeman witnessed the aftermath. He reported on the tragedy and looked into the eyes of the sole survivor, an old friend, and what he saw looking back sent him running home to the United States. Back to safety. Back to a place where the world made sense, and the putrid stink of the dead didn’t haunt his nightmares…
Turns out he didn’t run quickly enough. They’re coming.
Find a weapon…
The zombies are here, and they’re hungry.
In the opening scene, Tom is interviewing his friend, Paul, who is the only known survivor of the zombie outbreak in Bangkok. Therefore, Tom knows how the infected act; how fast they were and how swiftly they change. This is information that he will find handy later. After he gets back to the states, Tom tries warning Americans that an outbreak could happen here. But once he met Kate, with her charming smile and cute dimples, he forgot about his mission. His plans to start prepping, learn how to shot and basically survive, went out the window. After all, perhaps he was being too paranoid.
But then he awakens after a night of drinking to multiple desperate texts from Kate. Tom is a regular guy and doesn’t even own a gun (clearly he doesn’t live in the South LOL). Grabbing an aluminum bat, the only weapon in his apartment, he sets off to rescue Kate. He doesn’t even love her, but feels it is the right thing to do. Since Tom knows how the infected act, he manages to make it to where his girlfriend works and they leave. Barely escaping being torn to bits several times, they stumble across a blockade, being guarded by only one JROTC member – with no bullets, just blanks (see my note at bottom). Past the barricade, Tom is shocked to see thousands of civilians in the park, being guarded by only a few soldiers. Things go bad as expected; he and Kate run as they hear screams erupt.
After Kate dies at the hands of a brutal soldier, Jim tries to find safety from a horde of zombies. A large man in painter coveralls waves him into a house. Bishop turns out to be quite a character and a good partner at the end of the world. They escape the city, going through a harrowing, intense scene as a bridge collapses beneath their feet. Later, they are picked up by soldiers, who take them to a camp which is largely empty of survivors.
There were two sections that bothered me. One was when the President came on the scene. Clearly, the described female POTUS is Hilary, even though her name is not mentioned. I’m assuming the author wrote the book before November 2016, but the date given for the story setting is 2019. This error should be corrected. I bought the trilogy; thus setting the record straight is important because this book is supposedly set in this world at this time. I’m an author and Indie books are not hard to go back and correct mistakes.
Secondly, the scene with the JROTC young man had me shaking my head. The military drew away the infected from the city to empty it out, and then blew the bridges, but had no contingency for helping the people left behind?? I come from a military family and this is not the military I know. The military practices different types of disasters on a regular basis, and probably have contingencies for contingencies.
While this was a good read and the author writes well, I rated it a half star lower due to the military information which I personally found very misinformed. I hope the next book improves in this area.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the May issue.