Not Your Typical #Zombie Novel – Cure by @B_Frisch #Review
Before The Walking Dead season 5 goes live, I got a different kind of Zombie story!
Y’all haven’t had a zombie book review from me in a long time so I decided it was about that time. Especially with The Walking Dead finally back tonight. I have had Termin.us-itus way to long. While going through this horrific alignment I started grabbing and reading anything with zombie in the title or description. Mind you, this meant I had a lot of duds but it also meant I had some great new entries in the genre. Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel fits right into the nitch.
I grabbed this after seeing it as a first in the series. The description grabbed me enough to grab it this summer but I only recently read it. When I was laying in bed dealing with all my Toothapocalypse pain I ran across it while I scrolled through the thousands of books on my kindle and it grabbed me so I started reading….
….And I did not stop till I was done. I am a huge horror fan and many of you know a zombie fan too. Because of this I am hyper-critical of the genre. I was not sure what I was getting myself into when I started the book. As picky as I am with the zombie and horror genre I also am pretty picky about any kind of medical or procedural horror. It is a tough thing to write if you are not working in the field, as Kathy Reichs has shown with her Temperance Brennan series or Mira Grant of Newsflesh fame. This novel is not just a zombie story, in fact it is truly the backdrop, this is a story about Miranda Penton who is trying get over her past and the man she leaves behind to take a job at a research center in Strandville. Her military background has led her to be hired as a new security guard. What she does not know is she was not hired for her skills but for her genetics. Oh but there are zombies and, umm well, let’s put it this way, Dawn of the Dead and Z-Nation have nothing on this .. ummm … uhhhh oh man spoilers, you will have to read it!
The book is dark and disturbing from the beginning. Even the most innocuous scenes are laden with a sinister air. Ms. Frisch wove an intricate and dark stranded tapestry of terror. I had a nightmare again last night and this book is why. I have had more than a few. Does this mean it was over the top? Oh heck no. Don’t get me wrong, Frisch’s CURE is not just disturbing and scary but it is graphic, bloody but it does not go to far. You have to be into this type of horror, if you don’t like it, don’t pick it up. There are plenty of zombie-LITE books for you to read. But for the lovers such as myself, oh yes indeed!
The story is not just about Miranda Penton, her confusing relationship with her ex, Scott but it is about a community. We are thrust into this odd town at the diner. (David Lynch would do this story justice.**) Be prepared to jump straight into the deep end because there is no slowly easing your way in. Plus not being able to see what just grabbed your ankle? Yikes! It doesn’t stop there either. As you struggle to get your feet under you with your own control.
Over all this is an amazing start to the series. I cannot wait to dive into the second one, Afterbirth with bells on. Oh wait, no bells I do not want to give away my presence!! *wink* At one point I was wishing I had more info or depth to some of the characters. I didn’t get the depth I needed with the evil doctor Nixon, but at the end when I sat there with my mouth open poking Geoff to tell him about the story I realized this was probably on purpose. I never felt level, I was always off-kilter and this, my friends, is what makes it a stellar horror movie.
4 1/2 Zombie Bites
Series: Strandville Zombie Series #1
by Belinda Frisch
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genres: Fiction, Horror, MEDICAL, Zombies
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**Runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book FestivalMedicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.
Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.
Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.
A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.
Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.
Strandville Zombie Series Chronology:
-Payback, A Strandville Zombie Short
-Cure, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #1
-Afterbirth, A Strandville Zombie Novel, #2
** I swear on all that is holy to me, including my complete MINT condition collection of The Walking Dead I did not know this little tid-bit when I wrote the review:
Fred C. Caruso, Producer of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”, HBO’s “The Rat Pack”, and associated with such films as “The Godfather” and “Once Upon A Time in America” has optioned the motion picture rights to Cure, runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival.
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