Friday, September 6, 2013

Deadly Dee Reviews "Queen of the Dead"

Queen of the Dead (Zombie Ascension, #2) by Vincenzo Bilof

Book Summary

Blood runs through the streets of Detroit and into the gutters of nearby cities. Monsters, both human and zombie alike, have brought civil order to its knees. The haunted mercenary, Vega, must confront this apocalypse head-on with survivors who have their own versions of morality; she’s joined by Father Joe, a pious man who will do everything in his power to save a single life, no matter how many others have to die…

Jim Traverse, the sociopath who has decided the apocalypse will be “beautiful,” has nearly completed his genocidal masterpiece. Jim races against Vega’s company to reach Selfridge Air Base, where they’ll fight for control of the woman who has ascended over life and death, a woman whose relationship with an infernal intelligence gives her power over the walking dead.

One woman can save the world, or destroy it: The Queen of the Dead.

Deadly Dee's Review

Like most of us, I live a really (really) busy life.
On Saturdays, I try and get a few chores done, but I also try to set aside some reading time ("me" time I like to call it. ;)
This past Saturday morning, I sat down with Vincenzo Bilof's Queen of the Dead (the second book in his series), and the next thing I knew, it was 5:30, and my husband was calling me to ask me what time we were supposed to be leaving to meet our friends for dinner that night. Dinner? Friends? Seriously?!? Hello....??? I wasn't finished reading!!!
Aside from the coffee I'd made that morning before I started reading, I hadn't even eaten while I was reading. I'm one of those people who gets totally lost in a book if it's good (you know what I mean - you can talk to me, but I won't hear a word you're saying?) and this book is THAT good.
The action is literally non-stop. Even though the viewpoint moves between different (and varied) characters, I never got lost or confused. (There are several new characters introduced - to make up for old ones that are killed off - since Bilof is NOT afraid to kill off his characters...)
I found myself eager to see what was happening with everyone, and Bilof brings them together and separates them seamlessly throughout the novel.
The one - and only - negative thing I can say is that there were two or three spots that needed tighter editing (I really dislike having to edit a sentence in my head when I am reading).
One final note - there is a scene at the end (and since I don't want to spoil this book I won't go into a lot of details) - that I totally did NOT expect, but that actually made me smile. Suffice it to say that it involved loud rap music (2 Chainz), an old, black Monte Carlo, and a character I wasn't expecting decked out in a silver suit with a semi in each hand. There were surprises like this sprinkled throughout the book, but this one was by far, my favorite.
There'd better be a part 3 coming soon....

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this book also. Bilof is an excellent writer.