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Biters : The Reborn (2014)

by Harry Shannon(Favorite Author)
4.56 of 5 Votes: 3
ISBN
1940161541 (ISBN13: 9781940161549)
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JournalStone
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Double Down
review 1: I received this book free in exchange for a fair and honest review.BitersThe plot is rather slow at first. I mean, while reading the first two chapters I kept wondering : “Ok, what is going on where are the zombies already? “(not that I am a great fan of them) But as the story continued and I began to get to know the main character, Buck, I realized that behind this cruel and somewhat rough exterior is a tender man wanting to love and be loved. Fortunately, the zombies, apart from the gruesome descriptions about human parts flying everywhere in certain scenes (thank goodness there weren’t that many ) are only a means of moving the story forward. The plot is somewhat predictable, although I must admit that there were times that I would like for it to have a different ... moreoutcome (and others I didn’t since human nature is what it is), I was really pleased with the ending. The best “character” for me is Buck’s companion, a true friend who shows how kindness can change your life(and I won’t reveal why the word character is in quotation marks ). All I can say is that after finishing the book you will be asking for more.The RebornTruly captivating right from the start. The future described is not so far away as we would like to think. A true American hero, Marcus, former military and now police officer, always tries to do what believes is the right thing. But the problem is who he should believe and which side he should choose. And there the reader is standing in front of the same dilemma “Who is really right?” The plot is thickening right from the start, and as each side reveals its own agenda you really can’t say for sure who is the “good guy” and who is the “bad guy”(and don’t think you will be sure, not even at the end). The people in desperate need of peace, but at what cost? At a cost which brought on a new kind of Dictator. A story that at the very end left me with my mouth hanging open, because I REALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING. As history tends to repeat itself, the story of Marcus and The Reborn will leave you with a funny taste of what the world may become. A book that you won’t be able to put down, once you start reading .
review 2: As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review; this time from a LibraryThing giveaway. Despite that kind consideration I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.To start, I must admit that when I received this book in the mail I was immediately skeptical. I know it's a mortal sin to judge a book by its cover but this one looks rather low-quality and self-published. My doubts deepened as I read 'Biters' and found that the first 10 pages are littered with profound editorial blunders that are exceptionally distracting and clang around the reader's brain like bullets bounding down a drainpipe. However, after a few pages the style and writing do settle down and my doubts were quickly turned to rapt attention. "Biters" is a standard zombie motif with all the usual trappings of this popular theme. The dead are a bit quicker and more clever than those you typically see shambling about but they're essentially the same rotting rogues you've come to know and love from a dozen other books. What sets Shannon's work apart is the brutality of his portrayal. This author holds nothing back and his heroes do what they have to do to survive even if it might not endear them to the reader. Realities are harsh and vividly drawn in a way that I've not seen in any of the other weaker versions of this idea.Talley's "The Reborn" is a complex social allegory on eugenics. The real joy of this novella is that it sums up so wonderfully the moral ambiguity of the idea of picking and choosing our offspring based on their genetics. We see all sides of the argument as Talley very skillfully makes us change our alliance throughout the course of the book and at the end you realize that you've somehow managed to be on every side of the issue at once. Talley's skill is undeniable and for the first time in a long time I found a book that made me regret the necessity of putting it down. Eventually, you have to eat but I have at least discovered that I can cook dinner and read at the same time.In summary, I apologize furiously for my prejudice upon seeing this book in the mail. These stories are exactly the sort of grim, gritty and delightful retelling that make the apocalypse such a giddily popular topic. These two do the end of days justice and then some. Highly recommended from a former skeptic. less
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monikaa19
The reborn= awesome. Biters= not bad. I'm glad they saved the best for last!
jazz
I won this from a goodreads giveaway and I absolutely loved it.
heather
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Cliff
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