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4.0 out of 5 starsDefinitely recommend!
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2014
This book is part I in a trilogy about a zombie apocalypse back in the old west. My thoughts are as follows: The writer does a very good job on character development, which is important if you want people to come back for the rest of the trilogy. She also does a very good job at pacing and never lets it get boring to the point where you want to put it down and take a break. And where I thought she really excelled was with her descriptive writing. The way she described how the zombies smelled, both alive and when burning, as well as what it felt like to be bit and the gut-wrenching, nauseating pain one had to endure was really well done. My only complaint is that if I hadn't known the gender of the author, I definitely would have before I was halfway through the first book. It was made clear early on that one of the two main characters, a young lady nicknamed Red, was a loner, fiercely independent and infuriatingly stubborn, so I'm not sure we needed to be reminded of that every ten pages or so. It got to the point where even though I liked her character, I was hoping someone would humble her and bring her down a few notches. It was just too much. And while we're on the topic of "just too much," the same could be said of the relationship between Red and Trace, who was the other main character. Yes, they loved each other and yes, they were devoted to each other and yes, they turned each other on, but the whole "I would give my life and the lives of my next two generations for just one more opportunity to clean the dirt from beneath your toe nails," just got to be a little much after awhile. Not to mention the continual, reciprocal promises from all of the characters regarding how they would never EVER let anything happen to anyone else, even though no one ever kept their promise. It was a zombie apocalypse, of course bad things were going to happen. Overall, though, Scott is a very good writer, she knows how to keep the story moving, her character development is superb (loved the young Indian boy), and I highly recommend this trilogy.
5.0 out of 5 starsWanted -- More from Angela Scott and this Series
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2013
What should one expect from a book about zombies? That is the dramatic question a reader is posed with... I've read a variety of stories that revolve around zombies. Some were excellent, some were fodder for the fertilizer pile. That's a fact you have to accept. Zombies are a character set that are open to a lot of speculation, there is no solidly defined description of a zombie. Honestly, this is a good thing. An author than has the creative license to make their zombies stand out, or blend into the story. Angela Scott, creates a zombie that blends into a story that is not solely about the walking undead. Scott has crafted a beautifully developed tale about surviving the plague that has swept across the nation, in the era of the wild west. The characters are what drive the story, and Scott makes sure to give them a sound back story to work with as needed. This book focuses primarily around the leading lady - Red, actually you'll find that without Red, the story would end pretty fast. Red, is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. She doesn't need anybody and anything to tell her what to do and when to do it. Or is she truly that strong willed woman? That is the question that we explore in Wanted: Dead or Undead, who is Red, and what makes her such a "wanted" woman? I refuse to give spoilers, so if you are looking for a recap of the story here, forget it... you just need to know that Red, is who is wanted, dead or undead. She's quick with a gun, and you don't want to get on her bad side, but Trace Monroe dares to attempt to capture Red, and one could only try to assume in the end who really captured who. In addition to Red and Trace, we meet a group of survivors that come across the path our characters have taken... a path each is never sure that they are aiming in the right direction. Always running from the biters, living dead, the main goal is survival. Scott has built a solid foundation with her plot line and characters. The flow of the book was steady and truly only slowed at the very end, ultimately, one doesn't always expect a happy ending when a book involves zombies, and this sort of had that homey, all should be well ending. Alas, as you'll find out tomorrow, that isn't how things will stay.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat writing, as usual from Angela Scott!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
I have read Angela Scott’s books before and loved them, this was no different. Her books tend to have a layer of psychology and a real human element that other authors strive for. Even in this, a zombie book, it is more about the people than the zombies that they are running from. And zombies are not the only horror in this world.
Although the main character, Red, is extremely strong and very sarcastic, I can tell that she has just been hardened by this cruel world that she has found herself. She is willing to shoot and ask questions later because that is how you have to survive in this world. It’s fitting but it does take a bit of a toll when she meets Trace. She’s so hardened and so distrusting that she is putting everyone at a distance, and although I cannot blame her I still want for her to have these human moments. I mean otherwise why live? Isn’t acting like a zombie synonymous with pretty much being a zombie?
But, just as I was about to give up on her some things come out and the plot thickens, quite a bit! There are more characters introduced, more drama, more zombies, and more craziness! And although this ends on a cliff hanger I really liked where it ended. It was like a chapter of Red’s life closed and she’s ready for the next, no matter how terrifying.
The one downside is the timing. I could not place how much time had passed, nor could I understand what ages the characters were. I also listened on Audible and although the narrator was very good I think it took away from the story a bit. By the thick Southern accent it was hard to place ages. Easy to place sarcasm though!
Forget Cowboys Vs. Aliens, this is Cowboys Vs. Zombies and it's much more fun.
It had a bit of everything I like in a book: romance, adventure, cowboys...and I kinda like zombie books, too (though they have to have a bit of romance in them as well). It didn't shirk on the horror details either with some rather creepy scenes involving one family.
I really liked Trace/Cowboy and Elisabeth/Red. They were both really great characters and I have to say that Cowboy seemed like the ideal guy to meet in a wild west zombie apocalypse. As for Red, she was pretty kick-arse. The secondary characters were cool too.
I'm very intrigued as to what will happen next in the series and can't wait to read the second book in the series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2012
Red is a woman who needs or wants no one, it only complicates life. She is travelling east to find her brother, fighting zombies along the way. A plaque has hit the country, possibly the world but Red can take care of herself. The trouble is, after running into Trace at a saloon, she is no longer alone and she doesn't really know what he wants from her. As they continue to travel, they pick up more and more people, all of whom discover why she is so good at killing zombies.
Angela Scott writes with a lovely descriptive piece of work, in fact the image of the baby in the cot stayed with me when I closed my eyes. I liked the feisty MC, she takes nonsense from no one but as the story continues and we learn of her horrendous life, we get to see her softer side. Trace is more of a gentleman than cowboy but again it works in the relationship between them.
The idea of treating zombies as a plague has intrigued me for some time and unlike recent books about the apocalypse there are no bombs, weapons of mass destruction that can wipe out some of the numbers, here you just have a gun, a sword and they are greatly outnumbered. What I like about this book is the change in Red and what grows within her and wondering whether it will take over.
It is nicely written, paced well and good strong characters. I will be reading the second book.