First of all, I would have probably rated this higher if I had known up front that this book is the first in a series. And I had no clue until almost the end of the book that there wasn't going to be closure to the story. And I fringing hate that. This book could have worked very well as a standalone. It could have been trimmed up front and had an actual ending put on it instead of a cliffhanger.
I was enjoying the story and I usually don't read books that are about what I call "woo-woo" supernatural themes. But this blended some science and some science fiction in and I was liking the path the story was taking.
And I liked the main characters - a cop, a medical examiner, and two FBI agents.
It just fell all to pieces about 90% into the story. I guess the second book FIREWALKERS is due out in 2018 and I have no desire to keep reading the series.
I received this book from Night Shade News through Edelweiss in exchange for my unbiased review.
Absolutely the best piece of zombie-fiction I’ve encountered. Don’t be put off if you aren’t into zombies, Firewalk is a first class science fiction crime novel that stands far apart from the plethora of zombie novels cluttering shelves. It is a nice blending of investigative fiction and paranormal suspense successful both as a stand alone novel and as the first of a series.
Five years ago Special Agent Izzie Lefevre nearly lost her light pursuing a serial killer, the Recondito Reaper. The pursuit ended in his death, but Detective Patrick Tevake, who worked with Izzie on the case has called her back as evidence from his recent drug case seems connected. A new drug has hit the streets in Recondito. Ink not only makes the users forget, longterm use leads to lesions, strange black marks and death. The more they investigate, the more they begin to understand why Nicholas Fuller acted as he did, and the immense threat posed by Ink - for it is far more than a drug.
Zombies are the “in” thing. Unfortunately that means that all that glitters is not gold. Chris Roberson has a winner - a zombie novel that is ‘fresh’ enough to appeal to jaded readers and fans alike. It is no surprise that he is one of the creators of the popular TV show iZombie. Personally I haven’t seen the show, but I can say I was impressed by Firewalk. The characters not only have depth, they have intriguing cultural backgrounds. Their actions and responses are believable, even as the situation expands far beyond their expectations. The explanation of the how and why of the “zombies” is one that works well within the context of the novel’s world. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received a copy of Firewalk from Night Shade Books in exchange for an honest review.
This book started off interesting but the pacing quickly slows and I found reading it to be a grind. I got about 2/3rds of the way through and I did something I rarely ever do, I gave up. The story felt like it was building towards something but it was taking forever to get there. There were a few action scenes (some of which were pretty creepy) but they were interspersed with lots of drawn out investigation. Additionally I found it hard to really care about or connect with the characters so combined with the slow plot I just lost interest.
I did peek at the ending before putting the book aside. It appears to lack a definitive conclusion, and it seems more like a lead into the sequel (or sequels.)
I awarded 3 stars because the author's writing is competent, some action scenes were well done and because I think others might be able to see the book differently than I did. However it just wasn't for me and couldn't keep me interested.
A case that haunts their dreams, Izze and Patrick were there when the mysterious scientist-turned-psychopathic-killer took his last breath. Izze still has the scars from that day, but now there are things that point to the same things that were happening before. Even things that weren't ever listed in the police report. Things that only the original killer would know. So Izze and Patrick are back out trying to find a killer that they thought they left in the past.
The intro Firewalk was good, it really hooked me, but it almost felt like it started too fast. At first, I thought I had my chapters switched. Then I quickly realized that we were going back to the original scene with the original murderer. After that, things slowed down a bit and allowed me to get a grip on what was going on.
Izze is a really likable main character. She has her feet on the ground and asks all of the right questions. Patrick was meant to be a little more out there and brings Izze out of her comfort zone on numerous occasions. The duo worked really well together with one trying to look at everything in a very scientific and fact-based way, while the other was trying to see other things that were related in some way. Working together, they bring out the best in each other.
The story was great. A well-written Thriller with a ton of details. Firewalk is a weird name for it (I thought at one point I would figure it out, but I only have a slight idea of why it was called that).
Overall, a wonderful story with lots of intimate details that will keep you coming back for more and more.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher
|| (Audiobook version:) If you don't know R.C. Bray by now, you must be living under a rock or something. Bray has narrated a ton of amazing audiobooks, and I honestly haven't listened to enough of them yet. But, he narrated The Martian, which jump-started my love for audiobooks. Bray's voice is perfect, and he lends it perfectly to this story. It's a very technical "cop thriller" and he does a great job differentiating between different characters.||