Monday, June 28, 2010
Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - Faith & The Undead by Benjamin Rogers (Book Review)
For eons, war has waged between Good and Evil in an everlasting battle for the souls of the human race. Interference became forbidden from either side to sway each of us in their direction. Unexplained happenings still occur to this day, making us wonder who is actually winning that eternal struggle. What happens when Satan gets tired of miracles and minor evil deeds? What happens when he decides the time is now for the final battle of right versus wrong? Or when he decides it's time to raise the stakes and form an army never before imagined to tip the scales in Evil's favor? Frank Payens roams the country in search of healing after many hard years of service in the Navy SEALS that left deep scars upon his soul. He finds The Home, a haven designed to help him cope with his past and facilitate his healing. A monastery of men and women that have dedicated their lives to the protection of freedoms and liberties. A group that has come together to heal and move forward in life. It doesn't take long for Frank to discover his new home isn't a run-of-the-mill monastery and that his life is going to take on new meaning as the war for souls has only just begun.
I found this book to be very unique and strangely entertaining. It's definitely a twist in the world of zombie stories that I've never seen before. The idea of mixing the Christian religion and Zombies seemed a bit difficult to pull off for me until I read this book and realized how well Rogers made it work. I'm not saying this is a book that will make you question what you believe (I'm a pagan btw) but I found how he intertwined the two concepts amazing. Man, of course, is caught in the middle and the ultimate battle of good and evil, God and Satan, is on like Donkey Kong! While it may use bits of Christianity, that doesn't mean there isn't some amazing Zombie action going on; fans of the undead will not be disappointed. The style of writing is also very strong. It almost feels as if you and the author are best buds and he's telling you this story in front of a fire. There are parts that it feels he over-explains thing, but for the most part the voice of the story is great and makes you wanna keep reading. The one thing I did notice was that the book could use some editing here and there. This is supposedly the first in the series, so I'm sure all the minor flaws will be improved in the next book, which I'm dying to read! This is definitely a book worth checking out and hell, take it to church! You just might be able to convert someone into a horror fan! You can pick up a copy HERE.