Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - DNA: Code Flesh by Alan Dale

For years the planet was run by the New World Order, but not to its liking. After mandating the use of death row inmates as subjects in scientific experiments, the NWO has decided to tighten its grip through its greatest political decision. However, the experiment backfires, leaving the world in the middle of a war stuck in the middle of another war.
Two of those combatants, Bridjett and Shad Alexi, siblings, torn apart by different allegiances both work to find the common ground amidst a war that will soon grow beyond the parameters anyone would have ever imagined.

Alan Dale's DNA: Code Flesh opens with a bang! From the moment the reader first opens the book, they are thrown into a world a chaos and war with enough undead action to satisfy any zombie fan. Alan's vivid descriptions help the reader envision every second of the gory carnage happening throughout the pages. Around the middle of the book we get into the back story of our main characters, Bridjett and Shad Alexi, and a history lesson of the world as they know it from their drunken father, Norman. We here all about the NWO and the control it has over everyone. We see the rift drawn between Shad and Bridjett and the family drama that ensues as Shad joins the NWO. This section of the book gets pretty political in nature. Issues such as the school system, religion, and even gay marriage are all touched upon. I found myself conflicted between the two sides. Some things I agreed with Norman, and others I agreed with the NWO (yes, I know they're the enemy but when you read it you'll get it). Even with the lack of zombie action in this section I found my interest was still captured and I was fully engaged with the story. 
The last part of the book was where I felt let down just a bit. I know this is the first of a series and I know there's more to the story yet to come, but the ending still felt a bit lack luster. The ending discussion between Shad and Bridjett didn't seem to flow like the back story part of the book did. The dialogue didn't feel like people would say something like that in real life. Also, Alan gets repetitive with the words he uses in one sentence (like saying falling or something like that 3 times in once sentence). It seams like he was trying to be stylistic with the writing but it didn't convey that way when I was reading it. There were also a bit of grammatical errors in the book, but knowing how it is when you're an indie author and you don't have a professional editor on speed dial, it wasn't a big deal at all.
DNA: Code Flesh is a very good first novel in a series that I am looking forward to reading the rest of. You can get the novella of DNA on your Kindle now for just .99 cents by clicking HERE and the full novel for just $3.00 HERE!!!

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