Jacob Devlin is one of the survivors of an infection that spread across the Earth a year ago taking with it most of the planet’s population and reanimating the dead into the yellow eyed flesh eating abominations that Jacob and his small band of fellow survivors strive to avoid at all costs. The undead thrive in the sunlight so the group tends to stick to the darkness. Even in the “safety” of darkness their numbers continue to dwindle as they are constantly overrun with problems, from the undead hordes continual attacks, to some highly volatile situations that arise within the group itself. Joining up with another group of survivors, Jacob and the group develop a plan to find a permanent home in the city of Landsford. Question is….will everyone/anyone survive The Road to Landsford?
The Road to Landsford by Brad Zipprich is a fun tale of a group of survivors in a world after the dead have reanimated. There were several main characters that I immediately came to care about and love. How can you not love a spunky/badass gal named April who wields a pink AR-15 like she’s Rambo? I would like to have had a bit more background for some of the main characters and of course, as always there are the “throw away” characters that are just there long enough to be killed. Yes, there was even a touch of romance. Overall character-wise, I was pleased. The author, also, makes some interesting changes to the zombie genre having the sunlight have a sort of regenerative quality to the undead so that the living are actually safer in the dark.
One thing I really liked about The Road to Landsford is that there was believability to nearly every aspect within the story. There was no super heroic death-defying feats or situations that are obviously futile that everyone miraculously survives without a scratch. Mistakes are made and people die. I like that…it’s real.
I have read some of Brad Zipprich’s more recent work and will say that his writing style has improved upon writing The Road to Landsford, however, it is still a fun and entertaining story that I would recommend to any fan of the genre. Learn more about the author and about his current project Bound Between at his website Brad Zipprich. You can also follow Brad on Twitter at: @bradzb
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