Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Book Review: 'The Decaying World Saga' by Michael W. Garza


Michael W. Garza ‘hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.’ On the journey he opens a new gate with the first entry in his THE DECAYING WORLD SAGA Book I – TRIBES OF DECAY. And followed that with SEASON OF DECAY. Now, bound as a 2 volume set, THE DECAYING WORLD is available to the public to devour at leisure.

There is a glut of zombie stories in all the media – television, games, movies, comic books, and books – so there must be an enormous audience for these ghoulish. And if Zombies are no your palate (pardon the pun) then try reading Michael W Garza’s take on the genre and you will discover how really fascinating the subject matter can be in the right hands.

Michael has the gift of creating atmosphere conducive to the topic and this he proves within the first couple of paragraphs of the initial book: ‘The cold, damp air left the heavy vegetation glowing in a thin cover of dew. Morning light crept across overgrown streets and long-abandoned structures. There was little that remained of the old world. Those who called this place home knew only fragments of the once proud people who believed they’d reached the pinnacle of civilization. Darian was a hunter. He’d always been taller than the other boys his age and his skill with a bow was considered the best among the Cheyenne Tribe. Rowan lived his life in the shadow of his older, admired cousin. The two were as close as brothers. They’d been inseparable since they were children. At the age of seventeen, they would be among the next generation to take the test of manhood….He could hear the dead closing in. Their moaning calls echoed through the dark halls. The tactic was a common one and highly effective. The infected would cover the exterior of the building and send the dead in to flush out the prey.’ In that brief time we know the characters, smell the surroundings, have the story and are ready for the undead.

Michael summarizes (see his website for a terrific film clip): ‘Our world decayed and a new world arose from the ashes of the old. The remains of the human race cling to life decades after a decimating global plague. The infected hunt the living as the dead roam abandoned streets craving the taste of flesh. Mia and Rowan hoped to carve out a life for themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland, but fate had other plans. They’re forced to leave behind the relative safety of their home after a chance encounter challenges everything they’ve ever known. Evolution always finds a way...’

Satisfy your obsession with evil with these novels to the end and enjoy how polished zombie novels can be. This set, non-believers, is a good one, Grady Harp, September 17



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