Monday, 11 November 2013

FREEEEEBIES by Iain Rob Wright


TEN DAYS, TWELVE COMPETITORS, TWO MILLION POUNDS IN CASH.

What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. 

Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as ‘The Landlord’ controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN…

My review: I adore the way IRW brings full circle his characters;  ASBO and The Final Winter are both linked in, plus a great cliffhanger at the end!

Some really good surprises in this book. IRW's writing really puts you in the front row for a voyeuristic show; you may not always want to be there.

I did find some of the torturous stuff right on the edge of believable, but then this is fiction, I hope!

My only other real niggle is my own disappointed face when I thought I still had 20% of reading left only to find another authors short at the end!

FIRST PEOPLE GOT SICK. THEN THEY GOT VERY SICK..
Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it’s probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time.

And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door… 

HIS DAY IS ABOUT TO GET WORSE..
It won’t be long before Nick’s entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?

WELCOME TO RIPLEY HEIGHTS. WHERE THE FUN NEVER STARTS.


My review:
I was lucky enough to get a review copy BUT I found it so brilliant I bought the ebook as soon as it became available, I am also a fan of indie authors and if you dont buy them, they cant write more!!

Anyway, on to the review!
No slow introduction here, wham you are straight into the snotty, blood soaked gore. Assuming you are not new to zombie horror you will recognise and wince at all the sneezing, finger kissing and bottle sharing.
IRW has the amazing ability to make all his characters have depth, none are perfect, they are just regular humans - which gives the the thrown together/apocalyptic group dynamic a real tension.

The story is split into three parts, you are introduced to various people and watch as circumstance, zombies and plain human idiocy rip them to pieces.

IRW does not shy away from the gore factor but gives you enough of the day to day running of post apocalypse to be, in itself, horrifying.

The links to his other books is nothing short of genius (if you think SK does a good job wait till you see the intricate web IRW weaves!)

I thought the ending epilogue chapters were what really made the story stand out and unique for me. The trail and spread of destruction was reminiscent of SK The Stand but had such a human element attached you feel yourself shudder at the implications of your own daily life.

As for the final paragraphs.... OMG.....