Salby Damned by Ian D. Moore

Synopsis:

 Salby Damned centres around the rural, purpose built town of Salby. A small-time freelance reporter and a mysterious town committee leader are involved in a conflict with The Shale Gas Fracking Corporation, who pick their town to commence shale gas extraction from.

Despite numerous attempts and orders to prevent the drilling, one night the gas company uses explosives, unwittingly unleashing one of science’s fiercest creations into the atmosphere. The race against time is on to find a cure and save the nation, possibly the world from the effects of the virus.

With an ever constant battle against the un-dead, Nathan and Evelyn struggle to save their own lives and those they encounter along the way. They must overcome corruption, bribery, and power against an unseen adversary as the story follows its twists, turns, and sub-plots.

“Edge of the seat, fast-paced action from page one, this story will have you gripped and it isn’t just about how many ways to kill a zombie”

 

My Review:

 

Author Ian D. Moore resides in the UK and is, among other things, an administrator for a group of over 300 Indie Authors. He’s even done a charity anthology for MacMillan Cancer Support. Salby Damned started out being written on a Samsung Galaxy 4 mobile phone, posted to Facebook; with the last 40% written on his pc, finally reaching release in August 2014. This is the first installment of a very promising series. Next in series actually releases August 1, 2016 so this is the perfect time to get started on this extraordinary first volume if you haven’t yet.

 

Salby Damned was well thought out and the author very well educated in all things military. I found it very easy to understand and follow along, though I have no military background. Our “zombies” are not the average, slow, mindless beings we are used to reading about. These deadheads, dubbed by Nathan, one of the main characters, were created from a biological weapon created by the government. No surprises there, right? Somehow the author was skilled enough to be able to include romance and witty comments in the face of such danger and confusion. Although that could be a coping mechanism resulting from the stress, it’s fascinating how smoothly it flowed. While there is a lot of action, it was slow going due to the tremendous amount of detail added, which could be good or bad depending on the reader. I personally would have preferred more focus on the destruction of the deadheads instead of on the day to day goings on with the survivors. All in all, though, I thought it was a great first installment in the series and would recommend you, the reader, to give it a shot. This copy gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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