Apocalypse Weird – The Red King by Nick Cole (Book Review)

Apocalypse Weird: The Red King (WYRD,# 1)Apocalypse Weird: The Red King by Nick Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun beginning to what promises to be a massive sprawling epic with multiple authors, stories and realities. I liked the idea of doing the zombie apocalypse as a ‘siege story’.

The protagonist, Holiday, had a very satisfying arc. While he started as a deeply flawed character I couldn’t help but root for him the entire way through the book. It was great to see his developing relationships with Frank and Ash. I almost felt like I was a part of the little community they were developing in their gated-community-turned-castle.

Half way through the book we switch to a different point of view and see a related story featuring military officers. This proceeded for several chapters. While this section was hardly un-interesting I was very eager to get back to the characters of Holiday, Frank and Ash. Perhaps if these scenes had been interspersed through earlier parts of the book it would not have felt so jarring.

This book definitely had the feeling of a ‘pilot episode’ and left me wanting to continue with the series as it progresses.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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One Response to Apocalypse Weird – The Red King by Nick Cole (Book Review)

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    Great review, Adam. Love the idea of the POV switch partway through. It makes for an interesting story and certainly provides a means for the reader to connect with other characters in the story.

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