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September 5, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Dead West, by Marquitz, Martin, and Soward

Book Review: “Dead West” by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, Kenny Soward

Marquitz, Martin and Soward, oh my! I’d describe Dead West to be the bastard child of a zombie western and Kill Bill. It’s definitely not the type of prose you stop to admire, but it’s entertaining for when your mind craves mayhem and carnage. Embrace the pulp and this’ll make for a hell of a hoedown!

September, 1868…SOMEWHERE IN THE SIERRA NEVADA, during the expansion of the Central Pacific Railroad, Nina Weaver and her pa, Lincoln, trundle into Coburn Station with a wagonful of goods they’re looking to barter. Of all the rotten luck, their world—and the future of the American West—is forever changed when a sudden swarm of zombies invades town on the hunt for some human-sized vittles.

Let me first start by saying that this is no way a perfect book. There’s too much language, ridiculously long fight seems with literally piles of corpses and a cast of characters with so much grit and grime that you’ll wonder whether dying would be all that bad of a thing for them. There’s a lot to turn you off…   But! If you can get past that, or embrace the lawlessness and language of the old west, you’ll be in for one hell of an adventure.

Where Dead West really shines is in the pacing. Coming in at just under 200 pages, there isn’t much room for slow periods. This story takes off, and fast! An average day turns into a nightmare of decaying flesh and blown out brains in the blink of an eye. Then, once it starts, there’s no slowing down.

Though the plot is rather straight forward, there is a pretty good cliff hanger at the end. Dead West is all about over the top, good old fashioned fun! I suspect the second book will delve deeper into the dark world the story is set in. Mark this one as a guilty pleasure!

Disclaimer: There is an absurd amount of language and tons of graphic violence. If you’re not a fan of zombie novels, this is definitely not an exception to that rule. It caters to a select audience and delivers on the vulgarity and gore that we have come to know and love.


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