By Peter Tremayne
Reviewed By Dead Kev
Hearken back to the heyday of zombie fame...it's 1981...the
dawn of the dead has come and gone. Now you're eagerly waiting
for the day, and the return of the flesh munchers. Peter Tremayne
gave us a little novel to snack on during the wait. At a mere
183 pages, it's far from a meal, but sometimes a snack is
all you need.
The good news is that June Lambert, and her husband Steve,
have just found out that she has a grandmother who wants to
meet her granddaughter for the first time. The bad news is
that her grandmother is on her deathbed, and lives on an island
way out in the Caribbean. There's still some more good news
though. June is notified that she's the only heiress to her
grandmother's estate. The couple has also just received a
nice check from her grandmother's lawyer to make the trip
down to the exotic Caribbean island known as St. Miquelon.
Not to worry though, more bad news is on the horizon...
Who would pass up a free ride to the Caribbean? I know I wouldn't.
June and Steve don't either, although they would soon wish
they had. Things pretty much go downhill after getting to
the quaint little island. The lawyer in charge of the estate
is inept. The people are unfriendly, secretive, and like to
spew forth cryptic warnings. Transportation into and out of
the inner portions of the island is hard to find, to say the
least. And nobody put in the brochure that the island is volcanic!
If all of that isn't enough, the bathrooms on the island were
really, really dirty. Okay, that last part isn't in the book,
but I bet that they were really nasty.
I love roller coasters. So it would stand the reason that
I love books and movies that take me on that crazy up and
down ride of emotion. This book does just that...just not
really in the way I would have wished. This roller coaster
starts slow out of the gates and takes awhile to pick up some
steam. Once steaming along though, I couldn't put the book
down. The middle chapters flew by. Then, somebody put the
brakes on and I realized that the book was only a few chapters
from ending and I've only seen ONE freakin' zombie! I assured
myself that there would be more zombies soon enough. Alas,
the last several chapters came and went, and the book was
done. The ride had crawled the last several hundred feet to
a grinding halt into the station. The ending left something
to be desired and the lack of zombies had me asking nobody
in particular, "That was it?" Nonetheless, the read was quick,
entertaining, and the middle portion will have you on the
edge of your seat!
|DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
|Recommended. Overall a worthy read, even if only for its brevity. It won't take up too much of your time, so pick it up if you can find it cheap.
||ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
|Notice to the travelers out there...
1. Always be wary of old women on Caribbean islands...even if it is your grandmother.
2. If you do decide to go to a strange Caribbean island, stay near the coast.
|Famous last words...
-"They say old Hanging Tree Mountain hasn't erupted
since eighteen fifty-seven. It's still active, but
not that active."
-"I shall have to leave you for a moment, Mrs. Lambert."
|St Martin's Mass Market Paperback
|December 1987 (Reprint)
|Dimensions (inches): 6.5 x 4.25
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