Convoy of Carnage
by David Simpson
Truckers vs Zombies.
Plus some high school
students and a few
high rise office workers.
I bought a copy at an indie author book date because I
liked the cover and enjoy a good zombie story. The story had a fast, brisk
pace. There are never more than a few pages before some action and Simpson does
a great job leading characters from one crisis to the next. There is not a lot
of inner reflection and what is there serves the plot well. The various threads
are great and I found it easy to navigate from one to another. The characters
are fun: Tiny, Gunny and Jessie being my faves.
I’ve read other reviews about the politics and
stereotypes. Maybe it is different as one reads the series, but I was not
offended. I found the characters relatable either because I have acquaintances
similar (including being a parent to several high schoolers) or because they
are well written even when borrowing from long worn characterizations from
other books, shows, and movies. I didn’t pick up the book in hopes it would
agree with every political whim I have. I picked it up to escape a bit while
some really fun characters banter, run over zombies, and survive. I read zombie
stories to be more of a Giligan Island tale than The Great Gatsby. Giligan, by
the way, had lots of stereotypes and was a great show.
ZR reminded me a lot of my other fave, Zombie Fallout. I
will certainly pick up Part two down the line, even though part one stands as
it’s own story with a satisfying ending. Well written and fun.