Book Review: Fire (Elements of the Undead) by William Esmont

Fire (Elements of the Undead) by William Esmont

Publisher: Self Published

Available in ebook or paperback.

I admit I thought that this would be the typical zombie apocalypse story; where a group of people fight zombies,themselves, and by the end of the book most of them are dead.  I hate to say that my assumptions were wrong, but that pretty much sums up the book.  However, Esmont weaves together such a colorful and un-cliche bunch of people that I was thoroughly entertained for the entire novel.

Despite having a huge cast of characters, there was plenty of screen time for each group.  Although Megan was the main character, a hooker turned survivor leader, Jack was my favorite to read.  I must say that Jack’s episodes were so poignant and I wonder if I could of done the same necessary actions if I was in his predicament.  Besides the zombies, this book claims an unusual villain – a military woman who makes a lot of bad decisions for her own survival.

What starts out as many different plot-lines and settings dwindles to one major one as the story is told.  Necessary actions drive these characters from one chapter to the next.  For anyone who knows zombie books and movies – necessary actions means shooting people in the head.  That’s the only way to kill these things and there is quite a bit of gore accompanying these necessary actions.

It’s nothing unique to the genre, but for any fans of zombies, this story is told well.  Its a good, quick read for anyone that enjoys their meat and books extra rare.

Characters 5/5

Concept 1/5

Pacing 5/5

Grammar 5/5

Ending 3/5


It begins with the end…

When Megan Pritchard clocks in for her late night shift in a Nevada brothel, she has no way of knowing it will be her last. Around the world, the dead are rising, and mankind is on the express train to extinction. As her coworkers turn into cannibalistic zombies, Megan is forced to flee into the desert with nothing but the clothes on her back and a vague plan to reach her sister in southern Arizona.

Facing impossible odds, Megan embarks on a journey of self discovery, only to learn she may be the last, best hope for humanity.

Available in print and in eBook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Smashwords, Diesel, and the Apple iBook store.

Grade: B

This book will appeal to fans of horror, zombies, and the apocalypse

If you’re interested in purchasing this book, you can buy it from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Smashwords.  More reviews are available at Goodreads.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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