Having posted in a Goodreads’ Review Initiative thread that I was willing to review works, the authors requested my review of two short stories, The Lost Party and Feud. I was provided copies of these works in exchange for my fair and honest review. I thank the authors for this opportunity.
I generally begin my reviews with a comment on how “readable” I found the work at issue to be, in light of possible grammar and editing issues. They happen—and often, they can be disregarded. Unfortunately, in the case of The Lost Party and Feud, there are a number of these issues that make the reading a bit difficult—in particular for The Lost Party. Thus, this review does take these issues into account. (Having said that, I understand that the authors are working to resolve these issues.)
The Lost Party is a story of Masterson’s efforts to save a caravan that, while moving west, was overtaken by zombies. The authors did a good job of setting the stage. I could feel the cold wind; I could sense Masterson’s fear of failure; I could—and did—shudder at what the traveler’s believed themselves forced to do in light of their growing hunger. . . . Unfortunately, the “tense” in which the story is told, is not constant. Thus, I found it necessary to re-read portions, fairly frequently, in order to sort out what was happening.
In Feud, we find the standard western town, complete with a saloon, a bartender, dancing girls, the Sheriff, a lone stranger traveling through, and more. At issue is how to rid the town of the invading zombies in light of two powerful men—former friends—now enemies, who espouse different means for resolving the situation. While Griffin, the lone stranger, seeks to find justice, he loses a bit of himself along the way.
Overall, while zombie stories are not my preferred genre—by any stretch—I was intrigued by the concept of using the wild west as a setting for these works. Who knew there was such a sub-sub-genre in fiction as a crossover between a western and a zombie story? Still, I expect there is a fan-base for such stories and those fans are likely to enjoy The Lost Party and Feud!
Find out more on Goodreads about The Lost Party here and about Feud here. Find, follow and fan author, Ben Dixon, on Goodreads here and author, Sam Campbell, on Goodreads here. These stories are available for purchase from Amazon here and here and from Barnes and Noble here and here.