Audiobook Review: Zombie Lake by Javan Bonds (Narrated by S.W. Salzman)

I Haven’t Laughed At A Zombie Book… Ever (Until Now)

4.25 out of 5 stars

I’d read a few other reviews (even just titles) from a few of my other reviewer friends before jumping into this one.  All of them talked about laughing throughout the book.  I knew to expect it, but it still caught me off guard how randomly funny this book was.

Zombie Lake tells the story of Mo Collins (no, not the MadTV star and don’t mention that unless you want to get punched in the face by him) and his groups trials and tribulations as they learn of a new zombie-like plague hitting the town they are docked at on their replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora.

Along the way, we meet other survivors including The Expert, The Tech, The Oracle, The Sacrifice, The Old Friend plus many more.  Seriously, they were all explained out by The Oracle – and every time he would “predict” the next scene or next person they would meet – Mo’s reaction would kill me. It really made me (like Mo) realize that most of the Post-Apocalyptic books I read follow and almost exact plot map.  Not all in the same order – but they all seem to hit it.

The movie trivia/quotes/similarities were awesome to a movie-lover like me.  I really enjoyed when they came to the scene near the church and they talked about other zombie movies.  Or when they would go anywhere and Smokes would basically tell them that because he was black, he wouldn’t go in first because they always died first in every “bad horror film”.

Bonds really understands both his audience and the post-apocalyptic genre and allows that to shine in Zombie Lake.  I thought that Mo, Smokes, and crew were incredibly enjoyable to follow along especially in the format of a journal that “if you’re reading this, then I must have died” format.  It just made the story easier to dive in and out of.

Overall, a funny and enjoyable post-apocalyptic zombie tale that has some new parts in it that I’ve never seen or read before (zombie poop for example).  And a refreshing take on the genre.

The narration, by S.W. Salzman was good.  At first, I was worried about the accent.  The character is supposed to be a slow-talking southern drawl dude – and I think that Salzman hit it on the head without making the book unlistenable.  After the first chapter or so I found myself getting into a rhythm with his narration and it became part of the story.

Book Description:

Audiobook Review: Zombie Lake by Javan Bonds (Narrated by S.W. Salzman)Zombie Lake by Javan Bonds
Narrator: S. W. Salzman
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Series: Still Alive
Published by Self Published on May 19th 2018
Genres: Zombie
Pages: 334
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads

Mo Collins, the reluctant Hero, has sailed around the country on board the replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora and now he finds himself only miles from his childhood home. But now the world has gone to hell. Hordes of naked, blue, yellow-eyed, biting zombies have flooded the now dead Alabama lake town. Mo and his only surviving shipmate, Crow, are doing just that; surviving. They fish and watch as the monsters roam the night; seeking untainted flesh and leaving a disgusting mess in their wake. But when a lone survivor stumbles upon Mo and Crow they not only gain a new crew member but also find much-needed direction. The newcomer, Smokes, will change Mo’s view of this zombie infested world forever.
As reality mimics fiction an ever-growing cast of crazy characters plays out their role carving out an island sanctuary in a plague-ridden world. The Expert, The Tech, The Oracle, The Sacrifice, The Old Friend plus many more ….. Join us on this wild post-apocalyptic ride where the fish bite, the Zombies bite, and sometimes life bites.
Welcome to Zombie Lake.

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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