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DESOLATION by Travis Simmons
Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York.
With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.
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I have always loved a good zombie story – be it reading or watching. I would have to say Desolation falls into the good zombie story genre. In addition to the zombies there’s a love story brewing. And add to that the necromancers and it makes for an entertaining read.
My knowledge of necromancy and necromancers was very limited – like I heard it in an ICP song when I was much younger. Never knew what it was, never really cared. But I can say that I now understand what a necromancer is. I don’t know that I’d want the ability to control the dead, but it makes for a good twist for a zombie story.
I fell in love with Asher. He was such a real character. I’m not sure how I would react in a zombie apocalypse, and honestly despite my zombie knowledge, I’d probably be a zombie within a few days. Much like Asher – being bit multiple times. However Asher’s apparent immunity to zombies is something that makes him a much better character than I would be. The love “square” that Asher is in is a nice twist to the story. He wants to do what feels right, but I don’t think any of his options are “right” given the circumstances he finds himself in. However it makes for a good story in between the action packed zombie scenes.
I think it was a pretty good story. It was pretty fast-paced and quite entertaining. I liked the characters and the idea of the story was well executed. It was a new take on the old zombie story and I found it to be a nice change of pace.
About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14. He began writing a book called “The Calling of the Two” and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.
“Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?” He always knew there was a “before” and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.