Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jacob's Odyssey by Russ Melrose

Jacob's Odyssey
by Russ Melrose

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Dead Dayz - Book 1
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Roether Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780990839101
Genre: Fantasy | Dystopian
Print Length: 310 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
For Jake, a perilous journey of survival will soon turn into a quest for redemption...

A terrible virus has struck and the world has deteriorated into chaos. And with the infected now outnumbering their human counterparts, chances for survival lessen with each passing day. After running out of food in his condo, Jake must make his way across the Salt Lake Valley to reach the safety of the mountains, and he must use his wiles to avoid the packs of infected roaming the streets. But Jake is haunted by a devastating personal tragedy he can't let go of, and his journey of survival quickly turns into a quest for redemption.

Just as he’s about to reach the safety of the mountains, a phone call changes everything. A woman and her child need help and Jake finally sees an opportunity to redeem himself. But will his helping them put them in harm's way? Jake is being stalked by a brutal and sadistic alpha (by far the most dangerous of the infected). In the end, Jake will have to decide how far he's willing to go to keep them safe and earn the redemption he seeks.

  Jacob's Odyssey by Russ Melrose

Jacob's OdysseyWhat? Another zombie infestation caused by a virus? Definitely not! Russ Melrose’s Jacob’s Odyssey is a story of survival against the odds, of personal redemption and how one average joe learns to become a survivor and a savior.

What would you do if the world was overrun with killer zombies? Jake had no idea himself until he had two choices, survive or die. Follow Jake as we see through his eyes and feel through his heart and mind just how much inner strength lies hidden beneath the most unlikely of heroes when the odds are stacked against him and others are depending on him for survival.

Sure, we have guts and gore, and zombies galore, most mindless and desperate only for food, but one in particular will dispel any notion that zombies are created equal and he has Jake in his sights in the race to get out of town and to the safety of the mountains. Jake almost made it, until one call from a desperate mother changed his plans and gave him a chance to atone for something he did that haunting as it was, could not be avoided.

Russ Melrose has upped the bar for zombie reading everywhere as he focuses on one man, and the transformation he undergoes in his journey to safety. Jake is extremely likable, he is the guy you see on the street, nothing outstanding about him, nothing that would say, hey-that guy is hero material! In this one character, Russ Melrose has put his mark on the zombie world and sent a message, zombies beware! The supporting characters are not as developed, perhaps because to make them crystal clear would be to uncover their secrets too soon? Brilliant writing, a plot that never lets one breathe and an imagination that never lets up, Russ Melrose has a new fan and Jake is my hero.

I received this copy from Russ Melrose in exchange for my honest review.

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