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Screaming Eagles

(The Front, Book One)

By Timothy W. Long

I’m a sucker for a good zombie book; put a new twist on it and I’m in; put David Moody’s name on it and you better get out of my way.  I love the concept behind the creation of this series.  Timothy W. Long, David Moody and Craig DiLouie will each write individual books in this six-book series.  It’s a fantastic way to get introduced to some new authors, enjoy a fun, fresh story and have something to look forward to.

The Good

Long has given us the introduction to this series.  He has also created some great characters that I was able to connect with and wanted to follow.  He has given a unique twist to an important historical battle.  The pacing was fast and pulled me through the story in just a few hours.

The Bad

I don’t normally like to do this, but the proofing was atrocious.  Double words, homonyms, misspellings, characters showing up in the wrong foxhole, etcetera.  I’ll usually let some of these things slide by, but due to the sheer volume, I really have to mention that this story is not clean; the soldiers and zombies get messy too, but I expected that.  It ended up being a real distraction.

The Ugly

Where do I go from here?  The story was good, but I don’t want to write reviews like this.  One of my favorite authors has written the second book in this series.  This is the first book that I’ve read by Long.  He can tell a story, that is certain, but are his other books as poorly proofed?  Will the next book in the series be the same?  It’s disheartening how one experience can cast such a shadow.

In the end, Screaming Eagles is 4 stars for the story.  It had some great characters, a fantastic pace, but I’m going to have to take a bit off for the lack of proofing.  If you are someone who can overlook that sort of thing, you are certain to enjoy the ride.

*3.5 Stars