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Suckers by Z Rider

Suckers by Z Rider — coverA review by CJ Dee

Musicians Dan Ferry and Ray Ford take a shortcut through a dark alley on the way back to their hotel. When Dan is bitten by a bat-like creature, Dan and Ray embark on a journey they couldn’t have imagined.

As far as apocalypse novels go, this is one of the best I have read.

For fans of the ‘it’s like this combined with this’ analogies, the first act is similar to a vampire novel where the protagonist is bitten and needs to work out how to survive. The second act is best likened to a zombie novel where the world has gone to hell in a hand-basket because of the invading creatures and the whole world needs to work out how to survive.

The main two characters throughout Suckers are well developed. Their relationship with each other and the people around them are solidly written. Though several times I wanted to smack them both back to their senses, this only added to the realism of the characters.

I have noticed with a lot of novels I read lately, that they go on past their stopping point. That is to say, removing the last chapter would greatly improve the novel. Suckers is no different in this regard. The final addition to the story feels unnecessary. Without it Suckers would end with a bang. With it Suckers ends, not with a whimper, but definitely a sputtering.

Overall Suckers is an easy-to-read take on an end-of-the-world takeover by otherworldly creatures. Last chapter aside, it’s a fun story that has plenty of suspense and a good dose of gore. It also has subtle Stephen King references to pleasantly surprise the horror master’s fans.

Format: Paperback, 319 pages
Publisher: Dark Ride Publishing
Rating: full starfull starfull starfull starEmpty star 4 out of 5 stars

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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