Mr. Kerp did a good job of setting the stage for the outbreak. I’ve never read any novel fictional or otherwise that portrayed the Dacian point of view. These were a people that were so utterly destroyed by the invading Romans 1900 years ago that their culture and language vanished from the earth never to be seen again outside of archeology. Cleary a fertile field from which to draw one of the book’s primary characters from. Throw into the mix a disgruntled Celtic Roman Army officer and a chariot driver from a little known province that disproportionately affected the Roman World and in turn Western Civilization and the cast of characters was set to face the infection. The infection itself was portrayed in a manger that offered some unusual twists and the heartless ferocity the Romans employed to face the threat was well articulated in its full horror. I enjoyed the book and will try other books written by this author. While modern zombie books have been done to death (pardon the pun), zombie books set in the past are giving a new perspective on a genre seriously in need of new ideas. Of the three zombie books set in Rome or Byzantium this was the best. The other two Zombies of Byzantium and Scourge of Byzantium also portray the infection and its impact on Roman Civilization in their own unique manner. Overall an interesting study in how a lower tech civilization dealt with zombies. One problem they have that modern civilizations don’t is that zombies with armor are hard to deal with!
Another review earlier this year on Amazon was quite kind.
Great plot! I loved this zombie tale set at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. Pacing was nice, characters well written. Just enough back ground to keep you interested but not so much as to bog things down. Well done.
And over on Amazon UK was this very cool review–so positive I had to check with my mom to make sure it wasn’t from her.
Left me wanting to read more. Staying up later than usual just to read more! Please make some more! Left me speechless in more than one place.