In a single day, the End has come. In a moment, the twinkling of an eye, the Elect are gone, the earth forsaken. In their place, the dead remain to hunt the living.
As the world descends into chaos around them, a small group of survivors flee before the advancing hordes of the soulless. With the Light departed, what hope remains in the Darkness? This is their story…
What if you combined the premise of Left Behind with The Walking Dead? Stop laughing, it’s just been done–and it worked.
I cracked open Of the Flesh not only as someone with no particular love of the zombie genre but also a skeptic regarding “rapture” theology. This is the first and only time I’ve seen the two concepts combined, and was pleasantly surprised to find an original, well-written narrative that avoids both preachiness and absurdity. The “zombie” element is clearly poetic license, but its portrayal in the story is actually directly based on Scriptural passages (imaginatively interpreted, of course).
I particularly liked that the story is essential a tribute to the zombie genre that still subverts its common tropes. The “survivor” and “post-apocalypse” elements survive intact, but events are actually made more destructive by people mistakenly relying on their pop-culture conceptions of the “zombie apocalypse”—such as killing those they assume are “infected.”
The plot itself is exciting, fast-moving, and compelling, with minimalistic prose and exposition. It’s well-supported by a taut story structure covering events within a set time period. At just over 70 pages, the short length frees it of any extraneous elements that might have otherwise slowed the pace. Even without a glance at the author’s bio, I could have easily guessed this book is written by an engineer – the word choice and description is crisp, logical and realistic throughout. Each character narrates in first person for several chapters, which can cause some jarring shifts in places, but largely works well as an artistic approach to storytelling.
In terms of content, the author takes special care to avoid outright profanity, and the violence is actually less graphic than is usual for the zombie genre. The story is instead made interesting through the use of well-crafted prose, artful characterization, and steady plot development, which I deeply appreciated.
All in all, I would recommend the book to readers who enjoy a biblical twist on a classic genre as well as anyone looking for a clean yet compelling read on Halloween night. It’s currently available for free on Amazon October 22-27. Click here to download your copy now!