Tell Me When I’m Dead
by Steven Ramirez
Publication date: August 24th 2013
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eBook provided by author
in exchange for an honest review
Lucky to have made it to his early twenties, Dave Pulaski wandered through life lost and drunk with his best friend Jim. Then came Holly. She made it her mission to clean him up. And he finally did it. Two years sober, Dave has plans for a family, a steady job and college.
One night Jim disappears, leaving a grisly trail of animal carcasses and murdered bodies. Now Missy, the woman Dave cheated with, threatens to destroy not only his marriage but his sobriety. Between Missy’s jealous demands for attention and the police investigation focused on Jim’s disappearance, Dave’s neatly ordered world quickly spirals out of control.
Amid the wreckage of Dave’s personal life, a contagion brings chaos to his hometown of Tres Marias. The condition, known as “the jimmies,” infects hundreds and kills quickly. But the dead find no rest. They rise as ravenous flesh-eaters.
Dave soon learns that “not all draggers want to eat your flesh, some want revenge.” And Jim and Missy, both infected, each want something from Dave.
The quarantine of Tres Marias creates hell on Earth. Badly outnumbered security forces are no match for the growing hordes of undead.
Follow Dave, Holly and a small band of heavily armed soldiers and civilians as they fight to survive looters, paramilitary nut jobs and the zombie apocalypse.
If the zombies don’t kill them, the wackos surely will. Nowhere is safe.
This is one helluva zombie book! Steven Ramirez takes us on a bloody, terrifying ride through this hell on Earth he’s created, giving us plenty of backstory to skillfully develop his awesome characters.
The story begins with Dave, our main character, hiding in a cold storage area with “draggers” pounding on the door, desperate to rip into his flesh. We’re given a quick glimpse of what the present day apocalypse is all about in this world. We don’t really understand what kind of a halfwit Dave is until later when we delve further into the story. If there is a wrong decision to make, it’s at the top of Dave’s list, as if God created him with nothing more than bad judgement. He’s pulled himself out of the gutter with the help of his beautiful wife, Holly, only to make a complete mess of things. Dave has had a rough life, and it’s only going to get worse. You think the zombie apocalypse is bad? How do you think you’d feel if you learned that some of the zombies from your past want revenge?
I really enjoyed this gruesome zombie tale. It’s actually quite different from the rest of the zombie fiction I’ve read this month, though I can’t really put my finger on exactly what makes it so extraordinary. Perhaps it’s the fact that the main character of this story is completely flawed, not a badass hero that everyone is accustomed to reading about. It made his character arc that much more impressive. This is DAMN GOOD STUFF that I am willing to bet every fan of zombie fiction will enjoy. It’s got a different vibe about it that I could truly appreciate. It’s fast-paced, but not so much that you feel like you’re missing important bits, and it’s properly dreadful. A winning combination!
The only thing I found a little disconcerting was the way the extramarital affair was introduced. Now don’t believe for a second that just because I’m a chick I have a problem with there being a cheating husband in the story. That would be silly, especially since I just praised Dave for being defective. What I didn’t like was how in one scene the author was describing Dave and his wife, the obstacles that they had overcome, and about how their life had become something good. In the next we find out that Dave had been cheating. It was abrupt, like being sucker punched. I would have enjoyed a smoother transition, that’s all. Otherwise.. absolutely brilliant story! Read this as soon as you possibly can…
~About the Author~
Steven Ramirez is an author and screenwriter, with one produced feature film. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and a Shih Tzu who insists that bananas are a major food group. Steven enjoys Mike and Ikes with his Iced Caffè Americano, doesn’t sleep on planes, and wishes Europe were closer.
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