Night of the Living Trekkies – Anderson and Stall

December 9, 2010

I got this book from Quirk Marketing several months ago, and have been putting off writing a review even though I read it fairly quickly.  I wasn’t quite sure what to say, you see.

Night of the Living Trekkies creates an original story with zombies rather than taking a preexisting story and adding zombies.  Even so, it is a predictable zombie mashup.  The main character, Jim, is an ex soldier with war issues now working as a hotel clerk.  He used to be a huge Trekkie (the book says Trekkie, not Trekker as most true fans prefer, but I try not to hold that against it) but afore-mentioned war issues have drained him of the hope for the future inherent in Star Trek.  So he is less than thrilled when the hotel hosts a Star Trek convention.

The convention is just the start of his bad day though.  It turns out this particular convention is a cover for government scientists to meet and discuss findings from the study of an extraterrestrial life form found several years ago.   Then it turns out the scientists’ meeting is a cover for one single scientist who has been infected and changed by the life form to work on said life form’s behalf in infecting the world at large.  The infection turns 95% of humans into – you guessed it – ZOMBIES!  But those few who are infected but not zombified become an intelligent carrier for the alien life form so it can spread and (gasp!) take over the planet.

Of course Jim, his sister, his new-found lady love, and a few friends save the day – though not without a few casualties.  It was a cute book, fun for a quick read while relaxing by the pool if you like zombies and/or Star Trek, but not one I’d rush out to buy.


Black Hawks From a Blue Sun

May 16, 2010

Black Hawks From a Blue Sun by Allen Farnham is the sequel to Angry Ghosts, a book I found on Authonomy ages ago.  It was published last year, and I was thrilled to get a copy.  Anyone who is motivated enough can find the review from when I first found it on Authonomy here.  Also, Angry Ghosts was renamed Wraiths of Earth when it was republished, so if you are just now discovering this very promising series make sure you look for it under the new title.

So anyway, when Allen emailed to let me know the sequel was finally ready (don’t you just hate having to wait for the next book!) I jumped on the chance to snag a copy for review.

Black Hawks picks up where Angry Ghosts left off, with a 3 man team from Cadre One dispatched to Earth using information about the planet provided by the colonists.  The team of Gun Thompson, Brick Argo, and Geek Beckert, all familiar characters from the first book, carries the hopes of both surviving groups of humans to make a permanent, sustainable home again.  Their mission:  find out if the alien attackers who wiped out humanity are still there.  No suspense on that point, we find out immediately that the blueskins have set up a colony.  We follow the team as they explore what is left of their ruined homeworld, which no human has set foot on for nearly 1000 years, and launch a guerrilla assault on the blueskins to reek as much havoc as possible in the short time available to them.  In the process we learn that there was also a Cadre Two, and that humans actually started the war with the blueskins.

Black Hawks is fast paced with a lot of action, but Farnham also takes time to explore the reactions of the individual team members as they encounter artifacts from a mostly forgotten past.  It is a good, quick read that offers a little meat to ponder while I wait for the next volume.


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