Monday, January 25, 2016

The Undead Road by David Powers King is the most awesome kind of buzz that's kinda like honey for the mind.

This is the cover for David Powers King's new book, The Undead Road. It looks incredible, right? I love how there's so much yellow, because yellow isn't really used on a lot of books (to this extent). And the color choice is perfect. How do I know? Because I read the book and my review of it is below. But before I get to that, I want to inform you of all the pertinent details:

Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One
Publisher: Dashboard Books / CreateSpace
Ebook Release: January 2nd, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover art by Steven Novak
Edited by Reece Hanzon

I know you were waiting for the blurb so here it is:

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse…

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

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And then there's this "genius" quote that makes its appearance on The Undead Road:
Oh and there's a contest! Here are the details:
Visit and leave and comment and/or tweet about The Undead Road (at least once) for a chance to win a free ebook. One out of every 10 comments and tweets is a winner! Use the Twitter Button below to ensure the author will see your tweet. Thank you!

If the button doesn't work for you, please post this text:

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Now, the ebook version of The Undead Road is on sale Jan 25th-29th (that's this week) for .99 cents in the Kindle store

Oh and there's a Blog Tour! The hosts are:

About the Author: 
David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

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And now, without further ado, here is my review:

There may be some light spoilers so please proceed at your own peril.

I think "The Undead Road" is a story that shows Mr. David Powers King has got the chops to be a world-class writer (as if that weren't already apparent with "Woven," the book that's being published by Scholastic). His take on zom"bees" is something I've never heard of in any zombie fiction (and I'm familiar with quite a lot of it). It almost reminds me of a cross between "The Walking Dead" and "The Borg" from Star Trek, only Kaylynn is ever so different from the Borg Queen. And it's really clever!

To be clear, I never saw any of that coming either. The whole buildup and reveal at the climax was also great. I loved the way Mr. King controlled the pacing and the tension. One example is using shorter and shorter chapters to heighten the action that's coming full force at the reader so that you don't even notice you're plowing through page after page. Fantastic! This book deserves to be made into a movie. Seriously. My take on the perfect director for this is Guillermo del Toro, but I may be biased just a wee bit.

I will never look at an apiary in the same way again. The Undead Road is the most awesome kind of buzz that's like honey for the mind.


  1. It sounds great, and what a great cover too. Zombies are still very popular, so this should do well.

  2. Night of The Living Dead introduced me to zombies; scared the crap out of me, but wasn't too much interested in them since. However, when the History Channel aired, Zombie Attacks Are a Real Possibility, I got scared all over again, and now I look at zombie stories with new interest, and this one sounds great!

  3. Its good to know that even though they're dead,zombies are alive and well. This sounds like a compelling story.

  4. This is excellent, Michael. Thanks for being my early reader. And thank you for this great review! :)

  5. The cover looks great. Glad you enjoyed it so much Mike.

  6. The Undead Road sounds like an awesome read. It's gotta be pretty special to have a spin that hasn't been covered before.

    Michael, I hope all is well with you.

  7. I'll definitely be buying this book. And congrats to both David and to you Mike (for being a quoted genius).