Sunday, September 2, 2012

Review: Deadlocked 2 by AR Wise

Published: December 9, 2011
Publisher: self published
Pages: 77
Received: picked up from Smashwords during a blog tour
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Part two of this series picks up immediately after the end of the first. David's wife, Laura, is forced to take over the protection of their family as the boat travels out into Hailey Bay, away from the zombies. However, the boat's pilot plans to dock back in the overrun city to rescue his own family, which will put Laura's in jeopardy.

Laura is forced to overcome unimaginable horrors as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her, but it is the evil intent of the humans around her that present her greatest challenge. The reader is taken far beyond the edge of their seat as Laura pushes forward to the inevitable end. No one is safe in a world where the dead hunt the living.
I have to say that so far this is my favourite novella in the series. It picks up right where Deadlocked ends and you get to see what this zombie apocalypse would be like from a female POV. And not only a female POV, but a  mother's POV.  

This is an extremely quick read because of the way this story flows - it's dramatic and chaotic and filled with emotion. Laura quickly takes on role of protector in this part of the series after the drama that unfolds in part one. She actually commits some of the most gruesome things that I would have never imagined, but I guess what wouldn't you do as a parent to protect your children? 

The part that -fascinated me was that Laura learns that this zombie apocalypse is not an accident, but a horrific man made ordeal. And when she stumbles upon some of the men responsible to carrying out this heinous crime you won't believe what she does to them.

Another amazing thing about this series is how the author makes you feel for these characters. Their lives have been forever changed, they are no longer they people they once though they were and seem to be aware that they will never be who they once were either. Life changes so dramatically and AR Wise creates such a heart wrenching circumstance for Laura and it's great to see someone write with such passion and understanding of human emotion in the face of such a dire situation. It was more realistic that some of the other zombie stories I've read. 

The only thing that go on my nerves was the use of one particular word that I kind of dislike - it was effective in one instance, but after that it just started to be overused - the big old C word that I really dislike. Perhaps it was just the overuse of such a word that threw me off. But overall it did not completely take away from the energy of this story.

Looking forward to the third installment of this series where we see things from Billy's POV.

About the Author:
I am a podcaster, movie and music lover, owner of the Talkingship website, and long time secret writer. I decided to sit down and force myself to finally put together a story and get it into people's hands. That happened with the release of my first novella, Deadlocked, on November 9th, 2011.


  1. I really enjoyed this series too it's a great zombie mini-series. This one was my favorite of the 2 as well!

    1. I've started the third book recently, but keep putting it down due to blog tours and such. I have all five on my ereader and hope to finish the series soon. But I have a feeling book two will be my favourite. :) Thanks for stopping by Giselle!


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