Eden: Crusade By Tony Monchinski. Book review

edenEDEN: CRUSADE By Tony Monchinski, Permuted Press. £10.86.

Reviewed by Karen Stevens

In a zombie-filled world of the future the few remaining human survivors are living in fortified compounds or constantly travelling in convoys. Half a dozen refugees from the compound of Eden are in search of a better place to live. On their journey they face danger from both bands of the restless undead and other humans. But even if they find a new home fractures in their own group may prove to be more dangerous than the ever-hungry zombie hoards.

Eden: Crusade is a difficult book to write a review for because it’s hard to tell the potential reader anything without giving too much away. It’s a sequel to Eden but can be read as a stand-alone novel (which I did). The characters in Eden: Crusade are very well-drawn and realistic, showing the hardness and black humour you’d expect from people who are struggling to survive in such an environment. These people aren’t heroes, they’re survivors, and much more real for it. The action is relentless, if occasionally – and realistically – gory (zombies aren’t respecters of either gender or age when it comes to their victims), with flashes of black humour and pop culture references that lighten the tone where necessary.

I’m not a zombie fan but I thoroughly enjoyed Eden: Crusade. It’s a fast-paced, thundering juggernaut of a book that sweeps the reader along; if you’re don’t mind bad language and gore you could do far worse then check it out. Highly recommended.