Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Dead Have Ruled the Earth for 200 years / Noah Mullette-Gillman

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Sci-Fi/ Horror/ Post Apocalyptic

Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words

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Noah Mullette-Gillman was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He spent his childhood there, as well as in the town of Manly, Australia, and the woods of Upstate New York. He earned a multidisciplinary degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Noah Gillman is an ESL teacher and the author of six books. He also has a drabble in the anthology 100 Horrors. Mullette-Gillman also loves to discuss his books, as well as others he has read, with readers. He has done several author interviews you can check out on his website.


Two hundred years after humanity was forced to abandon Earth to the zombie hordes, three humans descend to retrieve the most important possession left behind. In armored battle-suits they set out to destroy the zombie hordes that populate the earth to reach their goal and complete their mission.


I have loved the books by Noah Mullette-Gillman I’ve read previously, because they always have a different perspective on things and this one is certainly unique. He has taken medical science and twisted it into a devastatingly real scenario. The premise of this story is fascinating, but I couldn’t get past all the blood, gore, and destroyed humans to enjoy it.

The book is largely told as narration with the point of view seeming like an uninterested observer. This made me feel like I was an observer too, so it was hard for me to connect to any of the characters. At least a portion of this may be personal taste. Other readers may feel differently. I also thought the author was repetitive at times with certain facts. The plot moves very quickly and is full of zombie smashing action, if this is your thing you will love this. The way the zombies were created and their characteristics were both unique and repulsive.

This is a compelling story with some distinctive elements and some strange twists at the end of the story. This author’s mind is brilliantly scary; he has a lot of potential. Although this book didn’t work for me because I was never drawn into the story enough to care about the characters, I’m still eager to see what Mullete-Gillman writes next.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant errors with typos.

There are some formatting issues with the Kindle version from Amazon. These include improper line breaks, double quotes instead of apostrophes, and in some cases spaces missing between words.

Rating: *** Three Stars


Joansz said...

I know a lot of people love horror and lately, zombies. Me, not so much. But I'll look past all that if I can care about the characters. It seems this one is not for me, either.

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for the comment, Joansz. This is a compelling story, despite the horror. Feeling drawn into the story though, is an important element for me.