Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown #1
by: Nancy Holzner
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: December 2009

Vicky has a one of a kind job-going into people's infested dreams and slaying the demons she finds there.  Literally.  It's a great gig and it pays the bills.  Sure, it doesn't leave much time for a social life, but that's why she works out so well with her boyfriend, a workaholic defense attorney.  He's also a werewolf who lobbies for the rights of paranormals everywhere.  There's the werewolves, the vampires, and the recently created zombies.  Right now all paranormals are required to live and stay within the borders of a section of the city, nicknamed "Deadtown".  The zombies used to be ordinary people, until a freak mutant virus killed everyone in the area, then brought them back to life three days later. 

Vicky went to a client's house for a job, but what she found there was worse than anything her nightmares could conjure up.  Turns out the demon that killed her father years ago wasn't banished like she thought.  Now he's back and on the hunt for Vicky, and he'll stop at nothing to see her dead.  But there are darker forces at work, and the demon is just the pawn in a deadly game, one that will see the city in ruin before it's done.

The freak virus that turned a few thousand people into zombies was a neat way of introducing them to the story.  Reading about Vicky's boyfriend as he tries to win legal rights for not only the zombies but the other paranormals as well was written so that you don't think of it as "why should vamps and weres have rights," but rather "why should people with no choice in their fate be punished, and looked upon as nothing more than possessions?"  It's essentially a civil rights case, and I think it was brilliantly done.  As for the demons, the fact that demons infest people's dreams instead of their waking hours somehow seems more believable.  The fact that Vicky can enter their dreams and slay them is just awesome, plus she gets a flaming sword to do it. 

This was a fun read, and anyone who's looking for a different kind of zombie story should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a


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