June 23, 2010

Review: Play Dead by Ryan Brown

Play Dead

When the Killington Jackrabbits are one win away from being district champions, their biggest rival, the Elmwood Badgers, decides to tip the scales in their favor by jumping the jackrabbits quarterback, Cole Logan and chopping off a few fingers. This doesn't stop Cole though. It just makes him that much more determined to play.

When the badgers learn that Cole is still going to play they take things a step further and set up a road block meant to keep the jackrabbits from making it to their game. But things go horribly wrong and the bus plunges off a bridge into the river. With a bus full of boys in full gear there's no escaping from tiny bus windows and everyone except the coach who was not wearing pads and Cole who was not on the bus, are killed.

Seeking revenge himself, Cole turns to his neighbor Black Mona who has the ability to raise the dead. But when you raise the dead with revenge in mind things go horribly wrong. The undead Jackrabbits have to finish what the Badgers started within 2 days or they can never move on. You'd think that with a team of Zombies it would be easy to defeat the rival team but when your opponents are pumped full of illegal steroids, think again.

I'm very much on the fence with this one. It was a pretty cool story but it was so full of clich├ęs. The handsome quarter back from the wrong side of the tracks, the rich obnoxious rival, the coach with a hot daughter that hates football and the small town sheriff that gives the good guys breaks. But accepting that this is a zombie story and not classic literature it is a pretty fun read. I recommend this one for anyone who wants a quick break from reality.

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bermudaonion said...

Thanks for your review - I don't think this is for me.