Book Review: The End Came With A Kiss (Beautiful Dead Book 1) by John Michael Hileman

When the process to roll out products when stop and reverse the ageing process results in the creation of the undead who go on to infect others, Ben Carter, an executive in the manufacturing company survives uninflected with a scientist to work out a cure. Ben has lost his daughter and his wife has become a, “looper”, which is what the zombies are referred to as they follow a routine from their former lives in a loop. When prevented from carry out their tasks in a loop the loopers become agitated and violent. Ben is desperate to find a cure for his wife Kate and teams up with Ashlyn, Harry and James who are also not infected.

This was quite an original take on the present day zombie genre and apart from some shaky science and a few little inconsistencies, I found it enjoyable on the whole. Characterisations were not too brief but obviously this is the first book in a series and there’s a lot about the zombies, infection and the characters we have yet to find out but I would consider reading the next book in the series and if that didn’t contain plot inconsistencies possibly more. Ben was a very likeable protagonist and his friends intriguing. The suspense and action lively enough to have you at the edge of your seat. With the fear factor of an apocalyptic thriller this is quite an effective book in the genre.

A very worthy zombie read which could have scored another star in my rating if it had been proof-read to iron out plot inconsistencies and a bit more science to make it more spine-tinglingly something that could happen in the not so distant future.


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