Midnight (Adrian's Undead Diary #3) by Chris Philbrook

Midnight (Adrian's Undead Diary #3)
by Chris Philbrook
460 Pages
Self-Published, December 16, 2013
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Apocalyptic, Humor

Reviewed by Shay Festa a.k.a. The Bookie Monster

Tap tap tap went the zombie on the bridge. Things are getting stranger and stranger for Adrian Ring, and far more dangerous. It wasn't enough for the people of Westfield to follow Abby and her family home on Christmas Eve and try to kill them. Now they're back for more.

In Midnight, the third installment in the smash hit Adrian's Undead Diary series, the threats to Adrian and his new friends are greater than ever before. Local survivors holed up in an empty factory led by the chief of police are now crossing paths with Adrian and the Williams clan. Meanwhile Sean, the bloodthirsty tyrant from Westfield, seethes for vengeance after Adrian fends off attack after attack to take ALPA and everything he's worked so hard for. If they can't get at Adrian, how long will it be before they go after the ones near him? Who can Adrian trust when everyone is out for themselves?

Now, at Midnight the darkest revelation of all comes: why. Why have the dead returned? Why are they killing the living? Why do the living only dream of the dead? What has humanity done to deserve such a fate, and what role does Adrian play in this great game?


Midnight picks up right where Alone No More leaves off. Adrian and company must outwit invaders in an epic battle bred from the malicious intent to plunder but turned into a vendetta of one man's twisted desires. Sean, a man who will stop at nothing to see Adrian dead, is the ultimate villain. Seething with anger and mental instability, he has no qualms about lying to his own people to serve his own purposes and is willing to risk it all to feed his vengeance.

This latest installment is action packed, demented at times, and once again hilarious. A man after my own heart, Chris Philbrook brings back the funny in the form of poop and boners. I've said it before and I'll say it again...poop makes me laugh. Even just the word poop written into a story can evoke a giggle. So when you're reading this one and get to the toe pusher part, just imagine me sitting outside reading and laughing alongside with you!

Now, you may notice that unlike it's brethren, Midnight earned 4.5 stars instead of 5. Fear not, readers, this has nothing to do with plot, concept or character development. Personally, there were a few times I felt it may have been too much to list out the weapon cache in such great detail. Also unlike the previous books, this level of detail found my attention waning (just a little). I have no knowledge of weapons (short of the M4), so the list became a little like Charlie Brown's teacher talking to her class.

You'll find some minor typos and misspellings through the series. I actually spoke with the author about this. They're intentional. Being in journal format, at times, the typos add a sense of authenticity to the work. It reminds readers that you are indeed reading the ramblings of a man as he navigates through a new world born of destruction.
Midnight is filled to the brim with bloody death, betrayal, humor, and of course, poop. Chris had me questioning his own mental stability and wondering if he was a hidden sociopath with what I am penning the most awesome revenge kill ever to grace my long reading career.

My only gripe, and it's a big one, is that the remaining books are not yet available for me to sink my teeth into. So, Chris, get your ass in gear and get them pumped out! I must read more. And readers, if you look to my reviews for ideas on your next purchase, make damn sure you take my next sentence to heart. BUY THESE BOOKS!

Read my reviews of Dark Recollections and Alone No More for more adoration of Chris Philbrook's writing. Don't forget to catch The Bookie Monster's exclusive interview with the talented author. And might I say, once again, it astonishes me that this work is self-published. It's destined for success. Enter below to win a copy of Book 1 to get you started!

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About the Reviewer:
Shay Festa A.K.A. The Bookie Monster reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis (but not limited to) zombie fiction. With a background in Psych Nursing, Shay brings her unique perspective to the online reading community. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook. And keep an eye out for the future release of her debut novel, Time of death.

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