by Chris Philbrook
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Apocalypse, Humor
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.
It was Iike Christmas morning when I woke to find Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 4 in my inbox. I reacted like a five year old with A.D.D. So you can imagine my reaction when I found my name in the acknowledgement section of the book. I ran into my husband’s office and did some weird rendition of a touchdown dance mixed with the running man. Talk about starting my day off on a high!
It's been nine months since the world fell apart. The Failed Coward begins with an entry into Mr. Journal, and things look bleak for the group. The academy grounds are teeming with undead trying to get to the fresh meat in Hall A. Just when it seemed they had cleared the campus, hundreds more would show up. Luckily, making friends in Book 3 has worked out well for Adrian, and the Westfield clan comes to their aid.
Adrian still maintains the stronghold of Hall A, along with Patty and her badass daughter, Abby, Gilbert, the crotchety old veteran, and Otis the cat.
Like in the previous books, we are rewarded with offshoot vignettes of characters we've seen along the way, and their experience (read demise) when the outbreak began. Phillbrook gives us the story from Amy Gibson's perspective...an employee of the academy. Adrian arrives at the school to find a shotgun wielding parent bent on getting his (infected) child out of a locked classroom and to safety.
Plagued by regret, Adrian loses himself in self-loathing from his failures. Failure to find his girlfriend, Cassie. Failure to get to his best friend Steve's before he departed. One question that comes to mind is if Steve is his best friend, why didn't he think to go to the academy?
So many questions! Are the zombies getting smarter? Are they plotting? Why are they all holding books? Why are they acting so strange? Why is Adrian having strange dreams of a white room? What is the significance of the number three? The dead bring books to a school, weapons to a military base. What could this mean?
Continued toe pusher references had me chuckling. I love how he creates his own set of def-con levels. You'll have to read it to get the humor in that! I raised an eyebrow at the use of "kiting" the zombies. It makes me wonder if Philbrook is a nostalgic gamer. His use of "AFK" solidified this assumption.
I am completely addicted to this series. I can't stress enough how fantastic it is. The characters are so cleverly written and the dynamic between them is exhilarating. The humor, the setting, the side stories; all add up to a big fat win for Chris Philbrook. Keep em coming Chris. Don't make me wait too long to get my next fix or I may go into withdrawals.
Adrian's Undead Diary is on the fast track to solidifying it's place in The Bookie Monster's best of 2014 list! If you haven't started this series yet, well, then I don't know how else to convince you...short of bashing you over the head with the books. Give in, go grab your copy, and join me...I'll be drooling in the corner waiting for book five. Don't forget to check out my reviews of the first three books.
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A sinister darkness has finally cast its long shadow across the world, and Adrian Ring now suspects he's at the center of the maelstrom. And he's not alone. Even overseas, his friend Kevin is somehow standing at his side.
At Auburn Lake, Adrian and his adopted family finally understand that the dreams they have suffered since the end of the world are far more than restless imaginings. When a thousand mindless dead arrive holding books, can it be anything but a message from beyond the grave? Soon they will learn that what the dead say can be far worse than what the dead have done.
In The Failed Coward, the fourth installment in the epic Adrian's Undead Diary series, Adrian realizes the scope of humanity's struggle, and just what's at stake. Despite all the dangers posed by the world around him, Adrian pushes out more aggressively, reclaiming more and more territory from the clutches of the treasonous survivors and the walking dead.
Adrian’s world is also expanded with more short stories. New questions are raised, and new characters introduced. And they will need all the help they can get to stay alive.
In the end, everyone may need Adrian's help
Adrian's Undead Diary, the story that got Chris on the literary map now has four titles available. Book One: Dark Recollections, Book Two: Alone No More, Book Three: Midnight, and Book Four: The Failed Coward.
Chris' first book in print was The Wrath of the Orphans, the initial book of the Kinless Trilogy, set in his Elmoryn fantasy world. You can get it here on Amazon in print and for the Kindle as well.
Both of Chris' primary book series' have been received by the public with overwhelming positivity. All of his titles are rated 4.90 or better, and there is no sign that'll change anytime soon. Dark Recollections as of this writing, is the #1 rated horror book on Amazon. There's a reason for that. Read the book to find out why.
Chris is the owner of Tier One Games LLC, his game development company. If you buy something from AUD, Elmoryn, or Tesser, you'll likely see the sale credited to Tier One Games.
Chris calls the wonderful state of New Hampshire his home. He is an avid reader, writer, role player, miniatures game player, video game player, and part time athlete as well.