Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry

Happy Hour of the Damned
The Chronicles of Amanda Feral,
Celebrity Ghoul, Book 1
Mark Henry
Kensington Books
February 26, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-7582-2522-1

At the top of her career in advertising, with the corner office and partnership to show for it, Amanda Feral has everything to live for. It’s too bad that after an up-close and personal elevator ride Amanda finds she’s a flesh eating zombie. Still, there’s no reason not to live her not-quite-dead life to the fullest, and Amanda plans to do exactly that.

Quickly adjusting to a shocking new pallor, and the dining preferences that make those among the living run screaming, Amanda dons her favorite designer clothes, matching footwear and accessories to head out for a night on the town. It seems that the supernatural community has a nightlife all their own.

When a new friend, Liesel, sends her a message asking for help, Amanda and her closest friends, Gil and Wendy, set out on a mission to find her. Something big is going on around town, and as zombie outbreaks escalate their group begins to suspect that someone has their own plans for the local population. Now they’ll have to discover the source of the grisly outbreaks and track down those involved before the residents of the supernatural community are exposed. If they fail, the hunters could soon be the prey.

Happy Hour of the Damned is a marvelously unique debut novel that follows the glamorous, and often gruesome, life and death of Amanda Feral, a flesh eating zombie. With an obvious skill in graphic description, Mr. Henry will have readers cringing at the gore while laughing hysterically thanks to the sharp wit used to deliver his tale. A well-developed world makes for easy visualization, and the fabulously original storyline will keep reader’s rapt attention from the first page. A beautifully bizarre, and uproariously fun read.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting and different from anything out right now. I don't know how I feel about zombies though. I guess if I read this book I'd have to thnk of it as a spoof on all the other paranormals out right now.

Wendy said...

I looooove Zombies! and I haven't heard of a book about them coming in ages so I'mso excited about reading it! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

SCooper - It's very different. Amanda's quite the ghoul, and there's nothing else I can even think to compare it to. :)

Wendy - The zombies usually only have small roles, not so in Happy Hour of the Damned. *grin*

T.C. Robson said...

Sorry I haven't commented lately - really great reviews you've had lately! Keep it up!

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi T.C. - You've been missed. :)Thank you! I need to get busy and get some posted this weekend.

SQT said...

I laughed my arse off throughout this whole book.

Kimberly Swan said...

SQT - A nice surprise to find so much humor in there, wasn't it? :)