Review: The Red King by Nick Cole
Every so often you’ll read a book and think, “This was written for me. Or at least someone like me, handsome devil.”
The Red King by Nick Cole is just that book for me. Cole expertly weaves a smart, funny, and fast paced narrative from strands of fabric that include an epic battle between good and evil, an every-man battling his inner demons – and zombies, Special Operators fighting a seemingly un-winnable war, a shadowy Illuminati, time travel, monsters, romance, buried pasts, hippies and – whew, you need to read this book and see for yourself.
At its core, this is a zombie survival story. One of the things I loved about this book was Cole’s ability to deliver all the dread and gruesome suspense of that genre without having to resort to paragraph after paragraph of overly graphic violence-porn. I like to shower after the gym, not after reading a novel.
The Red King makes for a promising start to a unique concept; a group of writers building an interconnected universe. You can hear more about the concept here.
Cole piqued my interest in Apocalypse Weird but may have accidentally made things difficult for his fellow contributors. I’m invested in Holiday and the rest of the Red King’s characters. Here’s hoping the next book in the Apocalypse Weird series throws me a bone about what they’re up to – I’ll be reading it to find out!
Incidentally, you can get a free copy when the book releases on Black Friday, November 28th. Such a no-brainer of a pickup that if you skip out, well, you won’t need to worry about zombies coming after your gray matter.