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Book Review: Battle Royale

I thoroughly enjoyed Battle Royale. Initially, I found the writing style a little odd but once I got used to it, I found myself lost in a world similar to the Hunger Games. In a Asia that has cut itself off from the rest of the world, a class of fifteen year olds are abducted each year and forced to fight each other to the death on an island. Like the Hunger Games, only one can survive.

Shuya, the hero, is a sympathetic protagonist with a secret obsession for banned western music. Strong and athletic, he puts himself at risk to protect a girl who is wounded and joins up with a mysterious loner who seems to know an awful lot about the game…

I loved The Hunger Games and I think I am prepared to put Battle Royale right up there. It is a more visceral experience than The Hunger Games, describing how each one of the students meet their deaths, but in many ways just as satisfying when the hero outsmarts the Game creators.

Review by Pink Ray Gun

Dead Tropicsby Sue Edge, is a zombie novel for moms.

Lori is like most moms with hectic lives. She’s regularly dashing to keep up with the home and her kids, she drives everyone everywhere and, if she’s lucky, she might even make it to work on time. She’s a widow, so she does it mostly on her own, with some support from her brother and sister. Life is crazy and Lori doesn’t have much time to stop, think, and catch her breath, but it’s her life and, other than losing her husband, she wouldn’t change much about it…

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Review of Dead Tropics at Ric’s Reviews

“It’s zombie time again and this time we follow a feisty female nurse as she attempts to protect friends & family from the horde.
Sue Edge’s debut horror story kicks off with a fantastic opening scene. Virus victims arrive in an Australian hospital but the staff fail to take the necessary precautions and all hell breaks loose with many falling prey to the hungry undead…”
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Book Review at Words I Write Crazy

“Dead Tropics is an excellent book, it’s got zombies, touching scenes, threat of death, and survival, Dead Tropics encases a great storyline, and characters! Lori’s had a lot of tough times, but she’s a strong leader, and if this was YA, I’d say that she was the opposite of a TSTL, because she takes charge, and she’s strong. Really loved that!…”

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Book Review at Patrick D’Orazio’s Blog

This is a zombie tale that definitely speeds along at a rapid pace.  Many undead stories that focus on the outbreak itself try to keep the energy level up throughout the story but tend to slow the tempo down at one point or another.  Such is not the case here, where the energy level remains high throughout, with barely any time for the reader to breath.  Of course, the somewhat unique angle played here is that Lori is a mother, and a fairly normal one at that.  She isn’t a superhero or has any special skills outside of the fact that she is a nurse, which does come in handy when an attempt is made to stop infection from spreading from a bite suffered by a loved one.  Other than that, the only thing that Lori seems to possess out of the ordinary is a stubborn determination to protect her family and to be a leader who takes charge of every situation they confront.  All in all, she is a realistic character that does her best, failing and succeeding in making good choices along the way, like most of us would do under the same circumstances…

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Interview at Bricks of the Dead

Bricks of the Dead: Dead Tropics is clearly oriented towards a feminine audience – it did not prevent me from enjoying it though – do you think that post apocalyptic stories for women is a genre that is under represented?

Sue Edge: Oh, Dead Tropics is aimed at parents in general. Parents can relate to that constant feeling of fear for your kids’ safety. Setting the story in a zombie environment really allowed me to tap into that fear. How do you keep your kids safe when danger is present everywhere?

I think women are definitely under represented in the zombie genre, much more so than the broader PA genre. Until the last couple of years, they were pretty much non-existent! And that was frustrating because I think male writers don’t tend to write about things that I, as a woman, want to read about. I love the guns, the violence and gore but I also want to know the little details. How does the virus spread? What happens to the families and people who aren’t armed to the teeth?

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Dead Tropics

Lego mockup of Dead Tropics

Yes, that’s right, folks!  A Lego mockup of a scene from my book!  That was not something I ever expected to see!

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Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

“Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continue to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is DEAD TROPICS by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother rather than your average badass/mercenary/chancer/Bruce Campbell knock-off…”

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Review of Dead Tropics by Persephone’s Winged Reviews

Another lovely review!

“BEST ZOMBIE BOOK that I have read so far. It is fantastic and it kept me intrigued the entire length of the novel. In terms of zombie books with a high level of action, it is going to hard for other zombie books to surpass this book…”

 

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Review of Dead Tropics Audio Book by The Guilded Earlobe

Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

Read by Cynthia Barrett

Published by Audible Frontiers/Permuted Press

Length: 9 Hrs

Genre: Zombie Outbreak

Quick Thoughts: While Dead Tropic has a pretty standard Zombie Outbreak plot, its unique setting and kick ass heroine gives it just enough edge to stand out in a crowded field.  Edge creates some incredibly cruel situations for her survivors, forcing her heroine to make decisions that will frustrate, thrill and shake the emotions of the readers. Sadly, the narrators inability to engage with the text blunted the visceral nature of some of the more graphic scenes of the novel.

Grade: B-

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