Since mine apparently is the first amazon review, I’ll depart from my tradition of not summarizing the story because everyone else already did. David Larkin can see ghosts. He mostly just tries to ignore them and get on with life, travelling around and keeping to out of the way places where not too many people have died. He avoids old buildings and crowded places (too many ghosts). I love his solution: go to America, where there’s so much land, so many open spaces, he’s bound to run into far fewer ghosts. And it works! For the first time in years, our hero is able to walk about like a nearly normal human being, rarely encountering the dead, who tend to be annoying when they realize David can see and hear them. They love to complain. He’s sick of their whining.
Due to the surprises that unfold with each page, I will only say the ghost leads David to a laboratory full of mad scientists doing terrible things for selfish reasons. They must be stopped.
I’ll also say the ending came as a bit of a shock. It’s brilliant. I hate it. This novella is complete in and of itself, but I want more. *There is room for more.* But *will there be more* Tomes of the Dead after this one?
Mark says, “That’s a question for Abaddon rather than me.”
In a fit of indignation, I tried stalking him. Mark Clapham has been writing professionally for years, including novels for the BBC’s Doctor Who line, which explains why his prose is so readable, engaging, competent, and flawlessly edited. Also, he lives in Exeter in the UK, and Brits are always funny, right? Hey. I grew up on Monte Python. I’m a Matt Haig fan. Brits are such clever, witty blokes, they can get me to read and love a zombie novel.
Publication Date: January 30, 2014