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Jacob's Odyssey by Russ Melrose is a fantastic and unique take on the zombie apocalypse genre. The main character is well developed and the scenarios he faces are all too realistic. I love the addition of the intelligent, "Alpha," zombie and the relationship that it creates between Jacob and this particular zombie throughout the novel. Jacob's story is fantastic and full of breath taking and thrilling adventures.
As the story progresses, Jacob picks up realistic experiences and useful abilities that, as a reader, you could see someone in this position actually learning. The story becomes more than a lumbering zombie thriller with the addition of the enhanced hearing and persistence of the zombies that Melrose creates. The secondary characters we meet are a fascinating addition to this novel and with the terrifying and cliffhanger ending, we are left hoping and waiting for a sequel. Russ Melrose has written a terrific novel and has developed characters that are easy to remember and connect with.
I would highly recommend this novel to all thriller, zombie, and dystopian genre lovers. The writing is entertaining and encourages a page turning pace. Here's to another book from Mr. Melrose, so that we can see how Jacob's journey continues!