As you may or may not know, I read and review zombie novels on a weekly basis for Zombie Apocalypse Defense Force. Occasionally, I stumble across books which are good enough to make it over to Gores Truly as well. I don’t like to cross-post very often because many of our readers at GT also like ZADF, but this book was too fun for me to avoid sharing here as well!
I always love finding good books with interesting, clever female protagonists and I believe that Champagne Jackson fits that bill perfectly! The story starts out with Champagne Jackson waiting at home, on her anniversary for her good-for-nothing husband to return – only to find him being mauled by a zombie. (
That escalated quickly…) After blowing the head off the bimbo he was trying to bring home with a shotgun ( …did I mention that escalated quickly?), Champagne heads off to the pawn shop she owns to hole up and wait out the zombie apocalypse . . .
Except things don’t go quite how she planned. This book was really enjoyable. It combines two things that I love in zombie fiction – rapid-fire dialogue and action scenes. The dialogue helps keep a sense of humor in the mix, which is important when your premise is as tongue-in-cheek as this one is. If you’re a fan of B movies and you’d like to read more stories about a sassy heroine fighting zombies and gangsters, then this is the book for you. I think the author says it best himself in the (lengthy) description on Amazon:
“Champagne Jackson Kicks Zombie Ass, an Apocalyptic Horror Novel, blending Action and Adventure with Thrills and Chills.”
It’s Armageddon, supernatural stuff is going down and there really is no more room in hell. Our feisty heroine, Champagne Jackson kicks a lot of zombie ass, strings together some choice profanities and learns how to survive the horrors of a world gone mad. She has Marine Sergeant Mike Wilkins along, together with two resourceful Hispanic children, so if they work together, maybe, just maybe, the zombie horde won’t know what’s hit it.
Of course, if the walking dead don’t kill you, the living will. There’s the Gravedigger Crew, a powerful black gang run by the man mountain known as Tiny Tyler, together with his lieutenant, Lord Slice, a killer midget, who’s deadly with any edged weapon. Plus there’s the Marauders, a vicious white supremacist outfit who are on the rampage through the new urban wasteland and taking no prisoners. And last, but not least, there’s a tough Chicano mob, the Death Dealers, headed by a smart and ruthless leader. Let’s just say that racial tensions are running a little high and that the suspense really is killing people. Although they do have a nasty tendency to come back again. The dead don’t seem to realize that life is for the living.
Can our heroes escape this 3-way gang war and make it out of the big, bad city alive, relatively free of bullet holes and, of course, devoid of zombie bite marks? More to the point, can Champagne Jackson make it through the apocalypse free of hickeys? The diminutive Lord Slice likes his ladies big and round and sassy, just like her. He has his beady, psychopathic eye on both her and her oversized booty. There’s some twisted romance in the air alright, but Champagne Jackson is nobody’s fool and she has a right hook that could fell a buffalo.
Yeah, nobody said that life after the Eboflu virus went pandemic was going to be easy, but does post-apocalyptic survival have to be such a total bitch?
Remember folks, the only good zombie is a dead zombie. And I mean really dead, a bullet through the head, leaking its little brain, all the way down the drain.
BETTER DEAD THAN ZED!
Caution! This book contains strong, sustained, bloody violence and a whole mess of cuss words. If that’s not your bag, then this is not for you. If it is, then man, have we got some crazy ass shit lined up for you!
Why You Should Read This Book.
It comes fully equipped with:
- Crisp, witty dialogue that snaps like a whip, crackles like fire and pops right off the page.
- A ballsy, turbo-charged plot that brims with suspense, intrigue and surprises.
- A heroine with heart, soul and more attitude than she’s got booty and, as we mentioned, her butt is pretty big.
- An electrifying horror tale, well told.
- A nightmare world populated with criminals, psychopaths, murderers and the living dead. It’s worse than bingo night in No Hope, Alabama.
- Action packed scenes and a climax that really delivers.
- A gritty, hard-hitting story of the supernatural that’s gore soaked and laced with dark humor.
- An original, provocative and powerful narrative.
- A ticket to a thrilling roller coaster ride through a terrifying landscape.
A Few Final Words
This novel was immense fun to write. It started as a short story, but Champagne Jackson was too irrepressible to be contained. The story snowballed and a rogue’s gallery of weird and wonderful characters insisted on taking the journey with her. Why not join them?”