Friday, February 3, 2012

Deadlocked by A. J. Wise

Deadlocked by A. J. Wise
Publishing House: Unknown
Short Story
Kindle Version

Dave is your everyday guy, working in a large office as a salesman. He is married with kids, two little girls. A slice of bio terror starts the zombie outbreak but (and realistically) no one is aware at first. People are going nuts on the street. All Dave wants to do is get home to protect his wife and children.
That is his only goal throughout this tale and the hell he goes through will—at times—surprise you. There was a lot in this tale that I didn’t see coming. And that can only be a good thing. 

A. J. gives us a story where the main character is weakened, he has a problem and that gives him a real three dimensional feel that has you rooting for him as he makes his way home.

There’s not a lot I can say about Deadlocked as it is a short story, but it is a ripping yarn. I liked the end where the author explains his reasons for a vicious scene involving a bus load of kids and then he tells us his plans to make the short story a serial using other people’s point of view, like the wife, Laura. 

That’s a good idea but as I've already read the ending, I wonder how he can make it something more. I would like to see if A. J. can pull it off, keeping it fresh, even though the ending is known.

I must not say anymore for fear of giving anything away.


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