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This was actually the first in the Stone Soldiers series that I’ve read, however, after this, I will be seeking out the rest of them!
This was a fast-paced and action-driven story. Like a mash-up between Heroes and Supernatural, this story wasn’t really about the infected, more than the paranormal super-soldiers enlisted to stop them.
The premise, however, was original. Whilst the focus was often lost – I wasn’t sure which character the story was truly following, or lauding – the pacing was excellent. I didn’t want to put the book down. There were genuine laugh-out-loud moments, which I do like to see (or hear) in supernatural action. I found the ‘lead’ character to be the story’s weakest, though he had what was perhaps the best power. Think Groundhog Day meets Edge of Tomorrow meets World War Z, and you might be there, though I found Kenji to be slow on the uptake. This may be because many of his ‘attempts’ (you’ll see when you read it) are skipped – understandably, otherwise the book would be a behemoth.
I think this would entertain readers of thriller fiction as well as horror. Martin’s writing style has much to like, with just enough descriptive prose to give you the setting, the majority of the text given over to the action itself. The dialogue wasn’t stilted, and I could easily picture a few of the exchanges.
Pick it up, detach your expectation of realism, and buckle yourself in for an enjoyable ride.