Book Review: LuckSon

LuckSon: A Dream Walker Novel
Dream Walker Novels
Daniel Nanto
SciFi/Paranormal Thriller
4th April, 2016

As far as LuckSon is aware, he is the last man alive in the year 2050. A terrible man-made plague called the Dark Death has killed everyone or turned them into Slow Muties: menacing zombie like monsters determined to kill any survivors of the pandemic who are left whole. He has spent the past five years on his own trying to survive with little hope that things would improve. That is, until now.

While hiding in a small house in a town outside of what used to be Nashville, Tennessee, he encounters a young woman in his dreams. They soon discover that she lives forty years earlier in the Pre-Pandemic world, sharing a house with an older gun-toting, Bible thumping, American Indian woman named Mrs. Whitting. Using a magical Native American artifact known as a Dream Walker as well as LuckSon’s knowledge and research of what happens in the future, the three of them embark on a seemingly impossible journey to try and stop the Dark Death from wiping out all of Humanity.

Their journey will take them through nightmares and time as they try to track down the source of the Dark Death and prevent the pandemic. Fighting slow muties, other villains, and time itself, they hope to change the future and save the world of men from utter destruction.

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start out with the things I (surprisingly) liked about this book. It was not what I expected it to be, and I was so grateful for that. I was fully prepared for a head on zombie apocalypse The Walking Dead sort of thing. But, seeing as the goal of this book was to STOP the ‘every sickness every plague’ virus called the Dark Death that caused the epidemic, there was barely any zombie killing.

I have, however, categorized this book into the paranormal thriller category, as it is more of that than SciFi for me. I also would not place it in the fiction category. It is a book that is hard to place, because there IS magic involved, ancient, Native American magic. But then it’s about zombies. I was totally torn as to where I might have placed this book on a shelf.

That aside, I must say that the overall story is pretty good. It isn’t something that I would normally choose to read for pleasure, but I have to admit that I did find myself captivated at times. At times. Most of the time, however, I was distracted by the abundance of typos (to instead of too, dour instead of door….and so on), grammatical errors (basically, I’m fairly sure Nanto does not know that commas exist) and all of the exclamation points and question marks!!! ALSO THE CAPS!!! WHO PUTS THAT INTO A BOOK??!?!?!?! Aaaaanyways. I am definitely of the opinion that Nanto either needs to read and re-read and re-re-read the book and correct those mistakes, or hire a professional editor to help him out. At about halfway through the book, I almost flat-out put it down, solely because of the mistakes.

All in all however, it was a pretty good read. The story was good, the writing itself was good. I did like that the story was told from several different points of view. However, the author should have been a little bit more careful with that. In one chapter he switches POV without even the slightest transition, leaving me confused. Also, he did one chapter from the POV of the ‘slow muties’, and I thought it was a little misplaced, though I can see how he felt that it was valuable to the story. The characters are perfectly likeable. I’m not much of a gun person, so I can’t say I can relate to Sheshebens Whitting much, but she is a spunky old lady and adds spice to the story.

So, those are my two cents. I would have simply given the book a lot more love and affection before putting it out there.


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