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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
In Hamsikker: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel by Russ Watts, Jonas Hamsikker returns home to Kentucky, where a not-so-pleasant past is there waiting for him. While trying to deal with memories he’d rather forget, he soon realizes he must face something far worse: the zombie apocalypse. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the dead are rising, attacking and killing or infecting people. Jonas, with his axe, his weapon of choice, must keep his wife and the rest of his group safe while trying to survive this horrifying new world they now live in. Faced with difficult choices and witnessing and being a part of some gruesome obstacles, Jonas must do everything he can to protect the people who have come to depend on him.
I’m a sucker for a good zombie book and this one did not disappoint. It had me on the edge of my seat, not even realizing how tightly I was gripping the book, focusing on the carnage that was taking place right before my very eyes. The violence and the bloodshed were definitely riveting, which is an absolute must for this type of novel. I found myself having to look away a few times, as if I were watching a disturbing scene in a horror movie, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a zombie book. I was also invested in the characters’ lives, which is bittersweet in these circumstances because there’s a good chance that a lot of them will die. With a frightening yet entertaining plot, excellent writing by Russ Watts, and a surprising ending, Hamsikker is certainly a must-read. I cannot wait to read more from this fantastic author.