Hamsikker

A Zombie Apocalypse Novel

Fiction - Horror
200 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2015
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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.

Faridah Nassozi

After being away from home for twenty years, Jonas Hamsikker had returned to Kentucky for his father's funeral. Friends and family had gathered in church to pay their last respects, but little did they know that the world as they knew it was coming to an end. The dead were taking over the world and not many would survive their merciless invasion. Jonas and a small group of people managed to get away into hiding, but soon they ran out of supplies and had to search for food, weapons and a safe place to stay. There were no signs of life anywhere; the streets were empty, houses abandoned and every corner crawling with zombies looking for the next life to take. Jonas had a mission, protect his wife and get to Canada to find his sister, but first he and his group needed to get through the zombie infested streets of Kentucky.

Hamsikker by Russ Watts is a horrifying tale of a world lost to the dead. It is a battle of a handful of humans against millions of zombies with zombies increasing every day as more and more humans fell. The story highlights the bravery of the few still surviving humans as they navigate Kentucky with hordes of zombies pouring out of every shadow and every corner. Russ Watts brought this gripping zombie thriller to life through brilliant descriptive writing that made the horror very vivid in the reader's mind. As I read on, I could clearly picture every spine-chilling scene as the zombies burst out at every turn. There is nonstop man vs zombies action throughout the story and fans of zombie stories will find it a worthy read.

Katelyn Hensel

Those of you who are still reeling from the latest Walking Dead episode and looking to fill the void between episodes should look no further than Hamsikker: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel by Russ Watts. As in most zombie books, the apocalypse seems to happen before anyone knows it. All of a sudden, neighbors and friends are dead and trying to claw your eyes out to make a delicious meal. Enter Jonas Hamsikker. His intentions of avoiding his family come to a screeching halt as he heads home for the first time in years to see if they are still among the land of the living or dead. Protecting himself and his wife is all that matters, and can he make them survive this dead wasteland?

I enjoyed this book a lot. I've loved zombie movies since I was a kid and love how much the genre of books and movies exploded since The Walking Dead became so popular. While many of the traditional elements remain the same in Hamsikker, the style of writing was unique and the character was different enough to make this a stand out piece. Hamsikker wasn't really someone I'd want to hang around with in real life. He's a bit crude, and not at all the metro-sexual cup of tea that I usually prefer as my men. Yet he fitted his environment well and I liked following him around. I haven't heard of Russ Watts before, but if I see another piece from him again, you can bet I'll be interested.