I’ve never been a big fan of zombie stories which may explain why I waited so long to pick up this novella by Mark Justice and David T. Wilbanks. I’ve read enough other pieces from both men individually to know how talented they are, but still I waited because of my bias against zombie stories. Recently, I decided to put that aside and give it a shot. I’m glad I did.
This tale takes place in the small town of Serenity, New Mexico. Police officer Jubal Slate notices a green tint to the sky on his way to work on a morning when everyone else has called in sick. Before long an illness has infected nearly everyone in Serenity, including Jubal’s mother, his father figure boss, and his fiancé. Jubal soon learns other areas are dealing with the same issue and have enacted quarantine protocols. He also learns his fiancé has been experiencing the same mysterious dreams he’s been having about a strange-looking, red cloaked man commanding a horde of zombies. Jubal struggles to try and save his loved ones from the horrors invading Serenity and to learn what’s causing it.
This is a fast-paced read filled with great characters, eerie dreams, zombies, aliens, action and the occasional touch of humor as well. Give DEAD EARTH: THE GREEN DAWN a read even if, like me, you aren’t a big fan of zombies. I think you’ll find yourself swept along to the very end. Afterward, the story continues on with DEAD EARTH: THE VENGEANCE ROAD and DEAD EARTH: SANCTUARY, all from Permuted Press.
Reviewed by Matt Cowan