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"...wickedly delightful world..."

In round two of Mark Henry's fabulous tale of zombies, vampires, and assorted other undead folk, we catch up with celebrity zombie extraordinaire, Amanda Feral. Having just learned that Mommy Dearest is finally on her death bed, Amanda's feelings alternate between ignoring her completely or rushing over there and helping her reach her final resting place just a little bit quicker. Unfortunately for her, one of her b/f/f/l, Gil, has decided to open up his own "vamping" business and in doing so has now got one seriously unhappy client in millionaire strip club owner and all around bad guy Richard Markham -- aka The Beaver King. (In Markham's defense, I'd probably not be too happy either if I just paid out a million bucks to get turned vamp only to dig myself out of my grave and have some psychotic ghost relieve himself all over me. But that's neither here nor there.) Amanda and her ghouly gang of undead decide what they need is to lay low for a while until Markham cools down and that can only mean one thing -- road trip!

What ensues is pure mayhem as two zombies, a vamp, and a ghost embark on a journey in what starts off as a way to keep Gil alive, but ends up as a quest to find out who, or what, is killing off their acquaintances they meet along the way.

What can I possibly say about Road Trip of the Living Dead? I loved it. As much as I enjoyed Happy Hour of the Damned, I find myself falling more and more into this wickedly delightful world that the author has created.

Mr. Henry does an outstanding job with this follow-up to his debut novel. I particularly enjoyed getting more insight in Amanda's early life -- no matter how scary that might sound. To find that she actually has true feelings...well, I mean, wow...Who knew? It's always a delight to meet up with "friends" you enjoy reading about and Road Trip of the Living Dead is no exception.

A word of warning: this book won't be for everyone. It's crude, lewd, and down-right gross at times. However, if you are one with a dark, twisted, sense of humor (like yours truly), this book will probably be right up your alley. If suggestive and offensive language isn't your thing, then I would suggest you probably skip it.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted December 27, 2008

SUMMARY

Buckle up on the highway to hell...

Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her “Mommie Dearest” gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch—or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his “luxury” resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood.

First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of “moderately accurate” psychics, they hit the highway—their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of Kmart shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning…

 

Road Trip of the Living Dead
(Amanda Feral, Celebrity Ghoul: Book 2)
by Mark Henry

Kensington Publishing
February 1, 2009
Available: February 24, 2009
ISBN #0758225245
EAN #9780758225245
288 pages
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Mark Henry

Battle of the Network Zombies
Happy Hour of the Damned


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