When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American Bulldog, follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high strung Yorkie, her favorite two-legger Jessie, Jessie's younger brother Zachary and Riley's arch-enemy Patches the Cat. They are a rag-tag group of survivors who when pushed to the limit realize that they are all each other has.
Fans of horror fiction laced with laughs are likely to be tickled by this droll audio edition that kicks off Tufo's new series centering on the eponymous canine. To realize the author's concept seeing the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of an American Bulldog narrator Sean Runnette (who performed Tufo's equally funny Zombie Fallout series) needs to pull off a plausible first-animal narration. He does this and more convincingly voicing a terrier and a cat, as well as various humans. And listeners won't find it difficult to differentiate Ben-Ben, the "little pain in the ass Yorkshire Terrier," from Riley. The story wastes no time rolling up its gory sleeves and getting into the action and Runnette ably transitions from humorous canine antics to savagery (e.g., when Riley rips the face off a family friend turned zombie), successfully blending horror and humor.
A clever take on the zombie apocalypse
Mark Tufo has taken a fresh approach to the zombie apocalypse novel in The Book of Riley by using a dog as his narrator and having the animal perspective form the foundation mom the narrative. While the zombie apocalypse novel is rapidly becoming a tired cliche, Riley and her four-legged friends present the reader with a fun, exciting story in this volume and its companion volumes in the series. Five stars and two thumbs up for Mark Tufo.
The book of Riley
Zombie Appocolypse from a dogs eyes
Mark Tufo is quickly becoming a favorite writer of mine. Not only do Iike the genre but he truly developes his characters over the course of his books.
This novela was amazing, and the bits of humor had me in hysterics even when the zombies were ready to devour our faithful friend's family.
Mark will also write back to you on Facebook if you write him, which is a rarity in these times of mass publication.
Great job Mark Tufo, I look forward to my next book from your collection.