When Alex Latham and Michael Beecham are brought together by a series of explosions around the world, little do they know that things are about to go from bad to worse. Tasked with saving mankind from extinction, they battle a powerful evil, but soon they discover that what they’re fighting is far beyond anything they ever thought it could be…
Review 3 of 5 Stars
I don’t usually break things out as writing quality versus storyline, but I thought it was important to do so for this book. The writing in this book is really pretty well done. There are some places where it could use another look, but overall it flowed well. However, I’m completely burnt out on zombies and I don’t know that adding them to the matrix made them any more appealing for me. I want to be honest though. I was thoroughly enjoying this book at the beginning until it became zombies in the matrix and started to feel rushed. The suspense was there, I was intrigued, etc. If the story line had turned out to be almost anything else (and I was really hoping it would even as my suspicions were aroused) I probably would have enjoyed the rest of the book a lot more.
It is not the author’s fault that I’m not all that fond of zombies and there is a whole cult following who love those stories. If I had known that was the path I was going to be led down I would have probably skipped reviewing this story. In fact, I thought about not reviewing it. Nevertheless, the writing was decent and moved along easily for the most part so I wanted to give the author a shout out for that. If you are a zombie fan I think you would probably enjoy this story, but I did have several unanswered questions at the end and I think the pacing was better at the beginning of the book than later on.
The first part of the story was intriguing and suspenseful. In fact, I was still enjoying it even when I suspected that the zombie equation might pop up at any moment and I was trying to ignore that since the storytelling was being done pretty well. Part way through the book the pace really picks up and starts to feel rushed. I don’t know if that was intentional, but it may have been. If it was a TV show or a movie I can see how that might work, but it seemed like things were being glossed over more after the midway point in the story.
Noah’s Ark is not a story without a few problems, but it’s a zombie book and I managed to finish it which certainly is a good reflection of the book in my eyes. Generally I just give up when I find the zombies, but I basically liked it. As I said earlier, the writing was decent and I would be interested in reading some non-zombie material from the author in the future should he decide to do that.