September 29, 2014

One Undead Step by @ianmcc2010

One Undead Step

Author: Ian McClellan
Publisher: Severed Press
Length: 219 Pages

Many people know that the 1969 moon landing was faked, but are unaware of the actual circumstances. Find out how the U.S. faked the moon landing to avert the zombie apocalypse as the lives of a disgraced B-movie director, a bar owner, some drunks, an Army Ranger unit, a bunch of gangsters, an affluent but very dysfunctional family, and a few cops come together in One Undead Step.

One year after Romero shocked the world with Night of the Living Dead, a small city is rocked by grisly killings, the gory details of which are only known through whispered rumors. The government presence that makes the populace all the more nervous is unable to contain the impending threat that grows out of control on a hot, humid night in Mid-July. As the city’s residents fight for their lives, the Military rushes to make a film about two men landing a small spacecraft on the moon. Will their plan work?
Find out as an evil man finds redemption, some soldiers choose between their mission and duty, a young couple finds forbidden love, an older couple reignites their passion, and a bartender gets stiffed for lots of drinks in One Undead Step.

"One Undead Step" is a unique concept on the age old zombie story. The author takes the moon landing and caters the story to conspiracy theorists that believe the moon landing was faked. In this universe, it was faked to cover up a zombie outbreak.
The author shows that he loves the craft and genre with great descriptive passages and characters that while are flawed; they are still believable.

The ending of the book felt disjointed from the rest of the story with the inclusion of the shorter stories. Were these supposed to relate to the main story? Or were they just stand alone tales. These shorts aren't bad, but I feel it would have been better to save those for later and release them as a collection.

Overall "One Undead Step" is an enjoyable romp through the zombie apocalypse.

4 Skulls