Friday, August 30, 2013
Ralph's Rants Does Reviews! Cadaver Island by Kevin Rogers
Review of Cadaver Island
By Kevin Rogers
Cadaver Island is a unique story in that it is both sci-fi and horror intermingled together. It is Kevin’s first book and he does a more than admirable job with his epic story about a cybernetic girl, her robot dog, the Dr. who saved her life by transforming her into a cyborg as well as several other pieces to the puzzle including her boyfriend who is being held captive by a villain in the story.
But he is not the only villain involved. In this dystopian future shown in ‘Cadaver’ there are several monsters of sorts seen running around making life miserable for our heroes. Everything from blood hungry pterodactyls to mysteriously reanimated dead former priests with vendettas against the living come after our heroine and her compatriots.
It’s a roller coaster ride to be sure. But it’s not without its bumps, as minor as they may be. Don’t get me wrong I liked this book quite a bit, it’s still a five star read.
But there are a few things I was slightly put off by. The use of the words ‘esophagus’ and ‘bile’ repeatedly and at least two occurrences of a character getting so nervous or frightened that the phrase ‘urine sprayed out of his penis’ was used. I felt those were uncalled for myself.
The other minor complaint I had was that I felt the characters were a bit too stiff around each other. Everyone seemed very prim and proper and almost Victorian in the way they addressed one another. Now perhaps that is what Kevin was going for, I don’t know, but it just seemed a bit unnatural to me.
All in all though, this was a great adventure where the main characters had danger and death breathing down their necks throughout most of the book while they are on the run. It‘s just the first book in a trilogy and I really look forward to the next two.
This is a great first effort and if you’re looking for a dystopian horror/sci-fi book, this is the one to go for.