REVIEW: LIVE UNDEAD BY STEVE WARREN


LIVE UNDEAD
STEVE WARREN
GENRE: HORROR

SYNOPSIS


Live Undead tour the country, bringing their blood-slicked shock rock to out of the way dives and underground clubs. Their obsessed fans follow them from city to city, unaware of the band's horrifying secret. The lacerated throats and acts of self-mutilation isn't simply makeup and effects – it's all real. The members of Live Undead are vampires. They prey on the black-clad, disaffected, and depressed teenagers who flock to their shows, while leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake.

Depressed, sexually confused, and bullied at school, Nothing desperately longs for escape. He dreams of rock and roll stardom and thousands of adoring fans, but will settle with knowing what it's like to be special. That's the question he needs answered when he finally gets his chance to meet Live Undead.

Eric's life has been in a downward spiral ever since his pregnant girlfriend went missing thirteen years ago after a concert. When Eric stumbles across Live Undead, he's shocked by their uncanny resemblance to the band that had played the night his life changed forever.

Inspired by splatterpunk novels of the late 1980s and early 1990s, LIVE UNDEAD contains depictions of explicit sex, gruesome horror and graphic violence. Reader discretion is advised.





MY TAKE

3 STARS


This book is definitely not for the squeamish, as a matter of fact, it is layered in gore. I don't think I was quite prepared for how much gore and explicit content this book entailed. Truth be told, I didn't read the whole synopsis before downloading this book. I pretty much thought Oh rocker vamps, kinda cool, maybe like Anne Rice's Lestat when he came back and started a heavy metal band. I couldn't have been more wrong! Live Undead is more along the lines of sex (male/male), drugs, heavy metal, and a lot (I do mean a lot!) of gore.

The storyline did pull me in and I had to keep reading even though some of the scenes were brutal. I wanted to know more about the character in the story that re-named himself Nothing. The ending left something to be desired though. I would have gave this book 2 ½ stars, but I ended up giving it 3 because it did keep me reading all the way to the end despite the fact of some of the gruesome scenes.



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