Gerald Seymour's latest novel, The Walking Dead, is
reminiscent of a patchwork quilt. At first, you start with many dissimilar items
arrayed before you, with no idea how these unrelated bits can possibly be sewn
together into a final product. Eventually, however, after much time and effort and connecting this piece to that, you end up with a gratifying result. The "pieces" in The Walking Dead are the array of seemingly unrelated characters and plot lines that Seymour ultimately crafts into a satisfying thriller.
The book's action takes place over 17 days, with each of the chapters corresponding to a single day. The plot touches on what each of the principals is doing during that time period. At first this is somewhat frustrating, as the reader gets just a brief glimpse of one character before moving on to another - a bit like trying to watch TV while someone's ...
About the Author: Gerald Seymour was one of the UK's premier television news reporters. He was an eyewitness, up close and on the ground, to some of the epoch changing events of the last decades. Among them, he was on the streets of Londonderry on Bloody Sunday when paratroops clashed with Irish demonstrators. He was at the Munich Olympics and saw the agony of Israeli athletes held hostage by Palestinian gunmen and then the catastrophic failure of the German police to save them. He was in Rome in the cruel days when the Red Brigade captured Aldo Moro, a veteran politician, then savagely murdered him. His first novel, Harry's Game, was an instant bestseller and immediately established Seymour as one of the most cutting-edge and incisive thriller writers in the UK and around the world. Since then, his extraordinary blend of breathtaking storytelling and current events prescience have held ...
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