Fortress of Facade “Time of Death: Asylum” Book Review

Apr 19, 2015

asylum coverRecently I wrote a review about Time of Death: Induction, a book from the author Shana Festa. I gave it a thumbs up, as it gave me all that I look for in a good read, suspense, humour and old fashioned zombie action, to be honest I was so immersed in it I didn’t want to stop reading! So imagine what I said when asked by the author if I wanted to read the second book in the series. Let me think….hell yes!

Time of Death: Asylum continues the journey of the Rossi clan as they do their utmost to survive in a world that has been overrun by hordes of zombies, where humans have gone from being the hunters, to the hunted. That’s right folks, we’ve taken a step down the food chain and people are now nothing more than a walking, living appetizer for the undead. As with Induction with see the world through the eyes of Emma Rossi, who has gone from caring for the living as a nurse to running from the undead. Along with her husband Jake, his siblings and loyal canine companion Daphne, they continue their search to others that have survived the initial waves of zombies and maybe a haven, somewhere safe to do more than just get through each day without looking over shoulders and scavenging for food. After the fall of Sanibel, the last place that they called home, our intrepid group learn of somewhere that may offer just that which they seek, a place in Sarasota, Florida known as Asylum.asylum4

Port in a storm or the eye of the storm?
Have they found somewhere that they can start to rebuild their lives? Somewhere safe from the undead that surround them? Surely though it can’t be as simple as that, can it? Of course not. The journey isn’t easy, the land is full of monsters and not all of them are of the flesh eating kind, after all the known world has changed. Plus what about Asylum itself? I don’t want to spoil the storyline for anyone, I hate it when people do that for me, but I’ll say that once again Shana has managed to put a good spin on a topic that is very popular these days. The way that you associate with the characters remains the key, drawing you into the lives of Emma, Jake and hell, I’m even beginning to like that dog! You know that there’s going to be people who die (one is a massive surprise), you get plenty of action, love and heartbreak. Plus with such a life altering events going on we see a change in the dynamics of the Rossi family that causes difficulties for everyone. Emma’s character in particular is developing into a very strong feminine lead, with her general grounded nature giving us a solid anchor throughout. With all this going on you forget that you are actually reading a zombie novel, well until the Brain-Biter comes into play that is. What is the BB, well, you’ll need to read the book won’t you.

daphne riot

In summary I would say that if you enjoyed Induction, or my review sparked your interest, you shouldn’t hesitate in picking up Asylum. I for one WANT to know how things turn out for the resilient Rossi family, what will be waiting for them in this refuge? Will they find happiness at Sarasota or will it be another dead end? Are there any other survivors of this outbreak? One thing is for sure, it’s not all sunshine and sandy beaches in Florida this year.


shay-festa2Author Bio
Shana Festa grew up in the small town of Northborough Massachusetts. As an impressionable tike, she shared in her father’s love for Horror, and spent most of her childhood hiding under the blankets worrying what nightmarish creature lurked in her closet. She grew up on a healthy diet of classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Return of the Living Dead, American Werewolf in London, Child’s Play and Poltergeist.

Her writing career was born from her long-time addiction to terrifying tales. Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on zombie fiction. Her altruistic beliefs fuse seamlessly with The Bookie Monster’s mission to provide readers with honest reviews and to provide authors with a platform to promote their labors of love.

Shana holds a degree in nursing and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two adorable dogs. In addition to her apocalyptic series, TIME OF DEATH, she is a founding member of AT HELL’S GATES, a horror anthology series dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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