Zombie Bigfoot: Nick Sullivan (Kendall Review)

The truth is out there… and it will eat your face.

“Bigfoot is real.” That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death.

Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Sarah and Russ join an expedition with an eclectic crew: an Afrikaner safari hunter, a ‘roided out former wrestling star, a Shoshone master tracker full of surprises, a heavily tattooed Russian warrior woman, a pair of wise-cracking nerds, and a cute gum-chewing intern with some hidden skills. Will they find Bigfoot?

There’s something in the woods… but it’s not what they’re expecting.

Adapted from his own movie screenplay, Nick Sullivan’s Zombie Bigfoot is very much a book of two halves. The first half is much slower, methodical and dare I say spends a little too much time describing weaponry and introducing characters. Zombie Bigfoot gets a little bogged down in unnecessary detail, which is a shame as interleaved between all the weapon discussion and character conversation is some genuinely excellent writing involving a group of Sasquatch  and their interactions with humans and the ‘dead but not dead’. (Mostly told through young Sasquatch, Brighteyes) I’ve no experience in adapting a screenplay but could the attention to detail be a hangover from that process? Saying that, I’m so glad I did keep reading, as the second half of the book is an absolute riot! What we have here are fast zombies, fast rage filled zombies that see anything that moves as food. We have gloriously over the top deaths and action sequences that are outrageously good fun. I burnt through the last 50% in a few hours. The humans were the least interesting aspect of this book, they are all mostly the Star Trek red shirts…Bigfoot fodder. It was Brighteyes and his fellow Sasquatch that I was cheering for. Having Brighteyes interact with humans in his infancy and so giving him knowledge that proved invaluable when the proverbial hits the fan years later was a stroke of genius.

Zombie Bigfoot is a rip-roaring, tongue in cheek action adventure with plenty of bite. A slightly flabby first half is more than compensated for by the quite brilliant, cinematic build to the climax. Nick Sullivan is a writer I look forward to reading more of, he has created a wonderful character in Brighteyes and a very interesting premise for a series of books that could run and run.

Star Rating (out of 5): 3***

You can read a Kendall Reviews interview with Nick Sullivan here

The truth is out there… and it will eat your face.

“Bigfoot is real.” That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death.

Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Sarah and Russ join an expedition with an eclectic crew: an Afrikaner safari hunter, a ‘roided out former wrestling star, a Shoshone master tracker full of surprises, a heavily tattooed Russian warrior woman, a pair of wise-cracking nerds, and a cute gum-chewing intern with some hidden skills. Will they find Bigfoot?

There’s something in the woods… but it’s not what they’re expecting.

You can buy Zombie Bigfoot from Amazon UK & Amazon US

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