Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review - The Undying, by Ethan Reid
In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city.

By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run screaming through the streets. Whatever has happened in Paris—rumors are of a comet striking the earth—Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread, or how much worse it will get. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter—a harrowing journey that takes them across the city, descending deep into the catacombs, and eventually to a makeshift barracks at the Louvre Museum—Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. So far, only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights.

These cunning, ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund—the undying—and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.

Purchase Links: Amazon / B & N

My Review:

This novel was incredibly cinematic. Just the way I like my apocalyptic zombie/vampire novels! I could almost see this filmed Documentary style, and the author's visually stimulating writing style really allowed me to immerse myself deeply in this story. 

I love how the stage was set for the disaster to come, and the level of emotions in the characters as they began to feel uneasy and nervous, then panicked over the city being overcome with people turning into these strange violent vampiric beings.  

Best of all, these creatures were fascinating in their evolution. It became very clear that this was no mindless, violent creature, though many started that way. They began to evolve in their behaviour with each other, and towards the humans. They were no longer just a danger in numbers, but in their intelligent cunning as well. Their increased intelligence made them all the scarier to contemplate and imagine. 

From beginning to end, this was a page turner of a novel.  Not only was it hard to put down, but I was truly immersed in the grip of this story, occasionally startled to find myself in the comfort of my own living room, and not running for my life, like the characters in this novel.  It has been a while since a novel of this genre really got my blood pumping, so it is without a doubt that I would recommend this read to those of you that are fans of this type of plot.

I give "The Undying" 4 juicy stars.

Happy Reading!

About This Author
: Ethan Reid received his BA in English with Writing Emphasis from the University of Washington and his MFA from the University of Southern California’s MPW Program, where he studied under author S.L. Stebel, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sy Gomberg, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Tarloff.

Ethan is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Ethan currently lives in Seattle.

Author links:  Website/ Goodreads / Twitter


  1. Oh wow. I'd love to read this one. That blurb is exciting and you're review pumped me up even more. Must go check this out now!

    1. Hi Laura, thank you for stopping in. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I like the cover and your review brought the book to life for me. I too will be checking this out.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Hi Sherry, thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. I read this sometime ago, and I still felt excited about it as I wrote my review. I guess you could tell. LOL ;) I think this book is definitely worth the chance.


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