Book Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

January 26, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Zombies 2

I received this book for free from AudioBook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen KozeniewskiBraineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski
Published by Red Adept Publishing LLC on October 14th 2013
Narrator: Steve Rimpici
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Horror, Mystery
Pages: 234
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.

My Thoughts

First, JUST LOOK at that cover! So many covers do not tell the story of what is inside the pages, even though a picture is supposed to be worth 1,000 words. Yeah, right. They always fail. This one? Epic job at bringing to mind what the book is going to be about.

Second, think The Walking Dead meets Jim Butcher. Gritty, intense, hilarious at times but gruesome always! Being a mystery I was curious if I would truly be able to enjoy it but with this kind of lead character and his snarkiness, I could not NOT enjoy it. (yes double negative equals a positive!)

The narrator’s voice lent to a perfect rendition of what I imagine Jones would actually be like. His voice, deep and raspy, helped to propel my mind into a different and somewhat crazy world. It sounded amazing. Sadly, for some reason the quality wasn’t all that great but the story and the essence was all able to come through just fine, it was just a rough quality at times.

This is the second book that I’ve read of Stephen’s and I have to say, I love his work. It’s intense and there is no pulling punches with the gore that is in his stuff. He’s laying it all out there but the gore isn’t just for the sake of having gore. It matches the story very well.

Now for the last part… yes, this is about zombies (sort of I guess) but it’s a hugely different take on zombies. It’s intriguing to say the least. I loved listening to this (again Steve Ripici is amazing) but this is one book where I think I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had read it. Although, as I’m typing that I already have the feeling that I would miss Steve’s gravelly voice.

I really hope there’s going to be more.

In short: Fantastic mystery. In your face grit with a noir twist. Lovely!!


The Author

Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of “Boogie With Stu” even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn’t even really want to get into right now.

During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.

He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski”

    • Christina

      It is gritty but it’s so good! I really hope this is going to lead into a series. I hope you enjoy it!