Book Review: Death Row Apocalypse by Darrick Mackey

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Book Review: Death Row Apocalypse by Darrick MackeyDeath Row Apocalypse by Darrick Mackey
on June 21st 2015
Genres: Horror, zombie
Pages: 207
Source: Author
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On homeland soil, a terrorist group tears up suburban life as they leave thirteen dismembered girls in their wake, and the CIA employs a vicious serial killer to eliminate the cell as the number of corpses rises.
Trapped in a maze of corridors and hunted like vermin, a small group of visitors desperately seek an exit from a maximum security death row facility. Murderers, rapists, and prison guards alike turn zombie and pursue the desperate group as their small number dwindles.
Double-crossed by the CIA and sentenced to death by lethal injection, Blaine Wilken finds himself exercising his talents as he seeks a way out of the facility. When destiny laughs in the face of horror and forces the group to place their faith and trust in the most lethal serial killer in US history, one has to wonder which predator to fear as they enter the deepest shadows of a Death Row Apocalypse.

My Thoughts

Horror fans are going to love this. The gore that nearly spills out of the pages is almost gratuitous. Darrick Mackey has a way of adding blood to scenes that I have not read since I read Clive Barker’s Books of Blood or those fabulous 80’s horror flicks. There is a LOT of blood. And for various reasons.

Firstly, having a good villain is the number one way to keep me reading. Blaine is a fabulous villain. He has a great strangeness about him and a lack of empathy. His first kill, which was totally an accident, left a real impression on him, as it will the reader. Sadly, I did not feel sorry at all for what happened because stupidity was at work, not Blaine! Once you see Blaine work you will notice the intensity and a thorough thoughtfulness that he puts into his kills. So much so that even the CIA is taken aback by his abandon.

The fact that he is stuck in the middle of a prison with zombies should scare the zombies. I have never read a zombie apocalypse book where I felt excited about how Blaine was going to dispatch these monsters. There was never a hint of fear in him, or me as a reader. He’s just that good! And he has a quirky way of talking and speaking which I just loved.

I’ve never seen that on even one of Jamie Oliver’s shows.


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I woke to screaming, it was high pitched and very feminine, I was damn glad it wasn’t coming from me.

Then there is Eddie. Now at first I thought that the author had gone back in Blaine’s past again and it threw me a little because Eddie is nothing like Blaine. NOTHING. He is a mostly a wimp that enjoys hurting people. It only took me a little while to realize that there were two men stage front once the zombie apocalypse starts. The way it starts is why Eddie is also in the book, otherwise I could have done without his nonsense.

He loved the sense of power and wished with all his heart that he was the real Robin from the hit TV show.

The killing for the CIA was the only thing that I felt was almost a bit superfluous. The people Blaine is after are terrorists and they also have a very definitive calling card. Again, buckets of blood. I’m still not sure that it added to the story. Blaine’s prowess at killing definitely does but these guys I could care less about. One murder of a very young child almost felt like the Saw movies. Put in to disgust the audience. While it did work it was also almost an eye roll moment. Almost!

All in all I really appreciated a different take on zombies. There are a plethora of zombie books out there but I could not put this one down. Other than Eddie being a complete idiot! That guy is annoying but I’m hoping there is going to be a book two. I’m definitely on board!

Rating Report
4.5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5


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