Book Review: Rebirth by Shaun Eyles

Little Brennan, a sleepy town nestled deep in the woods. It's picturesque and peaceful. The type of town where neighbors forget to lock their doors and you can walk the streets at night. David thinks that he could live here forever. Then somebody built The Complex. 

Who ever thought life could change so quickly? 

A laboratory explosion. A scratch from a cat. A chance meeting in the dead of night. Are they innocent coincidences, or is the fate of humankind already decided? 

Friendships are formed and tested. David learns that even the innocent must bloody their hands and harden their hearts, for danger lurks around every corner and everything they once trusted and believed in has fallen apart. It’s a battle for survival, but they are not alone. 

A young girl caught in the explosion begins to hear a voice. Will she deliver its cruel message? 

A powerful man, a player of the The Game, discovers that the key to greatness is within his reach. How far will he go to snatch victory? 

A long lost race hungers for their Rebirth…… 

A horror with a sense of humor. Rebirth will make you laugh and rethink that leisurely after dark stroll.

REVIEW:

The opening of Rebirth starts with a catastrophic event in a secret laboratory. Something has gone wrong, and now the residents of a small town are beginning to act violently. Two teen boys are caught in the aftermath while curiously noising around.

The book felt more like a mystery and not the typical horror story, which I could have fell into, but the answers just appeared too quickly. The resolves didn’t feel elusive to the problem and they were discovered too fast in dialogue as the characters talked amongst themselves. The method hit me as unrealistic. Everything was too convenient, like deus ex machina, the long-discredited practice of introducing the proper god at the climactic moment. It didn’t give the reader much in the area of suspense.

Two of the lead characters are going through some type of physical change they believe to be vampirism, but the inner turmoil is few and far between, making you forget there is something amiss as they aimlessly wonder through the wilderness. The characters are confused about what is happening to them, and the people of the town, as they investigate.

The writing is well executed and there is an abundance of quirky metaphors. The sense that something larger is just beyond your grasp compels the reader to move forward through the story. Rebirth is story driven and just the beginning of a series for those looking for new tales amongst the vampire genre.


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