Review of Dead Reckoning, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

I was hooked on page one! This is one of those books you don’t want to put down, the kind where you read with one hand while eating with the other.

The three main characters – a shootist, a scout, and an inventor – immediately draw you into the story. Each has a backstory and multiple layers of personality. Even Jett’s horse, Nightingale, has a unique personality!

The zombie action starts quickly. Jett is from New Orleans so she has no doubts about what is attacking even though she had never before seen one. When she (almost literally) runs into Gibbons and White Fox they are more skeptical, but acknowledge something is terribly wrong and agree to join forces to discover what it is. The trio combines their skills and talents to unravel the mystery and save the day.

The story is more mystery than horror, although it is horrific and creepy as you would expect in a zombie book, and you will gasp and cheer and laugh and groan along the way.

The most memorable quote: “She didn’t think Shepherd would shoot her now. Only folks scared of what you might do shot you just for slanging them, not someone sitting in the catbird seat and holding all the aces. That kind would talk your ear off until you wished they would shoot you and give you some peace.”

The ending leaves a wide open path for possible sequels. I hope we see one soon!

I give it 4 stars.

(See my previous post for an explanation of my rating system.)