Review: Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies by Steven Roy

November 9, 2013 Review 4

Review: Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies by Steven Roy

The Devourer and her Space-Zombie minions have destroyed untold planets.
Those worlds didn't have a Black Redneck.

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Jefferson Balladeer is an African American who was adopted as an infant by the Balladeer family of Picayune, MS. When Ma and Pa Balladeer die in a car crash, it’s left to Jefferson’s older brother, Big Beau Balladeer, to raise Jefferson. While Big Beau is large of heart and body, he’s not the ideal caregiver for the naturally intellectual Jefferson. Big Beau teaches young Jefferson the only thing he knows, how to be the ultimate redneck. Jefferson grows up to be a rodeo star and an expert marksman, and, as Big Beau would say, a certified, grade A ass-kicker. Jefferson becomes known as the Black-Redneck.

When Jefferson is seventeen, he begins to question what he wants to do and who he really is. To further complicate matters, he finds out Pa-Balladeer told everyone that he adopted Jefferson so he could haul watermelons and cut wood. Jefferson puts Picayune in his rear view mirror and doesn’t plan on ever stepping foot in Mississippi again.

Twelve years later, Big Beau gets himself killed in a drunk driving accident, and Jefferson learns he is the sole heir of Balladeer farm. Jefferson decides to turn the massive plot of land into a huge subdivision. The people of Picayune are not happy.  Jefferson’s plan is going great until a creature known as the Devourer falls from the sky and begins turning the good people of Picayune into Space-Zombies. (Don’t you hate when that happens?) What Jefferson thought of as a major inconvenience turns into a struggle for survival against a creature that has destroyed countless worlds.

Now, if Jefferson hopes to survive and save the world, he’ll have to remember all his rodeo and shooting skills. He’ll have to take one last ride as the Black-Redneck.

Title: Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies
Author: Steven Roy
Published by Monster Fight Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 7 August 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse
Pages: 300
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Stars: five-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’m not really sure where to even begin with Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies. It was honestly one of the most interesting and creative things I have ever read. It was intellectually brilliant, absolutely hilarious and completely action packed. Steven Roy has created a colorful world full of characters that are beyond the standard definition of unique. His imagination knows no bounds. They are just extraordinary. As each one is introduced, you think, there’s no way he’s come up with a character that can trump the one before this. And each time, he does.

Mr. Roy’s take on zombies is even incredibly unique. When I think of zombies, I generally think of a human being infected with a virus that essentially kills them and makes them, literally, the walking dead. But in Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies, the zombies are actually aliens that use human beings as a host. Instead of them being ravenous flesh eaters, they are more intelligent, which creates a better scenario for action.

But zombies and aliens aside, Steven Roy has given to his readers a beautiful message that radiantly drives home the importance of family and close friends and the loyalty and love that they share for one another. It’s like a Broadway stage production with all of the glitz and glamor of action, comedy and horror, but lying underneath all of that is a purpose deeply rooted in our need for strong family relationships and unconditional love.

This book was a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by it’s cover (literally). I can truthfully say that this was one of the best books I’ve read this year and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Roy.

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4 Responses to “Review: Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies by Steven Roy”

  1. sharonstogner

    that cover is full of awesome. I love finds like this. I take a lot more chances now. The odder the cover/blurb the more likely I will give it a go 🙂 thanks for the heads up