Review: The Down Home Zombie Blues by: Linnea Sinclair
Title: The Down Home Zombie Blues
In this steamy, suspenseful new novel from RITA Award–winning author Linnea Sinclair, a dangerously sexy space commander and an irresistibly earthy Florida police detective pair up to save the civilized galaxy . . . but can they save themselves from each other?
Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.
Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of biomechanical organisms from using Earth as its breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy. But she’ll need Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership does threaten to set off an intergalactic incident.
Because if she fails, she’ll lose not just a planet and a promotion, but a man who’s become far more important to her than she cares to admit.
Author: Linnea Sinclair
Published by Bantam Source: Purchased for Self
Published: November 27, 2007
Genres: Science Fiction
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This review originally posted May 30, 2011. I’ve since read a couple of other books from Sinclair. She writes sweet romances with fade to black sex scenes. I prefer a little more smut than what is offered in her books, thus I stopped buying them. I am not her audience.
I love zombies. That is the #2 reason I picked up The Down Home Zombie Blues. The #1 reason was SciFi Romance. I love romance and I love sci fi, I was so excited about reading a combination of the two. I was disappointed. This book fell short on both of those fronts for me. When I think of zombies I think of a dead reanimated corpse. The zombies in this book are not of that nature. These were created by a technologically advanced humanoid alien race. They are mechanical. This SciFi adventure also takes place in present day Florida. I suppose I want my sci fi set in a futuristic place far from planet Earth.
The romance in this book was weak. I never felt a romantic connection between the hero and heroine. Jorie Mikkalah spent well over three quarters of the book having doubts about the hero Theo Petrakos’s ability as a living being to accomplish anything. There was an expected language barrier. It was not sexy. I have read sexy language barriers. This is not one of them. The language barrier added to the rudeness that was Jorie’s personality. Jorie was very short with Theo. She believed him to be ignorant of all things and even after he had proved himself capable numerous times she still doubted his abilities as a law enforcement official. Jorie would keep pertinent information from him due to the fact that she believed he was not intelligent enough to understand. The sex scenes were non explicit and mostly hidden. It was mentioned they had sex, but no details. I never connected with them as a couple, thus did not understand how or why they fell in love with each other.
I will read more books from this author. I am hoping that this book was just a miss for me. I enjoyed the SciFi aspect of this book. Sinclair writes good SciFi. I’ve read entirely too many good reviews raving on her Romantic SciFi books not to give her books another shot.