Down the Road (Down the Road #1)
Here's a partial short list of the bad points:
-Author has remarkable problems with grammar, syntax, spelling, etc. I wonder who his editor at the publishing house was. That the author is a high school teacher ...more
I'll start with the good in the book, which makes up most of it. First ...more
I don't read other's stories so that I get spoon fed exactly what I want to see. I like an author who speaks their mind even if I might disagree with their point of view. So I can pass over what felt like a very strong in ...more
The story starts off immediately with the zombie virus already having spread to pandemic levels. George Zaragosa is in his apartment preparing to leave. Right off the bat, this strucks the wrong cord in me, as I think part of the fun parts of zombie stories is watching the gradual fall of humanity. Here, we're ...more
The characterization is somewhat simplistic throughout the novel, but this doesn't seem to detract from the tale too much. Bowie's military group FEMA is a fabulous addition to the tale, screaming of a ...more
Here we have a man who's on a journey, yet ends up getting shuffled from one situation to the next in the process.
I can't say that's it's all that believable (yeah I know, zombies, but you know what I mean), but there's a nice little theatrical story here alright, and I like it for that, the story is very much protagonist-driven and it stays from ...more
The story centres around a teacher living in Texas ("write what you know"!) who makes ...more
George has two choices…he could either sit in his apartment as he does have enough food to last him for at least three weeks or he can make an attempt to go down the road to San Uvalda. George decides to risk it and travel home. It will be a dangerous trek. One that George will by lucky to survive.
I recently becam ...more
Down the Road by Bowie Ibarra was a thrilling fight for survival and absolutely one of the best zombie novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. Filled with blood, gore, violence and the inevitable journey through the collapse of both humanity and society, this novel delivers to fans of zombie horror like no other.
The world Ibarra created is a devastating and frightening mirror to our own allowing us to easily slip into George's situation. This easy ...more
I really wanted to like this book more, but it just fell short for me. I couldn't get attached to any of the characters as no one ever really stood out in any important way. There was nothing memorable about any of them, and for me to care if the characters live or die, I need to feel something for them one way or another. The zombie action was so-so, could have more origi ...more
This is the first novel to my knowledge by the author Bowie Ibarra, and in my opinion is the beginning of a very promising career. It centres around George a school teacher who attempts to make his way home after a zombie epidemic breaks out.
It is quite an easy read, being that it is not very long, but in the short time it will take you to read there is a well written story in there. I think the main character of George is well written ...more
I have to give a hats off to Mr. Ibarra. It is official he is my new favorite zombie author. I can't believe the subtle tie ins I missed. Wow! I have since ordered the second book of his on my e-reader and will start it tonig ...more
Six out of ten.
One man tries to get home to his family during the middle of a zombie outbreak. On the way he has to deal with military roadblocks, thugs and of course, zombies.
Quite typical zombie fare. Not the best but readable.
Ibarra has written a fun book. I do have to give it a nod, because it was one of the first zombie books published at the start of this undead craze, so when I say it doesn't really add much to the genre, perhaps I mean it helped to shape the genre? hmm.
Bowie graduated from Uvalde High School and earned an acting scholarship to ...more