Book Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Posted June 9, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Book Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana RowlandWhite Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
Genres: Horror, Humorous, Urban Fantasy
Published by DAW Books on July 2, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: the library


Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.

But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

Also by this author: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

Third in the White Trash Zombie urban horror series revolving around Angel Crawford, a zombie and driver of the dead in Tucker Point, Louisiana.

My Take
Crack me up! How appropriate that a zombie movie is being filmed! If only the producer realized how much they could save on make-up expenses, lol. So, remember, if they’re smokin’, they’re not for real.

We now know that a parasite makes a zombie, and it uses brains to keep itself alive. Hmmm, it could be one way to ensure quitting smoking, doing drugs, or drinking alcohol since the parasite hates anything that is bad for the body. Except for sugar and fats! Woohoo!

It’s Angel’s reactions and interactions with Philip that give her some insight into some of Marcus’ behaviors. It helps as they’ve been working on re-establishing their relationship after events in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues, 2.

Nick is getting irritated with Angel’s doom-and-gloom about taking the test and finally suggests getting tested for a reading disorder. And, okay, this is sort of a minor point when it comes to parenting, but Angel finds out she was tested for dyslexia…and her bitch mother couldn’t be bothered to take up the offers from the school to help Angel. What kind of mother does this? Where was her dad in all this?

I like Dr. Jane. She’s real. And she makes Angel feel good. Major points in my book. Nice discussion between them about dreams.

Oh. My. God. I can’t believe they’re doing this, that they’re performing Nazi-like experiments. Philip is acting weird and Pietro is being nice…I’m suspicious. Wait. Just wait until you hear what happens to Charish. It’s karma.

Niggles… Angel knows she’s a target for the bad guys, so why isn’t she more careful? What does Brian mean “the one who turned us over to Saberton four years ago”? Regular people who got turned into zombies or stolen research? That jerky move from Marcus about calling Pietro came out of the blue. LOL, I did enjoy Angel’s response to that one. That girl can get down and dirty! Of course, Marcus’ response was, sorta, appropriate too, *snicker* And no. Marcus isn’t offering up an opinion, he’s laying down a demand, jerk. Why would Angel think Philip is the source of their problems? Sure, it becomes obvious later, but what is it that makes Angel think it ahead of time?

Phew, there is no lack of action in this one. Between the car chases, kidnappings, assaults, rescues, floods, runaway houses…it’s exhausting and exhilarating. It’s also quite satisfying with some of the resolutions that occur. Now if only it were enough to balance out the fright Rowland has left me with!

The Story
Angel is taken aback when she sees zombies shuffling through town. A fear that eases down when she realizes they’re fake, and someone is filming an apocalyptic movie in town.

A different sort of fear arises when Marcus shows up with tickets to a high-end food tasting event, courtesy of Uncle Pietro. It’s a new outfit and new bitches to deal with, not to mention a whiff of real zombie rot!

The Characters
Angel Crawford is a contributing member of society…and a zombie driving a coroner’s van to pick up the dead. Jimmy Crawford is her drunk of a dad, drinking to deal with an on-the-job injury; he hates Marcus because he’s the cop who keeps arresting him.

Marcus Ivanov is the cop who turned Angel and is her boyfriend these days. Uncle Pietro Ivanov is the very wealthy, very old, very influential zombie who turned Marcus. He’s dating State Senator Dr. Jane Pennington who just got elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s also an investor in the movie; other investors are J.M. Farouche, Francis Renauld, and Nicole and Andrew Saber. Alicia Dane is Pietro’s personal assistant. Brian Archer, Rachel, and Dan are part of Pietro’s security. Ed Quinn was Marcus’ childhood friend who got duped in My Life as a White Trash Zombie, 1. Seems he’s headed to sunnier climes—as James Clement— thanks to Uncle Pietro. Dr. Ariston Nikas heads up Pietro’s R&D; Jacque and Reg are techs. Kyle Griffin is a zombie and a trainer.

Edwards Parish Sheriff’s Office
Derrel Cusimano, a death investigator, is Angel’s partner. They make an interesting pair: the big, black, hulking, former linebacker with the scrawny white chick, lol. Maria and Sean are crime scene techs. The easygoing Detective Ben Roth is partnered up with the mean Detective Mike Abadie, although he is fun to tease. Nick has finally got his promotion to death investigator, and he’s been helping Angel study for her GED. And Angel’s thinking he’s interested in her. Allen Prejean is the chief investigator and hates Angel. He’s a former paramedic now studying to be a physician’s assistant and has done four tours with Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Duplessis is the coroner and has a private cardiology practice. Dr. Leblanc is a sweetheart and the parish forensic pathologist. Jerry is the other driver. Rebecca is the secretary in the coroner’s office.

Philip Reinhardt is the soldier Angel was forced to turn in Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues. Dr. Kristi Charish was the evil bitch scientist. Glenn is one of the lab guards? Tim Bell and Roland Westfield are the two soldiers Philip turned too quickly in the same story.

Nicole Saber is the CEO of Saberton Corporation. Her son, Andrew, works for the company. Heather Lucas, a.k.a., Naomi Comtesse, is a photographer for Saberton. Eggerton and Garrett are some of their zombies. Julia Saber is the reclusive daughter. Brent Stewart is in their R&D division.

Jessica Langburn is high-society, but low-mannered. Brenda Barnes, one of the zombie extras, was Ginger’s roommate. Lurline is a waitress at Double D’s Diner. John Kang was a leading zombie in My Life as a White Trash Zombie and a friend of Heather’s. Carl Kaster owns a bar.

The Cover
Angel is such a slut, lol, in her pink panties with the black heart centered right…there!…her black leather motorcycle jacket and bloodstained white wifebeater. Her hair’s gone conservative, for Angel, it’s merely white and standing on end with cigarette in hand. Huh, that ciggie must be simply for show since, as we all know, that zombie virus makes you pay hard for having a vice. It’s that plank wall behind Angel that has me worried…the knots in it look just. Like. Eyes.

The title is having fun with the current craze for apocalyptic events and it only makes sense that this one includes our very own bit of “white trash” in this White Trash Zombie Apocalypse.

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3 responses to “Book Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

  1. I read the first book in this series and loved it. Got it free at World Con last year and meant the read the others in the series I guess my TBR pile is just too big to add to but enjoyed being reminded of the series.

    • ladystorm

      Zombies are not my favorite topic. Nor did I enjoy the start with a drunken drug addict, but Rowland made it so much fun that I simply had to keep reading. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed this series with Rowland’s fresh take on zombies…and when you can say “fresh” about a zombie…lol…

    • ladystorm

      I’m definitely enjoying Rowland as a writer. Definitely get her added and higher up in the TBR…*grin*…

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