Bad Blood

August 27, 2012 - 11:03 am No Comments

Bad Blood: A Double Dead Novella
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Abaddon Books
Page count/Size: 107pp
Release date: 3rd May 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

This novella is a sequel to the novel Double Dead released from Abaddon last year featuring vampire Coburn who wakes up after a five year ‘nap’ very hungry, to find the apocalypse has happened and zombies roam the earth. At the end of Double Dead, Coburn discovered that his blood brought about the birth of zombies, and carrying around the blood of miracle child Kayla, who sacrificed herself to save Coburn, he may have the cure for the virus in his blood. With Gil, Kayla’s father and a small terrier called Creampuff, Coburn sets out on a trip through America to find a lab where he hopes they can manufacture a cure. After all, a vampire needs a steady supply of food.

As part of the powers Coburn inherited when ingesting Kayla’s blood, he can walk out in the sun and hear Kayla’s voice in his head. Their trail now takes them to San Francisco and Coburn is kidnapped by a female vampire doctor intent on using his blood for nefarious purposes. Only Gil and a tribe of human orphan children can save him.

Blending darkness, blood, gore and Wendig’s typically wry sense of humour, Bad Blood is a marvellous gap filler to keep you going until Wendig’s next book comes out, which shouldn’t be too long as he is a prolific writer. This is a great outing for Coburn and Gil and at times I found myself laughing out loud. Wendig does black comedy like no other writer and this novella entertains the reader thoroughly. Brilliant stuff. I want more Wendig!

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