Even The Dead Will Bleed: Book 3 of Tell Me When I'm Dead by Steven Ramirez
|Even The Dead Will Bleed: Book 3 of Tell Me When I'm Dead by Steven Ramirez|
|Reviewer: Luke Marlowe|
|Summary: The Tell Me When I'm Dead series comes to an epic conclusion in Even The Dead Will Bleed – action, emotion and high stakes are carefully blended to form a thriller that will get your blood pumping and your heart racing until the very last page.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 325||Date: October 2015|
|Publisher: Glass Highway|
|External links: Author's website|
In the third and final part of the Tell Me When I'm Dead series, Dave Pulaski is headed to Los Angeles – seeking revenge and retribution. With the events of book two still weighing heavily on Dave, he struggles against the rage burning inside him and saves Sasha – a young escapee from the secret testing facility. As events come to a climax, and Dave finds himself pursued by both an ex-military sociopath and a group of scientifically engineered humans who flay their victims alive, the stakes are higher than ever before – will Dave make it out of this alive? And what kind of world will he have left?
Steven Ramirez is an author, former screenwriter, and resident of Los Angeles. He enjoys Mike and Ikes with his Iced Caffe Americano, doesn't sleep on planes, and wishes Europe were closer. I've already read parts one and two of the Tell Me When I'm Dead series – Tell Me When I'm Dead and Dead is All You Get and was rather staggered by quite how good they were – zombie thrillers that combine true horror with heart, humanity, and a gripping plot that drives the reader through the books at great speed. Dead is All You Get ended on a downer of epic proportions, so I was intrigued to see how Ramirez would pull his threads together to find a conclusion that not only satisfied the reader, but also brought Dave's journey to a close.
Dave Pulaski is what makes this series so brilliant – a character Ramirez has drawn with great skill, who manages to be a sympathetic anti-hero, a troubled everyman, and an action lead all at once. His internal struggles and his interactions with other characters ensure that Ramirez keeps a rich seam of humanity running alongside the horrific events he depicts – making for a balanced read that has far more substance than one may initially expect from a zombie thriller.
As for the zombie aspect – things escalate massively in Even the Dead Will Bleed, as is to be expected from the final part in a trilogy. Ramirez keeps a steady grip on the tiller though and doesn't let things veer too out of control – his action and horror anchored by the clear love and care he shows his characters. Some new characters who appear in Even the Dead Will Bleed get relatively short shrift character wise compared to those that Ramirez established in earlier books, but that's no bad thing as far as I'm concerned – Dave has earned the focus, development and satisfying send-off that Ramirez gives him here.
A conclusion that manages to excite as much as it does satisfy, Even the Dead Will Bleed brings the Tell Me When I'm Dead series to an epic conclusion – but also leaves enough untied that I'd be extremely keen for Ramirez to revisit this brilliantly built world at some point in the future.
Many thanks for the copy, and for further reading – go straight to book one Tell Me When I'm Dead for more brilliantly constructed drama with plenty of heart – both in terms of emotion and gore!
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