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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Long Valley is a work of dark thriller fiction with fantasy and horror elements and was penned by author Robert E. Kreig. The title comes from the small town in which the story is set: a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains where peace and harmony are easily found. The close-knit community here believes that they know their little hamlet inside and out, until a terrible accident at the army base upsets the atmosphere, both metaphorically and literally. The accident causes a contagion to be let loose, and once it’s out, the infections just won’t stop. Once it spreads to the people of the valley, their urges grow wild and out of control.
Author Robert E. Kreig has created a blitzing action romp with excellent pacing that keeps you turning pages to see what will happen next. I enjoy a good zombie tale at all times, so finding such variety and unique intermingling of different zombie tropes was an excellent surprise here. The plot delivers a top-down view that sets out a cast of characters but doesn’t focus too deeply on any one ‘hero’ in particular, which made good sense for the length of the novel and its bloodthirsty content. Kreig triumphs in atmosphere and description the most, delivering small-town horror with big-budget gore and graphic moments of turning, feeding and true terror. Overall, Long Valley will certainly please horror and thriller enthusiasts with its pace and presence, and zombie fiction readers will find it a highly recommended virus-style romp.