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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Longest Midnight: A Zombie Novel is a post-apocalyptic horror novel written by J.J. Fowler. It had been twenty years since Captain Joshua Drake had entered the army at the tender age of sixteen. Now he looked far older than his age, and the battle he had entered seemed, if anything, even less certain of success. Something or someone had been helping the zombies evolve into a state that somewhat approached sentience. Not all of them were like that. Most were still the shambling, rotting, brain-dead beasts that knew nothing but an endless ravening hunger for warm human flesh, but, more and more, the soldiers manning Forward Operating Base Alpha noted that there were now marksmen zombies, one of whom had taken Trevor Esoog, Drake’s longtime friend and comrade, by surprise. Trevor was dying, Drake knew that, and though it killed him to do it, he knew his old friend would reanimate as a zombie within moments of his death, and he would have no choice but to put a bullet in Trevor’s head.
J.J. Fowler’s post-apocalyptic horror novel, The Longest Midnight: A Zombie Novel, is an absorbing character study of Captain Joshua Drake and his fellow soldiers as they fight for a world that somehow doesn’t seem worth fighting for. The darkness of the plot seems a mirror image of the eternal gloom that had surrounded the world’s surface after a misguided attempt to stop the virus failed utterly. The zombie genre is a unique blend of horror and war stories with the exception that, in war, one is facing other human beings, other soldiers with lives, hopes, despair and dreams that give the battles poignancy and meaning, but zombies are devoid of any touch of humanity. Further, battling zombies seems somehow to strip even the human combatants of their humanity in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, as the interaction of the soldiers with the refugee humans attests here. The Longest Midnight is well-written and action-packed, and is recommended for those who are specifically fans of the genre.