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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Maggie Child, the protagonist in Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising by William Burke, is special. And she becomes even more so after she is shot down during a mission over Iraq. She wakes up and finds that she is being held by an organization who declared her death to the public and is now testing a truth serum on her. Fortunately for Maggie, her wit and military training enable her to get out of this situation. The serum, however, changed something in her, and after meeting her uncle Rip, she becomes entangled in a proper voodoo mystery including zombies, a model tricking a corrupt prime minister into making her his equal, and gods of death and love gambling over who is stronger.
Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising by William Burke is a fast-paced horror novel with quirky characters that readers will soon grow fond of (or start hating in certain cases). This first book in a new series promises a lot of good to come in future novels. The characters are introduced and the problem is one that really could not be solved in just one book. I found it interesting how various characters interacted with each other, and wonder whether a certain person will be able to somehow redeem himself in the future. I certainly hope to see more of Crimson and Sarafina in future novels as those two women were a lot of fun to read about. While there is some gore in the book, it was not overdone, and the focus is more on the actual plot than on cheap horror effects. It is a well told story, and I hope the author will manage to keep up the quality in following books.