My #bookreview of Tribes Of Decay: A Zombie Novel (The Decaying World Saga Book 1) by Michael W Garza

Tribes Of Decay: A Zombie Novel (The Decaying World Saga Book 1) by Michael W Garza


Our world decayed and a new world arose from the ashes of the old.

The remains of the human race cling to life decades after a decimating global plague. The infected hunt the living as the dead roam abandoned streets craving the taste of flesh. Mia and Rowan hoped to carve out a life for themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland, but fate had other plans. They’re forced to leave behind the relative safety of their home after a chance encounter challenges everything they’ve ever known.

Evolution always finds a way…


I just want to say right off the bat, I’m not into zombies.  To me, zombie books are boring,  How many ways can you read a fight scene with zombies?  They eventually all sound the same.  I just can’t understand people’s fascination with them, but I had previously read The Hand That Feeds by Garza, which I enjoyed, so I was hoping for another entertaining story.

What I was hoping for was a storyline, other than just fighting off zombie.  I’ve never seen the Waling Dead, but their fans tell me it’s the story of the different characters that keeps them involved.  And I have to say, this book is the same way.  It drew me in from the start.  I came to empathize with Rowan and Mia as they not only had to combat the zombies, but her father, and tribe, as well.  As they rushed across the landscape, trying to escape the horde of undead and infected, I read faster and faster.  I wanted to know what happened next.  I was really getting into the book, as Jacob and Mia started realizing there was more to Connor and the Canaan compound than they thought.  Then, it all came to a screeching halt. 

(Spoiler Alert)  What killed it for me is I found several plot holes that almost made me quit reading the book.  If I wasn’t already invested in the characters, I would’ve.  The first red flag was when Rowan is trying to find a way out of the compound, pushing zombie boy in front of him with his pole & leash.  Suddenly, Mia shows up.  Rowan and Mia hug, and now zombie-boy is gone.  The same one Hinu told them they needed to keep as he’s patient zero.  No mention was every made of him again.  Why was he so important, but then just written off?

The second red flag, when Himu had his hand nearly shot off, but yet, he doesn’t bleed to death, and he’s able to climb a rope, and a ladder.  Really?  And the same for Connor.  He falls off a platform, we know his knee is broken as it’s bent the wrong way, yet several chapters later, there he is walking with a splint.  There is just no way.  I’ve had a blown out knee.  I know how painful and impossible it is to walk on one, let alone broken.

There were too many other smaller instances that felt contrived, just to make the story.  If Garza had used some beta readers, or an editor, these issues would have been resolved before publication.  And all the proofreading errors would’ve been corrected too.

If you’re into the Walking Dead, and love zombies, you’ll probably enjoy this story.  Just be prepared to eat a lot of salt.  For me, I was disappointed how it turned out, so I give it 3 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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