My version of the A-Z Challenge will be about people, places and things Jamaican. Wish it could have been something writing related, but anyway, all this good stuff will come in handy in the setting department. I also have a review of Wanted: Dead or Undead (scroll down) written by Angela Scott, which ties in nicely with my 'A' theme. Look smart, here we go:-
Alaine: (Alaine Laughton) is a singer and songwriter who lived in the United States and wrote and sang back up for artists such as Cam'ron and Freeway. In 2004, she settled in Jamaica. Her hits include Sacrifice, No Ordinary Love and Forever More (featuring Tarrus Riley)
Annotto Bay: lies along the North Coast and in the early 20th century was a busy shipping town from which banana was exported. The major portion of the town is nestled between two tributaries of the Pencar River. Both tributaries empty into the sea east and west of the town centre.
|Annotto Bay Baptist Church|
One fascinating landmark is the Baptist Church. It is a red-brick building with stained glass windows. There are quotes from scripture engraved in the building’s trim. Local legend has it that the minister who built it cut and installed all the stained glass himself.
Annatto: is a fruit that Jamaicans have used for hundreds of years. It is known as ‘roucou’ or ‘achiote’ in the southern and eastern Caribbean. This fruit bears spiny seed pods that encase bright orange seeds. Annatto is almost tasteless. Amerindians used the pigment it produces to paint their faces and to die cloth. Like the Indians of yesteryear, Jamaicans today use Annatto to add a reddish colour to food like ‘Run Dung’.
And now for my review of Wanted: Dead or Undead.
STORYLINE: Trace Monroe is an adventure seeker and is handy with a deck of cards. While gaming inside a saloon, he runs into a gun-wielding, red-headed cowgirl. What’s unique about this no-nonsense female is that she knows how to kill the living dead. Trace latches on to ‘Red’, despite her aversion to him, and soon discovers her well-kept secret. Knowing what he does, will he forgo the price on her head and let his protective instincts win or will he give in to greed?
PLAYERS: Red is smart, self-sufficient and prickly. She prefers to work alone killing zombies. That’s until Trace comes on the scene and refuses to be shaken loose. Red has a hard exterior that comes from necessity, and hides her vulnerability well.
Trace, at first glance, is an opportunist. He too is smart, but he’s also caring and takes family, friendship and responsibility seriously.
I LIKED: so many things about this novel. How Trace eventually wormed his way into Red’s confidence through persistence and handles responsibility when it is thrown at him. The writer shows how good things come from cooperation and builds a strong bond between the characters, who come from diverse backgrounds.
I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT: the ‘eeewww’ factor that comes with zombie novels, but feel free to ignore this particular comment. That’s why this is a zombie novel, right? The author does a good job bringing across the gooey, nasty, stink factor that is synonymous with zombies.
OVERALL COMMENTS: Wanted: Dead or Undead is very easy to read. The writer tells an intriguing story, the pacing is good and the characters are people I’ve come to care about. The writer painted vivid word pictures of the world that is the Wild West and made the zombies fit right into the landscape. She created such an interesting cast of characters that I can’t wait for the second book in the series to come out. I’m not a fan of zombie fiction. I couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about and I never thought I’d say this, but Ms. Scott has ‘turned’ me into a zombie fan. Do yourself a favour and download this novel, if you haven’t read it already.
COVER NOTE: I like the cover and think it represents the story well. Also had a peek at the cover for the Upcoming Story, Survivor Roundup and think it’s pretty cool too.
Thanks for stopping in. Do make sure you visit the other participants in the A-Z Challenge.