Braineater Jones | Review

Monday, December 22, 2014

Title: Braineater Jones
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Genre: Historical - Zombies
Age Group: YA or older
Source: Author
Rating: 3 stars

“Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.”
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*Author provided a copy for an honest review.*

Braineater Jones follows a man who wakes up in a swimming pool. Upside-down. Because that can't be a good thing, right?

Aside from waking up undead, Jones has a problem. He has no memories. He has no idea who he is, why he is floating in a pool with a hole in his chest, or even how it is possible he is still alive. From there, things get more interesting. There is a mysterious guy who seems to know everything, an unexpected undead mob boss, and a PI investigation that takes deadly turn.

The story of Braineater Jones is relayed to us journal style. Something about it screams teenage girl to me, so it's not something I would have gone for had I know. But the style seems to work very well for this tale. Things happen right from the beginning and things keep happening. The story moves and shakes, and while it's not my usual genre, it managed to keep holding my interest as the pages flew by.

If you like stories about living zombies or private investigations with a paranormal twist, then you may enjoy this novel. It reads very much like a old time mystery novel. You get a hint of the historical vibe with the city and prohibition, with a heaping of paranormal with the undead and the underground society they've formed.

"'You came for answers.'
'Well, I didn't come looking for questions.'"
"'Something's coming back to you. I can see it.'
'Yeah, like when a word is on the tip of your tongue and you sit there for the reset of the day, and then it comes out a week later in the shower.'"

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