Survivor Song Book Review by A.R. Braun

This week’s Book Review is for “Survivor Song,” written by Paul Tremblay. A big thanks to Horror Author, A.R. Braun for this excellent book review.

I think the most disturbing aspect of this novel is that it’s about a pandemic raging through the country. Sound familiar?

Time for quarantine in Massachusetts, and curfew—what are they, 15?—due to a raging case of rabies that affects animals AND humans. Basically, it’s zombies dressed-up. The protagonist is a lovable character named Natalie, a married pregnant woman. One of the infected gets into her house, and Nat can kiss her husband goodbye. Brutal.

Natalie calls her friend, Ramola (Rams). There’s only one problem: Nat’s been infected, and Rams refuses to accept the truth. She drives her to the hospital, where Rams uses her clout as a pediatrician, and they end up on a bus, because the hospital’s full.

But it’s a short ride as Nat begins to turn.

Survivor Song Book Review

Making files on her cell phone for her unborn daughter, Nat knows she’s infected, but also won’t accept it. Eventually, it’s off the bus for them, and with the aid of a few teens fighting the good fight, they stave off those completely infected. But how long can they keep this up, with more and more wounded soldiers falling as they live on borrowed time?

Is there any hope for Nat? Will the teenage boys be able to avoid infection? Is there any hope for anyone? One thing’s for sure: This book will give you the creeps, a little too close to home.

Horror Author A.R. Braun
A.R. Braun on Mind on Fire Books

Survivor Song Book review by Horror Writer, A.R. Braun. Check out his latest short story, “Little Ghoul,” here.

A.R. Braun is a featured writer in our fiction anthology, “Mad Men” – a collection of three disturbing tales exploring what lies within man. Bull book description below.

Mad Men

  • Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest. The themes explored in this collection range from man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature. [caption id="attachment_4742" align="alignleft" width="188"]Mad Men eBook Mad Men eBook at Mind on Fire Books[/caption] Mad Men begins with Matt’s tale, a thought-provoking thriller which causes the reader to question his reality and what he fears within himself. The second tale explores the grotesque juxtaposed with beautiful nature, where the ending unfolds into a horrific dream, waking in even more terrible pain. The third tale is by seasoned horror writer, A.R. Braun – and his diabolical creatures never disappoint!  A.R. Braun’s goal is to be on the banned book list; we think this tale may just be evil enough to be considered. A must read before it does get banned! Mainstream Horror Shorts don’t always satisfy us in the way they should. They don’t open conversations about what it is that we fear or why we fear such things, they focus mainly on pop culture and gore. The writers in the Mad Men anthology understand the need for literate horror, opening discussions of man’s psyche. When these writers set out to tell a story, they are less interested in conveying fear and more interested in wonder, the sublime, and the infinite strangeness that drives all man and woman. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults. The Mad Men anthology published by Mind on Fire Books. Written by Willy Martinez, A.R. Braun and Matt Lavitt. No part of this book shall be copied without permission from the publisher.

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Willy Martinez

Willy Martinez is a creative writer, film director, editor, publisher boxing coach and non-fiction writer. Since being honorably discharged from the Marines in 2004, he has pursued his passion for telling stories, whether they be through film, graphic design, and writing for digital art.

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