Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry – Review

Engaging, human, exciting, character-driven, beautifully written. Fine work sir.

The author exposes the fragility of human decency and the simplicity and ease with which people may sink to the depths of evil wonderfully.

Throughout these books Mr Maberry develops his characters in a wonderfully human and believable way, despite the unreal setting and extraordinary trials they face. The obvious villains he presents us with in Charlie pinke-eye’s brood are just the rotten face of the “ordinary” men and women of Benny and Tom’s fenced community, the truest perpetuators of misery in the tale. The analogies in this book between modern developed nations and third world countries are obvious to me, and very enjoyable.

Benny Imura is a potentially unforgettable hero in the making, to rival even his supernaturally cool brother Tom. Benny’s development has been funny, touching, hard to read, and wonderful to see.

I simply cannot wait to meet these characters again, who already feel like old friends, in the third book. When I grow up, Iwantto write like Jonathan Maberry .
Just read it. You won’t regret it, but first pick up Rot & Ruin, the 1st book where you’ll meet Benny and Tom Imura, the lost girl and all the rest.

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