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Re­view of “Five Days Dead: The End of Ev­ery­thing is About to Be­gin” by Span­ish Fork Au­thor James L. Davis

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

This new sci-fi/fan­tasy book by Span­ish Fork au­thor James L. Davis has the per­fect ti­tle for Oc­to­ber read­ing. It’s as creepy as it sounds. What is more terrifying than flesh-eat­ing zom­bies?

Davis started writ­ing ma­te­rial for a se­ries of books when he was a 12 yearold with a vivid imag­i­na­tion. “Five Days Dead” is the first book he has pub­lished after more than 30 years of “be­ing ha­rassed by the peo­ple who live in his head and scream at his brain.”

Although it took a few decades, he re­mem­bers when the char­ac­ters were first put down on pa­per.

“I was pes­ter­ing my mom for some­thing to do and be­cause I’m fairly good at be­ing a pest, she told me to go write a book,” Davis re­sponded when asked why he wrote the book. “I thought it sounded like a fine idea. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve writ­ten on and off ever since and have been start­ing and stop­ping with this se­ries of books since then.”

The premise of the book started as a sim­ple short story, but evolved into a 350 page novel filled with myth­i­cal ma­ni­a­cal crea­tures and a se­verely flawed hero who bat­tles demons within him­self and all around him.

“The book ‘Five Days Dead’ is a pre­lude to a se­ries of nov­els, but the seed of this novel re­ally started as a short story,” Davis ex­plained.” I just had this character in my head, Har­ley Nearwater. He is not a very nice man and he does some pretty out­landish things. I had him fac­ing an im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion in the short story where he had to make a dif­fi­cult choice. This character, Har­ley Nearwater, was meant to only be a mi­nor character in the se­ries, but he sim­ply will not let me be.”

Davis said that some of his ideas about how our world could look in the fu­ture, came from trav­el­ling through Utah’s Car­bon and Emery Coun­ties. He won­dered what would hap­pen if en­ergy was free for ev­ery­one.

“In the world of ‘Five Days Dead’, not only is en­ergy a ba­sic hu­man right, but so is med­i­cal, hous­ing trans­porta­tion and even in­come” Davis said. “It should be par­adise but it isn’t. Hu­man­ity is rot­ting and the earth it­self has turned against us.”

It’s a book that comes with an “adult read­ers only” warn­ing la­bel due an abun­dance of graphic vi­o­lence. The main character gets drunk, smokes cig­a­rettes and has a long way to go be­fore his cow­boy boots are on the right path – so it’s a guy book.

Serve Daily is giv­ing away a free copy of ‘Five Days Dead’ in Oc­to­ber. Visit their Face­book page for de­tails.

The book is avail­able as a pa­per­back or eBook on Ama­zon and Barnes and Nobel, and as an eBook on IBook, Google Play, and Kobo. The eBook is $3.99 and the pa­per­back is $11.82. Con­tact the au­thor by email at jamesl­davis02@gmail.com or www.jamesl­davis2.com

Pub­lished by Gray­land Books

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