Guy leaves the safety of an island to find the few remaining traces of humanity in a world devoured by the undead. Accompanied by three strange and inhuman companions, Guy embarks on a journey that will either cure or destroy them all.
Heal The Sick, Raise The Dead is one of those zombie novels I hate to describe as a zombie novel. It feels much larger and more involved than a typical shoot-’em-up zombie novel. It’s part Hans Christian Anderson fairytale/horror story, part psychological thriller. Yes, there are zombies. Lots of them in fact. There’s carnage and rotting and gnashing teeth but the story isn’t trapped in the decaying world but in the head of its survivor.
One of the highlights of Heal the Sick, Raise the Dead is the pacing. Most zombie stories try to maintain a frenetic pace that makes reading a chore. There are only so many twists and turns and nonstop action a person can take before it stops being exciting and starts being exhausting. Heal the Sick is a journey and that’s reflected in the plot and pacing. That’s not to say it isn’t exciting but it isn’t an edge of your seat page turner. It’s a methodical and almost hypnotic journey through the mind and view of a survivor. The slow unveiling of the characters and plot made it something to savor rather than devour.
The novel did have some flaws. Like most indie/self pub, there are a few spelling and context errors though nothing unreadable. Additionally, the ultimate reveal felt slightly heavy-handed after such a delicate story. Mr. Prytherch did such a fantastic job building up the suspense for the final reveal that the back story seemed to drag on when I was ready for resolution.
Heal The Sick, Raise The Dead is an innovative and interesting story worth reading (and re-reading). For readers who like more thought and conscience behind their zombie lore, this is a must read. Heal the Sick, Raise the Dead is available on kindle and paperback. If you enjoy Jacob Prytherch’s work, he has another fantastic zombie short story, Just One Day, which we reviewed back in January.