Devan Sagliani-One to Watch

I can’t believe annamaria is reading Zombie stories.

Zombie Attack Rise of the Horde by Devan Segliani is published by Permuted Press, a small press that specializes in Zombie stories.

This type of story still isn’t my favorite, but after reading Michael Garza and Devan Segliani, I must admit my repulsion has mellowed to just a dislike.

Devan Sagliani pays great attention to the development of his characters and Xander, a young seventeen year old boy, has all the flaws of a normal teenager. He makes great judgement mistakes, but what seventeen year old doesn’t?

Book Blurb for Zombie Attack: Rise of the Horde (Volume 1):

Zombie Attack Rise of the HordeXander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas.
Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones. A hidden enemy within the military is hell bent on creating a secret weapon: genetically engineered super zombies! Friends and soldiers are pitted against each other, as one side races to spread the cure while the other battles to gain ultimate control over the fate of mankind.
‘Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead’ is filled with pulse-pounding undead action from the very first chapter until the bitter sweet end. Child celebrities, reality television stars, nightmarish zombie clowns, bikers, ninjas, warlords, and more — this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn’t slow down until the last sentence. You won’t be able to put it down!

Here’s what a few readers had to say:

“It was nice to read a zombie book without the bad language, sex, and senseless gore.”    Deanna Kinney

“I felt caught up int he story from the very first chapter and I felt so invested in the main characters by the end of the book.”     superboncon

A small bio of the author:
Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack! series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the Devan SaglianiUNDEAD L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams.
Devan’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. He is also an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
He currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife. 

Here’s what I had to say in my review:

Xander.

Running, always running and protecting his friends.

Benji.

A little boy who watched his family being killed and loves comic books.

Felicity Jane.

A beautiful teen actress who becomes part of Xander’s family.

Let’s get one thing clear I still dislike Zombie stories…

Xander sets one goal for himself, to reach the base where his brother Moto is stationed. In the process of reaching this goal he protects Benji, who is bullied by older boys. He takes Benji with him. He meets a teen celebrity, Felicity Jane, and the trio becomes each other’s new family.

The unlikely bizarre circumstances that plague their trip is sometimes too much, yet the investment I ended up putting in these characters, who slowly unfolded their full personalities, was enough to keep me turning pages. I needed to see them safe.

Mr. Sagliani uses words to create three amazing characters. Are they perfect? No, they are kids trying to survive a most horrendous virus known to mankind.

As the reader, we see the Zombies. We hear the Zombies, but they are not overwhelming, even I could put up with them because the journey Xander embarks in puts his character on display. He’s strong. He’s courageous. That’s what we see on the outside. We also see his internal struggle, the one that shows he’s only a kid.

Well executed. It kept me turning the pages until there were no more to turn, but there is, book 2. In the next book will Mr. Sagliani continue the development of these wonderful characters.

If you are a lover of Zombie stories this one is a must read.

Yes, Devan Sagliani is One to Watch.

About annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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2 Responses to Devan Sagliani-One to Watch

  1. annamaria says:

    yeah, i’ve always preferred character driven novel

  2. Chuck Robertson says:

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here, that the most important thing about a zombie story is the STORY. If you have good characters who interact in ways the reader will sympathize with, you will attract readers whatever the genre.