Author: Joseph Talluto
“Around every corner, they are waiting. In every dark alley, they are lurking. Behind every door, they are hiding. For each survivor of the Upheaval, every day brings the same grim reality: the dead are coming. For every community that managed to survive, for every band that came together, questions nag their minds. Are they alone? Are they the last ones left? Does humanity die with them? As the dead roam the abandoned highways and walk among the ruins of the living, one group will make a stand to halt the tide and take it back.”
Taking it Back is the second book in The White Flag series. I can’t deny the fact that I expected more from this book. In book one, we start out when the outbreak occurs to how do we find stability and some normalcy in the new world. John Talon is able to provide this for his son, and many other grateful survivors. Together they work to make this new place a home. In this new world, we know there are people out there who will destroy everything in their path to get what they need, including John Talon’s sanctuary.
Flash forward book 2. Here we are, stuck with John Talon again as he goes on wild hunt to expand what he’s grown. This. Is. All. This. Book. Offers. I was extremely disappointed and quite frankly, could not find the motivation to want to read this book. Honestly, it’s stopped me from picking up America the Dead..even though I know I will…eventually.
Talluto gives us repetitive writing with no action to even make it bearable. The only time I was zooming through pages was during the huge zombie fight. I wanted and hoped for more gore and more war. During the new world it caaaannnnot be as easy as it has been for John Talon. There has to be other groups out there who want to take what they’ve created. There have to be hoards of zombies where near-death and death occurs cutting the characters so deep that they adapt wise and cold to the dead world. I’m holding on hope to find this in book 3, America the Dead.