British novelist, Gerald Seymour is an icon in the thriller field. Backed by a history degree and a journalism career that covered major events such as the Munich Olympics terrorist attack and Vietnam, it’s not surprising why. His novels are renowned for their authentic feel and The Walking Dead is no exception…except for the fact that it’s one of his best.
The action is all contemporary and easy to relate to one of the most horrifying aspects of the news, that of the suicide bomber. And a chilling aspect deals with the ethics of torture: how far should a democracy, who is suppose to uphold human rights, descend to save its citizens?
It’s a multi-layered plot involving 10 pivotal characters. Seymour weaves skillfully so that at no stage was my brain taxed yet somehow still satisfied. Figures that made most impact were a VIP protection officer (David Banks) who, by reading an old diary depicting the senselessness of war from the viewpoint of a fighting soldier, questions himself on what is right and wrong and whether, if the situation arose, he’d pull the trigger without hesitation. Then there’s the scarred, Joe Hegner, a counter-intelligence officer obsessed with catching the master terrorist, The Scorpion. Ibrahim, the bomber searching for revenge, honour and Allah, is undoubtedly the saddest of all.
It’s a gritty read and one you’re unlikely to put down. Gerald Seymour is a storyteller of note.