Post-Apocalypse reading-Impressions: JailBreak by Harry Shannon and Steven W Booth

Jailbreak is a free short story available from Smashwords.

Jailbreak is a gory, profanity filled account of the zombie apocalypse. It’s a realtively simple story- Zombies are assaulting a small American town, and the Sherriff and her men are isolated along with some violent prisoners. Jailbreak tells this story excellently. The prose is perfect for the work- short and choppy and prosaic. There are no flights of fancy or beautifully ornate phrasing, but I wasn’t expecting any, and that sort of prose would actually detract from the matter-of-fact description.


Characters are well-written, distinctive and believable- and may I mention how nice it was to have a female main character who was tough as nails without being¬† a ‘bitch’? We are taught a great deal about them in a very short space of time. The piece is well set up, with background and story being revealed at a perfect pace, with no info-dumping or rushing. In fact, it sometimes read like I was watching a good zombie film, if that makes sense.

Nothing is perfect, however, and Jailbreak is let down by occasionally clumsy phrasing and a relatively formulaic ending. Despite those (minor) niggles, I found it an excellent read.


My score? 4.5  out of 5.


Jailbreak is by Harry Shannon and Steven W Booth.

3 thoughts on “Post-Apocalypse reading-Impressions: JailBreak by Harry Shannon and Steven W Booth

  1. Hey, thanks for the kind words. The novel version THE HUNGRY should be out late this summer as an ebook and in trade paperback. Posted your review on FB and Twitter. Have a happy hump day,

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