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Review: The Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair

Submitted by on July 17, 2012 – 4:00 am3 Comments

Author: Linnea Sinclair
Title: The Down Home Zombie Blues
Release: November 27, 2007
Series: Novel
Reviewer: Chrissy
Source: Personal Library
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In this steamy, suspenseful new novel from RITA Award–winning author Linnea Sinclair, a dangerously sexy space commander and an irresistibly earthy Florida police detective pair up to save the civilized galaxy . . . but can they save themselves from each other?

Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.

Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of biomechanical organisms from using Earth as its breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy. But she’ll need Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership does threaten to set off an intergalactic incident.

Because if she fails, she’ll lose not just a planet and a promotion, but a man who’s become far more important to her than she cares to admit.

I was lucky enough to attend a writers’ workshop that Linnea Sinclair was teaching at the 2010 Romantic Times Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Throughout the course I learned so many important factors on what it takes to be a successful author. But I also learned a few things about Linnea Sinclair and her work.

Linnea Sinclair was formerly a news reporter as well as a private detective. She lives in Florida and is a cat lover of great magnitude. She is a RITA award winning author who writes books belonging to an incredibly unique genre—Science Fiction Romance. Intrigued, I picked up several of her novels and read my very first last summer, a book entitled Gabriel’s Ghost.

I decided to kick this summer of by reading The Down Home Zombie Blues, ready to reenter the world of science fiction and romance that are so carefully intertwined that fans of both science fiction novels and romance novels will be bursting at the seams with excitement to read.

Theo Patrakos is a broken-hearted homicide detective in Bahia Vista, Florida. He is confident that he has seen it all, until he stumbles upon a mummified corpse and a room that is jam-packed with futuristic gadgets and tools. The mummified corpse is a friend of Jorie Mikkalah, a Guardian Force commander sent to earth in search of her crew mate who has gone missing and to terminate the zombies that are overrunning the planet.

But his troubles are just beginning. Theo soon becomes Jorie’s official prisoner and unofficial partner in a race against time to save planet Earth. They discover that a group of biomechanical organisms is planning to use the planet as a breeding ground. If she is able to stop it, she will earn her captaincy. But she will need Theo’s help, even if it does threaten to cause an intergalactic problem. Failure is not an option, for if she fails she will not only lose her new ranking, she will lose the man that she loves, even if she is unwilling to admit it to herself.

This was a wonderful novel. Linnea Sinclair certainly did not disappoint. She proves once again that she is not only a master of romance but also a master of world-building. The balance of science fiction and romance is perfect. The characters are complex but easy to relate to and fun to read about. The setting is captivating and the plot is incredibly original.

Linnea Sinclair’s writing has the ability to evoke every human emotion within the reader by the time they have finished reading one of her books. This is no exception with The Down Home Zombie Blues. The reader gets to take a ride on an emotional roller coaster that makes them want to jump back in line to ride it again after reading the final sentence.

Chrissy fell in love with books at an early age. It all started with Judi Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. At the tender age of five she decided that she wanted to be a writer. Later, she graduated to books like A Wrinkle in Time, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Goosebumps series, participating avidly in her school’s Book It program. High school brought on new challenges and loves. She began writing for the school’s newspaper and literary magazine. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson quickly overran her bookshelves. But when Chrissy was introduced to the world of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, a grand love affair was set in motion. She is an avid reader of romance, urban fantasy, horror, erotica, and cozy mysteries. After working for the city library for six years and being surrounded by the works of greatly admired authors, she decided to devote her life to writing full time and hasn’t looked back since. When she is not devouring book after book, Chrissy loves to cook, bake, volunteer at the local animal shelter, and feed her addiction for horror movies. She lives in Maryland with her family and beloved pets.
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  • Mona Leigh says:

    I love Linnea! She’s feisty, brash, brave, and a dozen other adjectives. As Chrissy knows, once you take a workshop with her you’ll understand. She has a very vivid imagination and she’s not afraid to use it.

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  • I have never read a Sci-Fi Romance before. They kinda scare me… I think it’s too many late night Twilight Zone epis on the SyFy channel. Though, with two recommendations, I might need to pick this up!

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