“Ron Watson is my new hero. Sure, he's dead, but he's evolving (re-volving?). He eats only people we'd want him to eat, has enough couth to duct tape his own body parts together, and is trying to patch up old relationships – inadvertently forcing the question: Is it better to be a bad human or a good zombie? Strap in, bitches. This fresh, funny, irreverent Z-ride goes to 11.”
"Think you know all about zombies? Think again. In Chacon’s mind they are principled, loyal friends and fathers with more than brains on their minds. And they are funny—above all else they are hilariously funny. Part zombie, part comedy, part social commentary, American Badass says as much about the living as it does the reanimated."
"Poignant, funny, and edgy. In his debut novel American Badass, Jeff Chacon takes us on a wild trip to Las Vegas. Instead of fear and loathing, we get humor and heart."
First of all, I want to say that, as a book cover designer, I absolutely love, love, LOVE this cover. It’s eye catching, colorful, interesting and definitely stands out – even from a thumbnail standpoint. Congratulations to whoever designed this one – it’s a real winner!
Now on to the book:
This book is FUNNY! Like the kind of side splitting funny that never lets up. When we meet Ron and he opens his mouth to speak, the first word that usually comes out is “brains.” Or “eyeballs.” Over the course of the story, he’s able to speak more clearly and then he’s even able to string complete sentences together.
Did I mention that American Badass is funny?
Seriously. There’s a scene where good old Ron can’t have sex because all he can think about is eating eyeballs.
Oh, and ZOMBIE KARAOKE!
It’s not just funny, though, there is a real serious plot going on and the way Chacon handles the serious stuff along with the humor is brilliant, and I rarely use that word in reference to a writer or their books. The author has also taken the road less traveled by making Zombie Ron the POV (point of view) character in the first person, so we get to see and her everything Ron does, says and thinks.
There is a whole lot more going on here than just Ron and his desire to eat eyeballs. Is he the only zombie left in the world or isn’t he? Can he manage to make it through a crazy Las Vegas adventure without dying… again? This story is a real ride into crazy land, but it’s so over the top that it’s almost perfect. Think Christopher Moore with some Max Brooks all twisted into one author.
If you are looking for wall to wall zombie gore, then this isn’t the book for you. In my opinion, however, you should grow a sense of humor and give this one a shot!
I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever had this much fun reading a zombie book. But the plot is fantastic, I loved the characters and might actually put this book on my short list of books that I’ll re-read. I’m giving American Badass a well deserved FIVE of FIVE zombie heads!