When Jefferson is seventeen, he begins to question what he wants to do and who he really is. To further complicate matters, he finds out Pa Balladeer told everyone that he adopted Jefferson so he could haul watermelons and cut wood.
Jefferson puts Picayune in his rear view mirror and doesn’t plan on ever stepping foot in Mississippi again.
Twelve years later, Big Beau gets himself killed in a drunk driving accident, and Jefferson learns he is the sole heir of Balladeer farm.
Jefferson decides to turn the massive plot of land into a huge subdivision. The people of Picayune are not happy.
Jefferson’s plan is going great until a creature known as the Devourer falls from the sky and begins turning the good people of Picayune into Space Zombies. (Don’t you hate when that happens?)
What Jefferson thought of as a major inconvenience turns into a struggle for survival against a creature that has destroyed countless worlds.
Now, if Jefferson hopes to survive and save the world, he’ll have to remember all his rodeo and shooting skills. He’ll have to take one last ride as the Black Redneck.
Title: Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies
Author: Steven Roy
Published: August 7, 2013
Publisher: Monster Fight
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
I just read a book titled Black Redneck vs. Space Zombies. Yes, you heard that right. This book has it all: a black redneck, which is probably what you’re thinking and space zombies, which is most likely NOT what you’re thinking.
Once I started, I couldn’t put it down, and knocked it out in two days! What an exciting, emotional ride!
I’ll start with Jefferson, the black redneck. He, of course, is our loveable hero. I mean, who wouldn’t love a black guy raised in the Deep South who ends up being a rodeo winning child prodigy? He is by far the most interesting book character I’ve ever met. He is likeable, even with his mistakes that he realizes is too late to make right. Adopted by a white family as an infant, he cured them of their “prejudice, not KKK prejudice, but, you know, the regular sort.” Because, it seems, “prejudice is no match for love."
Okay, I admit it, that chapter put a lump in my throat and made me tear up. But there were plenty of laughable and fun moments, too. Each of the characters has their own story, and they are all full of life. From the foul-mouthed child, Mary, whose feet are black because she never wears shoes, to the quiet Pearl, who faints at the slightest sign of trouble. Imagine what happens when she comes face to face with space zombies.
The flow of this book works well, with only one exception: the flashbacks. I don’t mind that they are there. They are even placed at the right spot so that we glean just the right amount of information to know exactly what is going on in the characters’ heads - past and present. My only issue is that they are too in your face. Instead of announcing, “START FLASHBACK” and “END FLASHBACK,” I would have appreciated them being a tad more subtle. However, that is my only issue with the book, aside from a handful of grammatical errors, which seems to be the norm in any published book.
I gave this book 4.5 stars, which I rounded up to 5, simply because it was so much fun to read! And I want more. Steven Roy wrapped up the story nicely, but I see potential for a sequel. If you love aliens, zombies or, hell, even cowboys - or a combination of any of those - you've got to read this book! You won't be disappointed.
About the Author
Steven Roy is a novelist and screenwriter born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was moved to Picayune, Mississippi at the young age of four where the isolation of the woods forced him to sharpen his imagination to a razor's edge. His two best friends were a cow and a pine tree. That takes imagination.
Steven Roy currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA with his girlfriend and her red bike.