You’ll never want to exercise again as Eric Arvin and TJ Klune turn a gym full of hunks into a smorgasbord of terror in GHOUL’S GYM.
This is the individual release of Ghoul’s Gym which was originally published as part of the Zombie Boyz anthology.
Wow! This wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I think the authors did a fabulous job weaving together their two “voices” into this book. The story doesn’t come off as having two authors but as having one.
The story is disturbingly bloody and vicious with humor too. Under it all is a love story that makes you cry. The whole of the story the authors keep you guessing at who is going to survive and what is going to happen next.
The characters are a bit strange. Uly is a personal trainer who is a bit clueless about how much the love of his life is suffering with his body image. Jake is teased by Uly’s boss and others at the gym because he isn’t all buffed up. Uly doesn’t seem to get how much it is bothering Jake. Jake really lets these bullies get to him. He is bringing all of this into the relationship and making everything worse. Talking to Uly doesn’t seem to make any impact on the situation either so Jake is internalizing it all.
The authors’ version of how zombies come to be is very interesting and creative. I will admit that the read starts out sounding really bizarre and not at all like it will be enjoyable but by the end it captures you and makes you really care about the characters and their situation.