A Zombicide Invader Novel
by Tim Waggoner
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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date 25 Mar 2022
Aconyte Books, Aconyte
A deserted R&D facility tempts the hungry new Guild, Leviathan, into sending a team to plunder its valuable research. The base was abandoned after a neighboring planet was devastated by an outbreak of Xenos – alien zombies – but that was a whole planet away... When the Guild ship is attacked by a quarantine patrol, both ships crash onto the deserted world. Only it isn’t as deserted as they hope: a murderous new Xeno threat awakens, desperate to escape the planet. Can the crews cooperate to destroy this new foe? Or will they be forced to sacrifice their ships and lives to protect the galaxy?
A Note From the Publisher
– Zombicide: Invader is the popular range of dark, action-packed boardgames from CMON, taking zombie-stomping mayhem out to the stars. The franchise has ranked up more than $25 million on Kickstarter.
– Classic zombie-plague action… but now in outer space!
– A mix of Warhammer 40,000, Starship Troopers, and Alien… but with zombie-killing grit and bloodthirsty fun, just how fans love it.
PRAISE FOR TIM WAGGONER
“Both horror and mystery readers will be delighted by this horror-noir adventure.”
Publishers Weekly starred review for Night Terrors
“Fast-paced, hair-raising, and with a twist ending with enough spin to make you rethink who the real monsters are.”
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A better-than-average example of game fiction, Planet Havoc benefits from a skilled horror writer as it’s author. Tim Waggoner takes a cliched scenario - two spaceship crews stranded on a mysterious planet - and effectively amps up the tension and terror as the book progresses. If you are looking for gore, blood, and desperate struggle, this book is for you. If you want deep characterization and sophisticated plotting, not so much. Ample room for a sequel or more. Note, that there are no zombies but an insidious and reasonably scarier zombie-like threat.
Waggoner seamlessly blends the atmospheric tension of the Zombicide board games with books like The Expanse Series and The Thing/Who Goes There? in Zombicide Invaders: Planet Havoc.
A Guild called the Leviathan contracts a ship to plunder a research and development lab on a planet called Penumbra. Due to events on a neighboring planet the area is quarantined and patrolled by the Coalition. Both crews survive a crash onto Penumbra only to realize that was the least of their problems.
They soon learn this planet is inhabited by an entity that is creating an army of Xenos, alien zombies that offer a very refreshing take on both aliens and zombies. New alliances are made, crew members are betrayed, and people are not as they seem as both crews struggle to get off planet alive.
Waggoner is a very talented writer that managed to create a fantastic space horror novel that will be loved by fans of Zombicide, horror, and science fiction alike.
When I saw a zombicide title by Tim Waggoner I was more than a little excited and I was not disappointed. Waggoner does have an acquired style for some but when it comes to horror and media tie-ins he is good, really good.
Planet Havoc sees scoundrels and soldiers band together to survive an onslaught of alien-zombies. A deserted R&D facility tempts Leviathan, a hungry new Guild, into sending a team to plunder its valuable research. After a neighbouring planet was devastated by an outbreak of Neo-Xenos – alien zombies, the base was abandoned but that outbreak was a planet away so surely it wouldn’t be a problem. When the Guild ship is attacked by a quarantine patrol, both ship crash onto the deserted world. But it isn’t as deserted as they hope. A murderous new Xeno threat awakens and intends to escape the planet. Can the crews cooperate to destroy the new foe? Or will they be forced to sacrifice their ships and lives to protect the galaxy?
I have to say the first couple of chapters I was worried I wouldn’t be into this – the writing didn’t overly hook me to begin because there was a lot of introduction to the characters. I continued on and I am so glad I did. After the initial introduction chapters everything is dialed up to and past eleven! From crash landing on the deserted planet to the first attack by the alien life forms, Waggoner does what he does best: action and horror.
With elements of a Starship Trooper-esque Xeno outbreak this work quickly turned to action-packed, blood-soaked adventure. Capturing the real essence of the game, Waggoner pits his protagonists against almost un-survivable odds. The action is near non-stop and it’s not always the Xeno’s the protagonists have to worry about but each other as well.
As usual I don’t like spoiling anything but the ending was brilliantly executed, coming almost full circle with the characters involved and the situation. It also left a brilliant opening for a follow up novel which I would love to see in the future. A definite most for a sci-fi horror fan as well as fans of the zombicide games. As usual Aconyte and Waggoner have managed to perfect tie-in fiction by keeping enough of the game lore there but making it their own as well.
The ebook will be available from 5th April 2022 along with the Paperbook version in the US, the paperbook will be available from 7th July for the UK.
TIM WAGGONER is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over fifty novels and seven collections of short stories. He writes dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.