Book Tour: Grave Robbers Review (Zombie Horror )

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Grave Robbers by Matt Drabble

DI Lucas Grant thought that he’d seen everything that Bayport had to offer. A grim town run by a crime lord with half the police in his pocket and no one willing to take a stand.

But now something new is happening, something that makes no sense. Bank robbers who won’t stay down despite being shot multiple times, men returning from the dead to wreak havoc and death on his streets.

Bayport might be a crime ridden hellhole, but it is still his town and outsiders don’t get to burn it down, not without a fight.

Saddled with a new partner he can’t trust and forced into an uneasy alliance with the criminal who ruined his town Grant will finally have to make a stand. Forced to fight against the darkness he will get answers and find those responsible, wherever the truth lies and however incredible it might be.

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Grave Robbers Review

It has been quite a while since I’ve read a zombie story. I made the mistake of reading too many of them in a row for too long and burned myself out. However, the synopsis for Grave Robbers, along with the cover, enticed me to give it a try. For people like me, who have read a few too many zombie stories, this one might surprise you. It never goes full on zombie apocalypse. Instead, it’s more along the lines of dealing with a smallish outbreak. Also, though zombies arepresent and like their humans crunchy and with ketchup, this isn’t about them. Instead, it’s about a mystery, a debt, a couple partnerships, and examining how far on either side of the line you can wobble before you cross it entirely.

Grave Robbers is a good choice for readers who like their characters somewhere between somewhat smudged and outright dirty. Even the good guys in the book aren’t exactly sparkling clean representations of angelic innocence. Corruption, greed, selfishness, and egotistical behavior runs rampant throughout Grave Robbers. There’s a hefty bit of action, and gorehounds will find themselves quite satisfied by the end of the book.

Unfortunately, the dialogue and the characters in Grave Robbers need some work. The characters are fairly cliche (evil scientist, cop with bent morals, gangster, etc.) Some of the lines and/or scenarios in the book need some work to make them a bit less unintentionally amusing.  However, I do like the basic plot idea and action scenes. I think with some refining it would make a very good piece of horror-crime reading.

Overall, Grave Robbers was a decent read, albeit one that didn’t live up to it’s potential. Readers that like zombie books set in places other than America will probably want to check this one out. Hardcore zombie readers might like the fact that it avoids becoming your typical zombie novel in a few ways. Book Dragons, however, may find themselves disappointed.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the author as part of the Sage’s Virtual Book Tour.




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About the Author Matt Drabble:

Grave Robbers Author

Born in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion”, equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. A lover of horror and character driven stories, I am also an A.S sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. Also, I was accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK & US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller & winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” was a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 & was the Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner for Anthology Fiction.

“ASYLUM II” was also a UK & US Horror/Anthology #1 and is the 2016 Readers Favorite Silver Medal winner for Anthology Fiction.

“THE TRAVELLING MAN” won an Indie Book of the Day award.

“ABRA-CADAVER” was a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist, an Indie Book of the Day winner and the 2016 Book Excellence Award Winner for Horror Fiction.

Visit me at to download free short stories and the full length multi award winning novel “Abra-Cadaver” for free.

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3 thoughts on “Book Tour: Grave Robbers Review (Zombie Horror )

  1. I love your comment about characters who are “somewhere between smudged and outright dirty.” 🙂 This sounds like a book I would probably enjoy, though it’s a shame it didn’t live up to its potential.

    1. Thanks 🙂 You should give it a try. I honestly wonder sometimes if the sheer amount I read means I judge a lot more harshly than most people.

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