In THE FALL by Robert J. Duperre, an ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple, is accidentally unleashed and takes the form of a deadly virus that causes the living to become violently insane, and the dead to rise and seek the flesh of the living. As the plague spreads across the world, Josh and Kyre, two average people trapped by their particular circumstances, are suddenly forced to assume their destinies as leaders. This book, subtitled THE RIFT, is the start of a series of four books (DEAD OF WINTER, available now, and DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL, available January 2012, and THE SUMMER SON, available June 2012). Duperre tells a different kind of zombie story, one with a lot of heart. The plotting is familiar–a plague spreads, the dead rise, the survivors band and fight back–but the characters and scenes are fresh. The introduction of godly beings influencing the course of events–an evil being promoting the plague, and a good being pushing Josh towards his destiny–add interesting plot questions and a sense of myth reminiscent of THE STAND. Check it out if you’re looking for something new in the genre.