June 26, 2012

Blog Tour: The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater – Review and Guest Post

Hey!  Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater!

Today, we are super excited to have Rhiannon stop by and talk to us about the
Musical Influences on The Last Bastion of the Living
as well as our thoughts on the book.

A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.
Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

Publish Date:  June 12, 2012

I couldn’t find a book trailer, so here’s a song for ya!

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** This book was provided to us by the author for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

This book was just…WOW!  With it being the writing of author, Rhinannon Frater, I knew that this was going to be an amazing read, but I didn’t expect The Last Bastion of the Living to be this amazing.  Action packed and full of emotion, The Last Bastion of the Living did not disappoint.

The book starts off completely full of action and with zombies.  From that point, I was already hooked, and I didn’t want to look back.  I was ready to fully immerse myself into this world of death, fear, and lost hope.

The writing style of Rhiannon Frater is one that you won’t soon forget.  Every detail described, every secret divulged brought me deeper and deeper into this Dystopian world riddled with zombies.  The pages, the images, everything played out in my mind like a well-orchestrated movie.  Everything from the conversations between the characters, to the action sequence scenes…everything flowed together in perfection.

The book flips back and forth between main protagonist, Vanguard Maria Martinez and her boyfriend, Dwayne Reichardt.  Both soldiers in the Bastion Constabulary, they are both hoping that the government for whom they fight for will one day be successful in ridding the world of the Inferi Scourge that plagues the world outside of The Bastion, the last remaining human civilization.  With the threat of the depletion of their food storage, the government attempts another push at eliminating the Inferi Scourge, and reclaiming what was once theirs.

Maria is selected as a primary candidate for a secret operation, along with 40 others, who are given an altered variation of the Inferi Scourge virus – making them the very things that they are trained to kill, but without the yearning need to bite and infect.  From this point on, everything is go-go-go!  Chock full of non-stop action, unbelievable twists and turns, and an ending that will leave you breathless.

A must read for any zombie fan, Rhiannon Frater’s The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a book that you will keep you on your toes, take you on an emotional ride, and will be  a read that you won’t soon forget.

Musical Influences on The Last Bastion of the Living

By Rhiannon Frater

When writing a new novel, I always search for the perfect “soundtrack.”  If I run into writer’s block, I often switch up the music I’m listening to until I find something that inspires the next scene.  Music not only sets the mood while I’m writing, but it also can inspire new scenes.

Each novel I write has a different playlist. When writing the AS THE WORLD DIES trilogy, I listened to a lot of Johnny Cash, PJ Harvey, and the soundtrack for 28 Days Later.  But that combination didn’t fit the mood of the dystopian world of THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING even though it was also a zombie novel.

The world of The Bastion was desolate, gray and remote.  It’s also set in another universe and hundreds of years in the future, therefore it’s a more science fiction world.  It took me a few tries to find the perfect background music that kept me inspired to write for hours.

I don’t usually listen to a lot of soundtracks when writing. THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING was very different from the novels I had written previously. It’s all about the mood when selecting music for a particular scene.  I felt like I needed grand soundscapes with little or no vocals to find the proper inspiration.

I’m a huge fan of Trent Reznor.  I often turn to his music when I’m struggling with a book.  Nine Inch Nails’s The Downward Spiral has been a companion to many of my

novels, but it was his music with Atticus Ross and his work with How to Destroy Angels that provided the perfect mood music for THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING.

On heavy rotation was the soundtrack for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  The music Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross created for the film is beautifully desolate, cold, and intense.  On that album I also really loved the cover of “Is your heart strong enough” by How to Destroy Angels, the group Trent formed with his wife, Mariqueen, and Atticus Ross. I looped that song when writing about the deep love the lead characters, Maria and Dwayne, have for one another.  That song was playing when I finished writing the last scene of the novel.

I also love the music of Paul Haslinger for both the first and fourth Underworld movies. I realize the music was for vampires and werewolves, but it really fit the militaristic dystopian atmosphere I was aiming for. I listened mostly to the soundtrack for Underworld Awakening.  The music was a good mesh with the more suspenseful scenes in the novel, and I also played it during battle scenes.

In the beginning of the book, when Maria spends a lot of time in The Bastion itself, I listened to the soundtrack to Aeon Flux.  The wistful, almost mournful soundtrack perfectly fit the dying city of The Bastion. 

Without a doubt, the playlist I compiled for THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING assisted in creating the dreary, yet compelling world in which Maria Martinez exists.

Creating a new playlist definitely helps me transition from one novel universe to the next one. Now that I’m working on a new novel, PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS, I have already found my new soundtrack filled with Rob Zombie, Skinny Puppy, Fly Leaf, Nine Inch Nails, and Garbage.  It’s a definite departure from the music that inspired THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING, but it perfectly fits my modern day tale about vampires, necromancers, and zombies.

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  1. Traci Loya

    Great interview…I loved the sound tracks for the Underworld movies ss well….I am do stoked to read this book!!!!


    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I can totally picture different parts of the book with the soundtracks/songs Rhiannon picked out. You will seriously fall in love with this book!


  2. HollyB

    Good review and guest post!! I SOOO can’t wait to read this :)


    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You are seriously going to love it!


  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Eep..must read now! Awesome review..i want it!!!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Yes! You have to, have to read it! I know you’ll completely devour it.


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