Caroline discovers a doorway in a drab brick building in the middle of a park in Albuquerque where she walks her dog every day. A door had appeared where none had existed before. Murphy, a washed up government agent, contacts Caroline and tells her that the building is nicknamed the warehouse, and it’s older than Albuquerque, older than recorded history. Murphy’s team was lost inside thirty years ago.
He assembles a team of explorers: Erin, a young genius whose grandfather was on the lost team, Dr. Fourie, a South African doctor with a dark past, Rashid, a physicist by the age of twenty who falls in love with Erin, and Lucian, a hired thug who also happens to like musical theatre.
While they are bickering about how to open the entrance. Erin convinces Rashid to finish putting wireless transmitters around the door, so they can sneak off for a quickie in the bushes. Back in bicker land, Cody, Caroline’s annoying ex, interrupts their gathering.
Rashid screams as he is being dragged into the warehouse by an unknown creature. They rush to save him, get pulled inside, and the door slams behind them. When they come to their senses, they find that they are in an infinite hallway.
Playlist of the Dead is a little paranormal, a little sci-fi, and a whole lot of suspenseful adventure rolled into one. Caroline and her dog stumble upon a sealed door that leads to another realm. They are the key to opening the door and a series of odd events follows. Murphy is one of the scientists that was waiting for the door to appear. It’s difficult to summarize the story without giving anything away, so you’re going to have to read it for yourself to learn about that.
I will say that this book is one of the most unique and interesting stories I have read in a long time. The author does a great job of creating a situation where the reader can’t help but believe the world and plot actually exists. The things that happen kept me on my toes and made me want to keep reading. That’s the key to a good book. There is a lot of detail and not all of it is revealed at the same time. You have to keep going to unravel the rest of the plot. However, I found that I could not connect with any of the characters because of the oddities of the plot. They bickered and annoyed each other (and me) to the point that I wished I could knock all of their heads together and tell them to play nice. But, that didn’t take away from the plot or storyline, for me.
Playlist of the Dead is a unique story that sci fi readers should give a try. Even though I didn’t like the actual characters, I did really enjoy the overall story.