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Preview — Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney
Flesh Eaters (Dead World #3)
They Rise. . .
Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zomb...more
I like that the first two books started in the middle of things. The hurricanes had already happened, Zombies were already walking around. I liked that none of the first two books was an origin story. That left the way open for this one, which shows how it all started. That what makes this book work so well, it's that we already know how th ...more
This book was well written. However, the story was very surface level and played out exaclty like the movie would. There was no depth to the characters and they each thought they were better than each other and had better morals only to discover that they were just as s ...more
This story is not about zombies. It's not about blood and guts, it's not even about a devastating set of storms that flood southern Texas and reshape the Gulf of Mexico seaboard. It HAS all those things, but it isn't ABOUT them.
What it is about, first and foremost, is people.
Far too many writers of horror in general, and zombie stories in particular, think that the horror comes from the situation, and so they splash gore and foul lang ...more
I realize that this is the third book in a series, but I didn't care. I figured authors tend to recap things anyway. So I also figured if I liked how this story evolved, then I could always go back and read the first two as well. I have never heard of this author before, ...more
Joe McKinney is one of the fastest growing stars in the horror fiction scene. His extensive background in law enforcement gives him an edge in realism that is put to good use throughout his stories. His dialogue and action ring true and always feel natural. With Flesh Eaters, McKinney pools his considerable talent into a substantially entertaining horror/thriller novel involving America’s new favorite horror villain… the zombie.
This prequel to McKinney’s Dead City shows the origin ...more
I'm surprised at this book, honestly. The author seemed to be hitting his stride the last 40% of Book 2. Book 3 is full of dialing and background that's very generic and isn't necessary to further the plot or characterization. Frankly, I was pretty bored early on.
The book picks up by pg 69 and moves better from th ...more
The story started off with the hurricane that destroyed Houston and then two more came that made the streets flooded and everything in ruins. With that said, there was a hopelessness to it. How the heck can people survive here? Not to mention there's that "the government want what is best for the nation" thing. It has a classic build up for a horror novel. Introd ...more
Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines.
Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight - living and dead. Em ...more
Blurb From Goodreads
Battered by three devastating hurricanes in a row, the Texas coast is flattened. But for the people of Houston--and soon all of America--the most terrifying events are just beginning. . .
They Rise. . .
Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. Th ...more
The book centers around a Houston policewoman, Eleanor Norton, and ...more
The person who nominated this book for our book club did so because it was a Bram Stoker Award winner. We concluded that the competition must not have been that stiff in 2011 because nobody in our group thought the book was well written.
Most of us had major problems with McKinney’s character development. His characters were not consistent. Others were stage props when they could have used a little fleshing out.
Eleanor stands well as a character. But her husband is neglected badly. We are ...more
The zombies take a back seat to the true story, that of a woman cop and her superior and how they handle a viral plague on top of a flooded city.
At first Eleanor struck me as a desk jockey cop, but as the situation in Houston escalates and people start eating each other,her inner strength is quickly revealed. Her husband and d ...more
The protagonist is Eleanor an Emergency Ops Sergeant in this wicked tale (fans of the show Southland might think of detective Lydia Adams played by Regina King). The sergeant is burdened with keeping her family together a ...more
This is a story about tragedy and how people respond. It did fall short on having a populace of Houston act individually. It begins to explore the theme of individuality as people do whatever they like, despite the effect on the overall community, but too many faceless thousands were meekly going wit ...more
BUT - at the end of a long day, laying on the couch with a need to escape reality for a little while, this book worked. It's quick, it's brutal, and it's interesting (especially the descriptions of hurricane devastation).
Don't get me wrong, I adore the author. The writing was excellent, as usual, the premise and of course the zombies... But what ruined it for me were the characters. I hated the characters. I liked them at first but in the end they kinda... Became different people??? Like this character was against this kind of crime, but we find out later that she makes the same crime... This person was shown to put h ...more