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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 zomb

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Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2011)
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Charles Dee Mitchell
McKinney won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for this third volume of his Dead Flesh Trilogy. If these three books were conceived as a trilogy they have one of the more interesting chronologies of any trilogy I have run across. Dead City takes place in a single night in San Antonio, Texas. It's the night that the infection that is tearing apart Houston, Texas, first reaches this city slightly further north. Apocalypse of the Dead starts in Houston a couple of years after the initial infection. A band ...more
Joe Robles
Joe Mckinney is an amazing writer! This Dead City series is spectacular! There are not enough exclamation points to say how much I love this book and series.

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
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Jennifer
I liked the premise that the series of hurricanes leads to the zombie-like plague, and thought it was an interesting spin to use the aftermath of the hurricanes as a backdrop to a zombie story, but the writing was terrible. I hated the voice of the woman protagonist, Eleanor. I think this writer just isn't skilled at capturing the female voice, and the whole angle of her difficulties with her teenage daughter did nothing for me. Also, the morality of all of the characters is all over the place. ...more
Jo Anne B
A fast paced action novel about survivors of a hurricane in Houston, Texas that not only have to deal with the destruction of their town after the storm hit but also have to escape from man eating zombies that came out of nowhere.

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
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Karin
I don't usually bother to write reviews, but this book was such a disapointment that I just had to. After reading the first two books, I could hardy wait to read this one. But alas, here my own horror experience started...In the beginning it was ok, but about two thirds of the way through it became so irritating that I almost did not finish it. The main character was very weak and annoying - above all the way she acted in the end also very unbelievable. This is the first time I wished a main cha ...more
Craig DiLouie
Just finished Joe McKinney’s FLESH EATERS and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s Joe’s best work to date. The characters leap out of the page as real flesh and blood people. The apocalyptic setting of a drowned Houston is richly imagined and realistic. The plot’s cadence is perfect, with the pacing never flagging. Highly recommended.
Badseedgirl
Flesh Eaters is the third novel in Joe McKinney’s Bram Stoker award winning series “Dead World.” In my review for his second novel in the series Apocalypse of The Dead I had written that I was afraid I had finally been “zombie out.” I am happy to report that with Flesh Eaters, Mr. McKinney has restored my faith in the zombie genre. This is one of the best “Traditional” zombie novels I have read in a long time. I consider a traditional zombie novel to be one at the onset of the zombie breakout. U ...more
Michaelbrent Collings
A zombie story that knows what zombie stories should be about.

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
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Amy Jacobs
Stand back everyone! I have found a new reason to continue reading paranormal! Why have I procrastinated in reading books about Zombies? As if that cover is not creepy enough, the story left me with chills along the way as well.

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,
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William M.
3 AND 1/2 STARS

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
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Melissa Dennison cendana
Ok, I am a massive horror fan and although I do try to see all the big budget horror that comes out in theaters, I ALWAYS read any horror I can get my hands on! In particularly stories with my preferred plot (ghost, end of the world, virus, zombies) if you can name it than I've probably read it, when it comes to horror. Clive Barker, Stephen King, Robert McCammom, Simon Clark are my heroes!! Unfortunately I read a bit too often and tend to run out of my faves, so that's when I go searching. Now ...more
Eyjólfur Örn Jónsson
For a die hard zombie fan like me this book was tremendous fun. I hadnt really considered "reading" Zombie fiction and made do with movies and tv series until I tried World War Z on vacation and realized that there might be some tremendous Zombie literature out there. Joe McKinney did not dissappoint. The story is well fleshed out with the main focus on the people and not the zombies just like it should and it absolutely never lets up, I was literally unable to put the book away on several occas ...more
Meran
This third book in the series takes us back to Houston where so much happened in the background in the previous two books. THIS is how the series began… So I guess it's an Origin novel.

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
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Joe Augustyn
Flesh Eaters was then third book in Joe McKinney's Dead World series but it works as a standalone novel. The hero is a cop, this time a woman and a mother, who is the alpha figure, protecting her family in the midst of a city flooded with water and the walking dead. There's a nice balance of suspense and action, doled out in a way that one supports the impact of the other. If you like (Romero) Dawn of the Dead type zombie action-adventure stories with hordes of slow-moving but relentless people ...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Well first of, I did not know that this is the third book of the series called Dead City. not a bother since this can be a stand alone.

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
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Michelle
Flesh Eaters is the third book in the Dead World series by Joe McKinney and a Horror novel from Pinnacle.

Book Blurb:

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. The ultimate killing machines.

They Feed...

Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight - living and dead. Em
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Lainy
Time Taken To Read - 5 days (due to commitments not an issue with the story)

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
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Brad Hodges
The scariest thing about Joe McKinney's zombie book may be the root cause of the affliction: three successive category 5 hurricanes rip through Houston, flooding it and altering the coastline of Texas to make the city a coastal town, which it is not now. McKinney is clearly not one of those who consider global warming a hoax. Maybe if those who do think so knew that it could cause the zombie apocalypse, they'd change their minds.

The book centers around a Houston policewoman, Eleanor Norton, and
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Brian Schwartz
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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
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Lira
I picked this book up at a conference out of curiosity because of a talk given by the author. My first reaction was "Zombies, oh brother." but I was pleasantly surprised.

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
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John B.
Flesh Eaters (Dead World series #3) is fantastic zombie fiction. Habitual readers of the Undead genre and fans of McKinney are not disappointed with his work. The author writes from different character perspectives, thus succeeding in keeping his story "alive" and entertaining.

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
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Sharon
Just when I was thinking I was in a rut and getting snobbish over things I read, I picked up Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney. I’ve enjoyed Joe’s earlier books, and this one does not disappoint. 5 stars.

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
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Jim
This book was rather mediocre. The plot seemed to be secondary to the "action" of the zombie fights. It's more like the decided the action scenes first then tried to build a plot to fit them together rather than using the action scenes to advance the plot. The main subplot was also predictably with me figuring out the ending with about a 100 pages still left in the book. The book is billed as explaining the events that caused what happened in Dead City, the first book in the series. However, it ...more
Derek Santos
It's a decent book unless you happen to be from Houston and lived in the section of town this story largely focuses on I kept laughing at all the details that were just so wrong not just where stuff was located but distances even the terrain between locations was wrong it's like the writer had either never been to Houston or had maybe driven through it once like 20 years ago and wasn't paying attention. The First book in the series was much better.
Tanya Patrice
Interesting, creepy zombie book. I like the spin on the reason why the zombies came to be - from the outbreak of a virus caused by the rotting & pollution from hurricanes & storms battering Houston/ Texas. The book is told from multiple points of view, which I don't always enjoy, but was very appropriate here. The ending, as most other people said, was left a bit unresolved - and frankly, I didn't really buy the change in character that seemed to happen to Captain Shaw towards the end. H ...more
Dustin Gaughran
Of the three 'Dead City' books, I liked this one the best. I had previously complained about wanting to read about the genesis of the outbreak that is the central theme to all three of the books, and I finally got it with 'Flesh Eaters'. This book covers the hurricanes that destroy Houston, and eventually lead to the infection that overtakes what's left of the city. And although all three stories are connected, the chronology is a bit off. You could easily read any one of them first, in any orde ...more
Steven
Although I should have read book two first, I still enjoyed this. I gave it a three star rating because, for a published book, it was not complete. I found 10 pages or more of misspellings, missed periods, words missing from sentences, and even parts where it referred to one character but was talking about another. Hopefully if this book goes into another printing they fix these issues first. If I were the author, I would be embarassed and angry at the lack of job the editors and proofreaders di ...more
Angela Wade
Okay, so there are a lot of problems with this book: typos, annoying and repeated references to pop culture, and a plot that won't quit, even though it probably should.

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).
Faye, la Patata
Very disappointed. I absolutely loved the first two novels but this one killed it. In a bad way.

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
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Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. For more informati ...more
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