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Flesh Eaters (Dead World #3)

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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 zombie
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ebook, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paul
When I picked up this book, labelled as book 3 in Joe McKinney's Dead World series, I had no idea it was actually a prequel to the series. Once I'd got my head around the fact that I'd hopped back in time a couple of years, I started enjoying this one just as much as the first two.

Well, almost as much.

Flesh Eaters has characters that are as engaging as in the second book, is as relentlessly action-packed as the first book and is as stomach-churningly gory as any zombie fan could possibly want.

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Charles Dee Mitchell
Jul 11, 2012 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Jennifer
Nov 01, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick
Dec 12, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a prequel to Joe McKinney's first 2 Dead World books, Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead. The story starts in Houston with storms brewing which will end up destroying the city and leading to the rise of the zombies who will then spread across the country, which the first 2 books explored.

The book follows two sets of characters as they struggle to survive in this new world of zombies. Their paths cross and there is a clash between them as their morals are tested in this horrific zombie
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Joe Robles
Jul 14, 2011 Joe Robles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie-fic
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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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
Jul 31, 2011 Karin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lorrie
This is probably my least favorite of the series so far. I didn't really care for any of the characters, and I didn't understand some of their actions. Pointless when in the middle of a zombie outbreak. I wish there would've been more zombie interaction and less human interaction.
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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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
William M.
May 30, 2012 William M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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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Badseedgirl
Jul 27, 2014 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Amy Jacobs
May 24, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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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Kathy Taylor
Not as fast paced as the first book. I keep comparing to the first because the first book hit the ground running the first page. These last two, especially this one, the excitement doesn't start happening until later.

This book is the very beginning of the storms that hit Houston right before the infection starts and we get more info about the collapse of the local government and the beginning of the wall.

The writing was okay. He really is getting under my skin trying to sound intelligent by us
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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
Amanda
May 12, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very raw and gory which made it difficult to read--in a good way. It was packed full of action and excitement and definitely delivers what zombie genre fans crave.
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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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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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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Lainy
Sep 29, 2012 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Michelle
Oct 23, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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R.L. Blalock
Jan 19, 2016 R.L. Blalock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Welcome to the first days of the zombie outbreak in the streets of Houston. Yes! Finally! There is nothing I love more than an outbreak story. The first days are always so chaotic. Nobody knows what’s happening. It’s terrifying. The world is changing. Characters are forced to adapt or die.

Flesh Eaters, book three in the Dead World series, brings the best elements of Dead City. At the same time, it takes one of the worst elements of Apocalypse of the Dead, the multiple point of view plot, and do
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Grw
Jun 12, 2015 Grw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better.

The first book Dead City was a very straight run through of one man's experience of the zombie apocalypse.

The second book Apocalypse of the Dead took place a few years after the first one, when the zombie outbreak had seemed to be contained, although of course it hadn't been, as that wouldn't have made much of a book! This time we got the simultaneous experiences of of various different groups of survivors as the zombies spread more nationwide, which event
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Jim
Sep 06, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2012-adult
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
John B.
Jan 29, 2013 John B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lira
May 01, 2013 Lira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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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Dead World (5 books)
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