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The Killing Floor (The Infection #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  779 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

America's far-flung military has returned home to war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washingt
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Permuted Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gareth Wood
Oct 05, 2012 Gareth Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The astonishing sequel to THE INFECTION picks up right where the first book left off, and delivers a non-stop brutal ride through post-apocalyptic America. The Infection, we are happy to learn, is not done with the characters we grew to admire and like in the first book. It is fast paced and violent, savage and unrelenting all the way to the end.

Craig DiLouie's skill and great talent as an author lies in his vivid imagery. One can imagine oneself being there while the guns are firing, hearing th
Jan 20, 2014 Netanella rated it it was amazing
First paragraphs:On the second floor of the West Wing of the White House, the meeting adjourned for lunch early because the machine gun was too loud.
Dr. Travis Price, assistant director with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, stared out the window into the smoky haze that had settled onto the city.
Outside, the Marines were still shooting the Infected off the fence.

I read this book in two days, and I didn't want it to end. DiLouie has become one of my favorite authors for horror - his i
Patrick D'Orazio
Jun 15, 2012 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Craig DiLouie took the traditional infected/zombie tale and expanded upon it (and turned it on its ear) with his release of The Infection. The Killing Floor, the second book in this series, carries on where the last book left off, with surviving characters trying to comprehend the costly victory they had at the bridge, where they prevented a flood of infected from crossing the Ohio River and tearing through the refugee camp in nearby Defiance, where over 100,000 survivors live. Ray, one of the s ...more
George Wilhite
May 04, 2012 George Wilhite rated it it was amazing
In my review of “The Infection” I stated it was one of those rare novels that “happens to you” rather than you reading it. This sequel uses the same present tense non-flinching style and DiLouie’s onslaught on the reader’s senses and emotions continues in this equally excellent sequel.

One disturbing aspect of the first novel was the lack of any knowledge of the Infection’s origin. In the sequel, the world has learned a bit more of how it works, but there are endless mutations and still no cure.
Jen Walker
Jul 18, 2012 Jen Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Killing Floor starts right up where The Infection stopped. But there are also some new folks introduced so we go back in time a little too. I did find the beginning of the novel a bit slow and a bit hard to follow some of the military scenes. However once it finally got rolling I was really pleased with how the story developed. It does end with more story to tell so I do hope another book in the series comes out because I will definitely pick it up.

Henri Moreaux
Really enjoyed this, even better than 'The Infection'.
Dec 07, 2016 Kaisersoze rated it liked it
The sequel to the extremely impressive The Infection from military-horror writer Craig DiLouie is, on paper at least, more of the same of what made that original so engaging: There is infected people, and desperate attempts to survive, and a decent cast of characters, and monsters that go beyond the typical infected hosts trying to infect everyone else.

But The Killing Floor never elicits anything approaching the same sense of wonder as the first book did. Its action scenes are also more chaste,
I read this a long time ago and forgot about it. A really quick re-read reminded me. Nothing heavy here just fun zombie like stuff but not much focused on zombies (as opposed to the passage) but more focused on how the people handle it.
Chip Fehd
May 21, 2012 Chip Fehd rated it it was amazing

I was fortunate enough to review Craig DiLouie’s 2011 Apocalyptic masterpiece THE INFECTION, the forebear to THE KILLING FLOOR. Simply put, it was a genuine masterpiece in the whole Apocalypse sub-genre. A virus sweeps the country, dropping people where they stood, then bringing them back as singularly violent creatures, whose sole purpose is to further the Infection. It was brutal, fast paced, and an absolute must read.
So, along comes the sequel. THE KILLING FLOOR picks up right where THE INF
Heather Faville
May 24, 2012 Heather Faville rated it really liked it
October 2011, I was introduced to Craig DiLouie's The Infection and I greatly enjoyed the story of a group of survivors making their way to a government camp in an attempt to reclaim a portion of the world they knew and maybe even a bit of their humanity.

The Killing Floor picks up where The Infection left off. We following those who survived as they make decisions about how they will continue their lives. The tale switches from character to character as the story progresses. While this tends to
Joe Stamber
The Killing Floor follows on from where The Infection left off and fans of the first book in the series won't be disappointed. The titles are well thought out as the The Infection deals with the original infection and the fight for survival and in this sequel the survivors take the fight to the infected in an attempt to win America back.

Many of the characters return, although of course some of them died, and new ones are introduced. Any character who has an important role to play is given a bit
It’s the end of the world as we know it as the infection has brought about a biological apocalypse. In Craig DiLouie’s novel The Killing Floor, the fallen have risen and with their awakening has come a never-ending hunger for flesh. The army fights to regain Washington D.C. in a symbolic reclaiming of control while the President hides in an underground bunker with thousands, including a guilt-ridden doctor searching for a cure. Anne turns her hate over the loss of her family into a rage aimed at ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Solar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out with reading The Infection and must say the author really improved since.

Some of the characters from the first book are back in The Killing Floor, but a lot of new charas join in, a bit too many for my own taste as it becomes a bit confusing sometimes, though much less than in the first book.

I really began to enjoy this book as the story showed more about Ray, but the many swapping around between the point of view of the many different characters was quite annoying and I found mys
May 20, 2016 Azn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read the first book The Infection, so starting The Killing Floor it was as if I started a new story. I do not remember the characters, or most of what happened in the first novel. I did remember the Screaming, where folks fell and turned into zombies, and that some of those zombies eventually mutate into monsters.
I did remember the emotions I felt for the characters in the first book: surprise, thrill, and sadness. The first half of The Killing Floor was difficult as
Aug 05, 2016 Yammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5.0/ 5.0

Having read The Infection I already knew I was getting quality when I received a copy of this book. While not an indie, this book shows what indie authors can strive to become one day.

The story tales place after his first book and breaks up into different groups. The characters are not cardboard and are easy to follow and, dare I say, FUN to follow. I really, really loved the military perspective - it was realistic and chilling at the same time. This book is very graphic with the gore a
Sep 01, 2013 Teri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where I truly enjoyed these books, we are once again left unsatisfied at the end as the growing Zombie genre trend means to end their novels without a solution and or explanation... The end of this one was on the right path and then suddenly the story just abruptly stops with a cliche of we're gonna win this war some day... Even tho in the previous chapter it implied they had already found one an no longer needed what they sent out for.. Sketchy, classic military/govt tho ill I've you that.
Dec 08, 2012 Anchor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 19, 2012 RJ rated it really liked it
I liked it a lot. Now granted, the author swayed a bit off course with the addition of monsters, but I can follow his vision of what a post-apocalyptic world could become. The characters, the military, the government, the camps, the behavior of society as a whole; I could see much of this coming to pass. It's not just about zombies and whether they are possible or not. It's more about the survivors, how and if they survive.
The monsters are another argument. What are they? Aliens, demons, viral m
Feb 23, 2015 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Killing Floor” is a vivid look at this brutal post-apocalyptic world. The story picks up where “The Infection” leaves off following the remaining groups of survivors. In this book no one is safe and anyone can be killed at any time. What makes this story so gripping (besides the action) is the connections between the characters and their families. The interpersonal connections really help bring the characters to life and make you easily empathize with them. This book really pulls you in and ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Loopy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Dang! I finished it and I wanted more! My e-reader often messes up the page numbering and says that there are a lot more pages than there are, sometimes it's a relief when all of a sudden I've reached the end of the book but other times it's a bummer. With this book I thought I still had 500 pages to go, plenty of time for lots more to happen ........... bloody e-reader, setting me up for disappointment. When's the next book out?

Very reminiscent of David Wellington's Zombie trilogy (Mon
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great sequel to The Infection. I am usually not a big fan of this type of book, but I thoroughly both books. I read the entire book in a little over a day. It is not just another zombie/apocalypse story. It is a brillant, creative and terrifying book. There are tons of action, great characters, and unexpected twists in the plot. I give this book 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more books by Craig DiLouie.
May 02, 2015 Grw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent follow up to the first book, but which still suffers from some of the issues in that one. Namely the going off on tangents into character's back stories, when the plot would be better served moving forward.

That said the characters - both the new and those from the previous one who return - are very well drawn, so maybe that's just me.

Brian Clopper
Jul 05, 2012 Brian Clopper rated it liked it
Picked up a bit at the end. It felt a little like a retread, but it missed some great action opportunities. I wanted to see more exploration of the various monsters and more fighting and suspense. The ending feels like setup for a third book. The first book was really fresh and had me excited. Sadly, the second book didn't deliver and I won't be around for a third.
Jul 09, 2013 Ghazala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I liked the first book, this one felt too rushed & like they just tried to wrap everything up because they got writer's block or got tired of trying to come up with a good ending & was on a deadline. I didn't like the conclusion at all.
Jul 29, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very vivid in imagery and really liked the books. A lot of parts didn't make much sense to me, or I thought were really dull overall amazing series and I hope their is a 3rd book as the ending sort of leaves you hanging.
William Siracuse
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Bobby Cooper
May 06, 2012 Bobby Cooper rated it it was amazing

This is one of the most original ,nonstop action zombie apocalypse novels Ive read. I love the zombie genre ,but these zombies really scared me!! Theit fast,their smart,their deadly...their infected!! I think THE KILLING FLOOR will stand out as one of the top novels for 2012
Jun 22, 2014 Candice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand why everyone liked this book so much. It just drug on and would put me to sleep. I have to always finish a book, but this was the first where I almost just quit.
May 12, 2014 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked it better than the first book! Good character development and good storyline. It kept me engaged throughout the book with very little down time.
May 03, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
That was also fun. I enjoyed the twist that DiLouie took in The Infection and was thrilled to see it continued so well in this sequel. The pace was perfect.
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Craig DiLouie is an author of popular thriller, apocalyptic/horror, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction.

In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.

These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and
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