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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  952 ratings  ·  119 reviews
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue.

But such simple measures won't help.

Because when you catch this flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone.

When you catch this flu, it kills you in days.

And two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open
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Published September 28th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published April 1st 2010)
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
I actually gave this book 5/10 on my blog, but Goodreads doesn't offer half stars.

I am a huge zombie fan. I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, Flu just didn't hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.

Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to t
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Jason
2 Stars

I love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily. This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller. There is a tiny backstory and explanation. The world building is also extremely limited in its scope. The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are no more pages to turn.

I liked quite a few of the characters. Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate. There are aspects to this st
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Sam
Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bit more 'poignant' and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real-world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus. I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without los ...more
Lainy
Blurb from Goodreads

There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again..."Flu" is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror
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Lalinilla
NO ES OTRA MALDITA NOVELA DE ZOMBIS

Pandemia llegó a España hace relativamente poco, en pleno apogeo de la oleada de novelas de zombis que han salido a la luz en los últimos años. Quizás por eso no ha recibido todo el éxito que en realidad se merece.

Y es que Pandemia no es otra maldita novela de zombis. Además de una trama ágil, rica en personajes (es una novela coral con diferentes líneas argumentales que se cruzan y que recuerdan lejanamente a Descansa en paz, de Lindqvist, pero con mucha más a
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Patrick D'Orazio
Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story. IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react. Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gathe ...more
Timothy Ward
REVIEW SUMMARY: A character-focused zombie story whose characters you’d rather ignore.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.

MY RATING: 2.5 stars

MY REVIEW
PROS: A few memorable scenes; Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.
CONS: Characters mostly unlikable; rambling plot; obtrusive prose.
BOTTOM LINE: The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zo
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Judies
Nebylo to nějak šíleně napsané, ale ta knížka měla několik významných mínus, pro která jsem jí nakonec udělila jen 1*. Přeci jen některé knihy v dvouhvězdičkově poličce ji o něco předčí...a teď mluvím zejména o Lesu kostí a zubů, který se také zabývá zombie-tématikou...Navíc jsem si řekla, že bych mohla konečně začít brát v potaz ty popisky k jednotlivým hvězdičkám - a u téhle knihy platí: "didn't like it"

1) zoufale neoriginální příběh - zajímavý byl jen nápad z chřipkou, pak nastalo jedno velké
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Victoria
I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. I do try, however, to read a novel from each genre that irritates me, every now and then, in order to confirm my fears and give me an argument to back up my inward crying. So did this novel do as I expected? You know, I’m really not too sure.

I was a little worried that ‘Wayne’, my colleague, would colour my view of his book (having never read anything by anyone I know in re
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Glenn Bowlan
This is the first new-wave zombie book I've read and I'm not impressed. A Zombie flu wipes out most of Belfast and a handful of survivors pass their days in abandoned buildings or scrounging for resources. There is no real mystery, suspense, action, comedy, horror, intrigue or plot. These are not fast-moving zombies or clever zombies - they are more like the slow, uncoordinated, shambling zombies of plants-vs-zombies. In short: not very scary or interesting. When these zombies attack, you need t ...more
Josephine
This was not a book for the faint hearted!
It was violent and gruesome in places, the description of the 'zombies'
who had succumbed to the deadly flu virus was absolutely horrid. It is strange that I wanted to keep reading, but I did. Most of the characters were alread flawed prior to the outbreak of the virus. For some of them it is the opportunity to play out their natural tendency to violence, for some it was the reverse and they eventually began to feel some empathy for the beings that had on
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Rhiannon
Apr 04, 2013 Rhiannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brady and anyone who loves a good scary zombie book!
People in Ireland are getting the flu. But this isn't any normal kind of flu.
The flu has mutated into something worse. first theres the sneezing and coughing, then the throwing up and dizziness, then your dead. But two hous later your back up, back from the dead. Hungry, only hungry for the taste of human flesh.
Wayne Simmons writes about three stories going on, Jackson is at the quearentine with some scientist trying to find a cure while Pat and Karen are only just figuring out how to kill the
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Katiesci
I disliked this book so much that I don't want to spend very much time on a review so it'll be short. My biggest gripe was how stereotypically annoying the 2 (yes, only 2) women were. One finally stands up for herself and then immediately draws a bubble bath?? Really?? The author did manage to get me to care about the characters though so I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
Jody Ruth
I really enjoy Wayne's books, and this was no exception. You really get a feel for Belfast, Northern Ireland, and there's a lot of story rooted in the troubles of the last few decades. Throwing zombies into it brings two different kinds of wars together. The idea of it being a 'flu' that explodes the virus is a good one, and the way it affects the living is gruesome and what us horror fans call for.

Wayne can tell a story, and I admire his descriptive work, even if some of the characters are a to
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Holden Attradies
I don't think that it was that this was necessarily a bad book that earned it a one star rating for me. No, it wasn't bad but it the writing was sub-par, something I think I could have easily moved past accept that the book was obviously written by/for people into the whole macho ex military survivalist bullshit, which I am not. If that's your think you might really like this book.

The other thing that made it a pain to finish was that there was absolutely nothing here other than it's setting th
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chucklesthescot
I have always loved picking up zombie or flu virus apocalypse books and I picked this up with a pile of similar books. I did not find this to be one of the better ones. In fact it was a bit of a let down.

The problem lies with attention to detail and a lack of world building. I don't mean that I need a description of everything that is seen but most people when reading a zombie novel want to know how the people became infected. Nuclear war, bio-terrorism, infected water supply, vaccine gone wrong
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Michelle
Flu is the first book in the Flu series by Wayne Simmons and a novel of Fiction from Snow Books.

Blurb:

A Deadly Strain Of Flu Has Mutated...

Two cops fight their way through an angry and frightened crowd to gain entry to an apartment block in Belfast. They have received reports of a fresh outbreak of the virus and are met with the bloodshot eyes of a six-year-old Lithuanian girl.

Out on the streets, Geri finds herself looking down the business end of a ski-masked man’s revolver. Nearby, hell-bent o
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Gem
I really did like this. It kept me on edge in the way that a good horror film would, and was well written - enough blood and suspense to keep me happy. The pages turned quickly and I was gutted when I misplaced the book for a few days right in the middle of reading!

The story is less about the flu virus (you don't get to find out any of the scientific details surrounding how it started) and more about survival - which was a major plus for me as I love survival tales.

There seemed to be a few thing
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Lisa
May 18, 2010 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Brian Stanton
Oscillating between a 3.5 and a 4, mostly due to me wanting a little more closure come the end but a great, thundering tear through the bleak, unrelenting, post-zombie-uprising apocalypse in Belfast (so I'll be kind and round up!).

Populated by some interesting characters including a punk, some cops, an ex IRA gunrunner and a retired Army Major (who has some rather grim history with the gunrunner) there's a nice line in cynicism and a cause of infection that could have been ripped straight from s
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This was a book that as soon as I received I start reading it. It is a theme I enjoy and it was a small book. All good qualities... It was my first book of this new author (not suprising since he's got only one other book called Drop Dead Gorgeous).

This book had an interesting concept of how the zombies were "created". Each book with zombies try to explain how where they created... This book it was the flu... It all that worry about the pandemic flu lying around it was a good concept... The Flu
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Simon Logan
Jan 07, 2011 Simon Logan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simon by: Wayne Simmons
A worthy addition to the (unfortunately increasingly cluttered) zombie fiction genre.

Whilst there was nothing overwhelmingly original about the book there were enough moments of interest to make me glad to have read it. In particular the setting of post-peacetalks Belfast gave it a different feel and perhaps a little more weight than the glut of small-town US-based stories which litter the genre.

I was left *slightly* frustrated as I would have liked to have seen more done with the potential for
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Miz Love
First off, I will admit to buying this book based only on the cover as I browsed my Facebook updates. What a good decision I made!


While thinking of this plot, I imagined Wayne Simmons doing a Stephen King and having the subject of Swine Flu on his mind then thinking: What if…? Wayne came up with people dying of a flu epidemic, only for them to come back to life as the un-dead. A chilling idea, and he showed the fear of those uninfected really well. Average people battling to stay healthy and ali
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Robert Beveridge
Oct 29, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans everywhere!
Recommended to Robert by: already a fan of the author
Wayne Simmons, Flu (Snowbooks, 2010)




I get that damn shot every year, and for what?

I have seen a few reviews of Wayne Simmons’ Flu that take it (and him) to task for not pushing the envelope here. Most of those reviews gave no indication if the reviewer in question had read Simmons’ first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous. If they had, well, I can kind of see where they were coming from—for that is very much a book that pushed the envelope, zombie lit-wise, and to this day it’s one of my favorite novels
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Christopher Hyett
I found this book in a local charity shop and was drawn to the cover and the haunting eyes of a little girl, too creeped out to say no to buying it for the 50p that was being asked for it. Now after finally getting round to reading it I now know how lucky I was to find it. Not being the biggest zombie fan when I started this book I was not sure what to expect. I found the characters very deep and the theory of how zombies could exist well thought out and original. I liked the nice little details ...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was good. This book is an adult book which is unusual for me to read. I thought it was a y.a but after reading the first chapter, I realized it was an adult book.

The cover is terrifying and I can't look at to long or I get really creeped out.

The book is basically about a zombie apocalypse. The flu is how the zombies started rising. A sneeze here and cough here and it was enough to quarantine a person in their house or apartment. And when I say quarantine, I mean that the police force
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David McDonald
After reading Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons, I was keen to get started on Flu, another post-apocalyptic zombie tale set in Simmons' native Belfast.

On the face of it, Flu appears to be a bog-standard zombie book; and to a certain extent, that's true... there's an outbreak of an unidentified virus, all hell breaks loose, authorities try to quarantine, disparate groups of survivors, etc... but to leave my critique of Flu at that would simply not be fair and similarly to Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fl
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G.R. Yeates
Wayne Simmons crafts a pulp horror feast for those hankering for the heyday of the 1980s horror boom when Messrs Hutson, Herbert and Guy N. Smith were plying their gross and gory trade. In amongst the current scrum of zombie horror out there, Wayne's fetid creations stand out for the simple and straight-forward way in which they get under your skin. We've all had the flu and we've all felt like 'zombies' on these occasions. We've all been grossed out by people on the bus or train clearly too sic ...more
Aleksandra Royzen
Yet another zombie book under my belt. Lately I've been a bit obsessed with this genre and recently started to think of moving on to something else, but decided to stick to it for a few more books. And I'm glad I did since Flu was next on the list.

This was a quick and light read (that is if you can use word "light" when describing a zombie novel). It is definitely one of the dark novels and contained no humor, like some zombie books do. It covers several stories of various flu survivors in Irela
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Shelly
Super fast read.

Belfast, Ireland has been the victim of an intense flu that has decimated the population. Unfortunately the dead didn't stay dead and now the few survivors are doing the best they can in a city that has fallen to the hordes of undead roaming the streets.

A fairly typical zombie romp that was enjoyable and quick to finish. Not too much new in this installment for the genre, but I wasn't looking for anything new.

This isn't a deep, involved story, but a satisfying enough run through
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Nikki
Flu is a very creepy read. As I was reading the book, I would find my muscles tensing up and then pressing back into the chair. Both are excellent signs that I was nervous and tense, whi. is unusal in a zombie novel.

The characters are, for the most part, normal, everyday people who are easy to relate to. Geri, the mostly self-sufficient girl who manages to get the best of a couple of possible morons. Karen, the dingbat in denial. Pat, an IRA operative, is mostly understandable, and comes off as
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Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, loitered with intent around the genre scene for some years before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne’s work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America. His bestselling zombie novel, FLU, was serialised by Sirius XM’s Book Radio.

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