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The Down Home Zombie Blues

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,075 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
In this steamy, suspenseful new novel from RITA Award–winning author Linnea Sinclair, a dangerously sexy space commander and an irresistibly earthy Florida police detective pair up to save the civilized galaxy . . . but can they save themselves from each other?

Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of
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Published November 27th 2007 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Apr 15, 2008 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title may be a little out there, but make no mistake, The Down Home Zombie Blues is another great novel by sci-fi author, Linnea Sinclair. There is action, suspense and a nice little romance.

Jorie Mikkalah is an intergalactic Guardian who hunts man made zombies. These zombies are not the typical ones we think about, but more of a biological and scientific machine that kills and if they are able to be controlled, the person who rules the zombies will rule the world. Jorie and her crew come to
I liked the characters, as I always do in Linnea Sinclair books. Her women are smart, strong, brave, and extremely capable, while maintaining their vulnerability, and Jorie is no exception. The men genuinely respect and admire the women and their abilities. In addition, Theo is a nice guy, one who's been hurt before and has his own vulnerabilities. I just didn't feel a lot of passion for the characters. There is almost no information about their pasts and very little to connect to. It's a bit li ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So basically - what I usually think about Sinclair's books - lasers, spaceships, sci-fi, action fun stuff which I seem to love right now. Space opera, yay! This is totally that. Oh and kissing, as you see on the cover. Jorie Mikkalah is a Guardian Force commander trying to kill all the zombies on the "nil" planet Earth, while Theo Petrakos is a divorced cop who gets caught up in the crossfire, eventually joining up with the Guardians to help save the planet. had a good time reading this. There w ...more
Barbara ★
Well the title is a bit misleading and the reason it took me so long to read this book. The "zombies" in this book aren't your typical "dead-man walking" zombies. These are man-made, technologically modified killing machines that eat (for a better word) humans (so yeah zombies but not).

Jorie Mikkalah is an intergalactic Guardian (a humanoid alien) who hunts these zombies. Right now the zombies have invaded a small town in Florida where homicide detective Theo Petrakos protects the masses. Jorie
Oct 02, 2010 Hilcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally read The Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair -- scifi/romance. This was definitely different from her other books. Most of the story is set on Earth, not out in space. It's actually quite an amusing story... and if you're a Trekkie, you'll recognize the tongue-in-cheek basis of the story. The zombies are NOT the type of zombies we think of... they're bio engineered space-monsters. There's a female commander, who with her team, comes to save the earth from zombies and in the proce ...more
I loooove Linea Sinclair and think I have read nearly everything she has written, but for some reason I always put this one off. I think because of the idea of zombies – I was thinking of the ‘walking dead’ ‘post-apocalyptic’ kind, so was having difficulty combining this with the type of Sci-fi she normally writes. However, the zombies turn out to actually be some kind of weird mechanical type monster that’s become somewhat sentient, so completely not what I was expecting.

I did like the characte
Mar 04, 2008 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction fans who like a bit of romance mixed in
Short review: I loved it. The characters are incredibly likable, the plot is well-developed and interesting, and the romance is completely believable. This is a fantastic blend of science fiction and the best elements of romance.
Jeffrey Grant
Sep 12, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is classified as “Science Fiction Romance” but I’m not quite sure what garners the “romance” tag. I mean, a romance between the two protagonists is a large part of the plot, but it hardly consumes the entire story, at least in my opinion. I’ve read it before, but it was quite a while ago so this time through was almost like the first read.

The two protagonists are Theo, a Florida homicide cop, and Josie, a commander of an extraterrestrial force that hunts what they call zombies; essenti
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Apr 05, 2011 Mystique Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-romance
Unstoppable. I opened this book and could not put it down. From the first moment that I met Commander Jorie Mikkalah, learning to drive on the fly (a gut-bustingly funny scene if there ever was one. "They're blessing us. See their upraised middle finger?") to my introduction to Detective Theo Petrakos, standing over a mummified corpse he coined "Mr. Crispy", I was hooked.

Jorie landed on Earth, a nil-tech dirtball on the butt-end of the galaxy, because all communication from her friend and co-age
Feb 21, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, romance
I "discovered" Linnea Sinclair's scifi romances a few years ago and pretty much binge-read them back then, except this one because I - falsely - assumed it to have rotten flesh walking around (a.k.a. zombies of the more traditional type); however, "zombie" is merely the name for a cybernetic alien monstrosity that escaped its purpose and leash and...
...but that's to be read in the book!
The book is an entertaining scifi-military-romance of sorts with a twist, likeable characters, not-so-likeable
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Sep 12, 2008 CJ - It's only a Paper Moon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linnea Sinclair fans, Tanya Huff's Valor fans, Sci-Fi fans, Romance with PLOT fans
It took me a hundred pages or so but I really got into this story and by the end I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a cross between Star Trek, Stargate, Aliens, Resident Evil, Starship Troopers, a Christopher Moore book and the general idea behind Big Trouble in Little China (which there is a reference to!) and somehow it all works and forms a cohesive and solid story.

The romance was real and it took Jorie and Theo awhile to get together but hey, when it happened you believed it.

The mission was belie
Sep 11, 2008 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Recommended to Anita by: The author
This book was pretty good. If you enjoy watching Star Trek and also like reading romances, you are very likely to enjoy books written by Linnea Sinclair - even if you don't typically read Star Trek type books. I particularly like that she never seems to kill off characters the reader likes - and there's always a happy ending. This is my third book by this author, and I've enjoyed them all.

This book is set on Earth. Jorie, the heroine, leads a team of Guardians who hunt down biomechanical creatur
May 26, 2017 Helena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Linnea Sinclair's books but this one didn't draw me in. The characters and storyline seemed a bit flat even though there were some funny scenes. disappointed
Melissa Veracruz
I took a chance when I picked this book to read. It had such an extremely different vibe than the books I've been reading (though not out of my purview, since I adore sci-for as long as there's romance).

I loved the interactions and the plot and the romance and the zombies. I loved Theo's interactions with his friends and family. I found him...adorable. And Jorie was so perfectly alien and military. Both with their crappy ex-relationships...

Very well-written from a tech standpoint and from the ma
Jun 12, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 8, romance, sf, 2008
Blurb: Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the Earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.

Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of bio-mechanical organisms from using Earth as its breeding ground. If she succeeds, she coul
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Linnea Sinclair's The Down Home Zombie Blues was actually a bit of a welcome break after the Harry Potter read-a-thon I've been on. It calls itself a romance on the spine--but don't hold that against it. For me, it read like a good solid love story as well as a halfway decent little skiffy one, and I think I actually like it better than the previous Sinclair I've read this year.

We have your basic covert First Contact plot here, in which Earth or at least a tiny fraction of the population thereof
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I love zombies. That is the #2 reason I picked this book up. The #1 reason was SciFi Romance. I love romance and I love sci fi, I was so excited about reading a combination of the two. I was disappointed. This book fell short on both of those fronts for me. When I think of zombies I think of a dead reanimated corpse. The zombies in this book are not of that nature. These were created by a technologically advanced humanoid alien race. They are mechanical. This SciFi adventure also takes place in ...more
I've really liked the books by Sinclair that I've read so I thought this one sounded promising, it didn't live up to the others. The idea was neat but the details were irritating. An alien who is the leader of a group of soldiers who hunt "zombies" in this case alien bug things that eat people's bodily fluids by chewing on their heads is sent to Earth. Now that's fine, sounds like it will be funny and interesting. But it turns out that English, modern English at that, is almost identical to an a ...more
Apr 01, 2008 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the record the red cover was the original design I believe for the book cover, but then Bantam went with the new redesign for all the books. I have the redesign cover and like it better. Well I like the gun on the red cover better, but I like the ship on the redesign. In case you didn't notice I have a thing for ships and space stations (blame it on my love of Star Trek).

I admit that when I see 'zombie' I want brain-eating undead (like Resident Evil). These weren't zombies in that sense, whi
Oct 03, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Linnea Sinclair has brought her sci-fi romance "dirtside"!

Theo Petrakos is a homicide detective in Bahia Vista, Florida. He is a cop who thought he has seen everything in his years on the force, but this latest crime scene is different. The corpse is a mummy surrounded by really advanced technology. Theo eventually meets Commander Jorie Mikkalah when he decides to deliver the dead guy's "laptop" to the precinct himself. Jorie is part of the Guardian Force trying to eliminate the threat of bio-m
[Book:The Down Home Zombie Blues]'s title is the best thing about it, which is not entirely a dismissal; it's a pretty good title. But the book is otherwise fairly mediocre: it's not bad enough to be amusing, and not good enough to be read for its own sake. The premise, that a space-fairing race sends an under-cover agent to Earth to exterminate Earth's infestation of zombies, is pretty good, except that they literally mean zombies; for some reason, our space-fairing race speaks something very c ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Circuit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, not-bad
Linnea Sinclair delivers something that did not surprise me. I would never say that this book is bad. It is not. Her books are always fun. However, I think if you have read any of Linnea's works this might just be more of the same. I enjoy her writting, but after reading 4 other books this one delivers the same level of work, but also doesn't trill me anymore. It's better than Gabriel's Ghost, Not as good as Games of Command. Just falls somewhere in the middle. It just cannot be considered a boo ...more
Sci-fi Stand-alone Romance at its best

The Guardians of a Intergalactic civilization have tracked a what they call a zombie infestation to the Planet Earth. To Florida actually and a very competent police officer by the name of Theo is taking what he thinks is a strange laptop into police criminal evidence. This is from a very unexplainable death that he is trying to investigate. Both Commander Jorie and Theo are about to have a encounter with fate. Great action, problems galore, evil villains, m
Linda C
Homicide detective Sergeant Theo Petrakos gets a case involving a mummified body and a room full of weird technology but when he stops home on his way to taking some of it to headquarters he is attacked by a zombie and rescued by someone claiming to be space alien. Soon he ends up on Jorie's space ship looking at a bleak future. Then everything changes again and he's back on earth helping to maintain her cover while they try to solve the zombie problem. Zombies begin to mutate, an evil space rac ...more
Jul 24, 2012 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Movie coming soon! Although I am extremely delighted that Ms Sinclair has been honored by having this title chosen for exposure to the movie-going public, it is not my favorite of her works. There are quite a few cliched occurrences that are used to move the action along but which don't quite reflect the dexterity that normally marks her beloved sci-fi romance tales that I enjoy so much. The characters seem to go through the motions but don't have quite enough depth for me to establish a connect ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Rowan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extraterrestrial hunters come to earth hunting for "zombies" which are actually mechanical robots gone bad. Nice Greek American cop gets accidentally involved and falls for one of the hunters (romance ensues). Other more even ETs are there unbeknownst to the hunters and are making the zombies even more powerful. More complications and our heroes lose touch with their ship. All comes out well in the end.

I read it after Sinclair's fabulous book, An Accidental Goddess. This one was well told with
Mar 02, 2012 A.B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, romance, zombies
First, let me state, there are no “real” zombies in this novel. In this case, Zombie is an alien term for a creature created to protect their jump gates.

Overall, the alien characters are portrayed in a manner that makes it clear they are not of this earth, and at the same time don’t come over all too cheesy. Fast paced, as with her other novels, this moves along at a steady clip. It’s an odd situation, that somehow is portrayed in a manner that feels rather normal.

Stressful at times, the plot i
May 12, 2010 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-romance
This was a decent read. I thought Sinclair's Zombies were new/different. I found the characters to be likable and (mostly) believable, with one exception. Petrakos handles evidence in a way that seems highly unlikely, considering that he is supposed to be very good at his job. I imagine that Sinclair's law-enforcement-advisors told her as much; and Sinclair admits that she took liberties in order to make the story go the way she wanted. If you can overlook the ridiculous idea that the "leading m ...more
Homicide detective Theo Petrakos arrives at a murder scene and finds a mummified corpse and an odd laptop. Then Commander Jorie Mikkalah of the alien Guardian Force arrives. Now he learns that alien creatures called Zombies have targeted Earth. Florida, to be exact. Theo must work with Jorie to save Earth.

Okay, so the idea of these strange alien beings attacking Earth isn't unique but the way the author wrote this one was refreshing and fun. I liked the story and the characters and even most of
May 05, 2015 Marion rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, vaginal-sf
3.5 stars. Enjoyable read, but I would not have classified this as a "space romance" on two fronts: most of the story takes place on earth and there's actually very little romance. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had just thought of this as a tongue-in-cheek alien action comedy (which is exactly what it is). Additionally I just couldn't get into Theo's character; he was the mayor of Boresville. I had more interest and sympathy for some of the side characters.

Bottom line, try this boo
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