The Down Home Zombie Blues
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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...more
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Published November 27th 2007 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Cathy
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
Pamela
May 19, 2008 Pamela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Mystique Reviews
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...more
Janice (Janicu)
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
Hilcia
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
Aerulan
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
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
Lexie
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...more
Angela
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...more
Katie(babs)
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...more
Brownbetty
[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
Leslie
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...more
Circuit
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
Anita
Sep 28, 2008 Anita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Oct 13, 2008 CJ - Drop Dead Cute rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
E.
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
A.B.
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...more
Paige
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
Deirdre
Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he had seen it all. Then he ended up in a battle with a woman with slightly dodgy English and a monster she refers to as a Zombie. Then he discovers that because of what he's seen he's going to have to be relocated and his life as he knows it is over.

However she needs his help, they find themselves Zombie hunting without backup.

It's pretty predictable and not one of my favourites of hers. The character interaction was great fun and the relatio...more
Kay
Jan 25, 2009 Kay rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: zombie fans
Agh. The only Linnea Sinclair book I didn't like. It's not her fault; it's mine. I think I started reading this with a stigma against zombies. I just don't get zombies. I tried inserting a different word in my head for every time she wrote "zombie", but, alas, it was too difficult to make that mental switch.

Still, I recommend you buy the book. Maybe you like zombies. I don't regret the purchase at all because Sinclair is my writing idol and she still does a masterful job of writing the story. Pl...more
Jennifer
I didn't like this book nearly as much as Games of Command, but I think most of that (okay, all of it) was me as a reader. I was completely willing to suspend disbelief for the virgin cyborg, but when an Earth humanoid has sex with an Alien humanoid I wondered what the chances were that Alien biology would be so convenient.

The characters were still good, the writing enjoyable, the plot engaging and it moved along, but I couldn't get over that hump. I'll stick with only Alien-Alien romances from...more
Sarai
Feb 04, 2008 Sarai rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy, romance and scifi lovers
Recommended to Sarai by: Em
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I really enjoyed this book. It was light hearted, action packed with romance. Then throw in some fantasy and scifi and you have a wonderful book. I will not go into details here on what the book is about you can read that on amazon but what I will say that the character development was great and the alien landing on Earth was wonderful. I loved how Jorie had to adapt to the new environment without knowing Earth's culture. It was refreshing seeing our culture from someone else's eyes.
Joseph
This book wasn't a bad read, and it's quite clear earth is yet another cast off forgotten colony of an ancient alien race. This could become quite interesting, if it was fleshed out. As it is, it just looked like a whole lot of star-trek references thrown in for nerdity, and then one cliche bit towards the end to tie it all together into some reality.

It's not a bad way to spend a few hours, but it's got the depth and plot development of a garden snail. Tasty, but not very filling.
Sheila
Aug 17, 2008 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: 16 and up
I bought this book for the title. And I ended up enjoying it very much. It was an action packed Star Trek type story. It was fun and easy. It's the story of aliens coming to earth to solve a problem they created with zombies. The aliens look like humans but they are technological advanced than those on earth. Both sides learn not to judge before knowing the others. There's romance also, but very restrained, not graphic. Definitely a beach read!
Cris
I never know what to expect from Sinclair. *shrug* Sometimes I love her stories, sometimes I hate them. And this time I was bored from almost the first page. I made it to about page 50 before admitting that I couldn't care less about, well, anybody or anything she'd introduced. I'll admit the title turned me off as well. It sounds *way* too cheesy, and at-odds with the story itself wherein she takes the zombies very seriously.
Nancy Burke
Alien. Zombies.

Awesome!
Tony-Paul Vissage
This is a nice variation on the “aliens among us” theme. With 15-foot zombies, space troopers with a slightly superior attitude toward the “nils” of the invaded planet, and a group of Earthlings who refuse to shoot first and then ask questions later, The Down Home Zombie Blues is an enjoyable romance, a thrilling sci-fi tale, and an over-all entertaining book to read
TFGamer
My least favorite of the Linnea Sinclair books thus far. The main characters have language issues and superiority issues and in general dont make the first half of hte book very fun.
Plus Zombies is a misnomer. Its a small thing, but when you use such a specific name for a monster, there are expectations that come along with it.
I still really enjoyed the book.
Linda Andrews
Quite frankly, I love zombie movies and books. While this isn't the shuffling decomposting human kind (more like the praying mantis like janitors from space kind), the romance was well balanced with the action. And I loved that the alpha hero met an even stronger (and better armed) alpha heroine, who was really good at kicking butt and had better weapons.
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