**spoiler alert** Although a very enjoyable read I didn't find it as great as the first one. I think this is because it started to stray into the real**spoiler alert** Although a very enjoyable read I didn't find it as great as the first one. I think this is because it started to stray into the realms of conspiracy theories. The main part of the story involves the hero being stranded hundreds of miles away from the base and having to travel back through zombie infested country to safety. Along the way he is helped by a mysterious agency that has some rather extreme plans.
I really like the idea that the radiation from nuclear fallout helps to preserve the bodies of zombies that were caught in a missile blast. They are still pretty much mindless creatures but the still retain some instincts from their former life such as using an object to smash things. They are also faster than the non-irradiated zombies as their bodies are in better shape. To add to the danger you cannot just hole up in a vehicle or other temporary shelter and be surrounded by them as they irradiate their nearby area. So if the zombies don't get you, radiation sickness just might. The author brings together many ideas which all form a story that you want to keep reading. The journal style approach is great because it gives it that person and 'real' touch. I can't wait to read the next in the series....more
This takes the form a a journey of a naval aviator who is caught up in the outbreak of a zombie virus across the world. This gives the story much moreThis takes the form a a journey of a naval aviator who is caught up in the outbreak of a zombie virus across the world. This gives the story much more impact than a straight forward zombie story and makes it more real as you seem like you are viewing a historical text and gives it a greater sense of immediacy. There are a few nice twists within the story which bridges the gap between the 'Romero' style zombies and the modern '28 days later' zombies that are now becoming vogue....more
If you have read any of the survival manuals that were produced during the 80s then you will know what to expect from this book. It is written in a veIf you have read any of the survival manuals that were produced during the 80s then you will know what to expect from this book. It is written in a very convincing manner and covers a lot of ground. It opens with showing how to spot different categories of zombie outbreak, and then goes on to discuss how to protect yourself by choosing the correct weapons and how to do and not do things such as travel and choose a safe location. At the end is a section on various zombie outbreaks throughout history.
I know many people will think of this book as a joke, and lets be honest it is a work of total fiction but it does not read as a work of humour, but as a totally serious piece of work. This is its greatest strength. And anyway, just in case there is a zombie outbreak it would definitely be worth while to have read up on what to do......more
What can I say abou this book? Put simply it is, as you would expect, basically pride and prejudice reimagined within an england under the shadow of zWhat can I say abou this book? Put simply it is, as you would expect, basically pride and prejudice reimagined within an england under the shadow of zombie infestation. The sisters are trained in the Shaolin arts and Darcy and his aunt are trained in Kyoto. This introduces another area of prejudice into the mix as the Chinese tuition is 'obviously' inferior to Darcy's aunt. There are some nice touches involving the zombies but in the main there is not enough involving them - they are basically part of the scenery with only a few glances here and there. This is my main complaint with this book - too much pride and prejudice and not enough zombies....more
I'll start with what this book isn't. This isn't a gore drenched zombie attack fest. This book chronicles the entire 'war' against the zombies from thI'll start with what this book isn't. This isn't a gore drenched zombie attack fest. This book chronicles the entire 'war' against the zombies from the earliest outbreak until 10 years after the 'victory' against them.
The book is divided up into sections dealing with the outbreak of the zombie virus and the subsequent cover up, the then worldwide panic and battle to contain and escape the threat, followed by the survivors pulling themsleves together, organising and then fighting back and eventually 'pacifying' the main continental landmasses and finally the ongoing battle to contain and remove the threat of the remianing zombies in the 'white zones' on the planet both above and below the surface.
The story is written in the form of a historian chronicalling the entire zombie war through interviews with people (both normal people and important figures) who tell their stories. This is an excellent choice as it really gives a personal touch to the whole story with it being weaved through various viewpoints and providing different insights and opinions to what happens. It adds an aura of realism about the whole thing which of course is what the author intends and it works very well. I was a history student through the bulk of my academic years and nothing works better than first hand accounts from eye witnesses to tell the story and give a realism to the dry facts of history. I believe that had the author chose a more traditional academic disection treatment of the 'zombie war' that he envisioned then he would have failed miserably in creating a book as good as this.
I would recommend this book, and for those who want a gore drenched zombie apocalypse, don't be put of by the fact that its not - it's a fanatastic read and benefits greatly by breaking the traditional intimate survival horror. ...more