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World War Z by Max Brooks
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May 29, 2007

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Recommended for: Horror fans, Military Analysts, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, News Documentaries
Read in January, 2007

Imagine if you will, that today you were to open up a book called "world war z", and that this book was represented as a factual recounting of the events of the Zombie War, which took place roughly twenty years before you opened up the book.

That is the premise of Mx Brooks' "World War Z". In the book, the author presents it as a documentary of sorts, as he goes about interviewing many different people and recording their stories of survival, or their roles in the grand scheme of the outbreak/war. From politicians on both sides of the moral fence, to scoundrel con-artists who duped the globe into buying massive stock in his placebo zombie-cure, to clebrities held up in mansion strong holds {which, this part, is quite humerous given it's tongue-in-cheek pseudo refferences to popular icons of the Hollywood scene).

It truly is a magnificent book, and a breath of fresh air; like something that hasn't been attempted before. T present something as ludicrous as a zombie war, and write it out in a way that comes off as so realistic that it almost convinces you that the war really occured. The main character isn't the people or the zombies, but the overall war itself. Meeting each new person who tells you their own side of the war, is the best part of the novel. The interesting array of personalities you coem across will have you either cheering along with them, booing at them, or fighting for survival at the very same time as they are. Max Brook's "Zombie survival guide" may have been a solid humor book, but this book is definetaly the work of mature horror fiction. And don't worry, the book doesn't spend too much time divulging in literary gore. It's linchpin however is the suspense while listening to the tales of surviviors.

A phenomenal read. I truly did enjoy this book.
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