This book was, for me, a pleasant surprise. I admit, I picked it up with horribly low expectations--I don't like zombies, and I saw no reason for them to be radioactive or communist in nature. I grabbed it because it was a local author.
I then proceeded to devour it in three days between graveyard shifts. Is it going to go down in history as a great American novel? No. But it serves its purpose beautifully. It's a fun, light read with a pretty darn compelling plot, to boot. Personally, I believe it could have gone with another pass through a beta-reader, but it's still on my list of books to reread, which isn't easy to get on. If you see it in a book store, at least strongly consider buying it. If you see it in a secondhand store, I insist you buy it. If you find it in the library, check it out immediately.