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Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht
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Jul 09, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: zombie-stuff
Read in July, 2009

OK ... so, it was a nice try. The explanation for why there are fast AND slow zombies was GREAT. But unfortunately, not a whole lot else has great merit. The characters are all cookie-cutter. Every "military" character is the same as the next - and they use A LOT of cheesy jargon like "FUBAR" and "SNAFU" constantly.. making it seem like the author did military research by watching too many movies. Also - some of the pop-culture references seem very out of place such as "it looked like somewhere that rejected props from tim burton movies went to die"

- Yes, i get what that means .. but does it belong in this book?

Also, complicating the issue of under-differentiated characterization is the fact that half of the main characters have very similar-sounding names. Some other things just done mesh either .. while having an NSA agent as a main character using safe houses during the apocalypse is cool .. having an evil agent that is more preoccupied with chasing him down that the millions of undead just seems a bit unrealistic.

And lets not get into under-researched world geography.

Anyway ... could have been good with a bit of research - or maybe even an editor at Permuted Press just doing their job .. but oh well.
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Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess The common names was one of the first things to really irritate me. I kept flipping back a few pages to figure out who died... and if I should even care.

Willis Uhhh, they really use that military jargon in real life. Trust me. More often than you'd think. Especially among the enlisted guys.

Ernie Quimby This guy was really in the Army, so.....

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