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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Jake Chestnut and partner Gary Landon own Seraglio, a company hired by a billionaire's consortium to exterminate zooks - victims of bite delivered metamorphic plague, a fatal disease that turns victims into rabid animals who move so quickly that a normal person can't see them as they move. Jake must discover why the billionaires paying Seraglio to clear a safe enclave for ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 10th 2012 by Twilight Times Books (first published February 13th 2012)
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Jessica Mannion
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In his first book, Bill Swears has created a believable, satisfying post-apocalyptic America in which all the comforts we take for granted -- in particular not being eaten while walking to the corner store -- have been taken away. What's left is Zook Country, a place where Zooks -- zombie-like creatures that move faster than the average human eye can track -- have destroyed life as we know it.

The earth's population is decimated. People hide in fortified apartment complexes, struggling to survive
Kathryn McCary
This book has a lot of things I wouldn't expect to like, of which I am only going to mention that it features monsters-that-were-human-until-something-terrible-happened-to-them. I'm not mentioning the other stuff I wouldn't expect to like because there is just something /wrong/ about starting a favorable review by littering the path with potential stumbling blocks to enjoyment. But. . .when a friend suggested I read this my automatic reaction was "I don't do zombies." And I was only half-right: ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely worth your time, I banged it out in an afternoon... and it was a great afternoon, in which I accomplished nothing else. Perhaps you will have more self control than I did, and can stretch it out over a couple of nights, but this book is worth the paltry price for hours of fun.

Enough hype, why did I like it? (maybe minor spoilers, but I won't give away anything important)

1. It knows what it is. This book isn't Tolkien, and doesn't try to be. For one thing, it relies (effec
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got this book at around three in the morning last night and only put it down to get a few hours of sleep. The action was fast paced and extremely gratifying while the character development was engrossing. The interaction between characters is so natural I can imagine seeing it in the real world and actions scenes are really quite feasible. I wouldn't want to live in this world because it's a scary place but it was definitely great to visit. This book sucked me into its world and now I want so ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Great books start with great characters and a strong narrative voices. The most intriguing plots in the world fall apart when the voice/writing style won't hold your attention, and the most been-there, done-that plots in the world shine like new pennies when the right voice brings them to life. This, I think, is the gift of the debut author.

Zook Country is about killing zombies. I'm not going to try to sell it to you on that, though. There has been a bit of a zombie craze recently, and maybe you
Ray Daley
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bill was kind enough to offer a copy of this for free in a newsgroup I frequent and once I read the blurb I knew I wanted to be a part of his world.

Zook Country is an excellent book, I read it all in one sitting which took me just over 4 hours.

The term Zook is never actually explained (one of the only things that really annoyed me, the only other thing being what actually caused the phenomenon in the first place.)

The story follows the lives of Gary and Jake who are Licenced Monster Hunters.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first foray into the post-apocalyptic type of genre. The book is a good read. Swears does an excellent job of drawing the reader into his world of "Zook hunters." Initially the reader is somewhat in the dark on what is going on, plenty of action and comment but no back story for context. As the story unfolds the main character's reflections on his past fill in the facts. Flashbacks can be a true pitfall for many writers, but they are used with good effect in Zook Country. Swears' styl ...more
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