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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,443 ratings  ·  152 reviews
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's k ...more
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Published September 18th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published April 1st 2010)
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Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

I’ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie/post-apocalyptic books. I’ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let’s keep the good times rolling.

With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book; it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later. I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read. I like to think that I’ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new o
Carolyn  Storer
2.5 Stars

I am a huge zombie fan. I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, Flu just didn't hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.

Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to the lack of explanation. People are dying after catching a new strain of f
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
2 Stars

I love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily. This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller. There is a tiny backstory and explanation. The world building is also extremely limited in its scope. The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are no more pages to turn.

I liked quite a few of the characters. Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate. There are aspects to this st
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-challenge
Maybe I have read too many of my favorite genre. The story seem the same many other I have read. I am going to read the next in the series, Fever. Hopefully, it will not seems as familiar.
Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
Irish zombies? Bring it!

This is another good one! Nothing fancy with this one and there's no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the rising dead causing havoc.

I don't really know much about Irish politics, apart from what I've seen on the news over the years, usually referred to as 'The Troubles in Northern Ireland'. The news events were peppered with acronyms so I had a fair idea of what they were when they were mentioned in the book. The IRA (Irish Republican Ar
Timothy Ward
REVIEW SUMMARY: A character-focused zombie story whose characters you’d rather ignore.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.

MY RATING: 2.5 stars

PROS: A few memorable scenes; Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.
CONS: Characters mostly unlikable; rambling plot; obtrusive prose.
BOTTOM LINE: The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zo
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story. IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react. Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gathe ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again..."Flu" is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bit more 'poignant' and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real-world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus. I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without los ...more
I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. I do try, however, to read a novel from each genre that irritates me, every now and then, in order to confirm my fears and give me an argument to back up my inward crying. So did this novel do as I expected? You know, I’m really not too sure.

I was a little worried that ‘Wayne’, my colleague, would colour my view of his book (having never read anything by anyone I know in re
Glenn Bowlan
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first new-wave zombie book I've read and I'm not impressed. A Zombie flu wipes out most of Belfast and a handful of survivors pass their days in abandoned buildings or scrounging for resources. There is no real mystery, suspense, action, comedy, horror, intrigue or plot. These are not fast-moving zombies or clever zombies - they are more like the slow, uncoordinated, shambling zombies of plants-vs-zombies. In short: not very scary or interesting. When these zombies attack, you need t ...more
Josephine (Jo)
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a book for the faint hearted!
It was violent and gruesome in places, the description of the 'zombies'
who had succumbed to the deadly flu virus was absolutely horrid. It is strange that I wanted to keep reading, but I did. Most of the characters were alread flawed prior to the outbreak of the virus. For some of them it is the opportunity to play out their natural tendency to violence, for some it was the reverse and they eventually began to feel some empathy for the beings that had on
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brady and anyone who loves a good scary zombie book!
People in Ireland are getting the flu. But this isn't any normal kind of flu.
The flu has mutated into something worse. first theres the sneezing and coughing, then the throwing up and dizziness, then your dead. But two hous later your back up, back from the dead. Hungry, only hungry for the taste of human flesh.
Wayne Simmons writes about three stories going on, Jackson is at the quearentine with some scientist trying to find a cure while Pat and Karen are only just figuring out how to kill the
This was good. I had a general level of anxiety and dread the entire time I read the book. Sad, gross, violent, horrifying yet with a teeny tiny bit of hope thrown in. It was somewhat a character study, seeing how these disparate folks all come together during the apocalypse. And there is obviously another book somewhere, as we are poised for SOMETHING ELSE.
Anyway, solid, easily readable with pretty 'realistic' zombies.
I need to get my hands on the next one, I want to know where Simmons takes
Ash Hartwell
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a gripping read from start to finish but if you're off work with the flu, don't read this book. The characters are strong and believable with a few shaky pasts steeped in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Police, punk, former IRA operative must all work together to survive in a world torn apart by a deadly virus. This is so much more than a zombie apocalypse survival book. It is a chilling account of destruction and devastation and the redemption this offers. Old battle lines are crosse ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of all things zombie related so I was quite excited to get a copy of Flu.
I did like the premise of this deadly virus that zombifies you shortly after death. I listened to the audio version and while it was convenient to be able to listen to the story while I puttered around the house I think I may have enjoyed it better without the narration.

I received a complimentary audio file for review
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I disliked this book so much that I don't want to spend very much time on a review so it'll be short. My biggest gripe was how stereotypically annoying the 2 (yes, only 2) women were. One finally stands up for herself and then immediately draws a bubble bath?? Really?? The author did manage to get me to care about the characters though so I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. There is no final resolution as it clearly leads into a second book and, while I enjoyed the story, I don't think there is enough here for me to want to continue on. Hmm..
This book was good. This book is an adult book which is unusual for me to read. I thought it was a y.a but after reading the first chapter, I realized it was an adult book.

The cover is terrifying and I can't look at to long or I get really creeped out.

The book is basically about a zombie apocalypse. The flu is how the zombies started rising. A sneeze here and cough here and it was enough to quarantine a person in their house or apartment. And when I say quarantine, I mean that the police force
Sami A.F.
Personally, I am a huge fan of zombie books, series, and movies but this just didn’t hit the spot at all. In this written work by Wayne Simmons, there’s an epidemic sweeping the world that kills a human within days but those dead eyes open again just two hours later. Yet, they are no longer human.

Sound familiar?

This plot has been done over and over again and to be quite frank, I do enjoy these kind of stories, but there is nothing new and unique about Flu. The writing style is too dry and extrem
Elizabeth Seals
I went through a zombie phase in my earlier years and found this audiobook from the depths of my library account. And after a grueling five weeks of attempting to put this book to rest, I finally have. The premise is that a "flu" has cascaded over Ireland, causing those who contract it to turn into mindless zombies. To be upfront there are a lot of characters; I would count about around nine main characters in total. We also have about four different groups throughout, however, some of these joi ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. This one was pretty bad. Not sure what was going through WS’s mind when he wrote it because he could not have created more unlikeable characters. The story unraveled quickly for me, as I found myself rooting for them to kill each other or to get chewed on in the first 25% of the book. For me, that is the death knell for a book and pretty much guarantees that I will never read the other installments. So this goes on the Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot shelf, never to be seen least by me.
Kay Smillie
Flu was just okay in the field of the zombie genre. Set in Northern Ireland like Drop Dead Gorgeous but without the original slant of that fine novel. Did like the fact that the prologue was eventually revisited where all the different threads finally merged. Just okay but I will get around to reading the sequel.

Ray Smillie
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It was different view of the spread of the zombie plague and this time in Ireland. I would have like to have a bit more of a feel of what it was like to be in Ireland besides some language. How would the Irish deal with the undead over the rest of the world.
L.A. Taylor
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been a while since I was on this site, but now I'm back I will crack on with reviewing the novels I have read since my last visit. I thought this novel started very well, kept my interest enough to know more about the characters....
Ashley Zisko
Very meh
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Beveridge
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie fans everywhere!
Recommended to Robert by: already a fan of the author
Wayne Simmons, Flu (Snowbooks, 2010)

I get that damn shot every year, and for what?

I have seen a few reviews of Wayne Simmons’ Flu that take it (and him) to task for not pushing the envelope here. Most of those reviews gave no indication if the reviewer in question had read Simmons’ first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous. If they had, well, I can kind of see where they were coming from—for that is very much a book that pushed the envelope, zombie lit-wise, and to this day it’s one of my favorite novels
Aleksandra Royzen
Yet another zombie book under my belt. Lately I've been a bit obsessed with this genre and recently started to think of moving on to something else, but decided to stick to it for a few more books. And I'm glad I did since Flu was next on the list.

This was a quick and light read (that is if you can use word "light" when describing a zombie novel). It is definitely one of the dark novels and contained no humor, like some zombie books do. It covers several stories of various flu survivors in Irela
David McDonald
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons, I was keen to get started on Flu, another post-apocalyptic zombie tale set in Simmons' native Belfast.

On the face of it, Flu appears to be a bog-standard zombie book; and to a certain extent, that's true... there's an outbreak of an unidentified virus, all hell breaks loose, authorities try to quarantine, disparate groups of survivors, etc... but to leave my critique of Flu at that would simply not be fair and similarly to Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fl
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Wayne Simmons is a writer and journalist with several genre novels published in the UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America.

His zombie novel, Flu, was serialised by Sirius XM's Book Radio.

His cyberpunk novel, Plastic Jesus, was described by the Guardian as 'a stunning read, but not for the faint hearted.'

Wayne is a regular contributor to Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine.

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