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Zombie Britannica

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In 2009, Canadian researchers warned that a zombie plague would wipe out civilization ...unless we were ready ...WE WEREN'T As temperatures reach unprecedented levels, the dead rise - and eat the living. There is no warning. There is no time to prepare. And with tens of thousands dead or infected, another waking nightmare comes to terrorize the survivors...THE UNDEAD'S VIC ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Snowbooks
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Iris Post
the characters were very flat and the plot was too monotonous and the writing was too average
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
What a great page-turner! Zombie Britannica starts with Carrie, who discovers that there's a zombie outbreak in London. The rest of the book describes the different main characters and their battle against the zombies. I really loved the story, because it was action-packed and creepy at the same time. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by the ending of the book: it was too abrupt for me. Another downside were the typos in this book: there were a lot of sentences without punctuation marks, wh ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
From the back cover:

In 2009, Canadian researchers warned that a zombie plague would wipe out civilization... unless we were ready -
We weren't
As temperatures reach unprecedented levels, the dead rise - and eat the living. There is no warning. There is no time to prepare. And with tens of thousands dead or infected, another waking nightmare comes to terrorize the survivors -
The undead's victims rise up, a new wave of zombies hungry for human flesh

This zombie tale sets firmly in the 'horror' cate
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, there's absolutely no build-up with this book, we're straight into the zombie flesh-munching action from the word go, and it never really lets up. We are told the stories of a few survivors from various locations around the UK, some of whom are connected with one another.

Characterisations were wonderful, some characters were utterly loathsome, some flawed, but who ultimately redeem themselves through heroics and self-sacrifice, others well-intentioned but weak, and some actually more terr
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, zombie
This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say if this is anything to go by I will definately be reading the rest of Emsons novels!
As previous reviews have stated the book throws you straight into the action. There is no chance to know the characters in their normal lives before the zombie apocalypse. The story follows survivors who are dotted in various locations around Britain, their stories intertwine at points and each group have traumatic experiences and try to survive th
Vicki Warby
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Would've had 4 stars if there wasn't about a billion typos in this book!! So frustrating! ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review might contain minor spoilers and spelling errors because English is not my native language.

The story dives right into action from page 1. There is no mystery surrounding what we're dealing with, considering the title already has the word 'zombie' in it and that's the only name given to the walking dead in this book (which can get quite dull after a while).
There are alot of characters, mainly because we follow 3 basic stories (a woman in London trying to get to her
Andy Phillips
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
I'll read any book about zombies and this one falls pretty much in the middle of the quality spectrum. It features three groups of people in different parts of the UK during a zombie outbreak. A lot of aspects of the story are pretty standard and the characters are not particularly well developed or distinctive, but it's not a bad book and there is a lot of action and a few original bits.

Mild spoilers follow!

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Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And that's me being kind. Don't get me wrong, the plot was ok and everything, but what brought it down was the constant grammatical and punctuation errors. I don't mean to sound harsh, but honestly? It says that the author is an 'award-winner', but I'm seriously wondering how the hell that can be, judging from this book.

It also gets me wondering what on earth the proofreaders were thinking. Sure, I understand that a typo or so here and there are inevitable, but the ENTIRE book is FILLED with
Gav Johnson
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood, guts, violence and brutal zombies. Happy days 😊
Zara Harper
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Loads of different stories going on in different places at same time, fast paced, loads of gore! Perfect Halloween/October read! One of my favourite books of the year!
Michelle Greathouse
Zombie Britannica is a novel of Fiction by Thomas Emson from Snowbooks.

Book Blurb:

In 2009, Canadian researchers warned that a zombie plague would wipe out civilization...unless we were ready -

We Weren’t

As temperatures reach unprecedented levels, the dead rise - and eat the living. There is no warning. There is no time to prepare. And with tens of thousands dead or infected, another waking nightmare comes to terrorize the survivors -

The undead’s victims now rise up, a new wave of zombies hungry
Felicity Terry
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uh-Uh! I've made a mistake. Lots of graphic, gratuitous scenes of zombies feasting on humans, over usage of the 'F' word, the plot jumping around; alternating between the various UK locations and four main characters, I've not just made a mistake, potentially I've made a big mistake.

Oh! Hang on a minute ...

Graphic, gratuitous scenes of zombies feasting on humans lessening or certainly becoming less graphic/ gratuitous, not as much use of the 'F' words. Yes, the plot jumps around but as it turns
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
As stated in my comments, as I was reading this, it seemed to have promise, but quickly descended into clichéd nonsense..why oh why did the Author think that he had to use every bad cliche there is to be had in horror novels? A great horror story can be written as intelligently as any of the great classics in other genres and just because it is yet another "zombie" novel, it doesn't mean that it has to be written like a straight to dvd second rate movie. There are many ways to present a novel of ...more
Nebula Books
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Britain is suffering the most extreme heat wave it has ever experienced when suddenly the dead dig their way out of earthen and watery graves and swarm across Britain, devouring and dismembering everything living in their path.

Emson is a contemporary British horror writer, born in Wales and currently residing in England. He writes both Welsh and English books, and in 2008 his first English novel was printed. Zombie Britannica follows half a dozen view points and jumps around Britain and the UK a
Richard Wright
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I didn't mean to read another Emson right after Prey, but saw Zombie Britannica on a UK shelf while on holiday, and snatched it up. With this one, Emson sets out his stall right away with a genuine quote from an actual scientist: "An outbreak of zombies will result in the collapse of civilisation, with every human infected or dead...". That's pretty much how the book proceeds. The zombies themselves aren't really the story here. Instead, they're a vicious backdrop for the end of the world, a dev ...more
Urgh!!! Books with more that one narrator!!!!

Had the book been split into the 3 different stories and they were told one after the other, I don't think it would have been so bad, but all the stories were all mixed together, and there was no logic to the order. And the author switched between POVs soooo regularly and with absolutely no warning. And I HATE that. Two narrators I can deal with…sometimes. But this book had three, sometimes four. And I just don't like that style of writing, it;s not
Keith Chawgo
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombie Britannica is a rip roaring read which moves at a fast pace. The characters, although sometimes being annoying, seem to be well characterised in the situation that they are in. It is well written and an extreme page turner.

The characters do have a thread that does connect them all which was a nice touch and the apocolyptic view of the book is well handled.

It is a zombie book and although I found Skarlet to be a better rounded book, this book kept me glued through its 400+ pages causing
Kerri Selby
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a massive fan of Emson's work, he's bold with the details, takes supernatural, myths & legends & puts a spin on them, throws in some history & religion (but not in a god bothering way and throws in character POV's brilliantly.

Zombie Britannica is packed full of gore and opens right in the middle of the action, typical Emson style.
It has a feel of 28 days later meets the walking dead.
I loved the twist on the zombies, feral & crazed in light but somewhat subdued in the dark.
I did enjoy the b
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Okay, wouldn't call it a best-seller. But then, I don't think I am the target audience. It was really gorey, and the sex scene could've been written better (or left out all-together), but other than that fairly good book. I liked the author's take on the way people would react, very realistic! Really quick read too, easy and fun. I cringed in a few places, but I think that's more because while I love the zombie I'm not so keen on the graphic gore he described. It's more a book for my brother, wh ...more
Andrew Berry
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found the book fantastic from the start with the survivors struggling to stay alive and not get eaten by the zombies. It's a very well paced novel and I couldn't put it down. The author could have done a bit more research into one part of the story however and that is the part when Carrie and Sawyer are on the railway and a train speeds past them with Zombies clambering over the outside of the carriages. Owing for when the book was published, the trains used at the time meant that no one or an ...more
Gary Turner
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
For action this is a good read. Stylistically the constant sentence and idiolect repetition became well too repetetive for me, it made the reading, the book, put-down-able which is not what I want in a read. However the scene changes helped keep the structure together and propels the plot along at quite a rate. I finished this book in three days so there must have been something to keep me interested. I would read others by this author, in this genre.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nice, quick read. With the very short chapters, it's one of those books that makes you say "Oh, alright, one more chapter before going to bed," only to find yourself reading 10 more before actually putting the book away! Pretty explicit and gory, just the way a zombie book should be. While it's told from several viewpoints, I never lost track of the story, perhaps due to the short chapters. When it switched viewpoints, it kept me reading cause I wanted to see how it would continue! ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a cracking book! I was hooked after the first few pages, you get thrown right on into the horror The pace is fast and I chomped up chapter after chapter, I had to consciously slow down so I didn't miss anything! Never read a zombie novel, nor horror really and can't wait to get my teeth into another Emson to the library tomorrow:) ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grimy, blood-soaked, relentless and hopeless, but shot through with portrayals of humanity at it's best and worst. Emson's writing, as always, holds you and pulls you in, and excels at describing the bleakest of horrors unflinchingly. Brutal and bleak and bloody but a high point in the zombie novel genre. ...more
Michelle Lavender
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Really do not know what i was thinking here, usually zombies freak me out in a big way but for some reason (despite being pretty descriptive) this book had very little effect on me. Kinda trashy but not painfully so, it was middle of the road to be blatantly honest. But i suppose if your hard pushed you could do worse.
Steven Caunt
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gore-tastic! Thankgod for the British zombie novel: and this one's one of the best! From the first few lines you're thrust head first into an apocalypse of the undead and held there by the throat till the very last page! ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself was really exciting. I really wanted to know what was going to happen and if someone would survive. It was sometimes confusing cuz there were multiple pov's. But i enjoyed it very much. The only downside was that the ending was a bit sudden. ...more
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Thomas Emson is a British horror author. He has written eight novels, all published by Snowbooks in the UK. They include Maneater, Skarlet, and Zombie Brittanica. His Jack The Ripper novel Pariah was published by Tantor Media in the U.S.
His collection of stories The Trees And Other Stories was published on Kindle and CreateSpace. He has also written How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a how-to guide

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