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The Killing Floor by Craig DiLouie
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it was amazing

The astonishing sequel to THE INFECTION picks up right where the first book left off, and delivers a non-stop brutal ride through post-apocalyptic America. The Infection, we are happy to learn, is not done with the characters we grew to admire and like in the first book. It is fast paced and violent, savage and unrelenting all the way to the end.

Craig DiLouie's skill and great talent as an author lies in his vivid imagery. One can imagine oneself being there while the guns are firing, hearing the shells land and feeling the concussion of the blast. One can also imagine the terror that the survivors of the Screaming face day after day as the Infection spreads...

The book follows myriad characters, new and old, through several weeks of life and horrifying death as the Infection consumes everything around it. Characters are fleshed out in great detail, and reading them is both a pleasure and an uncomfortable mirror of ourselves, should we find ourselves in their places. The choices they have had to make are hard, but the world of the Infection demands such things. Do not think that the book is all gore and violence. It uses the violence of the Infection as backdrop to the characters learning about themselves and the world they find themselves lost in.

This is NOT a traditional zombie tale, by any means. Much more is going on here, slowly revealed through the text. There are layers of meaning and many thought provoking passages in the book, and the grisly is interwoven with the thought-provoking so well that one can virtually hear the ripping of flesh while pondering the eons-long plan of the Brood. To call this a zombie book is a disservice. It is more a book of horrific ecological invasion, a character driven epic of vast potential.

This was the best book I have read this year, and I suggest that if you like Horror you would do well to read THE KILLING FLOOR. I look forward to more.
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