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Apocalypse of the Dead Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2010
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When the Gulf Coast is devastated by hurricanes, the mix of elements and chemicals in Houston results in a viral outbreak of zombies. What follows is a tale of survival, attempts to start a new life, and the dangers resulting from the effort to survive.
In "Dead City," McKinney told a story of one man's efforts to survive the rise of the dead.
Vastly broader in scale this book draws characters from across the country in this more epic tale.
Quarantine efforts have failed. Zombies are spreading incredibly quickly across the world. Scientists are trying to solve the riddle of how to combat the viral source.
This book is, for the most part, a story of everyday individuals who have to figure out how to make it through the apocalypse.
It's a fast read, and a worthy telling of a tale. I finished it in 3 days, and enjoyed every minute.
The story begins two years after the events in McKinney's Dead City. Houston has been walled off with its borders enforced by the Gulf Region Quarantine Authority. Trapped within are countless Infected, along with a handful of non-infected humans struggling to stay alive in a world that has written them off as collateral damage. What they want most is to escape. And escape, they do... accidently taking the undead filovirus with them.
Uncontrolled and unstoppable, the virus spreads around the world and society collapses. The survivors are left to fend for themselves. Needless to say, most are unprepared for such an event. A blind woman, an escaped convict, Florida retirees, a preacher and his flock, a police sharpshooter, a motorcycle gang, and two guys with hookers and an RV, all find themselves living moment-to-moment, fighting for their lives. To make matters worse, not all of the survivors are nice people, and some will do anything to prevail. Anything.
As the stories converge, the survivors are faced with the question of whether it's possible to re-form society in a zombified world. The survivors are embattled and the undead aren't going away anytime soon. To make matters worse, to survive in this new world, one might have to accept the fact that the strong rule, and the weak serve.Read more ›
Apocalypse of the Dead starts off in the same vein, and indeed in the same universe as Dead City, and it had all of the makings of a five-star novel...and then the author had to go and plagiarize the 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana.
The entire North Dakota "Jasper" subplot is nothing but a retelling, in many cases near word-for-word, of the Jim Jones real-life story from 30 years ago. From the look of the character, to the bizarre sexual "enrollments," to the cyanide suicides and government paranoia...the story's been better told many times, in nonfiction, and it's a sign of laziness that the whole storyline is included here, essentially verbatim.
Add that to a plot line that includes equal laziness in geography research - Emporia, Kansas is hundreds of miles east of the "straight shot north on Highway 83" that the main characters were supposedly taking to reach North Dakota - and you have a healthy dose of mush that damages an otherwise interesting effort with a good setup for a sequel.
It's too bad, especially when the author has proven with previous work that he knows how to write a book the right way.
Of course, the quarantine was broken by "dissidents" so you can figure out what happens after that. Add in a charismatic religious leader and a cult and you have a recipe for a really entertaining novel. Immediately bought the third book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This one was good but not as good as the first book Dead City. This one dragged out a little long, however is worth reading.Published 2 months ago by RON B.
Well written zombie adventure. I've enjoyed Joe's other novels and this one was fast paced. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.Published 5 months ago by Icky Dog
I have never been an apocalypse reader! I got started in the last 6 months because I was bored. I mean why not? Well it's authors like this that keep me reading this genre.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Joe McKinney. All of his books really hit the spot if you are looking for a solid Zombie story. So many of the Zombie genre fall back on some kind of military good guy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Suezq
Kind of a weird ending otherwise it was a pretty good zombie bookPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer