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Down and very dirty
on April 23, 2012
The good: An "in the trenches" look at the zombie apocalypse. From different points of view (mostly military); day-to-day life and missions in a zombie-dominated world. The author gives a clear, well-written and realistic look at how such a disaster might start, grow and eventually become a way of life.
The bad: starts out gritty and goes downhill from there. Endless scenes of zombies ripping out intestines, eating eyes, tearing people apart... and then the "good guys" become torturers and stone killers (not of zombies; there's an insane religion working for a zombie triumph). Think of all the inhuman acts done in Vietnam (which is where I believe the author got his examples) by both sides, the endless deadening of human compassion and the necessities of war and multiply all that by 1000 with detailed, blood-filled descriptions of every horror. The author shovels these gore-fests in repeatedly even when it slows the plot to a crawl. About half way though the book the plot becomes secondary to the gore.
Some grammatical flubs, skipped words and mechanical errors (helicopters have a downdraft, not updraft) but nothing to really detract from the story. Also, this appears to have been written as a series of short stories; every few chapters there's a rehash of the basic plot. Again, it doesn't detract much from the story.
If you have PTSD stay away from this novel; it will bring back all the old bad memories. If you don't, put on your butcher apron and heavy boots before you wade in; you'll need them.