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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
Although I have grown up on all the zombie movies I just started reading the zombie novels about a year ago. Of the 15 or so that I have read this book rates in the top 2, next to the White Flag of the Dead series. Although rich with excitement and adrenaline, that the readers of zombie fiction love, there is also a depth of humanity and character that I truly enjoyed. The characters are well developed and beleivable. I won't right a spoiler review, but, I will say the concept and theme of this book is refreshingly good. All in all, a job well done and hats off to Mr. Morganbesser!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
IGNORE the reviews which talk abotu typos. I am a grammar & spelling nut and - trust me - the errors in the book fade into the background because of the plot. (The errors are only occasional anyway - but the plot captures your attention & does NOT let up!)

This is an excellent book.

I have read many (many) books in the zombie genre & this one is almost in the same class as World War Z.

Buy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
I liked the way the book started. The story of how the virus originated and how it spread was as good as I have read. The virus story may not be completely unfamiliar to readers but if not it was well written and worth retelling with Morganbesser's twist on it

When the transition to the military action began, things went south. The chapters on the various story arcs seemed to have been written as individual short stories that were then cobbled together to make a novel. There is no reason this couldn't work but for the tedious retelling of details and background information as if the reader had never read the information before. For instance the Lazarite religious sect was re-explained in at least three different chapters, as were details on the virus and it's effect.

There were some annoying inconsistencies in the story. The author included detailed information on the characteristics and life span of the zombies. He even went so far as to give them distinct classifications ending with "puddles" for when the zombie had totally rotted away over a well defined period of no more than a couple of years.

I made allowances for this based on new zombies created by bites and reanimation. This did not,however, explain how in the epilogue, a huge number of zombies still roamed the planet 9-10 years after the last zombie reanimated. This was the major inconsistency of many small but obvious goofs. Had the author not been such a stickler for detail earlier in the novel much of this would have gone unnoticed.

I would also submit that the author seemed a bit too preoccupied with decapitation and tended to exaggerate the power of a single round from a rifle or shotgun to take a person's head off at the shoulders.

In spite of this I am glad I read the book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy military pov and lots of heavy ordnance action.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
When I first picked up this novel I kind of expected the usual ho hum reluctant hero with an endless supply of guns and bullets who becomes leader of some goofy suburban ban of soccer moms and helpless dads, boy was I wrong because this book not only had a very diverse group of people of many races but this book made me tense up several times because of the cult and missions that those brave men and women were on, sadly some of them were lost, some were killed in the most brutal manner possible. I could not put this book down and it is in my opinion one of the best I have read in a long time. I wont spoil it for anyone else so all I can say is get ready for your feelings to get twisted!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
I Loved this book. I have been watching and reading the zombie genre since i was young and this book was outstanding! the action was non stop from beginning to end and the characters were rich, gritty, and in your face . I wanted to stand up and root for the good guys like Taylor and Chung, And hated the bad ones with a passion. The weird thing about this book for me was, the zombies were a secondary issue for me. They were almost an in the background kind of bad guy, where as the lazarites were the true scary element . It made the book very interesting to say the least . For those of us who might have become a little bored with the common zombie read this is a new twist that is surprisingly thought provoking and very scary.

Robert W. Lynch
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on April 20, 2014
First I want to say that I love zombies! Anything I can watch or read, no matter how bad it is, I will usually give it one chance.

That said, there was so much WRONG with this book, that I could not even finish it. So many inconsistencies, I could not keep count. It needs proofread by an editor terribly. I mean seriously, there were so many run-on sentences, broken with commas, but in terrible places, I found myself having to re-read them over just to make any sense of them. And one thing that drove me bonkers...he kept misspelling intel as intell. Sorry I can't understand how anyone, a writer or a reader, can misspell words.

Another peeve of mine is writers who use "Christians" as bad guys. Really? I say Christians loosely because the only thing they DO have in common with typical Christians is that they believe in Heaven. Either way, can't people come up with something else???

Anyhoo, not sure I will ever finish reading it because I started to find it terribly boring. Wanted to give 1 star, but maybe some people will find the book interesting. I just didn't.
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on July 4, 2014
not great.
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on June 23, 2014
I like to read zombie stories and only a few have been worth the time to read. Mr. Morganbesser has done a superb job with this book. Granted there were a few grammer errors, such as misspellings and name changes but not enough to distract me from enjoying the story. Many of the characters were finely crafted and I'd like to see more stories including them and I'd like to find out more about how Fido (Paul) came to exist. I hope the story line continues.
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This was a nicely done zombie/military novel. Great buy for the price with almost 600 pages. I really enjoyed that the military aspect of this novel, which is most of it, was very well researched and it was obvious the author was familiar with military terminology and weapons. Nothing takes away from a military horror novel like misinformation or lack of knoweldge from a writer that choses to include military details and they have almost no idea what they are even talking about. I felt the characters were engaging and real, the backstory was interesting and detailed, and everything came together well. This author writes clearly, concisely and his dialogue is true to life and well written. I highly recommend this novel for all readers, not just zombie fans.
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