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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906727198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906727192
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,280,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simmons writes like the grotesque lovechild of George A. Romero and Charles Dickens." ---Physical Graffiti --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Wayne Simmons is the author of the horror novels Doll Parts, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Flu, and Fever.

Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, has loitered with intent around the horror genre for some years. He penned reviews and interviews for several online zines before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne's work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America.

Wayne currently lives in Wales with his ghoulfiend and a Jack Russel terrier called Dita.

Look out for Wayne at various genre and tattoo cons or visit him online:

http://www.waynesimmons.org

Customer Reviews

I really liked the characters and the story.
C. Brunner
So, if you like zombie, horror, or just plain old good story-telling, I recommend you pick up "FLU" by Wayne Simmons.
P. Smith
FLU is a must have for readers who love the apocalypse, especially the zombie kind.
Craig DiLouie

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig DiLouie on July 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
The zombie genre offers a lot of choices these days, with a few gems like Wayne Simmons' FLU that really stand out. I eagerly anticipated this one and devoured it within days of its delivery. The apocalypse is well explained, the characters behave realistically in realistic conditions, I actually get to know and care about the people involved, the action is engaging, and enormous stakes are presented that kept me reading to the end. FLU is a must have for readers who love the apocalypse, especially the zombie kind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Remy Porter on September 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I finished this title last night, and must say I really enjoyed it. It has been 18 months since I last read a new zombie novel, but I'm glad I picked this one up. It has a very dynamic story line. I liked the beginning that quickly throws you into the action with an interesting and diverse set of characters. The Irish setting, with the shadow of 'The Troubles' and the IRA, etc was inspired. The ending sets up the possibilty of a sequel - which would be no bad thing. I think I'd buy it!

If I had any criticise for the book it's that it possibly missed the opportunity to open up the story on a wider canvas. It keeps to quite a small set of characters, in a limited number of locations. I found it interesting when the story touched upon the military involvement, and I think there was scope to spend some time showing how the government and military all over Ireland were coping with the outbreak. Also, two sets of unrelated characters ending up at the same flat in the finale seemed a tad contrived. I wasn't mad on the idea of the little girl's significance either - Too 28 weeks Later. On a final personal note, everyone being a fine shot with a Glock 17 erked me a little, with a slight lack of realism that (a) it's really hard to hit moving 'head' target with a handgun with any accuracy and (b) the characters weren't deaf from all that shooting!

Small gripes aside, this is one of the better zombie novels I've read and I would recommend it. Clearly Simmons is an emerging talent, and has a bright horror writing future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheri A. Gambino on May 23, 2010
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This book starts out with action from the start. A deadly flu has started to break out, and the police are trying to quarantine off the sick people. Some are even sealed in their own homes, to prevent the spread of the killer flu. The flu is not contained and spreads like wildfire. But when the victim's die, they come back, changed and hungry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on July 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story. IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react. Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gather, as the reader is left with something of a mystery on their hands after book one as to what to expect from them...a good, intriguing mystery, mind you.

Flu is, in many ways, a more 'traditional' tale of the dead rising. The premise here is a flu that rips through the populace, putting down almost everyone as it goes airborne. The police cannot handle it, nor the army, but they are doing their grim best to quarantine the initial victims of the outbreak in a way that I found to be quite disturbing. Those afflicted by the flu don't rise immediately-at least not at the beginning of the story, but it does not take long for it to be clear that we are dealing with a zombie outbreak as we see one body rise in a tenant where the police can barely contain the rioting citizens. After that, we skip ahead six weeks and discover that the city of Belfast is a wasteland, with few survivors and undead numbers growing exponentially.

Wayne brings the reader back to his little corner of the world and makes it as detailed and vital as he did in DDG.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wayne Simmons, Flu (Snowbooks, 2010)

I get that damn shot every year, and for what?

I have seen a few reviews of Wayne Simmons' Flu that take it (and him) to task for not pushing the envelope here. Most of those reviews gave no indication if the reviewer in question had read Simmons' first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous. If they had, well, I can kind of see where they were coming from--for that is very much a book that pushed the envelope, zombie lit-wise, and to this day it's one of my favorite novels in the new wave of zombie lit. And no, Flu is not that. It's a straight-up homage to classic zombies.

You know what? I don't have problem one with that. Drop Dead Gorgeous is what it is, and if Wayne Simmons had never written another word, I would have still been praising him as one of the most original lights in the genre. But Flu is what it is as well, and when it comes right down to it, style will out--Simmons is a good, solid writer, and it doesn't matter if he's pushing envelopes or not. Hell, he could write a chick-lit novel and I'd give it a go, because I know it will have the same mix of quirky characters, graveyard humor, and situations that will make me say "what the hell were you smoking when you came up with this?", and I can be reasonably certain I'll have a great time with it.

Such is the case with Flu, which seems to have had its genesis (though we're only talking about the preface here) in Paco Plaza's flick [REC]; we see a couple of cops attempting to impose a quarantine on a block of flats where it's been reported that one occupant has come down with a particularly virulent strain of the flu that's been assaulting Ireland.
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