The End: A Zombie Novel
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
First off, I will admit that this book was one of the most descriptive I have read in the genre thus far. However, it does still have its ups and downs.

Pros:
-As stated earlier, it was amazingly descriptive. Like other reviewers, I found myself lost in the gory (literally) details of the scenes.
-A good fresh jump on the origin of the cause of the undead apocalypse.
-The author was quite ruthless in who survived or not. I never expected the deaths of half of the people at all. I actually had to re-read one part just because I thought I had the name of the victim wrong.

However, the book seemed to have more cons than pros:
-The characters were extremely flat; I'm talking thinner than paper here.
-As a military man, I will instantly nitpick at anything military-related in a novel. It seems as if the only knowledge of the military structure the author had was from B-grade movies from the SyFy channel. Also, all knowledge of weapons seemed to stem from playing Call of Duty (or other comparable FPSs).
-Continuity. At some parts rank, characters, and even gender seemed to freely interchange.
-Although I could get through it there were some points where the grammar needed to be revised. Some sentences had extra words, and there were common misuses of words. Also, near the end of the book, it appeared as if the author pulled out a thesaurus for some of the descriptions as I saw. Certain verbs and adjectives appear only once in the entire novel.

I'll give it three stars due to the awesome descriptions that the author provides (which is the only thing that got me to the end.) However, more character development and research on military subjects are vital to the next work, should it be so military-oriented.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2011
Just a handful of what could be a hundred gripes:

Their, There, They're....Three different words. You may be able to look them up in a dictionary. Apparently the author had no editor.

Debriefings occur after action. Briefings occur before action.

Captain and Lieutenant are not equal ranks.

A two person combat team of a Captain and Lt is unlikely. Such a team is even less likely to be assigned as bus drivers.

Helicopters in the military have crew pilot, co-pilot, door-gunners. They bring teams in and out of landing zones. The pilots don't routinely leap out and engage in ground operations. The infantry teams they transport have that role.

Here's a relatively big error; flamethrowers haven't been part of the US military arsenal since 1978. But now they are apparently unremarkable standard equipment in an armored vehicle. Really?

Rhino's (military armored buses) exist but have not been deployed in the continental U.S. and are not part of any unit's Table of Equipment. Could we have even one small line explaining how the heck it got to Florida?

The parts that involve science and the handling of biological materials is even more unbelievable.

The upshot...zombie books require a suspension of disbelief. Everything else in such a story must ring true, in this novel things really don't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2011
This was a fun book to read, liked the characters and the story. I think that the author could have done some more research on the military before writing the book. Being ex-military, I can tell you that non-coms do not fly choppers, officers do. The helicopter pilot never gets out and engages the enemy, they drop your team off and then fly away to a safe place.....that way they can pick you up when you're done. There is almost always a pilot and a copilot not to mention door gunners and a crew chief...they stay with the chopper. Much of the time in a hot lz the helicopter does not land, you rappel out or jump about 3 feet to the ground. The smallest active unit is a fire team which is 4-5 soldiers, an officer would not be present unless a platoon sized unit was working and that would be a lieutenant in charge. A fire team or a squad would have a sergeant in charge. A major would probably not be caught dead with just 2 men helping him out in a combat situation. Anyway I could go on and on here but I don't have the room or the time. Next novel, pick up the basic infantryman's guide and look at it to help you out. Ok? Otherwise, it was a fun read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
When a group of unlikely survivors clash with the walking undead, a devouring feast of graphic proportions ensues. P. A. Douglas' debut novel is a tension-filled page turner! Reminiscent of a classic Resident Evil melodrama, The End manages to juggle zombie apocalypse with a touching mix of emotion and soul.

It must be said, Douglas has done an excellent job creating a character driven story. With a title hinting at possible annihilation, you'll be afraid to keep reading in fear of who may be next ... for no one is safe.

The author's writing style is solid. He has a gift for the descriptors; especially in describing the feast of the dead. When zombies gorge, you'll hear the crunch of bone and feel the warmth of blood. Needless to say, The End is not for the faint of heart. Some areas of the writing did feel a little rushed - small spelling or grammar mistakes, mostly - with several sentences broken up with too many commas, or too few. In some cases, there were more character point-of-views than needed. A minor complaint, and easily amended in a 2nd edition print. Regardless, the few writing faults do not take away from Douglas' stellar story what-so-ever.

Zombie horror fans rejoice, The End will not disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
This is not a bad book, it has fairly interesting characters and a lot of exciting and gory action. There are some editing problems but not too many. As other reviewers have pointed out the author makes innumerable mistakes regarding the military that really take away from the story. There are almost too many to mention but for instance the semi-automatic setting on an M16 does not fire three-round bursts (the automatic setting does), Sergeants do not pilot helicopters, Privates do not call Majors by their first name, Captain and Lieutenant are not equal ranks,...I could go on but why bother. The author writes quite well, although seems to have some trouble describing up close zombie action. Overall though not a bad read and I would be willing to give this author another try, if only he reads up a little on the military.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the kind of zombie book I love to read. It has all the action and violence you could want and the characters are interesting, not just cardboard cutouts or "killer elite" types. They have depth and you really care for them. Plus, the story zips right along. Before I knew it, I had read nearly half of the book in one setting. So yeah, if you like zombies, you'll like this one a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2011
Overall good story but as mentioned in other reviews a little background into military protocol would have helped. Still good to read but a little unbelievable due to this. Still would recommend if you enjoy zombie books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
If you love Zombies... this is the book for you! I have so far had the chance to read this novel 2x and can't get enough of it. I strongly suggest this book to anyone and everyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
What a delightful romp through the world of the risen dead! Pat has thrown it all to the wind and given us a zombie book where there is no mercy and everybody (EVERYBODY!!!) gets eaten! There is a plot but it's less important than the continuous action and riveting detail. You'll smell the blood, the decay and maybe whatever it was you ate last. This is a great book, especially considering it's his first foray into writing a novel. If he could incorporate this much gore into his music he'd force Gwar into retirement.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
so while some of the things said are true, military pilots don't leave their vehicles, there are no flaethrowers currently, i think some of that should be suspended for a ZOMBIE novel. i also don't think that everyone would know that so if it's not common knowledge it shouldn't be expected to be.
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