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The Infection [Kindle Edition]

Craig DiLouie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world.

A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.

Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all--a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of Infection.

Editorial Reviews


"Not just another zombie story ... a disturbing, nightmarish read." -David Moody, author of HATER

"Brilliant and terrifying!" -Jonathan Maberry, author of PATIENT ZERO

"28 DAYS LATER meets THE MIST ... a definite page-turner right from the get-go all the way to the insanely intense final scene."

"Proves that just because it's 'indie' horror doesn't mean it can't stand alongside the greats. The book is simply stunning." -Rhonny Reaper, Dollar Bin Horror

"Gripping ... DiLouie carefully recreates our society and our military ... then proceeds to bring the horror, devastation, and heroes we require." - Fangoria

"A road trip through hell." -Zombies & Toys

"DiLouie has created a vivid world of mayhem and destruction." -Doubleshot Reviews

"An entirely new way to look at the apocalypse."

"Intense and graphic ... a completely engrossing read." 

"One of the best zombie books I've read."
-THE FRINGE Magazine

"Beyond the regular apocalyptic novel."

"Inventive and fresh, offering an insider's perspective on pain and terror." -SHOCK TOTEM Magazine

"A frighteningly nightmarish twisting of the zombie formula."

About the Author

Craig DiLouie is the author of zombie favorites The Infection and Tooth and Nail as well as The Great Planet Robbery, a science fiction novel, and Paranoia, a psychological thriller.

Product Details

  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1934861650
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (January 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGS4UW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just wow. March 17, 2011
Before I start my glowing review... I've gone through a bunch of zombie books in the last year. Found 45 percent to be ok, 45 percent to be absolute dreck not worth reading, and the remaining 10 percent to be just great! Infection belongs in the top ten percent.

The book is about a different type of zombie (still well within the genre, so zombie fans are safe!), and we actually get glimpses throughout the book of how the zombies came to exist - and what reasons are for their existence. Their emergence takes up the first quarter of the book, and through flashbacks throughout the book. Very well done. You see the confusion, the apprehension, then fear and rage, characters who give up, others who fight back.

The book does not offer heroes who somehow manage to live through the zombie apocalypse with their hairstyle intact, and their souls untouched. Everyone in the book is damaged somehow... and it makes you root for the characters even more, because the damage is revealed in bits and pieces, and revealed very competently. You grow with the characters, as they experience the struggle and deal with the end of the world. You'll feel nervous yourself as you read, NEEDING to know what happens next to the characters. I finished this book a lot quicker than I originally planned because of the action and exposition.

Some time before a third of the book is finished, mutants begin appearing among the zombies. I won't say more, to avoid spoilers, but they add a dreadful feeling to the rest of the book. You'll be looking over your shoulder after reading, angry with the author for bringing these nightmares into your imagination. I mean this as a compliment to the author, but.... Craig DiLouie, how the h%&ll did you come up with these monstrosities??
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
The Infection starts out with a brief prologue that introduces the reader to the Screaming that initiates the apocalypse. About 20% of the population starts to scream uncontrollably and then collapse, going into a coma that lasts three days. At the end of that three days, those people who fell down wake up, and their only desire is to spread the infection to everyone else by biting and attacking them. The reader is thrust into the story a few weeks after the initial assault and we are introduced to a group of survivors roaming through Pittsburgh in a Bradley fighting vehicle. The crew of three is led by Sarge, who shares the task of leadership of the civilian survivor crew with Anne, a mysterious woman with a major hatred of the infected. Wendy, a police officer, Paul, a minister, Ethan, a math teacher, and Todd, a geeky high school student, are the other members of this brigade of survivors.

The story relates their current experiences of attempting to find shelter, avoid exposure to the infected, and seeking out other survivors, while flashing back to their initial introductions to the infection, lost family members, and the horrific memories each of them has had. DiLouie does a bang up job of revealing, by inches, what we need to know about each of the players in this story. In time, they settle at a hospital, clearing it room by room, and realize there are more than just the zombie-like infected that have been introduced into this new, horrible world. As they flee the hospital, they discover an even wider assortment of alien creatures-from wormlike to giant demons that hint at something far more sinister than just a virus or plague at work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again! February 3, 2011
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A whole new take on the zombie virus, AGAIN! Masterfully written with a lot of action, great characters, and a few unexpected plot twists. What more could you ask for? I too, like another reviewer have been waiting on this book for months. It was well worth the wait, and the price. The author's other book Tooth And Nail is on my 'favorites' list and this one joins the list as well. Now I have to wait again for the sequel, I'm sure it will be well worth it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it at 10pm, go to sleep at 3am... June 6, 2011
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Stop reading reviews and buy the book already!

Action, guilt, creeping terror, loneliness, weird creatures stalking the streets ...

I bought this at 10pm and finished it at 3am. I can count on one hand the number of books I've been unable to put down - this is one of them!

The Infection is a beautiful piece of work. Each character is vivid and the transformation of before and after is heartbreaking.

It's no ordinary zombie story either. The infected humans are swarming but there are stranger, more deadly things out there to rend with tooth and nail.

(Oh yeah, buy his other great zombie book Tooth and Nail!)

I could go on about what an extraordinary creation this is but I've already used my highest praise: I couldn't put it down and although I only got three hours sleep last night I don't regret giving my time to The Infection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Spin, loved it! April 28, 2011
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I loved this book. The spin that it took, the characters and action were just great. I am not a fan of the Distributor, but Craig has some great work here, If you want something different, please read this book. One of my top 10 out of the genre. Anything short of 5 star's for this book is beyone comprehension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great
As zombie stories go, this one isn't bad, but it doesn't take too long before the whole thing goes off the rails. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert E. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell yes!
As a mounted soldier in the army, it's nice to read a story about a bunch of regular joes blowing away legions of the undead. Well written and you feel with the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer
I have enjoyed all of the books I have read by DiLouie. This was no exception. It has well developed characters and is action filled.
Published 1 month ago by K-ride
2.0 out of 5 stars it's okay....
kind of cliche action and violence. Characters are pretty much card board cut-outs. Probably wouldn't have bought it if I knew.
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great take on a tired genre
Yes it's another "zombie" book but I really enjoyed this one. It had a major plot twist that I never saw coming which was great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doppelbock
2.0 out of 5 stars review
Love this genre of books, just didn't hold my attention. I can tell a good book if it is hard for me to put it down. When I do put it down I cannot wait to pick it up again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy O'Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good ZA read.
I totally enjoyed reading this novel, not your run of the mill ZA story line, good characters that you grow to like and you just hate to put it down to go to sleep at night. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jon V. Theisen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I was very impressed with this story. The characterization alone pulled me in. The storyline was far different then most other post apocalypse reads go. The type of ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!
I have been a huge fan of Craig's for a long time. This book was utterly fantastic, as well as terrifying. It puts a total different spin on the zompocalypse. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brandy Nicole Havers
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
Yes, the characters are the whole book...they drive the action and have a true voice in the book. I doubt DiLouie wrote this. He just wrote what he really saw: this book! Read more
Published 6 months ago by catt dahman
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More About the Author

Craig DiLouie is the author of the bestselling zombie novels TOOTH AND NAIL (Salvo Press, April 2010), THE INFECTION (Permuted Press, February 2011) and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR (Permuted Press, April 2012), in addition to THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, a military sci-fi comedy, and PARANOIA, a psychological thriller. As a technical writer, he has also written several non-fiction books about lighting and electrical design. His next horror novel, SUFFER THE CHILDREN, will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 20, 2014. Learn more at

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