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The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection) [Kindle Edition]

Craig DiLouie
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Book Description

The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

America’s far-flung military has returned home to wage a horrific war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washington, DC. Two hundred miles away, Ray Young, survivor of a fight to save a refugee camp from hordes of Infected fleeing the burning ruins of Pittsburgh, awakes from a coma to learn he has also survived Infection.

But this is no miracle. Ray is not immune. Instead, he has been transformed into a superweapon that could end the world … or save it.

In THE KILLING FLOOR, Craig DiLouie’s chilling apocalyptic vision portrayed in THE INFECTION continues, presenting a nightmarish struggle for survival like no other.


“A high octane, nail biter of a zombie novel. Craig DiLouie is one of the new masters in zombie fiction.”--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and ROT & RUIN

"Action so thrilling you can’t help but get lost in DiLouie's nightmares."--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of FLESH EATERS

"THE KILLING FLOOR is every kind of horror rendered down in one truly amazing apocalyptic novel."--Peter Clines, author of EX-HEROES and 14

Editorial Reviews


"A high-octane, nail-biter of a zombie novel ... Craig DiLouie is one of the new masters of zombie fiction." --Jonathan Maberry, author of DEAD OF NIGHT and ROT & RUIN

"Harrowing action so thrilling you can't help but get lost in DiLouie's nightmares." --Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DEAD CITY and FLESH EATERS

"A unique and startling vision of Armageddon. Recommended!" --David Moody, author of HATER and AUTUMN

"One truly amazing apocalyptic novel." --Peter Clines, author of EX-HEROES and 14

"A harrowing saga of a horrifying yet believable apocalypse." --Horror Review

"Gave me nightmares."

"Spectacular." --Living Dead Media

"Amazing roller coaster ride of a zombie series that will knock your socks off." --The Zombie Librarian

About the Author

Craig DiLouie is the author of the bestselling zombie novels The Infection, Tooth and Nail and The Killing Floor. His latest apocalyptic horror novel, Suffer The Children, is now available from Simon & Schuster. He blogs about horror media regularly at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1954 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1618680757
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (April 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SPUS20
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Follow-Up to The Infection.... April 16, 2012
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After reading Tooth and Nail and The Infection some months ago, I was pumped for the release of The Killing Floor, the sequel to The Infection. While waiting, I actually read each of the aforementioned books again, something that I have never done previously, in order to whet my appetite for The Killing Floor.

I downloaded the new book unto my kindle, and clouds parted while angels sang. I devoured The Killing Floor in just a couple of days, and felt it was as good, if not better, than The Infection (and The Infection rocked). Great new characters, familiar old friends, some flashbacks, and of course, brutal action throughout, made this book 5 stars for me. And a great ending, although the window remains open for potential sequels-----I'm waiting patiently---the earth abides.....

Great writing, Mr. DiLouie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Executed to perfection... June 10, 2012
I'm quickly becoming a fan of zombie novels after reading novels by Craig DiLouie. I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of The Killing Floor, DiLouie's follow-up to The Infection. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading The Infection yet (and I'd highly recommend it), go ahead and order both that and The Killing Floor at the same time. The Killing Floor picks up immediately after The Infection ends, and you'll need to make sure you have a week with nothing else planned. Putting either novel down will be difficult at best...

The Killing Floor moves between various groups that are trying to survive the mass infection that has destroyed American society. DiLouie spends more time digging into the minds and motivations of the individuals that make up the primary story. Hope, anger, despair... DiLouie nails it. Unlike most zombie novels, DiLouie goes beyond the "walking dead" plot line and introduces mutations that give the survivors much more to deal with than shuffling dead people who don't give up. Throw in his rich detail when it comes to the battle carnage, and you don't have to work very hard to paint a vivid picture in your mind.

For me, the best part of the novel is what DiLouie did with Ray Jones. Unlike all the other infected victims, Ray survives his encounter with the mutated creatures. DiLouie gives the reader two ways to go with Ray's situation... is Ray a solution to the infection, or has he become something more dangerous? The twists and turns are unexpected but executed perfectly to complement the story.

In my mind, The Killing Floor (combined with The Infection) are must-reads if you're interested in the zombie genre. Craig DiLouie has cemented his place as a top author in my "read immediately" list.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Floor is a great book!!! May 2, 2012
If you liked The Infection you're sure to love it's sequel. DiLouie keeps the pedal to the floor but also manages to show the human side of his characters who are dealing with a nightmare scenario. All of the great characters from The Infection return and their stories are told in an exciting and sometimes heartbreaking way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves this genre or even those who may not have gotten into it in the past as a great example of how to do a book like this the right way!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent DiLouie novel December 27, 2012
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As usual, DiLouie sucked me in. I've read Infection and Tooth and Nail twice and had to read this one too even though it was far more expensive. Still completely worth the money. I want more!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Craig Dilouie nails it! April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge fan of the post apocalyptic zombie, societal collapse theme. It's awesome! It's my sick fantasy. Well, Craig Dilouie narrates one with a sick, twisted, alien (maybe?), demonic, mutant mob of death.

The first book was about a group of survivors trekking their way thru Pittsburgh tofind a government camp with an epic conclusion followed by the military returning to take back the USA. This one focuses now on three groups which definitely kept the pace up the entire book.

The Killing Floor switches between the survivors on the first book, The US Military returning from overseas bases.. which also adds a nice military perspective similar to "Tooth and Nail" (another awesome book by Craig Dilouie). And the third follows Ray Young which adds a nice "Zombie: Ohio" twist to the Infection saga.

Throughout the book he jumps around from group to group which is a good thing because once you get right into it, the chapter ends and you keep reading because you keep wanting more. Craig Dilouie has definitely nailed this one. This book is a fantastic sequel, but I do recommend you pick up the first one and read it before going thru this.

Although it can be read as a stand alone title. It's always good to read the prequels to get a better understanding of whats going on.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it October 9, 2012
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All I can say is that I loved both books from the series!!!!!! I will not spoil anything for the people who have yet to read it. The character that annoyed me was Anne. Everything I read a chapter on her it was nails on the chalk board...I loved Sarge and Wendy and wished they were in it more, I will definetly read more book from this author.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Perfect as the End of the World Can Get May 16, 2012
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Like most sequels, it's difficult to discuss Craig DiLouie's The Killing Floor without at least mentioning its predecessor, The Infection. Unlike most sequels, however, DiLouie makes it easy to focus on this work by surpassing the original in almost every way.

The Killing Floor picks up right where The Infection leaves us, bringing back all of the characters who survive the first story, even one special character whom we think is doomed when we leave The Infection, and introducing many new characters. Like Infection, itself, DiLouie allows his zombie mythology to evolve and adapt, and therein he finds the central plot of The Killing Floor. It threatens to become hackneyed, but DiLouie jumps in with both feet and develops it enough so that it feels legitimate, natural, and unique.

The Killing Floor differs from The Infection a bit in style. While The Infection jumps between characters' perspectives, most of the ensemble sticks together, providing a single stream storyline. The Killing Floor is a much more ambitious story in that the main characters are broken into several groups, which all have their own storylines and themes. It also follows many more characters. This technique can often be challenging for newer writers, as it takes balancing chronology to tell a coherent story, and it takes discipline to give the reader what's important to know, else the novel risks running hundreds and hundreds of pages. The Killing Floor never misses a beat here and keeps us engaged and pushing the story forward. It never is confusing in the sense that we aren't quite sure how to distinguish characters or settings even though it jumps around often. It never is scant on the details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Craig DiLouie is the Danny Boyle of paperback novels. ...
Craig DiLouie is the Danny Boyle of paperback novels. Fast paced, fast zombies, and the stories are developed too, unlike other zombie novels out there that are too predictable... Read more
Published 23 days ago by no crap
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story
“The Killing Floor” is a vivid look at this brutal post-apocalyptic world. The story picks up where “The Infection” leaves off following the remaining groups of survivors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story continues
If you love apocalyptic stories and if zombies or monsters are in your cache of favorite creatures, than you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jillyb3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 4 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
Fantastic zombie apocalypse novel. Well written and has a great plot.
Published 5 months ago by tim swearman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 8 months ago by Avid reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Loved the other books in this series but this one was slow and hard to read until the final battle at the end. I skipped through it a lot due to lack of any real story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carla C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great purchase. Can't wait for the next one. I recommend this to anyone who had read the authors other books.
Published 13 months ago by B. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
I liked this series and enjoyed how it wrapped up in this book. Well worth the time, I recommend it to PA and Zombie fans.
Published 15 months ago by K-ride
5.0 out of 5 stars Chiller
Great book I love a good thriller and both books are great I enjoyed it a lot. Really good read
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More About the Author

Craig DiLouie is the author of SUFFER THE CHILDREN (Simon & Schuster, May 2014) and the bestselling zombie novels TOOTH AND NAIL (START/Salvo Press, April 2010), THE INFECTION (Permuted Press, February 2011) and its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR (Permuted Press, April 2012). He has also authored 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. Craig blogs about apocalyptic and horror books and films regularly at

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