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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425197441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425197448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Walter Greatshell is the author of XOMBIES (August 2004), XOMBIES: APOCALYPSE BLUES (September 2009), XOMBIES: APOCALYPTICON (February 2010), XOMBIES: APOCALYPSO (March 2011), and MAD SKILLS (January 2011), all published by Penguin Books. His short-story THE MEXICAN BUS (featured in the anthology THE LIVING DEAD 2), his novel ENORMITY (written under the pen name W.G. Marshall), and his novel TERMINAL ISLAND are all published by Night Shade Books.

Customer Reviews

There were just too many peripheral characters that snuck in and out of the story and didn't mean too much.
Patrick S. Dorazio
The first fifty, and last fifty pages of the book were really exciting and fast paced, but I have to say that the rest of it was kind of slow and boring to me.
Dennis Duncan
I've only read one other zombie book other than this, and it wasn't any better, so maybe I'll just stick to the movies.
J. Wesemann

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on August 18, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the cover likens this story to a cross between 28 Days and Lord of the Flies, it is not that simple. 17-year-old Lulu (Louise) is with her mom looking for her father. Just as they seem to be at their destination, a plague sweeps the globe. Victims become crazed with a desire to infect others. There is also a side effect that reanimates the dead.

It is a much changed world that Lulu must navigate looking for some shred of sanity. Lulu suffers from a rare genetic disorder and it seems to have made her immune. Lulu teams up with her supposed father and joins a refugee effort on an old submarine.

Lulu's trek leads her to truths both shocking and unpleasant. We learn more of the plague and how it works. Conspiracies, greed, lust for power, and Lulu herself are all brought together in a very original story that is not just a zombie story. This is more of a cautionary tale that takes the reader into new and original directions. Part horror story, part cautionary tale, and part utopian tale this is a wonderful book that starts fast and just keeps going taking surprise turns all over the place. Check it out.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Spivack VINE VOICE on August 11, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Xombies is kind of a mish-mash of lots of different ideas already out there. Its Romero-esque zombie apocalypse running 28-Days-Later stylewith Ginger Snaps female hormones wrapped up with Max Max and (of all things) Below.

After all the women of the world go Xombie, also turning the men, a girl who is immune manages to escape aboard an Ohio-class submarine looking for safe haven.

If the writing wasn't so good (its very good) I'd call the novel too derivative to stand on its own but it zips along and you keep turning the pages and surprise...when its done, you're sorry.

Its a worthy read and the end was a pleasant surprise.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maries VINE VOICE on August 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After seeing the cheesy cover and the title, I was prepared for disappointment. Maybe that's why I was so pleasantly surprised when it turned out not to be a hastily banged-out take off on the Living Dead movies. It IS a Living Dead type story, but the writing is so precise and the story so well-crafted and perfectly paced, that it almost defies the genre with its non-cheesiness.

From the first few pages I was impressed by the sophisticated prose style and evocative descriptions, things I didn't think to find in a zombie horror novel. Even better is the way each chapter is an edge-of-your-seat type of experience, so that you just can't put the book down. I even had to restrain myself from sneaking peeks ahead to see what was going to happen.

The plot starts out simple enough - infectious homicidal corpses run rampant and survivors search for safety. You follow one survivor through her ordeal, as she witnesses horrible things involving maniacal dead people and gets involved with other survivors. The book takes a twist on the zombie genre here, and gets even better as it looks as what happens when the world order crumbles. Zombies are just one of many obstacles that Lulu, the heroine, faces as she tries to find a place in a terribly transformed world. The author's unique vision of this post-apocalyptic world offers a combination of zombie horror, military conspiracy, and futuristic consumerism of the Snow Crash variety. It's impossible to say more without giving away any of the many surprises of this very suspenseful book.

One of the most enjoyable features of the book is the heroine, who defies all stereotypes and never appears weak or "girly." This was refreshing.

Overall, this is a unique book, not just for fans of zombie flicks or horror novels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Just That Zombie Grrl on September 24, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Zombies - in the movies, at least - come in a few varieties. George Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) has the traditional slow-moving, flesh-eating zombies. The remake of "Dawn of the Dead" (2004) features zombies that move at a rate normally only seen in Olympic track champions. There are even zombie love stories - such as "Return of the Living Dead 3" (1993), in which the zombies specifically want to eat brains, as opposed to just flesh. Other zombie films explore the cause of zombie-hood - like the viruses in "28 Days Later" and the "Resident Evil" games-turned-movies.

For the most part, zombies - which are disturbing creatures to watch, regardless of whether they're moving fast or slow or what part of the humans they're eating - are featured in movies. Walter Greatshell, however, visits this familiar theme in his first published novel, "Xombies."

They're blue from lack of oxygen and they're determined to attack, and these creatures are called Xombies - with an X - because Agent X causes them to become what they are, not dead and not alive. These undead don't seem very smart - though, in true zombie tradition, they can tell humans from their own kind - but definitely make that up in speed and strength.

This is terrifying to Lulu - a 17-year-old girl who has been traveling with her mother and missed the start of the Agent X outbreak. When Lulu and her mother find out that people are sick and women seem to be in the most danger, at least according to the pre-recorded radio broadcasts they listen to, they hide in fear.

Eventually, they must try and seek additional supplies and find out if any of their neighbors are still alive - including Mr. Cowper, who may be Lulu's estranged father.
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