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Apocalypse of the Dead Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2010
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The idea of a group of senior citizens is a very new, fresh take on a zombie survival story. We always read about people from middle aged to pre-teens in stories, with one or two older people thrown into the mix. To have a main group of characters be all over 65, and see how they survive is a different and interesting twist on what can be a repetitive tale.
However.......The religious leader who forms the compound seems a DIRECT copy of Jim Jones and the peoples temple. From his description: aviator sunglasses always on, to the hidden homosexuality, to the compound, the shootings of the delegates, and forced mass suicide of all his followers are damn near word for word Jonestown. If you've ever seen the documentary on Jones on the history or discovery channel, you'll see what I mean. It is almost an EXACT copy of the Jonestown story, and I would have liked it to be at least a little different.
Besides those points, the story is very well written. It starts off a little like World War Z, in that there are several different stories all going on simultaneously, but in this book they all converge and become one main plot. It is interesting, keeps your attention, and makes you want to find out the next turn and twist.
All in all, a very good read, and a highly recommended addition to your zombie library. I just wish McKinney would stray from the 'super cop' that is always present, and some originality in the Jim Jones connections would have been better.
Of course, the quarantine was broken by "dissidents" so you can figure out what happens after that. Add in a charismatic religious leader and a cult and you have a recipe for a really entertaining novel. Immediately bought the third book.
Can't wait for the next one!