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- Publisher: Pinnacle Books (April 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IWR3ME
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About the Author
Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos, narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel, and films. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
In my day job I'm a sergeant in the San Antonio Police Department, and over the past twelve years I've gotten to do a little bit of everything a cop can do. I've been a patrolman, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective and an administrator. But I'm also a writer, and a lot of people have a hard time reconciling those two occupations. Especially when they find out I write horror. "Why?" they ask. "And why zombies for God's sake?"
To answer that, I have to turn back to the summer of 1983. I was fourteen. That summer gave me two landmarks in my education. The first was George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, a movie that scared the ever-loving crap out of me. I watched it one night on cable and slept cradling a baseball bat for the next month. No movie had ever done that to me before, and very few have done it since.
And then, just when I thought I had experienced real fear, Hurricane Alicia made landfall. I grew up in Clear Lake City, a little suburb south of Houston. We were just across the lake from the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel and the numerous shrimp camps down along the coast, and we were square in the path of the storm.
I spent all night in a closet, listening to the storm trying its hardest to rip my house from its foundation and send it sailing off like a kite. The next morning, I went to the front door and looked out over a sea of muddy water. Every roof was missing shingles. Trees were toppled. Cars and trucks were submerged to their roofs. I saw a water moccasin glide through the swing set in my neighbor's back yard. And at the entrance to my subdivision was a sixty foot shrimp boat that had been carried seven miles inland by the storm surge. The destruction was staggering, and for a boy of fourteen, it felt a bit like the world had been turned upside down.
Of course, my fear didn't last long. Later that day my best friend came by in a canoe and we paddled all around the neighborhood, acting like river explorers heading up the Amazon in search of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. It was a blast.
Nearly three decades have gone by since that summer, and a lot has happened. I've built a career in one of the most dangerous professions out there. I've become a father, raising two lovely children in a world that grows scarier every day. I've carved out a life for myself and my family. Doing that puts a hard grain of independence in a man's personality. It makes him proud. But it also makes him vulnerable. And I'm no exception: scared to death for the future, but too obstinate to let it show.
And that's why, when I set out to write about the world I knew, to tell the kind of stories I felt simmering inside me, the words came out as horror. I don't pretend to understand how that psychological alchemy happens. For me, the stories have never been about the horrors themselves, but about struggling to be human in a world that is increasingly strange and hostile. It is about finding beauty and peace in spite of all the obstacles thrown in our way. That, for me, is why horror works. It isn't about monsters. It's about hope and humanity surviving against extraordinary odds. That's why horror clicks with me.
My zombie horror novel Flesh Eaters is the third installment in the Dead World series. If you've read Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead, the first two books, then you're familiar with the world of my zombie apocalypse. If not, you're still in good shape, because this book is the beginning. This is where it all got started. And I think it's fitting that the story pays respects to the fears of my youth. That's why it's about storms, and zombies.
But the story also mirrors my present day reality, for each of the main characters is a cop struggling to do the right thing in a world that is morally complicated and often savagely cruel. How does one stay afloat in a world like that? Flesh Eaters doesn't have the one true answer, because I don't think there is a one true answer, but I hope that it talks to readers about the things that are really important. Like honor. And duty. And most of all, family.
Perhaps you agree. Or perhaps your priorities are different. Either way, I hope this book makes you ask questions about what's important to you. But no matter how you answer, I hope you enjoy the apocalypse! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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McKinney has gone to great lengths to make the entire series as realistic as possible, and if you haven’t read all three books yet, I strongly recommend that you put it on your Halloween must-read list. I can't wait to read the fourth book in the series!
It is a really good book. READ AND ENJOY!!
This story is not about zombies. It's not about blood and guts, it's not even about a devastating set of storms that flood southern Texas and reshape the Gulf of Mexico seaboard. It HAS all those things, but it isn't ABOUT them.
What it is about, first and foremost, is people.
Far too many writers of horror in general, and zombie stories in particular, think that the horror comes from the situation, and so they splash gore and foul language and viscera about with abandon, never understanding that horror only succeeds when it is happening TO someone that the readers care about. Joe McKinney never makes that mistake. In this unflinchingly terrifying book, the zombies are merely one more in a set of terrible obstacles that face both families and villains, heroes and scum. Indeed, even without the zombies this book would have been frightful, because the reader is made to understand what makes the characters tick, and then McKinney slowly puts those characters through purposeful paces. Some of the people unravel, some of them rise above tragedy to blossom into beauty. But the reader CARES about all of them.
This book is also horrifying in its scope. Though rooted in the experiences of certain individuals and groups, it is a truly apocalyptic tale. Like King's THE STAND and McCammon's SWAN SONG, the book is one about an entire world entering a serious and permanent change. It is the kind of book that puts you into its situations so fully that you find your heart racing, your breath coming in shallow gasps as you become an eyewitness to a paradigm shift in culture, in geography, in civilization itself. You can't help but wonder if you would be a survivor in such a scenario... or if you'd even WANT to be one.
Though there is gore enough to satisfy any zombie aficionado, though ribs snap and blood flows, though teeth gnash and chomp on innocent and guilty alike, the visceral thrills are handled carefully - even clinically at times - which only serves to intensify the fright as the reader is forced to participate in imagining what it would be like to live in (and hopefully through) a zombie apocalypse.
As a horror writer myself, it's doubly hard for me to just sink in and enjoy a good scary book, because all too often I am admiring (or irritated by) the author's words, the author's style, the author's particular voice. In this case, I simply forgot myself in a great tale, and spent a few long nights cramming in "just one more chapter."
All in all, this is a wonderful book. McKinney won a Bram Stoker award for Best Novel in 2012 for FLESH EATERS. For my money, it was well deserved.
The author has a real knack for writing about zombies. There is something about his zombies that just sends chills down your spine. He is a very good writer and his books really come to life through his words. Flesh Eaters moves at a great pace and there are no parts that seem to bog the story down.
Some people are stating that this book is just more of the same. While I cannot argue with that point too much as these books are all based around zombies I do feel that the quality of the stories and his great writing makes each book stand on its own. These really are high quality, well edited books and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one completely.
If you are into zombie fiction I highly recommend this series. You will not be disappointed!
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For those unfamiliar with the preceding titles in the series, McKinney has laid waste to his native Texas with the assistance of some natural disasters, followed by a zombie outbreak. ‘Flesh Eaters’, follows in the footsteps of both ‘Dead City’ and AOTD in that it tells its own story, linked to the series in that it stems from the same events but yet, unique and distinct in its own right.
‘Flesh Eaters’ effectively centres on the plight of two families: the Nortons and the Shaws. Both are families with career police officers at their heart but both families have very different paths set out for them by the author...
With the city of Houston devastated by hurricanes and flooding, it creates an environment for proceedings to play out in that to my mind, have not been portrayed before in any horror novel I have come across, let alone the zombie subgenre. Furthermore, the narrative covering the response of the police and those in authority here is enhanced by the author’s own experience as a police officer of nearly two decades service, coupled with his expertise as a disaster mitigation specialist. I am at a loss trying to think of any other authors with such an impressive pedigree.
‘Flesh Eaters’ has been criticised for taking its time to get started. Such criticism, I would suggest’ is unwarranted. McKinney plunges the reader in to the midst of a city dealing with disaster from the off and thereafter, adds the walking dead to the mix, culminating in some spectacular events that wouldn’t look out of place in a big budget movie.
I was surprised at how quickly I tore through ‘Flesh Eaters’, given that it weighs in at around 400 pages long. However, I’d suggest it stands testament to the quality of the story found therein and how much I was actually drawn in by the nightmarish vision visited upon Houston by award-winning author Joe McKinney.
For those not familiar with the preceding titles in the Dead World series, there is no need to read ‘Dead City’ and AOTD before ‘Flesh Eaters’. Each tale stands equally well on its own. However, whatever you decide to do, ‘Flesh Eaters’ is definitely a tale of the walking dead that ought to grace your collection at your earliest convenience.
Just wish I could stop imagining people going zombie in the street, though!
Also be prepared for an unusual ending to a zombie book.
If you like your end of the world zombie style, check out Outpost. Not strictly zombie but as close as makes little difference.
Told from the point of view of the people in Houston, it was fast paced and gripping, and had me hooked from the first page! My favourite in the series so far, the author gets better with each
Moving through the book it is very good.
If you like Joe McKinney read it but don't read this as the first of his books.
Action packed throughout. Slow to start but once it gets going it's hard to put it down.
Off to read the next one now !!!
having read some comments on reviews.....i dont care if you dont like my lack of punctuation.....language is evolving, keep up folks