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on May 21, 2017
I love the zombie thrillers that Joe McKinney writes, but this one was a major disappointment. Nothing happens until 15% in the novel. It is very slow paced and too much back story. I would avoid buying this one. The first and second novels are great in this series, I am hoping the 4th is as well.
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on April 28, 2012
... what zombie stories should be about.

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.
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on August 27, 2012
Another really good story. It really frustrates me not to be able to give that extra 1/2 star. 5 stars are just not enough of a range to rate these books. I did like Apocalypse of the dead a little better than Flesh Eaters, but just a little bit. This was a really good story. The characters were great, the plot was intriguing, and the twists and turns kept you on your toes. I don't generally like a series that doesn't pick up where the previous book left off but when it's done well it is a good thing. These books are a series, no question of that. They belong together. I think I can say, without it being a spoiler, that part of the horror for the reader, would be the thought of being stuck behind that wall and trying to survive. When I could finally keep my eyes open no longer, right before I went to sleep last night, I found myself laying there with that going through my head. Talk about Hell on earth! And if you had a loved one with you, especially someone weaker and dependent on you, what a horror that would be in the truest definition of the word.
It is a really good book. READ AND ENJOY!!
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on November 17, 2014
Joe delivers again. His characters are believable and unfortunately so are his stories. Yikes!
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on April 21, 2016
I am so glad I took the deal to get my first book by Joe McKinney. I have now purchased & read 3 of his books & they are fantastic. Be careful- if you read these books you can't put them down! Excellent charactors, plots that pull you directly into the story, making Zombies totally believable.
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on July 19, 2014
Great read from Joe. All of his stories are good, the characters are believable and the situations plausible. It makes for some good reading. You get drawn into Joe's Zombie Novels much the same way you do Mark Tufo's only with less emphasis on humor. It's good stuff.
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on November 25, 2015
have really enjoyed the audio book. it is very well done. a different type of zombie. the writer keeps the
story flowing and it is hard to put down. I really enjoyed the book and will buy other works by the author
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on April 26, 2015
these are real quick reads. Yes we all know that that zombies do not really exist but it gives you thought that with this kind of a virus it could happen
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on July 6, 2016
Great Zombie series
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on January 13, 2014
Once again Joe Mckinney keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. Never a dull moment in this series, always twisting and turning. Always rooting for the good guys and hating the zombies, and bad guys. Wish he'd come out with more. Couldn't recommend this series more!!!
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