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on December 23, 2013
This book really offered nothing new to the genre. You have the usual zombie stuff, with all the gore and military talk. In that regards it's pretty average. What got me was how many strokes of luck the main character seems to catch. The first one is how when the main character and his family are hiding in the basement that they just happen to have an industrial sized basement freezer to block the door, or how the main character just happens to know a crazy end of the world nut who just happens to have a fortified tower in the middle of nowhere where everyone can hide out. I felt like I was rolling my eyes every few pages.
I also felt that the zombies were, well, rather odd. Let's go back to the scene where the family is held up in the basement. Zombies are literally surrounding their house with their arms reaching in through the small basement windows, the zombies know they're hiding in there, but then they just get bored and leave making it possible for the main character and his family to escape. Since when does a large group of zombies just lose interest and walk away?
The author's political biases also got on my nerves a bit. Was it necessary to write a disparaging comment on Fox News? Did the author feel like that would add something to his character building? Also the author felt the need to making a point about drug legalization, which again adding nothing. I don't care what your opinion is about either subject, but this is Zombie Novel, not a soap box. I don't know about anyone else, but when I read it's to escape the problems of the real world. I don't like having to deal with petty real life issues when I read.
I also found it weird how after the main character's wife dies how fast he's on top of her drugged out sister. It's not just how quick he gets over his wife's death, but a drugged out ditz? Seriously, someone has no taste lol.
The character writing is also rather disappointing in this book. I mean it's hard to get attached to anyone, and when one character dies you see it coming from miles away.
If you want a good zombie series to read check out the White Flag of the Dead Series by Joseph Talluto.