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Outbreak (Great Bitten Book 1) by [Fielding, Warren]
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  • File Size: 1394 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Malevolent Press; 3 edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBLBCE0
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I will be the first one to admit I'm not a fan of the zombie genre. I also have a very difficult time with the British vernacular and I almost put this book down. I'm glad I persevered. It was an engaging tale. Good guys, bad guys and zombies galore. The hero's loose their weapons, some of them don't make it, most are stretched beyond their mortal limits, and there aren't any characters who never make mistakes.
Congratulations Ms. Peers, a story well done.
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One of the biggest struggles of the zombie horror genre today is finding genuinely scary zombies and apocalyptic scenarios that feel real when every man and his dog has a zombie attack plan and dealing with zombies is a case of "Just shoot them in the head already." This book brings a really visceral sense of horror back to zombies, the stench, the gruesomeness and the danger of dealing with walking, diseased, human corpses in every encounter. One of the biggest strengths though is the really modern way it deals with the response to the zombies from both citizens and government rather than shying away by exploring reactions making their way to Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the internet, it makes the terror and confusion that much more real.

The narrator and protagonist takes some getting used to, cynical and pop culture-obsessed, right off the bat he feels like the kind of rambling drunk you don't want to get caught stuck in a conversation with at the pub. His voice ends up feeling so consistently real though that it's like you're genuinely experiencing the unfolding chaos through his eyes.

I'm torn about calling it a weakness or a strength, but reaching the end of the book it feels like the pilot episode of a TV show, we know the players and the setting but the real conflict is just starting to heat up. But on the plus side it's really given you time to digest some beautiful description, some fleshed-out characters and left you wanting more.
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What a gory thrill-ride - a roller coaster ride to be precise, the situation and suspense slowly building as you climb to the top of the track Then, before you realize it, you are abruptly rocketed down the steep slope into a tense, action-packed thriller that happens to have zombies in it. A well-written and near-realistic look at what happens to society in a SHTF scenario influenced by the microcosm of all that is good and evil in human nature. Will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
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28 Days Later is one of the two movies which tell the definitive British zombie apocalypse story. The other is Shaun of the Dead. The first gets referenced a couple of times in Great Bitten but, oddly, not the latter. I don't think Great Bitten is going to get many accolades as either film but it does manage to capture an essential British zeitgeist. Which is, of course, "What would it be like in the United Kingdom during the zombie apocalypse?" The lens through which this apocalypse is viewed is Warren Fielding. Warren is sort of an ur-British hero as twenty and thirty-something Brits see themselves (or forty-and-fifty-somethings looking back).

Just the way brown-haired hard men making hard choices represent the way American males like to see themselves, Warren is an anti-establishment working-class background kind of guy who is angry at the world but good-humored about his distaste for everything. He's quintessentially British. At least to anyone born during the 1980s to early 90s. I know this, oddly, because every single one of my England-born players made the same basic character for our online Tabletop games. Just about every one could be described the same way, too. Warren reminded me a lot of these old friends so I'm inclined to be kind to this book, fair warning.

Much of the book is about how the author sees the United Kingdom fairing during the zombie apocalypse. Some of the differences are stark and give a different sort of spin on the event than American fiction's usual, "everything falls to crap at once." Utilities last a long time in Great Bitten, as does things like the internet. Survivors are Twittering and Youtubing the apocalypse well after you'd think they'd be boarding up their homes.
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I'll never look at a pier the same way again! *shudder* If you liked fast paced, gore splashed zombie realness, then this is the book for you. After almost being munched on by a geriatric corpse one night in London, not-a-hero journalist Warren doesn't stick around to ask the usual tedious questions and come to the usual inevitable conclusions. In a refreshingly selfish display of pragmatism, he jumps on his bike and heads to the coast. What follows is a delightfully vicious, cruelly ill-favoured escape from the rotting horde at his heels with his not-exactly-friends in tow. Warren might not be the nicest guy in the world, but in his position I'm not sure I would be either. Love him or hate him, you'll want to know what happens next, even if its only for the satisfaction of seeing his face chewed off... Full of blood, guts, hammers and axes, Great Bitten might just make you reconsider whether living through the zombpocalypse would be as fun as you think.
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