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3.5 stars. Great start but then it was action sequences all the way.
on April 3, 2016
This a better than average zombie book, with a very strong start. I liked meeting Joe, who had just killed several men in a bust gone bad. One of those men turns out to be our patient zero. I even liked the twist on the villains, with Sebastian having his own strange agenda and the jihadists theirs.. But after a strong few chapters, it just devolved into an action piece, with constant thrills and battles (and really, no sleep) and less and less characterization. If you want some exciting fight scenes and some spectacular zombies then you are in the right place. But the hero, Joe, became way too Mary Sue for me (the author just loves him, wants to be him, thinks we all want to be him) and sadly the women were all ciphers. Grace really had very little personality and the main men barely got descriptions but all the main women were unnaturally beautiful. It's clearly the start of a series (and perhaps a film franchise) but while I enjoyed this one, I think I'll pass on the next one... I wish he had given it a few more scenes between action moments. It became a great roller coaster ride, but character and nuance were thrown out to serve the action.