- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Belmont Estate Books; 1 edition (March 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615964338
- ISBN-13: 978-0615964331
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Resurrection: A Zombie Novel Paperback – March 11, 2014
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About the Author
Michael J. Totten is an award-winning journalist and prize-winning author whose very first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize. His novel, Resurrection, has been optioned for film.
He has taken road trips to war zones, sneaked into police states under false pretenses, dodged incoming rocket and mortar fire, stayed in some of the worst hotels ever built anywhere, slipped past the hostile side of a front line, been accused of being a spy, received death threats from terrorists, and been mugged by Egyptian police officers. When he's not doing or writing about these things, he writes novels.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic among numerous other publications, and he's a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal. He has reported widely from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Balkans. A former resident of Beirut, he lives in Oregon with his wife and two cats.
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Top customer reviews
Totten blurs the lines of what it means to be human by showing how easily we can be inhuman to members of our own group despite strong relationships (not necessarily good ones) and then shows a path for redemption or perhaps reconciliation might be a better characterization.
There is obviously another novel following this one and I'm looking forward to it.
As an old scifi fan who has been spoiled by imaginative authors like Asimov, Heinlein, Scalzi etc who were deeply informed by the real world it didnt take long to get bored by the trte and formulaic ZombiePocalypse fiction that cant pass that same standard.
So when Totten's name popped up on the radar screen combined with Zombie my normal auto-scan-skip function was jiggered to a halt...WHAAA? Totten? Wasn't he just south of the border somewhere...checking...
Informed by history, recent turmoils overseas between old and new, he has the ability to inform, entertain but most important offer the ground truth that might be REALLY helpful to a civilian paying attention in troubled times elsewhere.
You almost hate to read thinking of this guy on same path as the many examples before him Michael Kelly, Sean Flynn, more balls than brains and using up his 13th of his cat's nine lives.
So dangit Michael have fun in Hanoi and check six as usual so you can hurry up and get Vol 2 of Resurection done, wilya! Hat-tip in the mail and working on Fatim'as Gate in the meantime.
**** MINOR SPOILERS, perhaps ****
The protagonist, Annie, has lost her memories of the last several weeks, and it is clear that whatever the reason is for the amnesia it is a very important plot point. The problem is that the author advertises this so frequently at the start that the twist becomes predictable by the end of the first chapter. There was no foreshadowing; instead, there were blatant hints that gave the reader too little credit (even the title of the book). Perhaps, though, the author never intended the "twist" to be much of a twist at all since he revealed it roughly halfway into the story. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and believe it was intentional rather than poor writing; however, this being ostensibly the first book of a series, my opinion is that the story would have been better served had the author advertised the twist much less often in the beginning and saved the reveal for the end. It would certainly have made the next book more attractive once it arrives.
What little character development exists occurs in only two of the main characters and is the result not of the cumulative experiences of the pair but of a sudden trauma each endured. Aside from this, all of the characters are rather flat. One hopes that, as long as the zombies are a secondary element, the next book will see added depth in the characters to make them more interesting, especially in Annie. Her attraction as a protagonist begins and ends with her secret, sadly too soon revealed.
That all having been said, the book was a quick and rather enjoyable read, and I have no regrets spending the money on it. If you're a fan of the zombie sub-genre, and particularly if you like your brand of zombie a la 28 Days Later rather than Romero-esque, then you will feel right at home with this story. You could do much worse.