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- Print Length: 215 pages
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- Publisher: Severed Press (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F8O4AS6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phillip Tomaso's Vaccination was a great way to get reacquainted with my old reanimated friends.
I kind of dug the way our hero, Chase, is portrayed in this. He's a divorced dad, and he's got some issues. Frankly, he's a bit of a dink and seems to be as dead inside as the shambling/running (got both kinds here folks -two speeds, no waiting) gut-munchers that now roam the land. No take-a-monster-bite-for-a-friend here because Chase has no friends. He's got something to do and doesn't give a fig for anything or anyone that's in his way or slows him down.
As we travel across Rochester, NY (Really! When was the last time you read a book set somewhere as unique as that?) killing zombies and collecting survivors with him the damndest thing happens. Chase begins to come back to life.
One thing I'm kind of hoping is that the difference between the two speeds and motor control is explained in the follow on volumes. are the originals the prime zombie flesh and the copies bite recipients? Well each iteration get progressively weaker like a succession of photocopies until the end result is a barely animated lump of meat only suitable for doorstops or (insert least favorite profession here)? I'm looking forward to finding out.
Vaccination isn't your typical zombie thriller that plays into the normal "zombie apocalypse" stereotypes. More so it uses the stereotypes of what we think we "know" about zombies launches the characters into the strange unknown land they come to experience.
Like Phil's other books this is a dark novel and a very physiological thriller. The plot twists making the reader believe one thing is going to happen when it goes in the complete opposite direction of what you would expect. On several occasions I thought I knew for sure where the story was going to go and was pleasantly surprised to find myself wrong and the story taking another turn. Even with those twists from what I expected the story made sense. It is eerily believable and almost plausible!
The characters development is wonderful and very in depth. In a very short time you come to care about the characters and root for their survival in this new strange world. As you learn about the main character, Chase, and his driving force to survive you instinctively hope for him to come out on top. As you being to get a look into Chase's psyche and learn about him you may even dislike him at times. However as the story progress you get little glimpses deeper into who Chase is, and what he's really all about. And even thought you may night like him, you still root for him.
The detail in this novel is also top-notch. I live in the area where the novel is set, but even if I didn't I would have no problem picturing the layout as Phil describes it. It was very easy to immerse myself in the story and picture it as I was reading.
Overall I would highly recommend not only this book but all of Phil's other books. And I look forward to the next book in the trilogy to see what happens to Chase and his "family".
I couldn't tell you what about this story makes it stand out to me, because technically it's generic too. How many variations of a zombie apocalypse can there honestly be? Random, fast spreading disease/infection, group of strangers trying to fight together to stay alive, a goal to reach safety and/or to find loved ones, etc. This has all of that. So why does it stand out? Answer: I have no idea.
But I do know that I couldn't stop reading it, that it made me double check all my doors and windows were locked at night, and that I can't wait to read the rest of the series, which I didn't ever really expect to say about a zombie novel.
Definitely checking out his other books, and I highly recommend this one! :-)
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