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Xombies: Apocalypticon Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2010

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Book 2 of 3 in the Xombies Series

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"Xombies: Apocalypticon is more exciting, more action-packed, more gory, and more darkly humorous than its predecessor."
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"Surprise after surprise. A heady brew of science fiction, suspense, and adventure." -- A. J. Matthews

"Both epic in scope and entirely unpredictable." -- Nate Kenyon

"28 Days Later meets Lord of the Flies." -- A. J. Matthews

"A triumph...by one of the most refreshing and unique voices in modern horror fiction." -- Nate Kenyon

About the Author

Walter Greatshell is the author of the Xombies series and the novel Mad Skills.
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Product Details

  • Series: Xombies (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; First Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018451
  • ASIN: 0441018459
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sequel to the terrific XOMBIES: APOCALYPSE BLUES, Apocalypticon starts anew from the perspective of a minor character in the first book. When the submarine crew returns to the mainland USA to try to find clues to the origin -- and potential cure -- of Xombieism, it isn't long before everything goes horribly wrong. With fewer name characters and plot twists than the first book, Apocalypticon delivers running chase-and-battle scenes with hordes of running Xombies, as well as numerous world-building flashbacks to the very first minutes of the outbreak. Greatshell's sense of absurdity in full force, such as in the bizarre opening scene in a prison rodeo, adding lots of subtle humor to a series which manages to be incredibly violent and gory without being sadistic... since the Xombies don't feel pain no matter how much they're chopped up and blown up and immolated, and since what they offer to their victims isn't pain or torment (a la, say, the zombies in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD or 28 DAYS LATER) but sweet sweet release from all the cares of humankind.

Apocalypticon also delves deeper into science-fiction explorations of the nature of Xombiehood, although it leaves many questions unanswered (and others answered only if you're really paying attention), and it introduces one particularly out-of-left-field sci-fi subplot which hangs in the air, tantalizing, at book's end. That's the only caveat about this dark, dark cocktail of apocalyptic posthuman sci-fi black-comedy horror: it does read like the second book in a trilogy, and although it doesn't end on a cliffhanger per se, I'm left wanting more. MORE XOMBIES! And while I'm at it, more of the Beatles cover band from the first book, who in Apocalypticon only get a brief nod. ;)
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"Xombies: Apocalypticon" is author Walter Greatshell's followup to his acclaimed Berkley novel, "Xombies", also retitled "Xombies: Apocalypse Blues", under the re-release by Ace. Personally, I like the original title and especially the original cover a lot better, but marketing departments have the final say in the end, right or wrong. The original printing also has some slight text differences in a character's accent used in dialogue.

In this second story, Greatshell continues with the same characters and throws them in just as much danger as before. Only this time, they have to battle between each other as much as the outside forces of the Xombies. Food is dwindling and paranoia about the future quickly turns our submarine crew into panic mode. For a more rewarding experience, I would recommend newcomers read the first book in the series before diving into this.

Halfway through the book, Greatshell introduces a completely new concept to the zombie mythology that is, quite simply, a game changer for humans and their defensive tactics against the hoards of the undead. Here and there, I felt some descriptions or actions were a touch vague and a bit confusing, but overall it was clearly a successful novel. If you are looking for the same old zombie story, you'll want to stay away. These are not your father's zombies. This is a completely new and layered take on this sub-genre. Greatshell takes the rulebook on zombies and doesn't just throw it out, he blows it up.
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It's been years since I read the first book, so I was a little confused by some of the plot points, but I enjoyed this book as it was. There was a lot of disturbing stuff, and the ending is anticlimactic, but I definitely want to read the next book.
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Just as good as the first one. Heading for the third in the series and hopefully it will be as good as the first two.
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Sure, we've seen the zombie-causing virus before. We've witnessed countless movies and books about mindless once-human things bent on contaminating all of the human race. Yet Walter Greatshell's Xombies: Apocalypticon (sequel to his Xombies: Apocalypse Blues) actually succeeds in bringing something new and fascinating to this milieu.

Yet again, being a book reviewer has resulted in my starting a series in the middle. I highly recommend starting with the first book, because this is a rather complicated story, and while this book stands about as well as could be expected on its own, I would have had an easier time with some of the plot points if I'd started at the right place! Not to mention there's plenty of interesting material here, and you might as well enjoy it all. Note that this book features a different main character and focuses on a different aspect of the Xombies tale, with Lulu (from the first book) only coming into play tangentially.

While there's a fascinating mystery at the heart of the Agent X infection, and some interesting characters, the real story is the altered world in which the characters find themselves. The folks on the sub have their own hardships, and the ones on land have found some highly unusual "solutions" (I use that word very lightly) to many of the dangers the Xombies pose. There are also quite a few social implications raised by the lack of women, and Greatshell definitely has some unusual and fascinating takes on what might happen there.

I know it seems like I'm not going into much detail here, and that's because it's hard to get into the nitty-gritty of things without giving away some of the best surprises. The Xombie tale is gory, wild, surreal, gross, and definitely action-packed.
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