Book Review: Dead City: A Dead World Novel by Joe McKinney

Dead CityBattered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying—but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life—with an insatiable hunger for human flesh…

Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family…

If you’re looking for a predictable story that leads you step-by-step to an anti-climatic ending then look no further.

When I pick up a book I have a few expectations:

  1. A horror novel should have some elements of horror.  This book failed to leave me feeling scared, unsettled or horrified in any way shape or form.
  2. A book should be entertaining and leave me with some form of satisfaction that I had spent some time reading it.  This book made me wish for the 3 hours back that I had invested in it.
  3. The author will make the safe and simple assumption that I am smarter than your average rock and be able to follow a few twists and turns.  This novel was put into drive and plowed straight ahead from predictable moment to predictable moment.

The author insisted on driving me around San Antonio street by street and turn by turn.  I mean really?  Do I need to know that he turned left on such and such and then right on such and such before he turned his car around to try a different street?

The zombies in this novel were nothing more than a nuisance and the main character was never in any real jeopardy from them.  Every time the hero seams to be facing certain death someone pops out of the wood work to help him out.

I can not recommend this book to anyone except for maybe those of you out there that have an incessant need to read bad zombie apocalypse novels no matter what the cost.