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.

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Book Review: World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War by Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarMax Brooks travels across the United States and around the world interviewing survivors of the Zombie Wars and shareing their devastating stories about the horrors that humankind faced at the hands of the zombies.

 

This book was exactly as the title advertised: An Oral history of the Zombie War.

This is a brilliant example from an author who asked “What if”.  The story was so believable that I had to ask if there had been a zombie apocalypse that I hadn’t known about.

 

I found myself unable to put this book down. I devoured this book in a matter of days and was only disappointed by the knowledge that there was nothing else left for me to read!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a believable tale about how the world would actually deal with a zombie apocalypse. This book should be on everyones must read list.

Book Review: Countdown By Jonathan Maberry

CountdownA prequel to Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series.

Time is too short!

I found this to be a disappointing, mediocre, short story that failed in it’s attempts to hook me into wanting to read any more from this series or by this author.

Reading the dialogue was almost as pleasant as chewing on tin-foil and I found that I couldn’t bring myself to feel anything but boredom and indifference towards the main character.

The plot was the only redeemable aspect of this short work of fiction.

A new kind of global terror in the form of a Zombie outbreak…cool concept…poor delivery.

I may re-visit this series again after reading other works that seam more worth my time.

I can not recommend this book except to those of you who may be fans of zombie apocalypse fiction.