Great! My favourite zombie book or movie, apart from World War Z novel (not the movie), which was a wholly different affair.
This is a day-by-day account of one man's struggle to survive the zombie apocalypse in journal form. Along the way he meets and works together with others.
I like the style of this book: it's focused on every day details - planning and action. There are some relationships between the characters, enough for interest and realism, but this is not a focus. For me, this is a plus. Also, there are no long diatribes on the travesty and the meaning of the outbreak...just the odd comment from the author here or there for colour. Although the book necessarily has a dark tone, the author throws in mild humour from time-to-time. For me, it's a perfect balance. I especially enjoy the logical mind of the main character, his decision making process, and the fine detail he provides in his journal on strategies and weapons.
The most refreshing thing about the book is that it is written by a Navy officer about a Navy officer (essentially the main character is the author himself), but the character is someone the average reader can relate to. He doesn't use flashy technical jargon on weaponry to impress the reader. And the main character has not killed anyone prior to the outbreak. At times, he is often scared, and explains this in his journal, although he is brave. Furthermore, he possesses knowledge about his domain of expertise (aviation) but forthrightly states his lack of knowledge of military domains outside his own, such as fine details on land-based combat units.
The book is pretty short, so I picked up the sequel immediately after finishing....Continua
Classico... e detto da un amante dei morti viventi come me, è un complimento. Bourne non rischia, sguazza nel genere e porta a casa felicemente il risultato con qualche bella trovata rinfrescante lungo la via. Rispetto, gli zombie non pretendono altro....Continua
know the signs!
Zombies have finally been given time in the limelight, and this book doesn't do them any justice. While most books depict zombie apocalypses as being nigh impossible to overcome, for the narrator of this book it seems all too easy - starting the book with submarine batteries in his house along with solar panels, one might guess he had been preparing for such an event for years: I'm sure even if he were in the navy, they wouldn't just allow him to take the batteries home, they would most likely be decommissioned and recycled, or destroyed. Despite this already impressive advantage (as well as bulk-buying food at the first sign of infections in China, and sticking shards of glass bottles to his wall to 'stop looters') he can also fly a plane that's being swarmed by zombies, drive a boat, hot-wire a car, plan strategies, and so much more, all whilst writing a journal. The one thing he can't do: Spell.
Although I'm sure the spellings were deliberately wrong to make it feel more authentic, it just jarred with me when "rifle" was misspelled as "rife" (a number of times): I don't care if it's not authentic for everything to be spelled correctly, I just find misspellings lazy on both author and editor.
Having picked this book up after reading World War Z, after a recommendation by a customer-written review, as well as the bookshop retail assistant, I was very surprised at how boring it was - no tension, no pacing, no anything worth reading. Apparently however I am in the minority of zombie fans who thinks this.
I would urge you to avoid this book, and pick up another, or at the very least don't pay full price for it.