Part two - days four to six. With a plan to rescue Howie's sister from London, Howie and Dave travel to Salisbury army training barracks to find an armoured personnel carrier that will see them safely through the densely populated and infected towns that lead into the capital.
Howie takes charge of a group of young army recruits they find at the barracks and leads them into battle, killing swathes of the undead. They meet Big Chris, an enigmatic former soldier who is leading a hastily erected commune in London. Joining forces they agree to help each other, going first for valuable medical equipment.
But the cost of rescuing Sarah may be too much. One of their own, Darren, has been turned...it may be the end of everything for which the group has fought.
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By mark aldridge on 01-12-15
The Undead: More bloodbaths
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This book reads like a video game, with the reader being shunted from one shallow victory to another, yet bizarrely it can be compelling stuff. Haywood takes us from one testosterone fuelled zombie encounter to another, with a boss level appearing at regular intervals. I listen on the way home from work when I want to put my brain on ice and give me something vicious to take on the other loonie commuters. The writing can get repetitious, with some gags that are unworthy of one outing, receiving several. How many times will the hero forget the acronym for APC? Repeat until funny? No. Repeat until the wordcount ticks over to justify releasing another instalment. As as for the 'banter' between the raw squaddies? That just takes Haywood's juvenilia to a new level.
On the other hand, Haywood's initiative in describing how the virus’ metamorphoses into a sentient, human baiting infection is original and clever. I've been switching between this, Fleming's Casino Royale and Dante's Divine Comedy which has made for some suitably odd drives recently. I have gone through the Undead Book 1 and am near the end of book 2. Will there be book 3? I don't know. Largely because I'm not sure how many more times I can listen to another visceral description of the hero cleaving another zombie through the head with his B and Q axe.
That said, my commute is pretty arduous and I can see me needing another instalment of 'Tesco Guy & Mute’ fairly soon.
I fear I am slightly addicted.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 22-12-15
TOM, DICK AND ZOMBIE
The book has three story lines. Howie, his sister and THE INFECTION. IT WATCHES AND IT LEARNS. I like the fact that Howie is a grocery store manager (Just like the characters in Once Bitten, by Christopher Moore) Dave was hilarious in Part one, but it is already getting old. I like that the characters admit they like killing. I did get tired of the constant shoot-em ups with very little new or different. The sister was okay, but nothing spectacular. What kept me listening was THE INFECTION. It develops a personality and has a mind of it's own. The last chapter was real, real good. It is a shame we could have not had more of that in the whole story. Koontz, King, Battles and others can give you surprise after surprise. Haywood was only good for one and that was his cliff hanger.
This could also be considered Young Adult. The young British keep a stiff upper lip and don't seem to get too emotional, when they do it seems put on. Your eight year old can read this and not get nightmares. All the characters are likeable. This is not for the series hard core Zombie fan.
This has nothing to do with the review. I am starting a campaign to get Horror as a major category. Almost everyday a new Zombie book comes out and their are many of us that love Zombies. They might be under Fiction/Horror or Sci-Fi/Contemporary or Mystery Thriller/Suspense. I would like to be able to browse Horror/Apocalyptic and Zombie to find all these books. When I want extreme gory, bloody, horror, I want to be able to go to Horror/Extreme. When I want a short story or anthology of horror, I should be able to go to Horror/Short Story and Anthology. Other subs could be classic, paranormal, etc... If you agree would you please e-mail audible. Would you also put out a request at the end of your reviews? Thank you. Spread the Word.
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By VictoryRider on 12-09-15
You have got to be kidding me.
What did you like best about The Undead: Part 2? What did you like least?
Spoiler alert. The group goes out and fights hundreds of zombies at a time with hand weapons. They get totally drenched in blood every time. Yet a single microscopic drop of spittle from a zombie infects one of them. I know, its a zombie book, go with the flow.
Would you ever listen to anything by R. R. Haywood again?
Possible. Not sure.
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