When Victor Tookes went to work that beautiful spring day, he never expected to see a man eaten alive in the street in front of his office. After convincing himself that they really were zombies, he makes a trip from his house in Pennsylvania to his family home in Virginia, battling zombies all the way. His three and a half year old son was bitten on the leg, but doesn't turn into a zombie. Instead, he turns into something more than human.
Victor quickly discovers that everything he knew about zombies was wrong. Not all of them were mindless, uncoordinated, rotting ghouls; some of them were bigger, faster, stronger or smarter than when they were human.
A small percentage of humans are genetically immune to the parasite. Instead of turning these humans into mindless shamblers, they gain enhanced abilities. These new abilities will be pushed to their limits in their quest to carve out a safe haven to call home.
How will he keep his son safe when the world crumbles around him?
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Pretty dire I'm afraid.
Far to many issues to pick something that would have made it better to be frank.
No, not at all. There are some good authors in this genre, though sadly not as many as I would like.
Anyone that can do accents. This guy was horrific, and I have no idea why he was picked to narrate it. It's like he listened to an Australian accent and then tried to butcher it as much as humanly possible.
Too many sadly, and too few that were good.
I don't like to slam authors first books, but this one really doesn't work. If it had been well-written that would have helped, but it wasn't. The dialogue is painfully unnatural, character actions and reactions are just fantasy and that is just the beginning of the issues.
You have occasions where the MC saves three hundred peoples lives and suddenly they will all give their lives for him. Sorry, that just isn't human nature. Sure, some may, but others will cause you grief, or want to leave and so on.
The MC is supposed to be some office pencil pusher but then is coming over like he has military training. Crack shot, builds thermite grenades and pushes battlefield tactics. Some of which is stupid, but I suspect that is unintentional rather than the author wanting the MC to be making poor choices.
The biggest issue though, over all of the other stuff, is the superpowers angle. I'm all for trying new things with fiction, or we would just be reading one book over and over, but this is way too far. I'm not a huge fan of zombie books where the zombies somehow get super hearing or sight, as lets face it they are rotting corpses, but I'll let that go by.
The problem is that in this book their are normal zombies, which are the type you'd normal read about, or see on TV etc. Then there are the smart ones, which walk normally, look human, talk, use weapons and lastly but not least, have super powers. They fly, teleport, move ultrafast and are strong.
When you add in that the main character his direct family and two others are "immune", but get super powers themselves you really end up with zombies being rather irrelevant. Honestly I don't see these two genres working well, or at least not for me. It just seemed like a hot mess in general.
The characters never question it either. There is just no reflection over getting these powers, no worry as to what it might mean to them. Will they become one of the smart zombies in time? They just all act like they were born that way, and it is not realistic. And the super powers they have you can tell which superheroes he used as his templates, which is really dull and unimaginative.
- M. Paddon