- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (30 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906727198
- ISBN-13: 978-1906727192
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Flu is a belligerent little number. An easy to read, action packed blast of zombie shenanigans, that I thoroughly enjoyed." -- Kamvision
"A traditional tale of the dead rising. A richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed. Wayne Simmons does not disappoint."
-- Patrick D'Orazio's Tomes of Darkness
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"One of the best new horror writers of the decade. Wayne Simmons takes everything you fear and exploits it with no apologies." James Melzer, author of The Zombie ChroniclesSee all Product Description
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The streets in this particular tale of the lurching dead are those of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The run down council estates of these environs provide a perfectly bleak backdrop to the story. Peopling the remains of this environment, are those who survived the initial bout of zombie plague to serve as protagonists. They are a varied bunch and include an ex IRA gunrunner, a retired army major, and a young skinhead.
Despite the silly sounding idea of a flu pandemic causing a zombie apocalypse, I found this book to be great fun. It has a dark wit running through it, and a great punk attitude; lean, mean and full of energy. I really liked Simmons's writing style too, I found it enthusiastic and straight to the point. Some may not be so keen, however, as it's blunt and frequently involves swearing. For me the at times sardonic tone suited the story perfectly. Not that there is a great deal of obvious humour, but a dark humour permeates the narrative and dialogue.
This book is so lean it could be an advert for Weight Watchers. At 282 pages of almost non stop zombie mayhem, there is certainly no padding. Thankfully the characterisation doesn't suffer from its slightness. You know enough of what you need to know about the characters to make them interesting and rounded.Read more ›
The characters Simmons created were realistic, but I found some had more depth than others. I particularly liked Lark, Geri and Balaclava guy (it's been a while since I read it and I can't remember his actual name). They were an interesting group of people who grow on you. I wasn't too bothered for Karen and Pat.
Also, the two cops from the prologue come back into it later and it took me ages to realise it was them! I felt kind of stupid for not realising straight away.
The book is an easy and fairly quick read (Especially after reading The Passage by Justin Cronin which is hell of a book!) and it was enjoyable and at times quite gross.
And, maybe this is just me, but the fact it was set in Belfast was kind of amusing, because it's such a random place for the end of the world to originate from.
I did enjoy the book though and it's worth reading.
However, there were some issues that I had with it. First up are the sloppy errors, unforgivable spelling and punctuation. Wayne Simmons and the team should have picked those up. The editing felt loose and flabby, given the length of the book, which brings me on to...second, the book was too short, more depth might have pulled me into the Flu world and given much more strength and feeling to the experience.
But lastly, and for me the read bug bear was the constant "as if's" it was as if the writer could not think of an alternative, as if he was struggling, oh, see, he's got me doing it now. It was very distracting. Two or three times in a chapter are repetitive enough, but two or three per paragraph, well, I ask you.
I might read it again, if only to count up the as if's. If you can cope with the errors, and the as if's, and you have the cash to spare then give it a go, myself, I wish I'd got it from the library, and saved a few quid.
I didn't mind how the story started out but for me it got really silly with big inconsistancies and stupid behaviour. For example the virus is airborn yet when they are killing the zombies they are covered in gore and blood yet not getting the infection however if they bite you thats it. The army or soldiers turning on each other and the idiocy of one of them whilst carrying out his work was just insane. There are lots more but to tell you would be spoiling it.
The ending, well as with most of these books you never really get complete closure but the way this ended was just pointless unless the author is planning another in the series which explains all of the things brought up but not addressed or explored in this book. As a stand alone it gets 2/5 however if another book came out and explained more about it I might re evaluate my scoring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad. Elements of 'the passage' and the twelve' I thought. Good to read both points of view about the troubles in northern Ireland. Very well written, funny at times. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Tina bevan
More local and more relevant and real to how it would affect the u, k.....enjoyable character s and audioPublished 6 months ago by Terry McMahon
Well written book. It kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend reading it.Published 11 months ago by andrew gowdy
I read a lot, and I don't think I've not finished a book more than two or three times. I love zombie fiction; I hate this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by emily husain
Absolutely great book. Although FEVER was better due to the tale of how the virus started, the early days. I love reading about stuff like that. Overall FLU and FEVER great books!Published 15 months ago by Gems
A fairly average story that didn't grab me as much as other zombie fiction I've read recently. It's not bad but I didn't care about the characters either so didn't really engage in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by VampireChick