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Flu [Paperback]

Wayne Simmons
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Book Description

30 April 2010
There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch this flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again... FLU is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906727198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906727192
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, has loitered with intent around the genre circuit for some years. He penned reviews and interviews for several online zines before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne's work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America. His bestselling zombie novel, FLU, was serialised by Sirius XM's Book Radio.

As well as writing fiction, Wayne is a regular contributor to Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine. He hosts his own podcast HACK and co-hosts extreme metal show Doom N'Gloom. He's the co-producer of horror expo, SCARdiff.

Wayne now lives in Wales with his ghoulfiend and their Jack Russel terrier, Dita. Look out for him at various genre, music and tattoo events or visit him online: www.waynesimmons.org

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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 Chronicles

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Swine Flu, here comes Zombie Flu. 12 April 2010
By Bāki
Ever wondered what might happen if flu turned people into zombies? No, me neither. Now having read this feisty little tome I can see that it's a question that definitely needs asking. You see, in this tale from Wayne Simmons a flu pandemic wipes out most of civilisation, and those who die coughing up their internal organs don't stay dead. Instead they rise as cannibalistic undead, and roam the streets seeking out the few survivors to satisfy their hunger.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, nothing special 27 Feb 2011
By JL120
I bought this book randomly off Amazon as it was recommended to me. Perhaps it's just me and I've read too many books of a similar genre, but I really did find nothing special or interesting about this.. Standard plot of flu mutated, 99% of population becomes zombies, a few survivors grouped together trying to figure the whole thing out.. oh, and the army and a few old conspiracies involved. On the whole, not a bad book but not a great book - no new ground covered and nothing particularly gripping or memorable about it.. I did find it a bit of a chore to read in the middle. For a different take on the Zombie genre rather than the same old recipe, I'd recommend reading John Avide Lindqvist 'Handling the Undead'.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character driven zombie story 1 May 2010
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This one of those zombie stories that concentrates on building likable (mostly, anyway) realistic characters, ones that develop and that you care about. The zombies are ever-present but are used more as a threatening backdrop (for most of the story) rather than an overwhelming flood.

The diverse characters are thrown together and left to sort things out between themselves. This is a source of friction and tension which is maintained throughout the book, keeping you hooked. People are double-crossed, commit atrocious acts and die unexpectedly. It keeps you guessing right until the end.

Both sides of the Irish Troubles are represented by a couple of characters and this is handled very well; Wayne Simmons isn't one-sided in his portrayal of either side so there is no political bias.

The zombies are mostly Romeroesque with some subtle differences and evidence of 'evolution' in their behaviour.

It has quite an open ending that cries out for a sequel. I hope we have news soon whether this will be the case.

I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you are a bit jaded with zombie attacks that only seem to happen in small towns in Pittsburgh.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If I had to read 1 more "as if...!" 17 Aug 2010
To start off with, I liked this book, if was good enough to finish, the story and characters were engaging enough to make me want to read on. That has to be a good thing right? Though not original (lets face it Virus + Zombie = Undead Munchies and Survivors avoiding Becoming Nibbles, or, V+Z=UM-SBN as the formulae goes), that doesn't mean it's bad. As stated before, and by others, I liked this book.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I don't know what I was expecting with 'Flu', but it was better than I thought it was going to be. Really, I was drawn in by the exceptionally creepy front cover.

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.

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1.0 out of 5 stars this was a dull take on the zombie genre that has already been ...
this was a dull take on the zombie genre that has already been done so many times before nothing original about this book whatsoever
Published 7 days ago by Alex B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love the book, the story line is in keeping with my love of good gory zombie reads.
The book is second hand but in good condition, I have been unfortunate sometimes with pages... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Belinda Gatenby
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
Well written glimpse into the downfall of society.
Simmons is one of the few writers within the genre that develops character awareness you actually get a sense of background... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish zombies!!
Irish zombies? Bring it!

This is another good one! Nothing fancy with this one and there's no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Me read
5.0 out of 5 stars But where is the sequel?
Loved the book but I can not get the sequel on kindle =/ will it ever be available to download?
Published 10 months ago by Miss-K
4.0 out of 5 stars Great British Horror
I hadn't read anything by Wayne Simmons before & when I saw Flu in my local Bookstore, I decided to check it out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I W C
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Have read so many zombie books but loved reading this, set in Belfast, and I found I couldn't put it down. Couldn't wait to move on and read the next book
Published 15 months ago by Dorothy Cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Richly detailed
Still bearing the scars from the political upheavals that led to decades of violent conflict, the residents of Ireland now have another fight on their hands in Simmons' novel, Flu,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shaun Jeffrey
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story bad writing!
The basic story behind Flu by Wayne Simmons may not be particularly original but there is enough there to keep the average Zombie fan occupied. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr L A B Cleverley
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Vickyloo
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