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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (16 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786033975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786033973
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2014
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McKinney has a way of describing this post-apocalytic world without being too wordy, and yet the images stay with you, even when you've finished the story...very disturbing images.

This story takes place 30 years after a zombie apocalypse...a man-made plague. The town of Arbella can barely contain the population of ten-thousand people, offsprig of the First Generation to survive the initial outbreak. A group has set out to see if it is possible to safely expand their borders; however, their decades of isolation has left them unprepared for First Contact.

The people of Arbella live by a strict Code, which has helped them survive and thrive, but a betrayal of trust will jeapordize the expedition. There is also the mystery of the exotic airships, which appear to be able to herd the undead hordes.

McKinney basically brought together science fiction and horror to create what I believe is his best story to date. He ties in the cause of the plague to the reason there are still zombies 30 years later, and provides one hell of an explanation for the movement of the hordes.

Last, but not least, McKinney includes four short stories that are extremely entertaining. They include a type of survivor called a Faker, which is devastatingly haunting.

You don't have to be a zombie fan to appreciate the sci-fi horror between these pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the reader on 16 Dec. 2014
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Another great book by Joe.the dead have been around for years,Jacob and co decide to leave there secure village and see what the outside world is like and how it's changed in the last 30 years,and wow how it's changed they meet the riders and wished they didn't.Who are worst man or zombies,is a good book highly recommended
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By Steve Hill on 15 Feb. 2015
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The first zombie book I have read where the story takes place many years after the ZA; this gives a very different perspective of how well man can adapt or find a new way of living. A GREAT read and I hope there is more to come from Jacob, Kelly and the Templenauts. The four shorts at the end are great too, poor Mindy!
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Brilliant book and a brilliant author who can create a story that has you gripping your chair in anticipation as to what will happen next!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Novella With Additional Short Stories 12 Oct. 2014
By Ursula K. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
McKinney has a way of describing this post-apocalytic world without being too wordy, and yet the images stay with you, even when you've finished the story...very disturbing images.

This story takes place 30 years after a zombie apocalypse...a man-made plague. The town of Arbella can barely contain the population of ten-thousand people, offsprig of the First Generation to survive the initial outbreak. A group has set out to see if it is possible to safely expand their borders; however, their decades of isolation has left them unprepared for First Contact.

The people of Arbella live by a strict Code, which has helped them survive and thrive, but a betrayal of trust will jeapordize the expedition. There is also the mystery of the exotic airships, which appear to be able to herd the undead hordes.

McKinney basically brought together science fiction and horror to create what I believe is his best story to date. He ties in the cause of the plague to the reason there are still zombies 30 years later, and provides one hell of an explanation for the movement of the hordes.

Last, but not least, McKinney includes four short stories that are extremely entertaining. They include a type of survivor called a Faker, which is devastatingly haunting.

You don't have to be a zombie fan to appreciate the sci-fi horror between these pages.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
New Heights in Talent 11 Oct. 2014
By Holly A. Zaldivar - Published on Amazon.com
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Writers, as a whole, hone their craft over a number of novels, reaching new heights after they've juggled a budding plot line or dynamic new dimensions through a few novels to really flesh out the ideas and characters. Not Joe McKinney. PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD blinds with brilliance from the first page through the last -- short stories included. Characters are immediately relatable in their fights, battles, self-doubts, sorrows, and joys. Their lives become your lives, and somewhere by page three, you find yourself walking in their shoes.

It's fascinating to consider Joe's explanation for the zombie apocalypse, a theory that resounds as very plausible in our day and age. The action of the book takes place several decades after the apocalypse, following his theme of exploration. But once again what is found isn't necessarily what one is looking for, and the definition of evil wears many faces, as these travelers discover.

As for the four short stories included with this novel, they are a splendid treat perhaps few McKinney fans get to truly enjoy. Unless you keep you finger tight against the pulse of the living anthology and magazine editors, his short stories slip into publication quietly. But with PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD readers have the opportunity to relish in the fact McKinney is a master of this short form of horror writing as he is of his novels. Of particular note is his mesmerizing, yet striking "Bury My Heart At Marvin Gardens." A tale of understanding and love you'll never forget.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What the heck?? 31 Oct. 2014
By Kathy Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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#1 I love Joe McKinney's books, his style of writing, his ability to frighten someone from the page etc.
#2 I am a traditional zombie tale fan. I don't have any interest in stories about futuristic zombies, zombies in space etc
That being said I did not enjoy this book as much as I expected. I knew it was going to be a stretch b/c it took place 30 yrs after the zombie rising but since it was McKinney I was willing to give it a shot. I just flat out didn't like this story. The characters were barely likeable and not developed enough to be unique from one another. I kept getting confused as to who each person was because they were so similar. The description of the story led me to believe the story would be all about these "survivors" traveling across the country, discovering the long term effects of the zombie horde on our old world--almost like an episode of Life After People but with zombies. It was very unbelievable that this town survived all this time and never encountered these so-called caravans or especially those flying airships. And seriously, these people developed flying ships that run on solar power, special cars, meds and a plethora of other inventions but couldn't manage to reach out and help other survivors or, I don't know, maybe create a safe haven and help get rid of the zombies forever. How can they be so advanced and be completely unaware of what is going on with the world? And what is with those Transformer-ish robot things? All I could picture was the last 10 minutes of Aliens w/S. Weaver in that yellow suit.
I read this on my Kindle and didn't realize it had additional short stories so the ending took me by surprise as I thought there was a lot more story to come. I didn't enjoy the short stories either. But in all honesty this will not stop me from reading McKinney's books. This is the only book of his to disappoint me so he's definitely earned a "get out of jail free" card for this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great new start to his long running series, but be ready for a big cliffhanger. 11 Feb. 2015
By David A. Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had so many high points and reintroduces us to the world he created in the earlier books, but the scope he sets is large and creates many loose ends. I know this is part of a new series but the loose ends and huge cliffhanger left me almost upset. So there you go, it's a great post apocalyptic zombie serial, but be warned that you will be left craving more.
From "The Horror Fiction Review" 31 Mar. 2015
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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I’d been eagerly awaiting this one since I first heard of it at World Horror Con. While I enjoy the immediate post-outbreak civilization collapse as much as anybody, the prospect of seeing something set way later was bonus-points intriguing. I really want to read about what kind of societies would develop, years or generations on.

In that particular regard, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Plague of the Undead is set thirty years after, but in a lot of ways, it’s hard to tell. Most of the various groups and enclaves of survivors could just as easily have formed and functioned pretty much the same way just within the first few months.

Now, don’t get me wrong; in THAT sense it’s a slam-dunk solid read. It just isn’t the whole cultural, anthropological, world-buildingy kind of thing I was craving. But c’mon, it’s Joe McKinney here. The guy couldn’t write a bad book on a bet.

The sheltered had-it-safe folks from the community of Arbella venture out into the wider world to see what’s what … and find it to be even uglier and more dangerous than they’d imagined. Their discussions about how to handle first contact – not with zombies, but with other living people – is made a moot point.

It’s another hard awakening for Jacob, who’s been groomed to take over as sheriff and already had to do some unhappy things in the course of duty. But even he is not prepared for the harsh realities of being captured, abused, enslaved.

And none of them are prepared for the sight of giant futuristic airships … or millions-strong herds of shambling undead following some strange almost-migratory compulsions … and they’re least of all prepared to discover hidden evil in their very midst.

The book features, in addition to the actual title novel, four bonus stories taking different looks at this falling-apart world. “State of the Union” is the harrowing adventure of a team of young diplomats caught on the other side of the world when the outbreak begins … “Jimmy Finder and the Rise of the Templenauts” looks at some of the scientific efforts to bring the world back under control … “Resurrecting Mindy” is a touching tale of tragic romance … and “Bury My Heart at Marvin Gardens” takes dedication to a loved one’s last wish to a surprising extreme.
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