I know some Zombiephile purists might argue that Craig DiLouie's novel, Tooth and Nail, is not a zombie book, but if you think 28 Days Later can be counted as a zombie movie, then it's all good. Obviously, I am talking about the living infected in a story about an Army unit trying to navigate through New York City.
Hong Kong Lyssa is an airborne virus that kills most of the people who contract it, although some do recover. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the infected mutate into violent maniacs called Mad Dogs. Where Lyssa had an incubation period, Mad Dogs spread the infection through bites that change the victims almost immediately...that is, if the victim can survive the savage attacks by the hordes of Mad Dogs. This is happening all over the globe, but there might be a cure in a lab in New York City.
Lieutenant Todd Bowman needs to lead his men to the research facility, and secure the only chance the human race has against possible extinction. After the horrors in Iraq, his men just want to return to their homes, and make sure their families are alive and well. They are all torn between survival and the reality of having to gun down their fellow Americans - infected or not.
Tooth and Nail tells an apocalypse story from the soldiers' perspectives; instead of just being the guys who make things difficult for the survivors in other books, DiLouie's soldiers are the ones trying to fight their way out of a hell of epic proportions. We learn about their personal struggles with following orders they do not think are right, and maintaining their platoon long enough to complete the mission. The story is not told from any one character's POV (I imagined the story being voiced to me by Rod Sterling from Twilight Zone), which adds to the suspense - the readers doesn't know anything more than the soldiers...who knows what lies around the next city block?