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Very poor writing
on 30 April 2013
I find the high reviews for this book very surprising. It is really bad. So bad that I genuinely wonder if the gushing four and five star reviews are the author's friends.
The plot is fine, if cliched. Zombie uprising, people desperately trying to escape, get caught up with a hastily thrown together mixed scientific and military team. Desperate race against time to get to the coast, growing tensions between the scientists and the soldiers, turns out the virus was created as a biological weapon, etc. It had all the ingredients to be a perfectly acceptable pulp zombie thriller. However...
The characterisation is terrible. The characters actions are unbelievable. The dialogue is appalling. The slang is American (they all regularly say "ain't" and "frigging", even the hospital consultant and the Colonel - these are supposed to be Brits). I doubt even the most cursory bit of research was done into how the military operate, viruses (at one point a research assistant tells one of cardboard cut out main characters that they have tried electrocuting the virus but they still can't kill it!), or how hospital A&E departments work. And the author clearly doesn't understand the concept of "show don't tell" - everything is told to us like we're children.
I like kindle books by newcomers, and I can overlook amateurish books that are well written. This was unreadable. I stopped reading after they pulled out of London, then reread the positive reviews and decided to give it another chance. I ended up skim reading it simply to get to the end to see what happened - glancing briefly at each page and only reading key paragraphs. When I got to the end I wished I hadn't bothered.
I've never given one star before. This is a first. Avoid.