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A gluttony of Zombies,
This review is from: The Return Man (Paperback)
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This is a fast paced, gory adventure that is very hard to put down. The greater part of the United States has been quarantined after a plague has turned most of the population into zombies and driven the survivors to an overcrowded Safe States area in the East. Very few people are left alive in the Evacuated States, one of them being Henry Marco, the Return Man, who, while searching for the wife he has lost, hunts down relatives of living people, at their request, and 'Returns' them to proper death. Then the government makes him an offer he can't refuse.
The zombies in this story are both horrific and pathetic, and the descriptions of their meat eating habits can be stomach-churning, but what sets this book aside from a simple gore fest is the relationship between Marco and Wu, the man who is seeking the same thing as Marco though from a different angle. Their wariness and hostility, their increasing reliance on each other, lead to a moving ending.
Their mission is to track down a scientist, believed to be dead or a zombie, in a prison in California and return with his secrets. The prison is a truly ghastly place, only too easy to imagine while you are reading. There are few minor characters; Marco's remembered wife, the sought-after scientist who was a friend of his until a tragedy split them, a very dodgy government official, a brutal quad bike gang in the desert living on their wits. It all makes for compulsive reading.
There is much here that will return to me, and I shan't easily forget the train episode.