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World War Z,
This review is from: World War Z (Paperback)
The actor Simon Pegg's cover quotation says it all in regards to this book, implying that Max Brooks knows something we don't. Read this book and you'll see what he means.
There is a depth of knowledge on display about how 'it' would go down that is frankly unnerving and it's precisely this quality that makes this one of the most engrossing (no pun intended) books I've read in a long time. One can feel the horror unfolding because a lot of what we're told has already happened and may still be happening - only this time the protagonists are the undead, not some crackpot dictatorship.
Over a series of interviews, we are told how our fallible society simply crumbles when the 'Great Panic' ensues and the extreme measures some countries take to remove the infection - the Ukranian example is utterly terrifying. But what really makes you think, is that the situation appears to be out with the control of everyone - even those we'd turn to for help - the armed forces. With the technological might of the worlds armies falling flat on their collective camouflaged faces - their 'shock and awe' tactics useless on a foe that cannot experience and thus fall victim to them - the battle of Yonkers will haunt the memory for a long time.
Towards the end, there were many interesting reversals taking place - the high-power exec suddenly finding themselves in the employ of their former housekeeper who now has the necessary skill sets to better ensure day-to-day survival as well as the coordinated clear-up efforts taking place as the undead still wander out of the surf from time to time or defrost after winter and go shambling in search of fresh meat.
A good book stays in the minds long after you put it down. After I put this one down, I found myself involuntarily making sure the door was properly closed - you know, just to be on the safe side!