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Zombies go Sci-Fi,
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This review is from: Coldbrook (Hammer) (Paperback)
First of all when I bought this book for some reason I thought it was going to be a novella, having read Lebbon's other books into the zombie genre (apart from Berserk which is a novel),but oh no this is a delicious beast of a book, running at an impressive 632 pages. Like the other reviewers I was equally impressed by this book (apart from the obviously VERY hard to please 3 star review) It was a mixture of Stargate and 28 Days Later and on that premise what's not to love. The difference with Coldbrook's zombies is they appear more destructive and menacingly single-minded. These living dead don't kill and devour to appease an inner subconcious craving but pass on a disease through biting and moving on to the next; their sole purpose to turn everyone into 'furies' and wipe out mankind. The Stargate connection is the use of using multiverses to visit other Earths through a breach portal at the Coldbrook facility. By using this concept in a zombie book gave it an added edge over other living dead books out there for me. The characters are well portrayed and you genually care about them and their struggle for survival. I particularly enjoyed the Vic character and his humanistic flight rather than fight instinctive approach to protect his family when the outbreak first surfaces. There's some really tense set pieces in this book which are really nerve-wracking, like the airport scene where the dead are trying to enter a downed passenger plane. You feel the claustrophobic helplessness of the characters in this scenario and it makes for good reading all round. If you want to read an apocalyptic zombie book with a difference give it a try, you won't be disappointed.