- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Snowbooks (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906727198
- ISBN-13: 978-1906727192
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flu Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"Flu is a belligerent little number. An easy to read, action packed blast of zombie shenanigans, that I thoroughly enjoyed." -- Kamvision
"A traditional tale of the dead rising. A richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed. Wayne Simmons does not disappoint."
-- Patrick D'Orazio's Tomes of Darkness
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"One of the best new horror writers of the decade. Wayne Simmons takes everything you fear and exploits it with no apologies." James Melzer, author of The Zombie ChroniclesSee all Product Description
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The streets in this particular tale of the lurching dead are those of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The run down council estates of these environs provide a perfectly bleak backdrop to the story. Peopling the remains of this environment, are those who survived the initial bout of zombie plague to serve as protagonists. They are a varied bunch and include an ex IRA gunrunner, a retired army major, and a young skinhead.
Despite the silly sounding idea of a flu pandemic causing a zombie apocalypse, I found this book to be great fun. It has a dark wit running through it, and a great punk attitude; lean, mean and full of energy. I really liked Simmons's writing style too, I found it enthusiastic and straight to the point. Some may not be so keen, however, as it's blunt and frequently involves swearing. For me the at times sardonic tone suited the story perfectly. Not that there is a great deal of obvious humour, but a dark humour permeates the narrative and dialogue.
This book is so lean it could be an advert for Weight Watchers. At 282 pages of almost non stop zombie mayhem, there is certainly no padding. Thankfully the characterisation doesn't suffer from its slightness. You know enough of what you need to know about the characters to make them interesting and rounded.Read more ›
The diverse characters are thrown together and left to sort things out between themselves. This is a source of friction and tension which is maintained throughout the book, keeping you hooked. People are double-crossed, commit atrocious acts and die unexpectedly. It keeps you guessing right until the end.
Both sides of the Irish Troubles are represented by a couple of characters and this is handled very well; Wayne Simmons isn't one-sided in his portrayal of either side so there is no political bias.
The zombies are mostly Romeroesque with some subtle differences and evidence of 'evolution' in their behaviour.
It has quite an open ending that cries out for a sequel. I hope we have news soon whether this will be the case.
I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you are a bit jaded with zombie attacks that only seem to happen in small towns in Pittsburgh.
However, there were some issues that I had with it. First up are the sloppy errors, unforgivable spelling and punctuation. Wayne Simmons and the team should have picked those up. The editing felt loose and flabby, given the length of the book, which brings me on to...second, the book was too short, more depth might have pulled me into the Flu world and given much more strength and feeling to the experience.
But lastly, and for me the read bug bear was the constant "as if's" it was as if the writer could not think of an alternative, as if he was struggling, oh, see, he's got me doing it now. It was very distracting. Two or three times in a chapter are repetitive enough, but two or three per paragraph, well, I ask you.
I might read it again, if only to count up the as if's. If you can cope with the errors, and the as if's, and you have the cash to spare then give it a go, myself, I wish I'd got it from the library, and saved a few quid.
The authorites in the shape of the Police and the Army attempt to quarentine the infected but the FLU epidemic spreads quickly and only the armed [Police, Ex IRA] and the quick [ petty criminals,young women ] really stand a chance holding out in various houses while the zombies wander the streets outside.
Meanwhile a horrifying experiment inside a Military Base grows towards fruition.
Themes of revenge, guilt for past misdeeds and hope for redemption in the shape of a possible cure for the FLU make it all a good read.
Some caution should be given though as there is inevitably some gorey bits and an attempted sexual assault though I hasten to add that this is a horror story. I didn't feel there were too many graphic descriptions that would induce retching in anyone.
So buy-or die!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad. Elements of 'the passage' and the twelve' I thought. Good to read both points of view about the troubles in northern Ireland. Very well written, funny at times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tina bevan
More local and more relevant and real to how it would affect the u, k.....enjoyable character s and audioPublished 16 months ago by Terry McMahon
Well written book. It kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend reading it.Published 21 months ago by andrew gowdy
I read a lot, and I don't think I've not finished a book more than two or three times. I love zombie fiction; I hate this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by emily husain
Absolutely great book. Although FEVER was better due to the tale of how the virus started, the early days. I love reading about stuff like that. Overall FLU and FEVER great books!Published on 29 Oct. 2014 by Gems
A fairly average story that didn't grab me as much as other zombie fiction I've read recently. It's not bad but I didn't care about the characters either so didn't really engage in... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2014 by VampireChick