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The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel) Kindle Edition
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So yeah, basically its 'Aliens'.
Not that thats necessarily a terrible thing, because the things that made Aliens such an excellent movie also work for the most part with this book, although the parallels are sometimes a little too obvious. As well as all the above, the craft sent to rescue the team meets disaster forcing the characters to consider a more off the wall escape plan, and just when you think youre safe as houses in your fortified position, and your enemy is dumb as a pile of rocks, they go and prove to you just how frighteningly smart they can be...
Which brings me onto the thing I disliked the most about the book, and the series as a whole - 'super zeds'.
Now I love the zombie genre. I prefer the traditional 'slow' zombies ala George Romero, but I can dig Danny Boyle-seque 'fast' zombies too. Hell, I can even take 'funny' zombies or even the odd zombie romance. I'm okay with people trying something new with the genre, but one thing its difficult to get around is the fact that fast or slow, your zombies are still dead bodies reanimated, therefore its a bit of a bridge too far to have them try anything too complicated.
Not so here unfortunately.
Amongst the rabble of aforementioned dumb-as-a-pile-of-rocks, common household or garden zombies, are what the characters later term as 'super zeds' - that is, zombies who retain some measure of their original memories or talents.
Now zombies having residule memory isnt a new thing - Romero did it as long ago as 1985 by having the domesticated zombie 'Bub' in 'Day of the Dead' remember enough about his past life to mimmick shaving, listen to music, salute a superior officer, and even manage to fire a pistol at a target from point blank range, but Romero never pushed his luck too far with the idea.
The Super Zeds here however manage to use explosives to breach a fortified position, take cover to avoid personal injury, act as a unit and use tactics to achieve an objective, fire weapons not just in the general direction of an enemy, but with enough skill to use supressing fire and aim to wound rather than kill so that they can then consume their crippled target. They even manage to drive a car. Its all too much as far as I'm concerned.
Aiming to wound for example is a skill that is often beyond the best trained military personel, who are taught to aim for the centre of mass - something the author describes his living characters struggling to overcome on numerous occasions in this book and its sequals. Yet the super zeds manage this with ease despite being rotting corpses.
Thankfully the whole super zed thing occupies only a very small part of the book, but I did find it an annoyance that hovered around in the background of what was ptherwise a pretty entertaining, if somewhat unoriginal story. Also, at about 270 pages with fairly large print, its just far too short.
Based on the general reviews for this title I found the book a little disappointing and it failed to match the expectations created by those four and five star reviews. Its still worth a read, but this is not the next big thing for the zombie genre - far from it.
Well written with great characters, it is easy to become immersed in this enthralling story, I look forward to the next instalment with much interest.
devouring another,one of the best zombie books i have read,keeps twisting
and turning at every page fantastic read Stephen well done.
Stephen Knight has accomplished a very entertaining story that pulls you in from the first page and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The action is nonstop and he has created a new type of zombie that raises the bar on this genre of book. His writing is engaging and the characters have real depth. You feel for the victims, hide with the survivors, and run for your life as this compelling book drives you forward. This book allows the reader to become part of the story instead of a casual observer.
There is no way to get through this book without experiencing the story as it unfolds. The author has accomplished the difficult and delivered a book that will play out like a movie as you read. The descriptive writing is visually captivating.
If you like to be both scared and thrilled at the same time then buy a copy of the Gathering Dead. Put this book on top of your horror choices and you will not be disappointed. This is a rock solid 5 star story told very well.
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