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Pile 'em high
on 30 July 2010
I'm not a big fan of zombie books; it seems to me that there is limited scope once you get over the fact that zombies can only do one thing.
In this book, however, we've moved on. Anti-western elements have pretty much perfected a zombie which can think, talk and generally behave badly. That many hundreds are disposed of in this fast and furious helter-skelter ride is only a problem for the West.
Enter Joe Ledger, all action super-hero (yes, another American) with a little help from a Brit as the love interest who, mistakenly described as a major in the SAS, can also pack a punch above her weight.
The book is a great holiday read. Don't expect pages of moralising (there are a few) but do expect page upon page of a rising body count, an almost unkillable hero and his team and another Muslim extremist group intent on, again, taking over the wold, though, as ever, with a little bit of help from greedy Westerners.
My review is light-hearted since that's the way the book comes across, of course. I did begin to flag towards the middle of it because, as I mentioned ealier, there is really only so much you can do with a zombie. Much has been made of 28 Days etc. Maybe somebody will make this into a film but don't expect much by way of innovative ways to kill a zombie. We all know how to do it should the need ever arise.
Having said all this, I hope that we see Echo Team back again. The characters are larger-than-life, necessarily so, but it makes for a good read when looking for escapism. I got this book through a swap and I'm pleased I read it. I will look forward to book 2 which, hopefully, will exclude the living dead for a change.