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If you're a Keene fan read it. If you're not give it a miss
on 15 January 2013
I picked this book up as I read everything Keene writes and I had read it was a kind of loose sequel to Dead Sea which is one of my favourite Keene novels.
If you already read his work this novel is basically set in the same universe as Dead Sea rather than being a direct sequel. If your new to his work this basically means that you don't need to read Dead Sea before reading this.
Let me start of by saying that although this is a zombie novel, the zombies are only there to keep the main characters trapped in a bunker and play no other part in the book other than this. The novel is more about how people react in extreme situations and the madness that ensues.
While I enjoyed this book and read it pretty quick I didn't love it. Although it's short it started to feel repetitive quite quick. The main character is being pursued by everyone else in the bunker and it gets a bit dull from there. He gets attacked, defends himself and kills someone. Repeat this several times and you have most of the book. Throughout we are on a journey into his madness but I just didn't feel it.
I absolutely love Keene and while some of his worst books are better than a lot of other authors best books I can only say this one was okay. Didn't want to leave it half way through but didn't love it either.