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A Great British Gangster/Zombie Novel
on 9 August 2007
For some time now I have been searching for a good entertaining zombie story - with this book I finally found it.
All the zombie novels being written now seem to lean towards the undead evolving into a new race of thinking sometimes logical monsters. The difference with this book is that it gives a logical and believable reason for the 'deadheads' or 'pusbags'(which is my favourite term)learning to evolve.
I won't give away any spoilers but this book infuses both a horror element very similar to 28 Days Later and a gangster novel. The book reads exactly how I would expect civilisation to disintegrate back into the stone age if it ever became more than fiction.
However that is exactly what the book is and it is important to remember that when reading the story. Having read Brian Keene's The Rising and The City of the Dead it was difficult to convince myself that Zombies are anything more than a rotting bag of bones. However and in David Wellington's Monster Island the Zombie genre is taking on a new slant were the undead are now more than mindless monsters, they are a new species.
The story had horror, action and likeable characters (alive and undead).
It starts right in the thick of the zombie action introducing you to the important characters. The second part of the book takes you back five years to how it all started and develops the characters and their personalities. The third part was a surprise and a pleasant one and for me it further develops the central character.
The only critiscm of the book was it was too short. I would have liked more of the underworld/gangster story.
I would recommend this book very highly for a weekend of gore.