Wow! This is just so far above most zombie apocalypse fiction. Beautifully written, with great characters and a superb ear for dialogue. Often very funny dialogue, too, which really lifts the whole thing, and all without defusing the tension and the horror. As a previous reviewer mentions, there are terrific echoes of early James Herbert in there, plus plenty that is all Barry J. Hutchison's own. Full-blown gory excellence! Buy it now!