As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled—that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease.
Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit through the horrors of combat in Iraq. Now he must lead his men across New York through a storm of violence to secure a research facility that may hold a cure. To succeed in this mission to help save what’s left of society, the men of Second Platoon will face a terrifying battle of survival against the very people they have sworn to protect—people turned into a fearless, endless horde armed solely with tooth and nail.
©2010 Craig DiLouie (P)2010 Books In Motion
Z A Recht's Morningstar saga is a similar book. Same larger scope military viewpoint so if you liked either you'll probably like the other ;)
I liked this book. Serious heavy nonstop zombie action - the infected rage kind not shamblers. This is told mostly through the eyes of an Army brigade and thousands of infected get mowed down on a regular basis. Only a few terminology or military culture mistakes so if you've served this book won't drive you nuts with lack of weapon research etc. That said if you aren't a fan of the military, like very deep character development, appreciate sentient zombies, or are a shambler purist then skip this book. If you love action, the military, and or terrifying swarms and hordes of PO'd zombies - you'll be onboard with this relentless rotting train!
The narrator has about 3 voices and 2 accents. He does not serve the material well. The characters are not developed. The moral qualms of the soldiers are unrealistic in the situation as described. Too many characters who are not anchored by time and place and personality. Poor writing. I can't give it one star because the spelling was fine.
I don't give spoilers
Solid Zombie book, probably in the lower half of my top 25 zombie books. It always makes me shudder to think of living in a city like New York during a Zombie apocalypse.
I'd take a half star off for the awkward start, but I won't because the book ends up delivering in spades.
If you are like me and roll your eyes all the time while characters in zombie books make dumb decisions because you know the author isn't creative enough to make anything else happen then this book is for you. Craig DeLouie while not perfect is by and large the most concise author of reality based horror, I've read in a long time. When I leave a book with the last scene in my mind like a movie. I know I've enjoyed it!
the story isnt all that interesting and the narrator saying his S's like a snake is so annoying because all the characters have it....
One of the best military themed Zombie novels. Truly scary battles, clearly drawn, well developed characters. Think I enjoyed this as much as Day by Day Armageddon. This novel was a little Darker. It also did a good job at deconstructing the concepts of "duty".
Im a big fan of easy reading zombie fiction. This book is not bad and as others have pointed out its rather a mix of 28days meets platoon. Lots of action and tight story telling. One minor but nagging issue i have is the authors insistence on making the book sounds like a boys own war story. He writes like he has read too many of those war comics i used to read a a child. His constant references to military tactics and equipment left me some what annoyed rather than adding to the imagery of the story. Unfortunately many of his references are blatantly incorrect and his use to military terms and descriptions is equipment are often wrong. Again a small point but as the military units progress through the city is the main focus of the book he perhaps should have paid more attention to this aspect.
excellent story and narration, almost none stop action. characters do tend to get lost as to who's who, but doesnt distract from an excellent story, well worth a credit
This was good in parts but need something here and there. To me Stacy sums it up pretty good.
It is a plot heavy, character light book, not my favorite combination. Like another reader pointed out, it is difficult to draw any distinction between the characters through much of the book. And I will never understand why writers who have absolutely no idea how to represent women, or how to represent believable, non-misogynistic male attitudes toward women don't just ask a female friend to give some input... Perhaps they don't have any. Not quite as bad as Scott Sigler in that regard, but has definitely taken a page out of his book. Granted this is largely from a male/military perspective, but it is possible to do that without coming off like it was written by highschool boys ( see the work of J.L. Bourne).
Not the worst zombie book I've ever read, but it really is hard to get into these generic characters and weak writing at times. Gets better toward the end.
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