I think Tayell has written the zompoc novel of the year in Outback Outbreak. Not only does it make and show direct connections to Surviving the Evacuation series (Tayell's saga of the zombie apocalypse), but it also introduces some terrific characters readers can like and care about. I like how zombies act like they do in Tayell's other fun books, but they are dispatched similarly. They don't run like Usain Bolt, they aren't super strong, and they can't open doors. I appreciate that.
Surviving the Evacuation: Outback Outbreak changes the location of events from Western Europe to Australia. Tayell shows how zombies spread there, and he populates the small town Broken Hill and outback area with realistic people, including bad guys.
Pete (changed his name from Parsley) Guinn is the protagonist in this book, and other important characters are his sister Corrie (Coriander but calls herself Cornelia in Australia) who is more wise and talented, and his new Australian friends Liu, Tess, and Mick help and guide him greatly. Pete's girlfriend Olivia back in South Bend, Indiana, is his motivation to go back the U. S.
The action in the unforgiving Australian is fun as is Pete and Corrie's initial battle against zombies. They must deal with local and international criminals and renew their brother and sister friendship after a 6 year separation, the reason for which we learn in the book.
I really enjoyed Surviving the Evacuation: Outback Outbreak. I do have a complaint though. Even though it is part of a series, Tayell ended this volume too soon. He needed about two more zombie battles, conflicts with locals, and the finding of the person they are searching for. Otherwise, Tayell has written a really good first volume in this new branch of Surviving the Evacuation. I look forward to new volumes of it and the Surviving the Evacuation main story volumes in the near future.