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25 to 1. Those are the odds of being struck down-and resurrected-by the savage plague that's sweeping the country, forcing survivors to band together against the dead. Even among the living, there is dissension. A new leader known as the Red Man has risen up and taken charge-and he's nearly as dangerous as the hungry dead. Some, like Bob Richardson and his friends, strike out on their own. Because if the men with guns don't get them, the zombies will.

Fleeing the cities, Richardson and his crew find sanctuary in an abandoned farm. But their stronghold may not be strong enough. Something strange and terrifying is happening to the undead. They're banding together. Working as a group. Hungering for a common goal: human flesh. And lots of it.

©2012 Joe McKinney (P)2012 Tantor

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You disappointed me again McKinney

This author really knows how to frustrate me. Last book was weak because of the big deal about money and how wrong it is to steal paper money in a zombie apocalypse. This time, I don't like anything in the story. At all. Its really dumb. And the characters really do stupid things. But the writing itself is pretty talented, and the narration really good.

Seriously, a red, smart Zombie? Oh, he's not just a regular smart kind that can nudge a door open or climb in a window...this is a double-tapping ipad-using zombie GOD with the tactical genius of Napoleon Bonaparte. Com'on, whats the point of it being a zombie story at all? Oh, and he's also horny and likes sodomy. Apparently getting sodomized by a zombie doesn't infect you. But he's not gay, his sexual preference is also intact.

And ofcourse he leads an army of zombies. The kicker is that he leads an army of humans too. Yeah, he conquers human compounds, slaughters their families and friends, and then they join him, with gusto. Not one human thinks of putting a bullet in his brain when he turns his back. And why the heck is he red for? Who painted his back for him?

Its ridiculous is what it is.

There are so many frustratingly stupid situations in this book. Run Ben Richardson Run! Isn't it Ben? Blurb says Bob. I don't know, but when someone tells you to run three times, maybe you should when surrounded by zombies rather than babbling and playing "roving camera" and eventually losing both your machete and rifle. I almost fast forwarded just to get to the part where he started running. If he was barely smarter than a zombie he should have shot the red zombie ordering humans about when he first saw him.

Nate ends up the hero. Yeah, that lucky, psychotic, dumb and murderously horny guy that is the salvation for humanity. Nate was actually portrayed well in this book, not like the other book. He is clumsy, but not frustratingly so this time. The characters were generally well portrayed, just the things they did were stupid.

Sheesh, its just one red zombie. How hard is it to get a sniper rifle and shoot him.

This is less a zombie book and more a Lord of the USB (zombie cure) stick, with a band of heroes traveling to the land of Mordor.

Like a singer needs a song writer, McKinney needs a ..uhm..plot generator. Just come up with a better idea next time! Doesn't need to be over the top.

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A great addition to the zombie genre

What made the experience of listening to Mutated the most enjoyable?

Todd McLaren does a good job of narration although he's not really that good at the female parts, but you have to give him an "A" for effort. It goes beyond just a zombie breakout with the addition of the mutated self-aware zombie leader. This book is supposed to be a continuation of the Apocalypse of the Dead.

What other book might you compare Mutated to and why?

Kind of resembles the Zombie Fallout books by Mark Tufo. Not only do the survivors have to deal with the zombie infestation, but they also have to deal with an extra threat, someone who can control the zombies.

Which scene was your favorite?

Of course at the end. I don't want to tell the exact part it would spoil the ending.

Who was the most memorable character of Mutated and why?

That would be Nicky cause somebody's got to be the butt kicker.

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