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I wade through cheap zombie fiction like a post apocalyptic scavenger, rarely finding an author or series worth much more than 99p... This one was a very pleasant surprise, a proper honest to goodness novel with great characters, plot and dialogue. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed. Number 2 here I come!
The book just starts without knowing how and why it happen found the characters uninteresting and the zombies jump from being slow to super zombies overall poor read wont be buying rest of books in series
I saw the author post a link to the series in the John Ringo Facebook group. I figured I'd give it a read, the reviews were all positive. I was expecting a decent, run-of-the-mill zombie adventure.
What I actually got was almost shocking. Dozens of well-written, thoughtful characters. Realistic children. Women that were more than just furniture, or men who happened to look like women. It actually caught me off guard! The actual zombie mechanism was cool, and the major plot twist (and I mean major!) Was handled well. It wasn't telegraphed, it was foreshadowed.
If you enjoy zombie stories, you can't go wrong with this book. The only reason I haven't started the second book is that I stopped to write this review!
'Z-Day 1' offers a unique take on the 'zombie apocalypse' but it takes a LONG time to get to it. Truly, the first 1/2 if not 2/3's of this book dragged considerably in some spots and even resembles more of an apocalyptic survival tale WITHOUT needing the zombies (survive the winter, construct the camp, scavenge for medicines, etc.). This isn't necessarily bad in this case as Humphreys obviously wanted to set up the characters, a great majority of whom have well-rounded and (un)sympathetic personalities. He also takes the time to move beyond just a one-man perspective / show and create parallel story-lines that fit extremely well together, if not being always entirely believable. I'm thinking that he took as long as he needed simply to set up the next two books in the trilogy and - hopefully - that we'll be rewarded accordingly.
This is the way the world ends, with humans turning into zombies and hungering for the flesh of the survivors. But... what happens next? You see, eight years after the world came to a shuddering halt, here we have survivors. More than that, the zombie threat has been fading away. Humanity has survived. So what is the next step? That's the starting point for Daniel Humphreys' humdinger of a tale set in an America many years after the plague that ravaged the globe. A walled community has more or less come to terms with how to deal with the zombie threat - and faces threats from within its own walls as the need to bind together for day-to-day survival starts to drift into the kinds of things that people do when they start to become too bored, or when they start to snap under the constant strain. The community may just be becoming its own worst enemy. Humphreys rattles through the action sequences here, and depicts the detail of the world of the survivors. There's something of a wealth of detail when it comes to military hardware - you'll find detailed descriptions of the guns on show for starters, and their loadout in terms of bullets, choice for penetration, types of scopes and so on. Whether that sways you for or against, be aware there's plenty of that. A lot is in context though of these hardened fighters and the tools they use to stay alive. As the tale unfolds, the threats within the community come face-to-face with the re-emergence of the surviving US military presence, and perhaps, just perhaps, a solution to the zombie threat. But things are never that easy, as the zombie threat might not be fading away as much as people thought it was... Humphreys has a good writing style - I think he crams in a few too many characters and definitely two or three too many subplots that could have been trimmed to give the book a better pace, but this is a good, solid read, and offers a refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale. Well worth getting your teeth stuck into.