The world is dead, devoured by a plague of reanimated corpses. Cahz and his squad of veteran soldiers are tasked with flying into abandoned cities and retrieving zombies for scientific study. Deep in infected territory, hundreds of miles from their support vessel, the ever present dangers weigh heavily on Cahz's mind as he shepherds his team to make quick, clean extractions.
Then the unbelievable happens. After years of encountering nothing but the undead, the team discovers a handful of disheveled survivors in a fortified warehouse with dwindling supplies. Surrounded by hordes of ravenous corpses, Cahz is faced with the terrible responsibility of determining the five passengers who will escape in the helicopter. While those left stranded must continue to fight off the infected and starvation long enough to be rescued.
©2011 Iain McKinnon (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Believable characters trapped in a nightmare scenario. Remains of the Dead is a breathless, high-octane zombie thriller. [McKinnon has] written another great book here." (David Moody, author of Hater and Dog Blood)
"Absolutely superb." (Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined)
"Sure to please fans of The Walking Dead." (Walter Greatshell, author of the Xombies series)
Perhaps I should say that this review is for people who have never dipped their toes into the zombie literature genre despite enjoying zombie films.
Personally, I would recommend against it. The basic mechanism is a fundamentally flawed one - there is a sheer lack of 'presence' of the zombies themselves in books as compared with films. Zombies are perfect for film, lacking any interior life but being horrific in appearance. All of the things that make zombies compelling on film makes them unsuitable for literature.
This particular book is a middling level entry for the genre. If you do enjoy zombie novels than you will probably enjoy it.
I got into this one very quickly. I found the first half of the story particularly gripping but please finish the book off. The end was very frustrating because
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