Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Dead Veil by Ian Woodhead

This is the fourth instalment in the Zombie Armageddon series, and eagerly awaited by myself! This time around the action is set a year on from the initial outbreak and centres on a dictatorship based at a tower block and delusional characters holed up in the supermarket.

I loved this. Ian never fails to amaze me with his imagination and detail. I have been waiting a while for this one and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The action as usual was fast paced and relentless. The zombies have evolved and are now almost super-'human' with somewhat vampiric qualities. Being able to read minds and heal themselves, the Hunters are top of the 'deadie' food chain! The gore was top notch and the characters were familiar and solid. This is a series that just keeps getting better and better. I do recommend that the others in the series are read first, if only to familiarise yourself with the characters and areas, although this isn't strictly necessary.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Meta-horde by Sean T. Page & John McCuaig

This is the story of a world ravaged by zombies. Only a very few outposts survive holding out against the zombie armies. Now an eminent scientist in the outpost of Carcassonne in France has predicted that the zombies will band together in 'meta-hordes' (millions of zombies together) and storm the last few outposts. Desperate to wipe them out before they arrive, a few plucky survivors decide to blow up a nuclear power plant. Sadly they are sabotaged by an infiltrator from a group bent on creating Armageddon. Will they survive long enough to wipe out the meta-hordes? Will the plan work, and will the earth be saved?

I must admit, I have reviewed so many zombie books now I am honestly starting to enjoy the genre! This was no exception. I enjoyed the gritty dystopian horror that the world has been left in - with life just existing from day to day. The action was relentless although the zombie gore was played down. This to me was more about the survival than the blood and guts. The characters were easily identifiable with and seemed very human to me. I found the pace just right - a great page turner for a spooky winters evening or two.