Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review : Dead City (Dead World #1) by Joe McKinney

Texas? Toast.
Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying—but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life—with an insatiable hunger for human flesh…

The Nightmare Begins
Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family…

Hell On Earth
There’s no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors…but he doesn’t know the price he will have to pay…

Although it lacks a satisfying amount of character depth and development, Dead City, contains an abundance of fast paced action and vividly detailed carnage. It's exactly what I was looking for!

The story follows Officer Hudson's struggle for his life during the first days of infestation. He searches for his wife and infant son while battling hordes of zombies and attempting to rescue any other survivors who may cross his path.

Aside from the physical exertion and potential risk of contamination, Hudson also strives to keep his emotions in check and preserve his sanity. It's hard to stay focused when the streets are filled with neighbors devouring each others' entrails.

McKinney has a talent for descriptive writing and excellent pacing. This is an ideal read for fans of zombie survival fiction and gory violence.

The sequel, "Apocalypse of the Dead", picks up two years after the initial zombie epidemic. It's already patiently waiting on my shelf and I hope to review it soon.

More from Joe McKinney


Megan said...

I've been looking for a new zombie series to read. Sounds like this series is worth checking out. Thanks for the review!

Michelle Greathouse said...

I just recently read Flesh Eaters, the third book in the series and loved it! This has been one of my favorite zombie series so far. I hope we get more. :)


Addicted2Heroines said...

Megan - No problem ;) Hope you enjoy it too.

Michelle - Have you read his book Quarantined? If so, is it as good as the others?

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