In New York City the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One among their hordes is different: though he shares their appetites he has retained his human intelligence. Alone among the mindless zombies, Gary Fleck is an eyewitness to the end of the world. From the other side of the planet a small but heavily ...
In New York City the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One among their hordes is different: though he shares their appetites he has retained his human intelligence. Alone among the mindless zombies, Gary Fleck is an eyewitness to the end of the world. From the other side of the planet a small but heavily-armed group of young girls turned soldiers has come in search of desperately needed medicine. Dekalb, a former UN weapons inspector, will lead them as their local guide. Ayaan, a crack shot at the age of sixteen, will stop at nothing to complete her mission. They think they are prepared for anything. On "Monster Island" they will find that there is something worse even than undeath ...while Gary learns the true price of survival.
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There is no question that Wellington is an accomplished writer. The pace is good and the story line is as convincing as a zombie story can be. I have read both books already out in this trilogy and expect to read the third as soon as it is published.
That being said- I don't like "internet" zombies. The concept of an intelligent zombie was well handled with "Gary" and I did enjoy the battle this zombie with a working brain had fighting his new zombie instincts with the mores and culture he still remembered. But that he could exert control over other zombies via a sort of zombie "internet" almost ruined the story for me. I prefer the average zombies in the writings of J.L. Bourne.
It's still a good zombie read. I mean if you can suspend disbelief in the walking dead I guess you can accept a zombie internet. "You've got mauled!"
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-13 In Wellington's energetic horror debut, the first of a promised trilogy, Manhattan has become Monster Island after a plague has turned all its denizens into shambling, rotting animated corpses, except for a couple who have kept their intelligence and also acquired psychic powers. When an expedition from Africa arrives, composed of teenage girl-soldiers and a former U.N. weapons inspector, the zombie masters mobilize their forces to kill or eat the living humans. Page by page, the story is inventive and exciting as Wellington exploits his familiarity with New York's nooks and crannies as settings for flesh-chomping battles and narrow escapes. As a whole, though, the book satisfies less since the author selectively forgets anything about the situation or the characters that would inhibit further gross-out episodes. Still, the novel offers some provocative thoughts about the purpose of life and death underlaid with some ultra-dark humor. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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