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Flesh Eaters

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I love this!

This is a great series. This is the 3rd book.

posted by Missilou on January 25, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

How could I skip a zombie story that won the Bram Stoker Award f

How could I skip a zombie story that won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel? Perhaps this set my expectations too high, but I was sorely disappointed. That isn’t to say Flesh Eaters is bad. The problem is that it’s really just average. It’s an adept tale and a quick r...
How could I skip a zombie story that won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel? Perhaps this set my expectations too high, but I was sorely disappointed. That isn’t to say Flesh Eaters is bad. The problem is that it’s really just average. It’s an adept tale and a quick read, but never steps outside the typical disaster story stereotypes. Nothing surprised me, but again, nothing disappointed me either. It’s similar to an inoffensive pop song, which one forgets the tune as soon as the radio is turned off.




The novel is set in the wake of a hurricane ravaging Houston, Texas. If the floods and havoc of the disaster wasn’t enough, there is a zombie outbreak added to the mix. The main character is a female police officer, which is a pleasant change from the typical macho-military-types who dominate the zombie genre. However, outside of being labeled a woman, this officer demonstrates few feminine qualities. Everything from her commanding style of speech, to the way she fights, and even how she describes a handsome coworker in purely physical terms, is masculine. If McKinney had changed her name from Eleanor to Eliot, I wouldn’t have noticed a difference. And worse still, nothing made me want to care for her, other than the fact she was inoffensive and not corrupt like the others. In this, McKinney offers a simplified morality play where the bland prevail, while anyone evil gets their just reward. Sure, this is friendly and uplifting, but the problem is that it’s not that interesting to read.

posted by drakevaughn on December 11, 2012

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    A believable and tense rollercoaster ride of horror!

    I had certain expectations when I started this book and even formed other expectations while reading. Because of this, when the book took a turn I wasn't expecting, I was jostled by it that much more. There were some very intense moments and at one point, I had to put the book down and come back to it.

    Joe does an incredible job of taking an incomprehensible situation and landing it right in the middle of your living room, quite literally!

    The characters were believable, which made it that much easier to associate with them and visualize what they were going through. Just made it that much scarier!

    This one starts a little slow, but it's all necessary to build the backstory. Push through it. You won't be disapointed and you won't want to put it down once it takes off!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Joe uses his police experience to paint a clear picture for the

    Joe uses his police experience to paint a clear picture for the reader. Stories are exciting and heart wrenching with a touch of humor. Good read.

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