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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

More Than Just a Zombie Book

The zombie genre is all the rage today, which is a mixed blessing. The good news for readers is that there are a ton of zombie-themed books out there to choose from. The bad news for authors is that they really have to step up their game and do something unique to stand...
The zombie genre is all the rage today, which is a mixed blessing. The good news for readers is that there are a ton of zombie-themed books out there to choose from. The bad news for authors is that they really have to step up their game and do something unique to stand out from the crowd. And that's what DiLouie manages to pull off with this novel about a ragtag band of apocalypse survivors. Something unique. Without giving too much away, The Infection begins like many other books in this genre -- a big chunk of humanity suddenly becomes "infected," which in this case means mindless and homicidal, and is hell-bent on destroying or infecting the rest of humanity. But it doesn't take long for DiLouie to spin the story in creative directions that really keep you guessing what will happen next right up till the hugely climactic end of the novel. Not the least of these plot twists is when DiLouie pits the survivors against not only uber-violent zombies, but also against a collection of bizarre and terrifyingly inhuman infection-induced creatures that would make even H.P. Lovecraft pee his pants a little. If anybody ever makes a movie out of this book, I'll be the first one in line, if only to see how they bring some of these creatures to life. Plot twists aside, where this novel truly shines is with the characters. In DiLouie's other zombie book, Tooth And Nail, the range of primary characters was somewhat restricted by the subject material, which centered mostly around the military. In this book, we have a few soldiers, but also a cop, a teacher, a housewife, a reverend, and a geek, all fighting for survival side by side. And by the end of the book, you know them all inside and out, thanks to a series of masterfully executed flashbacks that manage to tell you who these people are -- and how they came together -- without ever breaking the stride of the main narrative. I'm going to close by quoting what I had to say at the end of my review of Tooth and Nail, because it applies equally well to The Infection ... "Based on its premise alone, one should realize that this novel is not for the squeamish. But in case you don't, let me repeat: this novel is not for the squeamish. It is highly graphic throughout, on a par with any R-rated movie you'd watch in this genre. At times, you will wish you were wearing a hazard suit while reading it, and you may feel the urge to go take a shower from time to time. But that's just because the author is doing it right. After all, there shouldn't be anything pink and fluffy about the apocalypse."

posted by RandyCT on April 12, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Eh.

Disappointing. Poor character development; by the end of the book, they still felt like strangers. The "abominations" weren't necessary. I feel they took away from what could have been a decent story. Sometimes less really is more. The grammatical errors irked me. I for...
Disappointing. Poor character development; by the end of the book, they still felt like strangers. The "abominations" weren't necessary. I feel they took away from what could have been a decent story. Sometimes less really is more. The grammatical errors irked me. I forced myself to finish this book.

posted by 11587474 on May 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Eh.

    Disappointing. Poor character development; by the end of the book, they still felt like strangers. The "abominations" weren't necessary. I feel they took away from what could have been a decent story. Sometimes less really is more. The grammatical errors irked me. I forced myself to finish this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Ok

    I just couldn't get into it. Nothing great or original about the story line. Needs to be proofread. By the way, when your refering to ammunition, it's "ordnance", not "ordinance". Big difference.

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