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Monster Nation (Monster Zombie Series #2)

4.3 45
by David Wellington

In the heart of America, in the world's most secure prison, something horrible is growing in the dark. A wave of cannibalism and fear is sweeping across the heartland, spreading carnage and infection in its wake. Captain Bannerman Clark of the National Guard has been tasked with an impossible mission: discover what is happening — and then stop it before it


In the heart of America, in the world's most secure prison, something horrible is growing in the dark. A wave of cannibalism and fear is sweeping across the heartland, spreading carnage and infection in its wake. Captain Bannerman Clark of the National Guard has been tasked with an impossible mission: discover what is happening — and then stop it before it annihilates Los Angeles. In California, he discovers a woman trapped in a hospital overrun with violent madmen. She may hold the secret to the Epidemic but she has lost everything — even her name. David Wellington's first novel, Monster Island, explored a world overcome by horror and the few people strong enough to survive. Now he takes us back in time to where it all began — to the day the dead began to rise.

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Simply put, David Wellington has done for zombies what Victoria's Secret has done for lingerie (not that reanimated, flesh-eating corpses should in any way be associated with glamorous bras and sexy sleepwear!). With the release of Monster Island in the spring of 2006 -- made an instant cult classic in large part by a hugely popular online serialization -- Wellington brought the zombie subgenre to the forefront of horror with a macabre masterpiece about a mysterious contagion that sweeps the planet and brings about an end to the age of humanity.

Monster Nation is a prequel of sorts that chronicles the very first days of the Epidemic, when an unknowing public hadn't yet discovered the horrific truth -- that tens of thousands of infected undead, hungry for succulent flesh, were creating more of their kind and systematically taking over the United States. Standing in their way is Bannerman Clark, a 61-year-old captain in the Colorado National Guard who is tasked with the impossible: to find the origins of the ghoulish outbreak and somehow put a stop to it before it's too late. His search begins in a Supermax prison outside of Colorado Springs, where a gruesomely violent riot has confirmed that numerous occupants are, in fact, zombies. And to make matters worse, the warden -- quite possibly infected -- has just left on vacation for California…

Comparable to other end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand and Robert R. McCammon's Swan Song, Wellington's Monster Nation is an absolute must-read for horror aficionados. Who knew that armies of decomposing corpses bent on sucking the life out of the remnants of humankind could be so wildly entertaining? Paul Goat Allen

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Running Press Book Publishers
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Monster Zombie Series , #2
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)

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David Wellington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971. He attended Penn State and received there an MFA in creative writing. He works as an archivist for the United Nations in New York City. In 2003 he began work on the website “www.monsternovel.com”, where his novel Monster Island was serialized on-line over the course of five months and quickly became an internet cult phenomenon.

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Monster Nation (Monster Zombie Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this series in chronological order after buying both books. The writing is not bad, in fact, it's quite good. However, once the story got going, I quickly began to hate the Nilla storyline and her ridiculous invisibility gimmick. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Yes, even in a zombie novel, suspension of disbelief can only take you so far. There were a few other problems I had with the book. In one scene, a zombie (with human teeth, remember, this isn't a vampire) bites the neck of a 7 foot black bear and kills it. Please. A zombie would be hard pressed to pull out a clump of the bear's fur much less rip open its skin. In addition, every once in a while I would find some spelling errors which shouldn't happen in a professional novel costing $13.95. Other small details that took me out of the story was when a zombie threw a bone up at a flying helicopter and actually hit it. Wouldn't it be more poetic to have the bone be thrown at it and miss? The intention would still remain, but the reality wouldn't be flushed down the toilet. But okay, maybe that's being too picky. Anyway, I did enjoy Clark and Vikram's storyline and that was probably what kept me reading. Unfortunately, the ending wasn't satisfying, feeling rushed and thrown together without too much thought. I hear better things from critics about Monster Island, and being from New York City, I'm a little more excited now to read it.
jimdavisMR More than 1 year ago
this book brings to life what it would be like to live in a true zombie nation
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
First off, I didn't realize when I began reading MONSTER NATION that it's the second in a trilogy. I'll now have to go back and read MONSTER ISLAND, just because I do want to read the entire story, but MONSTER NATION can and does stand on its own.

The story is basic enough: zombies are taking over the US; the career military person in charge, Bannerman Clark, wastes a lot of time refusing to believe these creatures are actually dead; there are a couple of more-intelligent-than-normal zombies trudging their way through the craziness.

That's the storyline in a nutshell. The problem, for me, didn't come until the end of the book, when what had been building up to a gigantic climax through 250+ pages was resolved (or, actually, NOT resolved at all) in a page and a half.

Don't ge me wrong. This book is entertaining, gross, and a verifiable zombie-lover's delight. It made we want to go back and read the first book in the series. But it's ending definitely leaves you hanging and frustrated. For those who love zombie stories, you'll appreciate the new and different approach to the genre. For those who hate abrupt endings, you'll throw the book against the wall. When all is said and done, though, reading MONSTER NATION was time well spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good zombie books are hard to come by. This one is probably one of the best there is. The plot is cliched alot but this book takes the problem of 'zombies' taking over the world and turns into one of my all time favs.
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This was amazing, it tied in well with the first book. This is a good zombie story, there are elements that you could never see coming. It certainly is worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really not very complicated, but works on tight, direct chapters that keeps us interested. Its horror, so there's a feeling of action and movement that is a great break from other recent reads. It doesn't tie too well to the first novel, but is still quite good.
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dbuchansr More than 1 year ago
This prequel was a good second story after Monster island. It kind of answered that age old question, What the BLEEP caused all this. This story had a deffinitive cause that could be believed other than - Bad goverment weaponies a virus , it gets loose. I'm looking forward to reading Monster Planet to see what happens
Robineliza More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome zombie book. If your looking for something out of the ordinary , this is your book! This author David Wellington writes like a dream. I just flew on right threw. Plus this the zombie theme in the story is different from the rest. When a virus runs threw the WORLD, and everything around is a walking dead. What do you do ,run ? Where are you gonna go.You have to read this! I highly recommend this .
Guest More than 1 year ago
A rough and tumble unique take on the Zombie story. The fast paced story switches between a doctor exploring through the zombie decimated New York and one of the Zombies chapter to chapter. The the constant change in veiwpoints and the unheard of twists keep the pages turning from beginning to end. 4 stars as it's more of a thriller (with zombies!) than a horror book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way that David Wellington writes his books is amazing, I have never cared for Zombie books or movies but this is a must have, each book that David Wellington writes is so good they should make them a movie. If you want to be on the edge of your seat and can't wait to get to the next great book, get this book and many more David Wellington books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book and fun to read. Zombie fans will like it. It has a nice twist on the genre! The series has a great flow and continuity to it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you read or (try to) tons of zombie books you will know that is hard to find a interesting and non-frustarting zombioe book.This triology is the absolete BEST zombie books i have read. I will admit that some of the and idea are wacky but does not ruin the book at all. Wellington creates great characters that are believable and exciting to read. He does perspective from people that you would never dream of (ie from a zombie, a man force with african rebel to help find aid, an intelligent zombie)I would highly recomment this book/triology Im a huge zombie fan and have read other zombie books and the the frustrastion of poor characters and plots. Wellingtons books have well deveolped characters and knows what his is doing
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an ok, book. I am loyal to the more Max Brooks type of Zombie, so this book with its magic smart Zombies was a little off for me. I purchased all three books in the series and tore through them in about a week, over all I was bored by the end. World War Z was much better and kept me wishing it would go on and on and on and on.
CVHunt More than 1 year ago
Monster Island took place six weeks past the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, where only 10% of the human population survived. Monster Nation takes us back to the first days of the pending doom, and again David Wellington does not disappoint. In book one we are shown the methodical and strategic planning of the dead versus the living. In book two we are shown the down and dirty siege of the dead onto the living. We find the heart of every zombie story within Monster Nation's pages: chaos and destruction. Government officials, police barricades, CDC, FEMA, and the fear of civilians will not stop the infection. In the wee hours of the epidemic, officials scramble to piece together what is happening. Much like Monster Island, the author gives us the story from several perspectives. I found Nilla's story to be the most interesting. Just like Gary in the first book, Nilla has woken up dead. Where Gary had planned his death, Nilla's was a mistake, and because of her unplanned voyage, she cannot remember her real name. She calls herself Nilla because it was the only thing she could think of when asked her name. Much like Gary, Nilla finds out quickly that she has an ability that most of the dead don't. She is not driven by her hunger, but by a vision, the same one that Gary had, telling her to head east. None of that matters though, because when you're dead, the living hate you regardless:(FROM THE BOOK) They knew. The people of Lost Hills knew what she was. They could sense it. If she closed her eyes she could see them all, their golden auras, and she knew they were all looking back and seeing her darkness. Surely not as vividly, certainly not as consciously but they could sense her energy just like she could sense theirs. --- Clark Bannerman is a captain. His troops stumble across Nilla in the early stages of the outbreak, but she slips away. His objective is to find her at all cost. Clark knows what she can do, and he also knows that she might have the answers to cannibalistic epidemic. If only he could only see past the fact that the cannibals are not alive. David Wellington's interpretation of zombies is unique in the sense that it's not humans that the dead seek out, but the life force within them. If the dead are so inclined, and short on food, the will eat tree bark because it is living. It is the essence of life that they truly crave. Ultimately Clark and Nilla's paths have crossed for the same reasons: to find the source that is causing the dead to rise. The author keeps the pages action packed, and has a great style of writing that keeps me from putting his books down. I can't wait to crack into the final installment.
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