Zombie, Illinois: A Novel

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The sequel to the bestselling Zombie, Ohio, this explosive supernatural thriller from Scott Kenemore tells the story of three Chicagoans who have been thrown together by a bizarre, interconnected series of events during the first twenty-four hours of a zombie outbreak in the Midwest's largest city. A partnership is crafted between a pastor from Chicago's rough South Side, an intrepid newspaper reporter, and a young female musician, all of whom are fighting for survival as they struggle to protect themselves and ...

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Overview

The sequel to the bestselling Zombie, Ohio, this explosive supernatural thriller from Scott Kenemore tells the story of three Chicagoans who have been thrown together by a bizarre, interconnected series of events during the first twenty-four hours of a zombie outbreak in the Midwest's largest city. A partnership is crafted between a pastor from Chicago's rough South Side, an intrepid newspaper reporter, and a young female musician, all of whom are fighting for survival as they struggle to protect themselves and their communities in a city overrun with the walking dead. Between the barricaded neighborhoods and violent zombie hunters, the trio encounters many mysterious occurrences that leave them shaken and disturbed. When the mayor of Chicago is eaten by zombies on live television, and a group of shady aldermen attempt to seize power in the vacuum, these unlikely friends realize that they have stumbled upon a conspiracy to overthrow the city . . . and that they alone may be qualified to combine their talents to stop it.

Zombie, Illinois will delight devoted zombie fans and put readers in mind of some of the best recent works of supernatural horror. You will be left shocked, horrified, and craving brains! This novel will grab you from the first page and not let go until the riveting finale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Political reporter Ben Bennington, troubled inner-city pastor Leopold Mack and defiant punk-rocker Maria Ramirez take on marauding zombies and crooked Chicago politicians in this wickedly satirical page-turner by Kenemore (Zombie, Ohio). Knowing where the bodies are buried is integral to the power struggle that ensues after a resurgent Al Capone devours the mayor on television, an effectively gory scene that hints at Chicago's buried past coming back to light. Ramirez's father is next in line to be mayor , but amid the zombie chaos, some conspire to usurp his power. In the ensuing melee, Kenemore steers our sympathies: "...zombies are more a force of nature than a sentient, evil entity.... The humans are the ones with murder in their souls." Nevertheless, both are lethal, and Kenemore creates an authentic sense of place and character in ravaged Chicago as well as wittily sustained tension throughout. Pastor Mack's statement that they "start by taking care of each other" invokes atypically hopeful sentiments for a zombie-genre offering: the self-reliance of the poor may set the stage for a renaissance of city spirit. This blend of idealism and wry political commentary infuses new meaning into the zombie ravages portrayed so graphically here. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A zombie outbreak in Chicago brings together three very different people—Ben, an ambitious newspaper reporter; Mack, the pastor of a congregation located on the city's troubled South Side; and Maria, the drummer of an all-women punk band—who form an alliance based on staying alive and helping others do the same. When the death of the mayor in a zombie attack hits the news, the city's aldermen make plans to fill his position. Some of them see the zombies as a convenient smokescreen to cover up their unscrupulous ambitions. When Ben and his two companions discover what is happening, they realize that they may be the only ones able to save the city. Kenemore's sequel to Zombie, Ohio raises the bar for zombie fiction, combining the standard blood and gore of zombie battles with shady politics to tell a story of human resilience and the triumph of community solidarity. VERDICT The author of the mock self-help "Zen of Zombie" series continues his saga of zombie warfare with a strong, compelling story that should appeal to genre fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616088859
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 597,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kenemore
Scott Kenemore is the author of The Zen of Zombie; Z.E.O.; The Art of Zombie Warfare; The Code of the Zombie Pirate; Zombies vs. Nazis; and Zombie, Ohio, his debut novel.

He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    We don't want no zombies nobody sent! Only in Chicago would t

    We don't want no zombies nobody sent! Only in Chicago would the zombie apocalypse be just another excuse
    for political corruption and chicaniery. Mr. Kenemore has captured the character of Chicago in a most uncanny way. Both zombie fans and native Chicagoans will laugh out loud, as thinly vailed true life local characters alternate between perpetrating skulduggery and becoming zombie lunches. Scarry and funny, this book packs more of a punch then more serious social criticisms. It's fiction of course. The zombie apocalypse could never occur in Chicago as the zombies wouldn't be safe there.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Not going to lie, it could have been better... But it was okay.

    Not going to lie, it could have been better... But it was okay.
    Overall the writing was decent and the changing first person story line perspective sort of helped to keep it more interesting and well paced. 
    However, the characters were a little too tied together in this story. The amazing and uneventful coincidences (which were abundant)
    didn't really help with the entertainment value. I would have probably enjoyed better zombie explanations and more suspenseful 
    encounters (with the living and undead). And even though there was action and close calls, somehow it always seemed like everything 
    was going to be a-okay in the end. 
    As far as zombie novels go, this one is pretty decent though. If you are into a quick, moderately entertaining read, then I wouldn't 
    totally disregard this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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