The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection)

The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection)

by Craig DiLouie

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The mystery virus struck down millions. Three days later, its victims awoke with a single violent purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurched toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continued to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

America�s far-flung military has returned home to wage a horrific war against its own country, engaged in a fierce battle to retake Washington, DC. Two hundred miles away, Ray Young, survivor of a fight to save a refugee camp from hordes of Infected fleeing the burning ruins of Pittsburgh, awakes from a coma to learn he has also survived Infection.

But this is no miracle. Ray is not immune. Instead, he has been transformed into a superweapon that could end the world � or save it.

In THE KILLING FLOOR, Craig DiLouie�s chilling apocalyptic vision portrayed in THE INFECTION continues, presenting a nightmarish struggle for survival like no other.

�A high octane, nail biter of a zombie novel. Craig DiLouie is one of the new masters in zombie fiction.�--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and ROT & RUIN

"Action so thrilling you can�t help but get lost in DiLouie's nightmares."--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of FLESH EATERS

"THE KILLING FLOOR is every kind of horror rendered down in one truly amazing apocalyptic novel."--Peter Clines, author of EX-HEROES and 14

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148161547
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication date: 07/12/2013
Series: The Infection , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 971,919
File size: 1 MB

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The Killing Floor (a novel of The Infection) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
GotZombie More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the world in which DiLouie sets his stories. He makes some attempt to explain his Zombie apocalypse and is a rarity among writer's in the Zombie genre in that he develops his characters and provides a story arc. It's an enjoyable read and I'll definitely pick up the third in this series when it hits the shelves.
RandyCT More than 1 year ago
This sequel to "The Infection" picks up right where the last one left off, at the brief moment of calm created by the climax of the first novel. But if there's one thing you can be sure of when it comes to a Craig DiLouie "zombie" novel, it's that things will never stay calm for long. Especially when "The Killing Floor" is the title of the book. Expect the same caliber of extremely intense, well-orchestrated action scenes as the ones found both in the first book and in "Tooth and Nail," his previous apocalyptic novel. Not to mention plot twists, realistic military details, and well-crafted plot developments that lead to a satisfying (although hardly optimistic) climax. For "The Killing Floor," some old characters return, but some interesting new characters are also introduced, and along with them, a thoughtful new array of moral dilemmas and complexities. As with DiLouie's previous novels, the horror element is always just the intense window dressing. The "infected" in a book like this might be fun (or horrifying) to watch, but it's always the survivors we relate to. They make us think, "How would I handle this horrible situation? Would I be the hero? The coward? Or just a deer frozen in the headlights?" And what DiLouie is great at doing is presenting the reader with complex characters who are forced to explore the full range of ethical possibilities, and in doing so -- by putting us inside their heads -- make us second-guess our own preconceptions about ourselves. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll just close with what I had to say at the end of my review of "Tooth and Nail" and "The Infection," because once again, it applies here ... "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."
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weeks have passed since the Infection started spreading, when one out of every five people suddenly collapsed, writhing in pain. It didn't kill them, but many wish it had, because after three days, those who originally fell, got back up and started attacking. The chased and bit into their victims to spread the infection, but they were not alone in their war. Strange creature appeared to help spread their infection or to kill.A small band of uninfected set out to destroy a bridge leading to one encampment of survivors, and though they managed to stem the violent hordes on the other side of the chasm, a few of their own were bitten or, in Ray's case, were stung by one of the behemoth Demons -- gigantic creatures with stingered tentacles in constant search of victims. Anne, the leader of the small group demolishing the bridge, knows that she should kill him, but her heart tells her to let him be after all he's done to help the survivors.Ray wanders off to find someplace to die, winding up in an empty house. Yet, after a fevered dream, he wakes up to discover that he has not died. He has somehow beat the infection. If he can beat it, then maybe he holds the cure! Ray decides to head to Washington, DC, to offer himself as a possible means to end the terror. But as he travels, he notices something strange about the infected, the way that they seem to be following him without attacking. It isn't until the horror at Camp Defiance when he finally learns what he's become.And so has Anne and her small group of fighters. She convinces her group to put an end to the threat once and for all, beginning a chase between her and Ray that may mean the end for everyone."The Killing Floor" picks up from almost the exact same point as Craig DiLouie's "The Infection", but don't worry if you haven't read that first novel. DiLouie provides enough background as the story rushes forward so that you don't feel left behind. It carries over the amazing and awful creatures of the infection -- the hoppers, the juggernauts (or Demons), the infected people -- and with an unexpected twist to the tale, allows the infection to mutate in a surprising way.Though I despised him, Ray becomes one of the most interesting aspects of the story. He's burdened with what he knows could potentially kill the remaining human life from the planet and struggles with that. He also becomes a pawn of the Infection, using it to his own advantage regardless of who he hurts in the process. And at times, I even felt sorry for some of the Infected who fell victim to Ray's manipulating.The overall story is filled with bloody action and monsters galore -- a perfect apocalyptic vision of the world. It's an exciting read, and definitely one of my favorite books this year.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
“The Killing Floor” is a vivid look at this brutal post-apocalyptic world.  The story picks up where “The Infection” leaves off following the remaining groups of survivors.  In this book no one is safe and anyone can be killed at any time.  What makes this story so gripping (besides the action) is the connections between the characters and their families.  The interpersonal connections really help bring the characters to life and make you easily empathize with them.  This book really pulls you in and drags you along for the ride.  I can’t wait for the next book to come out to see where the story goes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did the guy mentioned become a zombie but kept his humanity?
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Great book
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MelannD More than 1 year ago
This was a great sequel to The Infection.  I am usually not a big fan of this type of book, but I thoroughly both books.   I read the entire book in a little over a day.  It is not just another zombie/apocalypse story.    It is a brillant, creative and terrifying book.  There are tons of action, great characters, and unexpected twists in the plot.    I give this book 5 stars.   I can’t wait to read more books by Craig DiLouie.  
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Killing Floor starts right up where The Infection stopped. But there are also some new folks introduced so we go back in time a little too. I did find the beginning of the novel a bit slow and a bit hard to follow some of the military scenes. However once it finally got rolling I was really pleased with how the story developed. It does end with more story to tell so I do hope another book in the series comes out because I will definitely pick it up.
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