The Return Man

The Return Man

by V. M. Zito
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The Return Man by V. M. Zito

The outbreak tore the U.S. in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness. They call it the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316218283
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,325,778
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

V.M. Zito resides in Connecticut, USA with his wife and daughter. When not writing, he spends his weekdays working as Creative Director at a New England ad agency and his weekends running on forested trails. THE RETURN MAN is his first novel.

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The Return Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
P_Buchholz More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love zombies? But how many things can zombies do? Walk, possibly run, eat people, break down a door or two, moan a little. It's not the zombies that make the story they are just a theme. What makes a zombie story is what else is going on and this book has ALOT of it. The interesting world situation and the situation of the main character leave you wanting to keep reading wondering what is going to happen, how will it all play out. The ending does not disappoint. A solid read cover to cover, if you buy one book this year, and with so many out of work I understand if you do, make it this one you will be good with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of overly descriptive gore. No reason to be interested in the characters. A formulaic story, and an ending that was so predictable there was little to lose by just skimming the last 100 pages. World War Z it ain't.
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
The Return Man takes you on a trip through the bad lands which used to be part of the USA but has been ceded to the Zombies. The main character is likable but has his own flaws and demons which he must overcome. The story does a good job of balancing character development with action and mystery which keeps you engrossed in the telling. The author does have a habit of using metaphors to describe the scene (Flowing like water from a spigot) which seems a bit gimmicky to me, but doesn’t really take away from the story. Certainly not what I would call a happy ending, it certainly wraps it all up and even leaves room for another book if the author chooses.
zatoichi More than 1 year ago
There's enough plot here to fuel a decent novella, but nowhere near enough for a full-length novel. As a result we are interminable details for everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING. About a third of the way through I began to skim, sometimes for pages on end, without ever losing the narrative. Ultimately there wasn't a single turn or twist that wasn't obvious. All in all a very disappointing read, which is a shame as the author isn't without talent. He just desperately needs a good editor.
The_Alternative More than 1 year ago
Book Review - The Return Man by V. M. Zito The Return Man  V. M. Zito  Mass Market Paperback  Publisher: Orbit  Publication Date: April 1, 2012  ISBN-13: 978-0316218283  448 pages     More zombie goodness…     The Return Man by Z. M. Vito introduces two very unique and different premises to the “Zombie Problem.” As the name implies, not only does Henry Marcos, “The Return Man” return to zombie infected/infested areas to finish what the virus started but V. M. Zito gives a logical explanation why zombies seem to congregate in certain places. For my part, both of these ideas are unique additions to the genre and is, in part, the reason for my four star rating. Another reason is that it’s a damn fine story!          For a fee The Return Man will trek deep into an affected, off-limits zone and put an end to your zombified relative. For some family members this mercy killing is a final step in their healing process. For others, the “final ending” of their loved one might just allow them the closure they’ve needed to form a new beginning. Henry Marcos understands that the slow, meandering walk of the zombies has purpose and that a deep engrained memory, a spark of thought, compels them to seek out specific and meaningful places. Learn those important, sentimental places, The Return Man posits, and you can find almost anyone. So, why can’t Henry find his estranged wife? She’s out there somewhere and that’s what keeps Henry Marcos motivated and living at the edge of the zombie zone.           I like that V. M. Zito introduces not one, but two, very different and creative notions concerning zombies into his debut novel and, in the process, side-stepped a number of redundant, overused tropes. (It bodes well for his survival in the industry.) In a day when most zombie, werewolf, and vampire stories follow long-used memes Zito worked outside the normal story lines to create a new sub-genre; that of Zombie Hunter. The Return Man held my interest throughout, and more importantly, kept me entertained from cover to cover. I love post-apocalyptic fiction and zombies. It’s even better when a new author adds unique ideas to a favorite mix and brings them successfully together. That’s usually when we find something special. The Return Man “is” that something special!         File with: Post apocalyptic literature, zombies, survival, adventure, and zombies. I know I said zombies twice. I like zombies. 4 out of 5 stars The Alternative  Southeast Wisconsin 
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Patches33 More than 1 year ago
Its a personal favorite. It grips you with emotion and excitement along with thrills, suspense, twists, heartbreak and ultimately just a great adventure. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a good read
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Bill58BB More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. I enjoyed the premise of the book. It was a refreshing change to the run of the mill zombie stories. One review said this book was a page turner and I heartily agree. It was hard to put the book down. The character development was excellent and I was pulled into the character's world. I definitely recommend this book especially if you are burned out on zombie stories that involve running and screaming from the zombies.
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aggieangie More than 1 year ago
Interesting zombie book with a twist. I do wish there were less politics (I wrote the author to tell him that) and I found the main character a little unbelievable (he does not seem smart enough to be a doctor). HOWEVER, that said, if you need a new zombie book fix, get this one. The plot is not the typical "flee from zombies" book and I enjoyed it.
OZZYKIM1971 More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good from start to finish. Over all I liked the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. If you're into the "zombie thing" this book is for you.
REB3 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Very good storyline and character with Henry Marco. Can't wait for the next book! Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read.
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bww1 More than 1 year ago
A good book with plenty of action. A new twist on the zombie tale.
lonnielynne More than 1 year ago
Great book, fast read, hated to put it down. Great "get away " book.