“This is the first book I've read from Manel and I'm hooked, what a fab read. Those that follow my book reviews will have noticed I love reading apocalypse/zombie style books and believe me Ive read alot good and bad. Im always looking for that next amazing read that stands out from the flooded...”see full review » see other reviews »
“ This is the first book I've read from Manel and I'm hooked, what a fab read. Those that follow my book reviews will have noticed I love reading apocalypse/zombie style books and believe me Ive read alot good and bad. Im always looking for that next amazing read that stands out from the flooded market of zombie-esk books and this does infact it stands way above the many Ive read.
Im actually buzzing from reading Apocalypse Z its one of the best Ive read, I have literally just finished reading the second one on the series; Dark days as I couldn't bare a gap in between; I couldnt stop reading and HAD to know what happened next; that's how addicted I was to this fast paced flow and brilliant natural characters.
This book the first in the proposed trilogy has been written slightly differently compared to other books in this genre and I wasn't sure in the beginning if I would like the blog/diary style, but I really grew to love it, it was easy to follow and Manel is fantastic at adding details so we feel like we are really there. He builds suspense even though its sort of in the past tense as its already happened (as the main character is writing his blog)....if you get what I mean.
The fact the main character is a simple lawyer thrown into the worst possible situation and has to survive and learn skills fast to stay alive is just brilliant, this makes him relatable and so very believable to almost everyone. His no rambo or big movie star or wrestler, his an ordinary guy whose mourning the loss of his beloved wife and lives alone with his cat. I love this arrogant Persian, but I'm not sure how many cats would not be scared and just run off, his almost like a pet dog which is fab, but ...phew thank you Manel for not making him meet any grisly end; Im so relieved as a cat lover lol ;-)
What makes this book is just how much Manel makes us care about this guy trying desparately to survive and is thrown from one disaster to another, but its not over the top like some books it flows so well and we follow him through these trials, his nerves, anger and upset and its great he doesnt make stupid mistakes and your not yelling at the book to not go down that road or through that doorway.....again its sooo believable. He makes real informed decisions that make sense for that situation...yay!
He meets up with Ukrainian pilot Viktor “Prit” Pritchenko,and they form an unlikely friendship that's lasting and make a great team together. A lawyer, a Ukrainian helicopter pilot and a cat fighting the undead just trying to survive.
The ending cliff-hanger will make you want to buy the next book Apocalypse Z Dark Days immediately like I did at 3 am this morning lol. I couldn't have a break in-between lol. I spent 2 sleepless nights reading each of the books and it was worth it, its not often I read through the day too, but I literally couldn't put this down.
Its a fantastic read that slightly different to the usual apocalypse style zombie books, it was originally written in Spanish but has been translated perfectly, this was a worry for me as I thought it maybe broken English but it wasnt.
I really really enjoyed this book and hightly recommend this to those that have read many of this style that want something a bit different with some fantastic original ideas to survive... a wetsuit!
Buy this you wont be disappointed.”
“Fantastic zombie apocalypse book. It really shows the correct way to act during an apocalypse, while remaining realistic (oh the irony). Great page turner and makes you think of what you would do if you were in his place.”connordpink wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good page clicker this one. Written in the form or a journal and set in Spain, it otherwise meets all your standard zombie apocalypse requirements. My only quibble was that the translation was a little off here and there but that didn't effect my enjoyment of the book.”Unizen wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a must-read for fans of "World War Z," and in some ways I thought it was actually a better book. Presented as a blog-turned-written journal, readers join a lawyer in Spain as the whole world seems to fall apart. At first, it seems like there is just some sort of disaster happening in the Caucuses of Russia, but it quickly spreads. Governments are being very hush-hush about the whole situation. At first, the troubles are viewed to be a terrorist action, but before long rumors change, and it seems to be some sort of horrible disease.
The narrator brings us in to the depths of fear as he finds himself holing up in his home, trapped with just the memories of his recently dead wife and his cuddly little cat and a wily neighbor from next door. Things quickly become clear as the national guard move in. This is just not fighting against a quarantined disease! The illness is turning people into monsters. And they are monsters out of folklore. They are the undead, better known as zombies.
Before long the narrator finds himself on the run in the hopes of reaching one of the Safe Havens, where people have been holing up with the help of the government and military to protect them against the zombies. Unfortunately, the more our narrator travels, the more he learns that no place is safe. They may be be mindless, but the zombies never give up, and they don't have to worry about food, water, medicine or sanitation.
The narrator literally must fight to survive against his doubts, the environment, the zombies, and even other humans. The reader is not spared from the horrors, both psychological and physical, of the situation. The gore is presented in full detail.
One of the things that I really liked is that this story is really written from the Spanish perspective. In fact, the book is translated from Spanish and was written by their "Stephen King." I know I found myself turning the pages as I as reading about the end of the world from the perspective of someone living in Spain.
I am definitely looking forward to the sequel, which is due out in October. It will be called "Apocalypse Z: Dark Days." ”
“Wow what a read! I casually started reading this on the train home from work yesterday and spent half the night and most of today reading this. It has been a while since I have read a book this fast but this book really got me.
Told through blog and journal entries it was a nice change from the usual first person pov books of this kind seem to favor. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what our writer was going through and how he would survive. A realistic approach to the Zombie apocalypse I can't wait to read the next books to find out what happens next!”
“Amazing book.”Josh Hilden wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sounds Like I will love it”matey wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Much better written and flushed out than the first book. A great read!”Jon F wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kindle. A zombie novel using the journal format. Good fast read only real complaint is the "hero" keeps making the same damnable mistake. Strong 4 stars. ”Billy Landon wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very good zombie novel. Written in the form of a journal, this book details an attorney from Spain who is writing a journal to deal with his feelings due to the death of his wife (not a spoiler it's mentioned at the very beginning of the book.) I won't ruin the rest of the story by describing different events in the book. I must warn you however that this is book 1 of a 3 part series, written is Spanish by Manel Loureiro the author, and as of now only the first book has been translated. I was searching Google to find out when the 2nd and 3rd books would be translated, and could not find any information. If someone else has that info please share it. The book is an easy read. Some people have criticized a few things in here, but to me they were very minor issues. It is a book I recommend. There is some humor, and some graphic descriptions about some of the zombie kills and human casualties. However I once again want to remind potential readers, that you might have to wait awhile for the other 2 books.”Giuseppe B wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No