“Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that ZOMBIES ARE BIG! Okay, sometimes they're little, and they may or may not be able to take on an animal form, like a dog but never a cat, but REGARDLESS, they have the X-FACTOR as far as creepy things go and they are not about to go away anytime soon.
So with AMC's THE WALKING DEAD on summer hiatus, where do we get our fix of the dead, but not really dead? Well, Seattle writer Joshua Cook has a novel out that mixes CORPORATE GREED with LIFE AFTER DEATH, so you know there's going to be trouble brewing. But more on that later.
Let's talk a little bit about this book. It's not so much the standard, I've bitten you and now you're going to start to walk really slow and mutter something about brains kind of zombie story. It's more like the Frankenstein kind of zombie. You're dead. I'm going to bring you back to life. Uh-oh.
It takes place in a city where I can attest that at least one of the city ferries gets escorted by machine totting militia even as we speak. Seriously. Look out that window on the trip to Anacortes and see what I mean.
So, it's not really a stretch that if something bad were to happen there, all hell would break loose. Which is exactly what happens when the "zombies" start to attack. Our hero, Sam, of course suffers a terrible loss(oh, stop moaning about spoilers) before he meets Gee, who needs to rescue her younger sister from the Roslun Global corporation, the uh-oh guys mentioned above, led by William Lohman. (I don't know if this is a nod to Willy Loman of Death of a Salesman fame or not.) Ruslun Global has developed a serum that brings people back to life…with a few slightly more than minor medical issues.
Other reviewers have said that it ends to abruptly, and while it's true that there's no epilogue sending the surviving characters (see how I did that, without spoilers?) into the sunset, I was satisfied with the ending the author wrote, and I'm giving it 4 out of 5 HOWLS!”