Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Book Review: Dead City by Joe McKinney

Texas? Toast. Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying--but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life--with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. . .

Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family. . . There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors. . .but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay. . . 

My Review:
I found it hard to believe that the main character was a cop because of all the dumb decisions he seems to take through the book. He breaks a working phone purely because he gets cut off from his wife, meaning nobody can use it. Smart move. He decides to go off and investigate every noise he hears. His driving is shocking for a cop as he destroys half the cars in the city. For someone who is so determined to get home to his family, he seems very easily distracted by a pile of things that are nothing to do with him or too dangerous for anyone to even think about dealing with. But good old Eddie decides to try and be supercop to all the needy!

Marcus the psycho cop is a complete nutter yet Eddie still sticks with him and does whatever Marcus wants. On every single page I wanted him to die. He is beyond obnoxious, his conversations with Eddie are dumb and pointless and he is so reckless he seems determined to get them both killed.

The women in this book are really awful. The attention seeking female reporter who thinks that trying to be sexy will get her what she wants in the apocalypse. I HATED the bitch and couldn't understand yet again why Eddie was wasting his time talking to her when he had a family to find. His wife was obviously incapable of doing anything except cry and fall apart and seek advice from a man before blowing her nose, and that was before the zombies. She was much worse later on, wailing her head off to alert every zombie in the city because Eddie got mad at her. Jeez.

The whole plan for driving downtown, where the zombies are at their thickest and where most criminals are likely to be roaming, just to get another car was one of the dumbest things I've read. They pass a ton of abandoned cars, they even move some out of their way!!! But they keep going into town to get this car??? Crazy crazy plot.

The good points in the book are plenty of zombies, gore and a fast pace. But it does not save the book from dumb characters.

No more from this author thanks!
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