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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dead Bones The Ultimate Zombie Collection by Ian Woodhead [4 stars]



From the Description:

BOOK ONE: THE UNWASHED DEAD

The few law-abiding citizens left alive in Breakspear Gardens have locked their doors and shut the curtains on this Friday night. They dare not venture out after the sun goes down. The druggies, drunks, and feral kids rule the streets in the roughest housing project in northern England - a place where anything can be had, at a low price - the neighborhood you never want to live in.

Tonight, the streets are strangely quiet. Headaches, nausea, and sickness are targeting criminals and residents alike. The untainted soon discover the horror of their plight, as their friends, families, and neighbors begin to die ... and are reborn as voracious, ravening beasts!

A small group of desperate survivors battle their way through hordes of blood-crazed zombies, trying to reach help just beyond the boundary of the estate, only to find soldiers at every exit, shooting anything that moves.

Can this dwindling group of terrified survivors avoid the newly-dead and win their way to freedom? They need to find a way out, and fast, before the authorities' weapons vaporize the area, transforming Breakspear into Hell on Earth!



BOOK TWO: WALKING WITH ZOMBIES

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Stockholm Club.

Have we got a special treat for you tonight! We're privileged to have with us, a highly talented county and western singer, all the way from exotic Birmingham. I know that you'll give the lad a fantastic Yorkshire welcome.

Don't forget, the first drink is on the house.

Now before all you geriatric parasites slouch over to the bar and start making your way through my alcohol, I'd just also like to mention that there is a chance that some of my staff may turn into flesh eating zombies as the night wears on.

In fact, I think I can confidently predict that most of you will resemble jackal stripped zebra carcasses before the dawn sun makes an appearance.

So please enjoy tonight's live entertainment and drink like there's no tomorrow. Let's face it; you ain't going to be seeing it.

BOOK THREE: INFECTED BODIES

Welcome to Greenacre Rise, a development of 135 apartments, set in the serene atmosphere of a traditional canal side Victorian mill.

Fully renovated and conveniently located just two miles from the motorway, Greenacre Rise offers a vibrant mix of residential and business facilities, including a variety of retail outlets, a bar and an exclusive gym.



At least, that's what the brochure says. What it doesn't say is that the Breakspear estate, one of the roughest housing estates in England, lays a couple of miles to the west of the converted mill.

Deep within the estate an infection rages through the locals, turning the terrified residents into flesh eating zombies.

It doesn't take long before the infection spreads...

Before it reaches Greenacre Rise.





BOOK FOUR: DEAD VEIL

Ernest has settled in to an abandoned supermarket. Aliza and her baby, Diane have found safe haven in the Tower Block group.

Everyone seems to have found their places, one year after the initial outbreak.

But, are they safe?

Zombies are not the only threat in this new society. Sometimes the living have more sinister motives than the dead.

As the dead begin to mutate, only the strongest will survive.

New powers arise and new alliances are formed.

The key to survival may reside within one person. But which one?

BOOK FIVE: DEAD REAPING

The shivering remnants of Britain's plague survivors hide behind the last fortified settlement, surrounded by the ravenous hordes of the dead. The Settlement's Defence Force guard their borders, desperately trying to keep the dead out.

Their town has a new enemy though, THE TAINTED hide amongst them, humans infected with the virus who haven't completely succumb to the full virus. They have their own agenda, a plan of their own.


BOOK SIX: HUMAN FILTH

Flesh eating thieves roam the ruined land of kings and queens, picking off the emaciated remnants stubborn enough not to die, one by one. One more game will be played in the once great capital. Newcomers from overseas and nature's experiments are caught between new life, continued existence and final death.

The outcome could mean a new hope but in hope, hides extinction.


The first two books in the Zombie Armageddon series by Ian Woodhead were a fun, fast paced read.

Book One The Unwashed Dead was fast paced and fun. While most of the characters are unlikable, a few stand out. This book took a page from George R.R. Martin, my favorite characters were dropping like flies. Good start to the series. 3.5 stars.

Book Two Walking With Zombies was fast paced and fun also. The characters were a little more sympathetic than in part one. Loved Dominic, a great character that bakes a mean pie! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. A solid 4 star read.

BOOK THREE: INFECTED BODIES was more of a novella than a novel. Fast paced but the ending was very abrupt, and a cliffhanger (which drives me crazy!). It was a good story with some memorable characters that I hope to see again in later parts of the series. 3.5 stars.

In BOOK FOUR: DEAD VEIL we get to revisit Ernest from part one. He has gone a little mad from the loss of his son and being alone, so is a great character. Along with the mystery of Diane, and what's happening to the hunters, this fast read leaves my anxious to read more. 3.5 stars.

Dead Reaping - I have enjoyed this series of zombie books and number 5 was no exception. The virus is mutating and true to human nature the people surviving are not always the good guys. I loved the return of Dominic, a fun character! Fast paced and fun, 3.5 stars.

Human Filth - A fun finale to this series. 3.5 stars.