Zombie Attack: Army of the Dead
by Devan Sagliani
Series: Zombie Attack #2
Publication date: May 27th 2014
by Permuted Press
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review.
Xander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas.
Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones. A hidden enemy within the military is hell bent on creating a secret weapon: genetically engineered super zombies! Friends and soldiers are pitted against each other, as one side races to spread the cure while the other battles to gain ultimate control over the fate of mankind.
Army of the Dead picks up where Rise of the Horde left off, for the most part. Actually the “present” is many months later, but Sagliani does a nice job of bringing the reader up to speed. He also gave me quite the heart attack in the very first chapter! No warm up.. just insanity. Xander is now married to Felicity, but it doesn’t take long for issues to arise. Note to self: Just because there are hordes of zombies that want to eat you, no one is safe from marital problems including a jealous spouse. Xander seems much older to me in this installment. He’s had to grow up quite a bit with everything he’s been through, not to mention he’s now the leader of a survivors camp called Freedom Town — which royally pisses him off. Things heat up relatively fast in this second book, and I found myself wondering frequently how anyone could survive this situation. Not only do they have to survive the enormous throngs of flesh-hungry zombies, but the variety of other dangers in this new world as well.
I was thrilled to jump back into Xander’s shoes with so many familiar faces from the first book. This second installment is most definitely darker than the first — in the same way that Harry Potter grows more ominous with each book. I’m still going to let my teenage son read it, but the storyline has certainly matured as it has evolved. The pacing of the story is nice, albeit a little slow at certain times with Xander’s inner monologue. The action and gore was so over-the-top intense, though, that it more than made up for any drags. This is not your typical zombie book, simply running for your life from the undead, trying to find places to hide and better weapons. This story is so much more with a strong cast of characters (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the completely badass) and a plot that will keep you on your toes at all times!
I definitely recommend this series to all zombie fanatics everywhere!
~About the Author~
Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack! series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the UNDEAD L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams.
Devan’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. He is also an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
He currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife.
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