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I am now Necrophobic!! This is one of the absolute best post-apocalyptic books that I have read in a long time. It had the perfect combination of tension, conflict, and humor.
Steve, a.k.a. Bookie, is retired military. He lives in Yonkers with his wife and son...when suddenly there is a worldwide outbreak of the Necrovirus. Hamlyn doesn’t get into the how and why (perhaps he will in the sequels) and it really doesn’t matter. What is important is Steve’s survival.
The action in this book was incredible, I felt like I was watching a great zombie movie. The action scenes were so well written, the tension of the characters came right through the pages (or in my case, the Kindle).
The secondary characters were excellent, especially Sixty-Five. He was a former Vietnam Special-Ops vet, and kooky survivalist nut! (Without these guys we will be up a creek without a paddle when the zombies really come!) Sixty-Five helped to add an important level of humor with lines like, “They’ll never take me alive because I’ll be waiting for ‘em everytime.”
Like all great zombie books, the zombies are there only to create tension. The real conflict (the bad guys) are other people. Hamlyn has done an excellent job with his bad guys, they are monsters worse than the undead. They push Steve to question himself and his own values.
I would put Necrophobia right up there as one of the best zombie books that I have ever read, right along with Day by Day Armageddon and Hater. Necrophobia 2 and 3 are already on my wish list and I will be reading them soon.