Book Review: Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead by Devan Sagliani

22368381Title: Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead

Author: Devan Sagliani

Genre: Young Adult Horror, Dystopian

Publication Date: May 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

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.

‘Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead’ is filled with pulse-pounding undead action from the very first chapter until the bitter sweet end. Child celebrities, reality television stars, nightmarish zombie clowns, bikers, ninjas, warlords, and more — this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn’t slow down until the last sentence. You won’t be able to put it down!

 

Review:

I received a free audio copy of this book for an honest review.

Zombies aren’t my favorite story line but I have found that if the characters are good and there are other interesting story lines in a book, that I can put up with the zombies. That was the case in Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead.

I didn’t read the first Zombie Attack book, Rise of the Horde, but #2 stands on its own. I hope to find the time to read book #1 in the near future.

All of the characters are unique, some are endearing. Xander is amazing when you think about how much he’s accomplished since “Z Day.” He’s now a warrior who has been put in charge of a civilian community. It’s obvious, though, that he’s young. He’s hot tempered and, even though he’s married, he’s insecure in his relationship. Xander’s wife, Felicity Jane, obviously loves him very much and they’re always able to work things out. I liked Sonya from the moment she saved Xander’s life. She’s strong, independent, a great warrior, and yet, obviously, a woman. The people they meet along the way are well described and realistic if you think about what they’ve been through and how people would deal with a world full of zombies.

Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead is well written and action packed. There were times, though, that I wished Xander would get over the “what ifs” and just get on with what he needed to do.

I recommend Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead for anyone who likes action packed horror novels. I enjoyed it despite the zombies.

 

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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