People refer to the infected as "zombies" although that's not what they really are. The word zombie implies the infected have died and reanimated. The thing is, those infected with Mad Swine, they didn't die. They're still alive; they even breathe. They're just not human anymore. No one really knows how or why it started. What we do know is that the H1N1 virus - or the damn vaccinations that everyone so anxiously lined up for hours to get - mutated in a bad way. Now whether this mutation happened naturally, like the seasonal influenza does every year by changing its signature protein, or if it was the work of some mad dictator bent on bringing hell into the world by unleashing the bastardized disease, no one can say for sure. For Matt Danzig and the small community of Randall Oaks, the only thing that matters now is survival in this new world.
Matt Danzig's ordinary day is horrifyingly disrupted when a mutated form of the H1N1 virus is unleashed on the world, turning those infected into "Mad Swine", a form of living zombie. Narrator Bernard Clark gives Matt a stoic, even voice and avoids dramatic flourishes, focusing instead on the descriptions of a society that has fallen apart. Matt must join with others in his community for shelter and security. As the violence and chaos grows around him, he discovers that the Mad Swine aren't the only monsters out there.
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i've read a few different zombie novels, and mad swine is somewhere close to the bottom. i think i somewhat liked it b/c it's different than the others. what i mean by different is the location. the main character lives in a suburb of chicago. can you imagine a worse place to live and try to survive in than a huge city.
the story starts as matt is at work. he's some kind of vp at a university in chicago. i was interested in how you escape and survive when you live in a suburb of one of the nation's largest cities.
everything else is typical. the infected want to eat you. matt has a military background of course. he carries a rifle in his trunk. he's a recent survivalist b/c of hurricane katrina. there are differences and infighting b/ween the different surviving groups. all standard zombie fare. ok, i can accept that.
i thought a place like chicago would be a hell zone, that the place would be infested with the infected! but he really has no problem getting where he tries to go. so, i started to lose interest when he's able to flee on a driving lawnmower. you'd think the infected would hear the noise and bum rush him. nope.
the only reason i finished listening was to see if there was anything new in learning how to survive in the suburbs of a huge city. nope. didn't learn a thing.
if you're new to zombie fare, try something else. if you need your zombie fix, then you'll get a watered down hit.
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