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Editorial Reviews

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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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 Steven Pajak (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amanda H. on 04-03-13

Not bad!

First of the book starts out great. A man trying desperately trying to flee the city to reach his children during the beginning stages of the Zombie apocalypse. When I say desperately I mean this poor guy is extremely desperate. The first of the book is past paced frightening and very tragic. After finding his children he heads home to see his wife only to be met by his brother. This is where the book SLOWS down. The man settles as the leader in his home town. The rest of the book focuses on the adjustment period this town and man goes through. To me it was kind of boring but I heard part 2 picks back up!

The book is well written and character development is great. Dialog could be better in some places but it could be the way the narrator reads.

I will be moving on to book 2! Worth the credit if nothing else good is out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Mc on 04-03-12


I wasn't sure about this book after reading some of the reviews on another site, but I am so glad I got it. The story has a good flow and the narrator does a great job. It has ample character development. The story reminded me of Day by Day. With lots of other zombie books I find myself getting mad at the characters(and Author) for making stupid decisions just to make the story move a certain direction. This story has none of those stupid decisions and I'm looking forward to the next book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Andromeda's Twin on 04-12-12

One best left for weapons aficionados I think

I do not usually write critical reviews and shall start by saying that Mr Pajak is clearly a reasonably skilled author, the book is well written for the most part. However, I did not enjoy it beyond the first few chapters.

There is too little action for my taste but there is plenty of logistical planning and a lengthy weapons inventory check which runs on (and on) which will probably appeal to weapons enthusiasts.
The one thing that aggravated me throughout the story, more than anything else, was the fact that the victims of this disease are infected crazy people BUT they are referred to as creatures and at one point in the story, the main character says he can see a man slumped over in a car but he can't tell if 'it is human'. Well, excuse me but if they are infected people and not zombies, then they are all human!

There is limited female activity in the book, his wife who dies at the start, a lesbian couple and one other woman who is mentioned a couple of times but none of the women play much of a part in the story.

All in all it is pretty much a male strategy fest.

I am female though so I am probably biased.

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