Thought you other zombie aficionados would be interested in this. Max Brooks (the guy who wrote The Zombie Survival Guide) is back again with another zombie novel. World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War is written as a "historical account" as if the author is documenting various stories from personal interviews. He kind of did that in the Survival Guide, but he has supposedly taken it to another level in this book. (Amazon link)
I found "˜Patient Zero' behind the locked door of an abandoned apartment across town. . . . His wrists and feet were bound with plastic packing twine. Although he'd rubbed off the skin around his bonds, there was no blood. There was also no blood on his other wounds. . . . He was writhing like an animal; a gag muffled his growls. At first the villagers tried to hold me back. They warned me not to touch him, that he was "˜cursed.' I shrugged them off and reached for my mask and gloves. The boy's skin was . . . cold and gray . . . I could find neither his heartbeat nor his pulse.
'Shock and Awe'? Perfect name. . . . But what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't! That's what happened that day outside New York City, that's the failure that almost lost us the whole damn war. The fact that we couldn't shock and awe Zack boomeranged right back in our faces and actually allowed Zack to shock and awe us! They're not afraid! No matter what we do, no matter how many we kill, they will never, ever be afraid!
Two hundred million zombies. Who can even visualize that type of number, let alone combat it? . . . For the first time in history, we faced an enemy that was actively waging total war. They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end because, unlike us, every single one of them, every second of every day, was devoted to consuming all life on Earth.
The early buzz on this is extremely good. If fact, so good that Plan B (Brad Pitts movie studio) has already optioned the movie rights and the book doesn't even come out until Sept 12th.