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Slow Burn (2013)

Slow Burn (2013)
Original title Slow Burn
Release date 2013
Author Bobby Adair
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Pages 190
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One of my favorite Zombie series with a fun twist to it. Zero Days, by Bobby Adair, is a series that has 9 books so far and starts with ‘Slow Burn – Zero Days’. Originaly they where only published as ebook but paperback editions are also availible nowadays. The first book has only 190 pages but the newer onces get more pages, Slow Burn 5 and 6 have about 330 pages for example.

Plot

A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious.

Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.

But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.

With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.

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Slow Burn chronicles the beginning adventures of Zed, a 20-something slacker who finds himself thrust into the unenviable position of being stuck in the middle of a zombie/rage virus scenario. Worse still he’s been infected in such a way that he’s neither totally human, nor fully infected. The first book sees him navigate through the beginning stages of the infection, join in with several others and set about trying to survive.

The characters are well drawn and well developed, and the main protagonists experience circumstances and develop a point of view not often seen in Zombie/Infected Apocalypse fiction. The series as a whole gets better with every book. This book differs from many others in its genre due to its use of current technology and the unique predicament. The explanation of the virus was one of the best I’ve seen in both literature and film! Adair’s characters seem like real people, and I especially love that the protagonist is open about feelings of terror and vulnerability; he makes you feel like you are right there with him.

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The first book scores a 3,84 (out of 5) on Goodreads and has about 3255 ratings and 310 reviews.
On Amazon the first book gets 4,4 out of 5 stars and has 1430 reviews
#220 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Horror
#588 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian
#894 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian

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Original titleSlow Burn
Release date2013
AuthorBobby Adair
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Pages190
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