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Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parodyThe Zombie Survival Guide(2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson'sFitzpatrick's War. Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.(Sept.)
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ISBN-10:  0307346609
ISBN-13:  978-0307346605
Author:  Max Brooks
Genre:  Literature & Fiction
Publisher:  Crown
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   I'm not normally a zombie genre reader, so I'm not quite sure why this book caught my eye in the bookstore... World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.  Perhaps it was the "first person account" angle of the story, where the world has barely survived a worldwide war against zombies.  Whatever the case, this was an entertaining read with enough room to let your mind imagine what what it might be like to fight an enemy that won't "die" …
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