Book Chat: Necrophobia

Book 1: Wake the Dead

Reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead, this book starts out with a bang as the dead rise from graves.

2011/reissue 2017



An ordinary summer’s day. The grass is green, the flowers are blooming. All is right with the world. Then the dead start rising. From cemetery and mortuary, funeral home and morgue, they flood into the streets until every town and city is infested with walking corpses, blank-eyed eating machines that exist to take down the living. The world is a graveyard. And when you have a family to protect, it’s more than survival. It’s war.




This zombie story deviated from most I’ve read, because the zombie apocalypse starts out differently. There are no victims overwhelming the hospitals with a deadly virus. Instead, the newly buried and those long dead, whether in a grave, mortuary or morgue; rise up. Harkens back to Night of the Living Dead.

The story is written in first person and terrifying when the main character, Steve, gets introduced to the new world order in a gut-wrenching way. First, he runs to the aid of a neighbor who screams. Finding the man with his throat covered in blood and in agony was bad enough. But hearing a noise, Steve turns and sees another neighbor, Bill coming toward him. Only Bill had died and been buried the week before.

Steve gathers together his family and a few neighbors still alive, and heads to the only safe place he knows. Tucker is an old friend and a top-notch prepper. Luckily for the refugees, Tucker allows them into his compound. The survivalist’s place is surrounded by fencing, farmland, and he had built a strong, stone tower as his base of operations.

The group fights off zombies, but overall they are doing well, until jets take out the compound with air power. Steve and Tucker thought it might be militia, but later discover it was the military, who targeted the compound because they thought it was a militia/marauder headquarters. The fight scenes throughout the book were described well, as were the undead.

Escaping, the group set up home in an abandoned airfield. Things are going pretty well, but boredom sets in; cabin fever without the cabin. Steve realizes the survivors need a purpose, something to strive toward besides day-to-day living. This quickly evolves into a mission to rescue women left abandoned and abused by the militia. The rescue erupted into a lot of fighting, and it was made cooler by the Strykers (armored fighting vehicles) the survivors attained from the police garage.

I loved the ending, where Steve thinks “The dead had taken the world from us and now we are going to take it back.” This makes me want to get my hands on the sequel even quicker. I strongly recommend this book to zombie fans.


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