Book Chat: White Flag of the Dead

An exciting start to a zombie series.




Millions died when the Enillo Virus swept the earth. Millions more were lost when the victims of the plague refused to stay dead, instead rising to slay and feed on those left alive. For survivors like John Talon and his son Jake, they are faced with a choice: Do they submit to the dead, raising the white flag of surrender? Or do they find the will to fight, to try and hang on to the last shreds or humanity?


I enjoyed this story very much. John Talon was an interesting character and likeable even though he was hard-ass in dealing with stupid people or marauders. John was methodical and smart in watching how others made deadly mistakes and not repeating them; such as when fighting a zombie don’t stand still and make yourself more of a target. He observed and learned, like noting passersby riding bikes; a good, quiet method of escaping the zombies. It was refreshing to find a character who didn’t repeatedly make stupid mistakes.

I found the relationship between John and his infant son, Jake, very touching. You can tell the author is a dad the way he describes little details only a parent would know. Even though he lost his wife in a sad scene, John is determined to live for his son and to keep him alive, no matter what it takes.

The hero gradually runs into other survivors and they soon start a community. The ideas John and his friends come up with for were inventive in many cases. I love the use of shipping containers for fencing. What could be stronger? I’ve read this in another book but that is the only one I can remember using the same technique. Talon has plans for a future, not only for himself but the growing community. He wants to expand outward and gradually take back the land from the undead; to create thriving communities.

There’s lots of fighting which is always fun, including the killing of some real scumbag humans. Of course there is also scavenging for items; some in houses, some in stores. I bring this up because one reviewer said it was unrealistic (paraphrasing) that stores would still be found stocked. I totally disagree and have always thought it dumb that when the world goes “undead” in a fast take-over, that survivors search for food or other supplies like there are none left. To me, it is realistic in these scenarios to expect the world to be full of items just waiting to be found.

Recommended for zombie fans. I’ve had this book in my collection for years and had forgotten about it. A reread tells me I need to order the next book and thankfully the author has written many zombie novels since I purchased this one.


NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the November issue.