Book Chat: Ground Zero
by Nicholas Ryan
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
The 2nd offering this week is a zombie novel.
Aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore harbor, an Iranian terrorist prepares to unleash an unimaginable horror upon the United States. The ‘Wrath’ is an undead plague – an infection that consumes its victims with a maddening rage and turns them into mindless blood-thirsty killers. Jack Cutter is just an ordinary guy dealing with a dreadful guilt when the virus tears through his home town. Before it’s too late, Cutter will have to find a way to survive, and find a reason fight: HIS REDEMPTION.
Jack is a regular guy, with no special skills, especially survival ones. He gets caught in the beginning of a zombie outbreak in his town, and tries to rescue an injured man, but then his actions suggest he is trying to get himself killed. We find out that Jack’s wife and daughter died in a car accident the week before and he seems to have survivor’s guilt.
Jack doesn’t want to be responsible for any of the people he meets, but gets pushed into it, and he does a pretty good job in spite of his self-doubt.
Luckily for everyone, a jerk named Hos, a true prepper, died on the doorstep of the bookstore they were hiding in. He didn’t want to help anyone and left them all, but his bag was full of useful items to help them on the journey to safety. His guns were the best prizes.
Jack hooks up with a young woman, Samantha and they head for the bunker Hos bragged about. They encounter other survivors and zombies, but manage to find Hos’s safe house. Only, it was a disaster; a burned out house. Or that is what they think, until they discover by accident the real bunker is well-hidden and camouflaged. It truly is a blessing in disguise, with everything they will need for a long while.
This book is worth reading, it was interesting. But I didn’t give it a 5 due to several issues. One, character development was a bit light. Second, every woman had to be accessed for their looks. There was a lot of checking out breasts peeking over shirts, or nipples showing through, or thighs showing. Also, women latching onto the strongest male so they could survive.
Now, I agree, that there will be many women that would have to go back to the cave man days and totally depend on men to survive. But as a female reader all these things just annoyed me after a while. AND, Jack just lost his wife, but he didn’t fail to note the beauty of all the women he encountered. Maybe it’s just me, but seems that a man in mourning would not be as appreciative as the hero appeared to be. Even if men really do that, it didn’t make him a sympathetic character for having lost his wife. Keep it to yourself dude, ie don’t share this much with readers!