Book Chat: Plague of the Undead

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.

First in a new zombie series (Deadlines) from talented author Joe McKinney.


Winner of the Bram Stroker Award





For thirty years, they have avoided the outbreak of walking death that has consumed America’s heartland. They have secured a small compound near the ruins of Little Rock, Arkansas. Isolated from the world. Immune to the horror. Blissfully unaware of what lies outside in the region known as the Dead Lands. Until now…




Jacob and a group from his community decide to explore the world outside theirs. They’ve survived the zombie hordes through hard work and working together. They’ve been isolated 30 years. Now, they want to see if there might be new territory they can expand into, and what has happened to the zombie infested world outside their community.

The main characters quickly run into a caravan of harsh people who use slave labor. This caravan of survivors were disgusting. The explorers are taken prisoners, manage to escape and the story goes back and forth with them running and fighting the caravan members. It got boring. The scenes with zombies were  a let down compared to McKinney’s other novels. The character development was lackluster so I didn’t get attached to anyone.

The high technology group of humans was rather unbelievable. It was cool but seemed strange thrown into this story. It made no sense why the scientists did not make contact with the rag tag communities of people trying to survive. The reason given sounded like Star Trek, no reaching out unless the community reached out to them first. Really? They had technology that could help the people survive zombies better, but they chose not to offer because the communities did not reach out to them?

McKinney is one of my favorite authors of zombie stories. His books are usually filled with so much action fighting zombies, that I feel exhausted after reading. This novel did not do that. This was my least favorite book I’ve read to date of his. I thought the characters going outside to check out the zombie filled environment would be interesting, but it was more about other people they met then the undead.