Book Chat: Tooth And Nail

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.

Today’s post brings a zombie novel full of military action based in New York city.










This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but a slaughter.

As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled-that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease. Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit through the horrors of combat in Iraq. Now he must lead his men across New York through a storm of violence to secure a research facility that may hold a cure. To succeed in this mission to help save what’s left, the men of Charlie Company will face a terrifying battle of survival against the very people they have sworn to protect-people turned into a fearless, endless horde armed solely with tooth and nail.

For the boys of Charlie Company, the zombie apocalypse will give a whole new meaning to the proverb WAR IS HELL.



We follow several platoons as they weave back and forth across NY on missions. Sometimes it seems those in charge don’t know what they are doing. Some of the units are in secure places but they want them somewhere else. Many get killed trying to make it through the infected.

Philosophy is scattered throughout the story, which made it enjoyable. How did different soldiers feel about their circumstances? Did they think America had a chance to come out of this disaster? And if not, what did that mean for the future of mankind?

This story is filled with military jargon. The author gives a full page of abbreviations for these such as AG (assistant gunner). But as a civilian (even though I come from a military family) it was a slow read because of all the military terms. It felt more like a book that teaches us, the reader, about military strategy in a disaster.

Having said that, it is still an interesting read. Another point though, there were so many characters in the story we never got to know any one of them well except for Dr. Petrova. I found her story interesting, being stuck in a lab trying to develop the cure. How she survived and even got to see a bit of her back story.

I loved one soldier’s decision at the end. McLeod never wanted to be a soldier; he wanted to go to college. At a last stand he decides not to be overtaken by a horde of infected and escapes. He is going to the NY Library and read every book in it. Hoorah for him!