#Review: Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead

July 28, 2014 Review 0

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

#Review: Zombie Attack! Army of the DeadZombie Attack! Army of the Dad by Devan Sagliani
Published by Permuted Press on May 27th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, zombies
Source: the author
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Xander MacNamara’s adventure continues when he is placed in charge of a civilian colony outside Barstow. He and his young wife, Felicity Jane, are forced to deal with the daily grind of reconstruction, the constant menace of zombies, and an equally hungry cannibal tribe known as the Alphas.

Things heat up fast when Sonya, a mysterious stranger sent by a secretive benefactor, frees him from enemy captors. Once again, Xander and Felicity find themselves fleeing for their lives from a never-ending series of new threats as well as old ones. A hidden enemy within the military is hell bent on creating a secret weapon: genetically engineered super zombies! Friends and soldiers are pitted against each other, as one side races to spread the cure while the other battles to gain ultimate control over the fate of mankind.

‘Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead’ is filled with pulse-pounding undead action from the very first chapter until the bitter sweet end. Child celebrities, reality television stars, nightmarish zombie clowns, bikers, ninjas, warlords, and more -- this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn't slow down until the last sentence. You won't be able to put it down!

I loved the first book in this series. It was the perfect blend of YA and Horror and Zombies. So when the second book was offered to me by the author for review, I of course said yes! If you haven’t read Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde. Stop right now! Go buy it, and of course read my review HERE! 

ZA2 had all the same elements I loved about the first book. This book has a more mature feel to it than the first book, but that is to be expected. Hell, Xander is a married man now. I think living in a world filled with zombies would make anyone grow up. It’d also tends to make things just a bit more desperate and dark. Devan did a great job of showing the reader these changes though. We’re aren’t told Xander is growing up, we are shown it.

Happiness is a fleeting thing in this new world, I remind myself, You’ve got to enjoy every second of it; you never know how long it will last.

Of course in the next few pages we get to see that despite this pearl of wisdom Xander can be a complete dumbass when it comes to his relationship with Felicity Jane. It’s nice to know that despite the world being overrun with flesh eating zombies people will still mess up the small things too.

Army of the Dead, like Rise of the Horde, is still a book that can be read by both adults and young adults. Depending on your middle schoolers maturity I would say it’d be safe for even some of them.

New characters are introduced, and new elements of danger are thrown into the mix making Army of the Dead fresh and new. It’s not Rise of the Horde all over again which can happen sometimes in zombie books. The new characters are just as refreshingly real as Xander and Felicity Jane. The opening scenes in the book center around Xaner and Felicity’s relationship and it was interesting to see them interacting like an actual couple despite the fact that the world had ended.

We’re given more clues into the world that the characters are living, and things that I found to be a little off in the first book became clearer. Which is always awesome in second book.

I love gore. Love it. There is definitely moments in this book so if you like blood with your zombies, then you’ll be happy. It’s not over the top either, which I know some readers hate. Gore just for gore’s sake. I don’t know I don’t get those readers either. :p

I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to read a great zombie book, and those parents who are looking for a book for their teen to read. Especially those young men who might not be that into reading. I think they’ll really like this series.




About Devan Sagliani

Devan Sagliani was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He is the author of the Zombie Attack! series, The Rising Dead, A Thirst For Fire, and the UNDEAD L.A. series. Devan also wrote the original screenplay for the movie HVZ: Humans Versus Zombies. He writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine called Dark Dreams.

Devan’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. In 2012 his debut novel Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde won Best Zombie/Horror E-book on Goodreads. He is also an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association.

He currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife.

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