However, Patient Zero as a book had me glued from start to finish, thanks to a strong cast of characters and well-written action scenes. I think fans of military-themed zombie apocalypse books will fully enjoy author Jonathan Mayberry’s release.
The plot centers on the legendary Joe Ledger, a hardened Baltimore detective, who joins a secret response team to stop terrorists. The mission: prevent the baddies from infecting people with a terrible bio-weapon that, essentially, turns them into zombies.
As an anthropologist, I really appreciate author Sophie Little field’s attention to underlying cultural themes, explored amid the bleak setting of a zombie apocalypse. Class then embarks on a dangerous search for her daughter, seeking help in a world filled with flesh-hungry Beaters (i.e. zombies).
Interestingly, I first met author Rhiannon Crater online many years ago on an obscure forum for horror fans. Fast-forward a decade later and Rhiannon is now an accomplished author being published by Tor Books.
And, yes, there are sections in the book where author Mira Grant veers too deep into the technical aspects of online journalism. The Newsflash series offers plenty of character and emotional depth, wrapped up by a largely satisfying ending.
From Extinction Horizon and beyond, author Nicholas Smith feeds you an exquisite serving of frenzied zombie action. This military story follows Master Sergeant Reed Beckham who, as leader of his Delta Force Team, has lived through his fair share of nightmarish missions.
However, his worst hell begins when his team is sent in to investigate a super-secret research facility that’s gone dark. An epic catastrophe soon unfolds when they discover that infected zombies have started to spread across cities, threatening human extinction.
While coming across as a back-to-basics thriller, you’ll be surprised to find a host of intriguing characters woven into an addictive narrative fabric. The plot brims with solid dialogue, coupled with attention to military & scientific detail.
The most compelling quality of this series is its intricate balance of fast-paced action with deep characterizations. You’ll find yourself fully immersed in this addictive zombie plot, thanks to steady narrative groundwork laid out by each book.
A zombie book less about in-your-face action and more focused on fostering a genuinely creepy atmosphere. Older than most books on this list, The Rising treks a father’s journey through a zombie apocalypse in an effort to rescue his son.
The plot centers on a group of students who find themselves trapped in school, with a zombie horde pounding to get in. In Cell, a zombie -like virus known as The Pulse is able to spread via cellphone reception, turning people into hungry, angry freaks.
However, I think the strong plot and surprisingly charming characters will definitely find an audience with adults alike. However, as far as zombie novels go, The Briefing seems to be a hugely overlooked gem for the genre (based on the many five-star reviews I’ve read).
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. Alice wakes up in the Raccoon City hospital after the area has been overrun by zombies, and must now make it out of the city before a nuclear bomb is dropped.
Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.
While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation. A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkle, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces traveling across a zombie -filled America. After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Years after a plague kills most humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.
A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race. A couple's wedding day turns horrific as some guests start showing signs of a strange illness.
A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine.
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility. In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires.
Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Susan.
Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
After an unprecedented global pandemic turns the majority of humankind into violent “Infected,” a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. As a lethal virus spreads globally, four friends seek a reputed plague-free haven.