Thursday, March 1, 2012
Review: Patient Zero by Jim Beck
Bob has a brain tumor.
Not to worry, though. He's the prime subject for a new procedure involving nanotechnology. Microscopic robots are introduced into his body and effectively destroy the tumor. Job well done.
But there's a catch. A virus lying dormant for years inside him is manipulated by the tiny machines and causes Bob to die and then be brought back to life as a zombie.
His transformation into one of the living dead is slow, first appearing as a skin rash and advanced arthritis. And if that wasn't bad enough, the virus has mutated and Bob is slowly losing control. Now, no one is safe -- not the neighborhood pets, his co-workers, even his son.
Told from the point of view of the zombie virus itself, this story of a single father, his son, and a zombie outbreak is a cautionary tale of advanced medical science and where it might lead us.
First off, let me just say . . . Read this book . . . Read it! If you like zombie books, you will love it. If you hate zombie books, you will see why everybody else likes zombie books and why you should too :) Seriously though, it approaches the matter of 'could it really happen?' in a way that will convince even you skeptics out there *aggressively points at people that are skeptical . . . of zombie fiction*
The idea of writing it from the virus's point of view is genius. It is such a new way to approach the whole zombie thing. And seriously, the virus is telling you how this all happened in a scientific (and entertaining) way that is totally believable. I loved it from start to finish. And speaking of the end of the book, it is brilliant. My mouth was hanging open :)
As far as the writing goes, it's engaging and entertaining. It deals with the gruesome aspects in an almost light-hearted way. Probably because the virus is feeling pretty proud of his successful endeavor. There are some pop-culture references thrown in that fit perfectly with the tone of the writing (and kind of reminds me of another horror writer that seamlessly throws those into his own well-known novels).
Catch the fever. Zombie fiction fever, that is :) Check this one out!
Genre: Adult, Fiction, Zombie, Apocalypse
Source: Thanks to the author Jim Beck for my review copy.
You can find out more about Jim and his book Patient Zero on his Website or Author Page.
Also, find his book on Amazon and Smashwords