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  • gilwilson 9:48 PM on January 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Autumn: Purification” by David Moody 

    “Autumn: Purification”
    by David Moody
    Published by Thomas Dunne Books
    329 pages

    I’m continuing in my excursion into the Autumn series by David Moody, and with the third book out of the way, I’m more convinced that this is NOT a zombie series.  Although the walking corpses do prevail in these books, the series is more about survival on a post apocalyptic world than just the horror of walking dead.  Ever since book one I’ve been wondering why these meatbags haven’t been eating the living, but at the same time with the constant despair and need to survive guiding those that were immune to the virus, this series is just a good story.  My love of all things zombie got me interested in the books, but it was the excellent storytelling by David Moody that kept me reading.

    In the first book, “Autumn,” we were introduced to Michael and Emma as a mysterious virus struck nearly 90% of the world’s population dead.  The deaths happened within seconds after contracting the virus.  Michael and Emma were among the few survivors that grouped together in a small town community center.  The two met up with Carl and decided that they had pretty much the run of the world since there nearly everyone else was dead.  When the bodies of those struck down by the virus began to rise and walk around the 3 decided to head off and find safety in an abandoned farm.  The bodies then actually started to attack, not eating the flesh of victims but just the mere mass of lots of bodies was enough to bring harm.  Carl tried to go back to the Community center but found it overrun with bodies and he finally fell to the horde.  Michael and Emma took off to find somewhere safe.

    In book two, “Autumn: The City,” the story runs parallel to the first book but this time from the view of survivors in a large city.  This second book also throws in that the military had a bit of a warning of the virus and military personnel were immediately sent to bunkers before the virus struck.  The survivors in the city are holed up in a university but the crowding from the walking cadavers soon makes it obvious they need to relocate.  When the military decides to send out a scouting party to determine what has happened and the current status, two of the soldiers are left behind when the troop transport is overwhelmed by walking dead.  One of the soldiers has his protective gear removed and dies within seconds showing the virus is still in the air.  The second soldier, Cooper, discovers he is immune and finds the survivors in the University.  Eventually with the help of Cooper the survivors escape the University to find the underground military bunker, on the way to the bunker they meet up with Michael and Emma in a motor home.  The few survivors get into the bunker but not allowed past the decontamination area, now safe underground.

    Now for book three, “Autumn: Purification.”  We join all the survivors as they continue to exist in the bunker.  Problems arise in the bunker when the now aggressive walking corpses are blocking the vents which feed air into the bunker.  The undead are blocking by sheer masses of bodies in the area, attracted to the living that are in the area.  The military tries to clear the vents but each time they go out they attract more bodies.  On the final attempt to clear the bodies, something goes wrong and the survivors must leave, able to save a few of the soldiers after the main bunker is closed to the outside.   In a convoy of the motor home, a prison bus and a troop transport they stop in a nearby town to regroup.  After clearing out a few animated bodies, the survivors spend the night in a relatively secure area.

    The next morning a helicopter arrives in town and lands in the secure area.  The survivors from the bunker are told by the pilot of a plan to go to safety.  The safety comes in the form of an island which had a small population.  Once the few bodies are cleared the island should be a haven of safety compared to the mainland.  The survivors then only have to drive to the airport where the pilot is stationed and then, using the chopper and one airplane go to the island.  Not as easy as it sounds, especially with the dead becoming more self-aware.

    What I really liked about this story of survival, is that David Moody uses the normal person as the main characters.  Not like other zombie movies.  Have you ever noticed how in other zombie movies your everyday average person suddenly becomes an expert marksman when zombies attack?  Not so in this book.  These people panic, don’t shoot straight, and often double think their movements.  Basically what your everyday normal human would do when struck by the sudden terror of not only being one of the last humans alive but also the terror of the dead walking around.

    Now for the fourth and final book in the series, “Autumn: Disintegration.”

     
  • gilwilson 9:02 PM on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Autumn: The City” by David Moody 

    “Autumn: The City”
    by David Moody
    Published by Thomas Dunne Books (2011)
    330 pages

    It’s back to some zombie action once again.  This time around I’m continuing in a series written by David Moody, one of the best zombie horror writers, I’ve read.  The funny thing is, the zombie word has yet to appear in this series and this is the second book.  Sure there are reanimated corpses, cadavers, bodies walking around, but no one ever brings up the “Z” word.  There is once that one of the characters compares the walking corpses to those in the movies their kid used to watch.  But Moody is able to bring you the horror of zombies without the word or even flesh eating monsters.

    Sure the gore is still there with rotting flesh and dead people walking around and looking decayed, but they don’t attack, at least not at first, and then when they do, it’s more a matter of the numbers of dead bodies, than the fear of being eaten or worse turned into one of the living dead.  This makes the horror a deeper more emotional horror and plays on a different side of fear.

    Being part two of what is a four part (so far) series, I’ll give you a little bit of a background, but one thing I noticed was that this book could easily be read independent of the first book, which was titled, “Autumn.”  Both books basically run parallel to each other until later in the book when a couple of characters from the first book show up and blend in with this story.

    In “Autumn” the same as this book it all starts out with a day like any other, people on their way to work when all of a sudden many are struck with a sudden illness that within seconds leaves them dead, choking on their own blood.  In the first book a few survivors meet up in a community center all dumbfounded that suddenly everyone they know is now dead.  In fact all the deaths happen so suddenly that the roads are jammed with wrecked vehicles, and bodies.  Not knowing what to do the few group in the center just simply trying to make sense of it all.  After a couple of days the dead bodies begin to get up and walk around.  Not threatened by the slow ambling bodies, the survivors ignore the bodies walking around not able to cope with this new horror.  The bodies simply walk until something is in the way and then change directions.  After another couple of days the bodies begin to respond to noises made by the survivors.  Still not threatening but nonetheless horrifying, Three of the survivors including Michael and Emma decide to head out of the small town and out into the country where there will be less bodies walking around and try to make a new start of it.

    They find a farm in the middle of nowhere and begin to set up house trying to begin anew in this strange new world.  The problems begin when the dead bodies begin to get more aggressive, the walking dead soon begin attacking, and with their sheer numbers and being attracted to the living, drive the survivors out of the farmhouse and Michael and Emma return to the town to find the rest of the survivors.

    Now for this book, “Autumn” The City.” The beginning parallels the events in the first book but this time around the survivors are in a major city.  With the higher population of the city the sheer numbers of walking cadavers soon overpowers the survivors who are holed up in a local university.  The thing that makes this book a little more different and interesting is that Moody introduces the military into the mix.  At the beginning of the book a strange alert goes out and all local military are shuffled off to a hidden underground base.  The military is forgotten until after the point when the walking corpses start to get a little more aggressive.  At this point the hidden away soldiers decide that after a few weeks and no communications with the outside world a scout party needs to be sent out.

    A troop transport is loaded up and some soldiers venture out into the city to find out what has happened to the world.  Mistaking the walking dead for infected citizens, they stop and try to find out what is going on.  The undead soon attack the soldiers causing all to leave, two soldiers are left behind as the transport leaves back to base.  When one of the left behind takes off his mask he soon succumbs to the disease and dies instantly.  The other soldier, Cooper, decides not to take off his gear and seeks out shelter from the infected.

    Soon some of the survivors decide they are no longer safe in the University and need a plan to escape to somewhere where there are not millions of walking corpses attacking.  When Cooper shows up at the University they realize the base must be the place to go.  But first, transportation is needed and then to escape the millions of dead in the city.

    Lots of zombie horror, but not the typical flesh eating terror, rather the survival and psychological horror of the end of the world.  Now on to book 3 “Purification.”

     
  • gilwilson 9:26 PM on December 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Them or Us” (book 3 of the Hater Trilogy) by David Moody 

    “Them or Us” (book 3 of the Hater Trilogy)
    by David Moody
    published by Thomas Dunne Books
    354 pages

    David Moody has a way of creating books about zombies without having zombies.  In his series “Autumn” the “Z” word is never mentioned but there are reanimated corpses.  In the Hater Trilogy he has created a bunch of mindless fighters who never eat the flesh of their victims but go into uncontrollable rages until the victim is dead.  So while they may not be be zombie books, they still create the same horror of a zombie book, but without the gore.

    In the Hater trilogy, it turns out that some switch is thrown in the human brain where about half of the poulation become Haters.  The Haters see an Unchanged and that flipped switch causes the Hater to attack fight and not stop until the Unchanged is destroyed.  Even when a Hater has all his limbs incapacitated they will still fight until one of them is dead.  With this aspect Moody is able to explore the darker side of a zombie apocalypse.  The darker side being how do you survive when all is gone, every aspect of civilization breaks down and no longer is there a means for food to be obtained by just going to the corner market.

    In the first book, “Hater” the switch was flipped and all the population began a war that would leave the world scarred forever.  In this book we were introduced to Danny McCoyne who became a Hater but first watched the world collapse, losing is family.  In the Second book, “Dog Blood,” the world was at war Haters vs. the Unchanged.  Danny sought to find his daughter who he knew was like himself, a Hater.  The problem was, though, his wife and two sons were Unchanged.  Danny had to fight the Hate inside to sneak into Unchanged refugee camps to find his daughter without being discovered.  All this while a major world war was going on between the Haters and Unchanged.  When he found his daughter one side, whether it was Hater or Unchanged or both is never really known, launched nuclear weapons destroying all of the major cities.  Danny lost his daughter as they were trying to escape one of the blasts, when she went running back into the explosion.

    Now we come to the third book, “Them or Us.”  The world is torn apart and there are very few Unchanged left, what few there are are hunted down and slaughtered.  A small community of Haters is gathered that is ruled by a man who gained his position by killing the man in charge and putting up all the toughest fighters up in a higher social class.  So the haters now rule by might.  Danny is discovered to be able to hold in the hate and Hinchcliffe, the leader of the community, uses him to inifiltrate nests of the Unchanged so the Haters can slaughter them.  Danny becomes a sort of confidant for Hinchcliffe and learns all his secrets.  The big problem is that once all the Unchanged are gone who is left to fight, each other?  That answer seems to be yes when another community is discovered and Danny is sent to infiltrate and find out any logistical info so Hinchcliffe can attack.

    With the last of humanity struggling for survival Danny begins to question whether mankind should continue or just kill itself off.  The question of all time, do we really deserve to exist?  If so How? And what does war prove?

    This book is full of philosophic wonderings and some interesting action thrown in to keep the brain pumped.  I’ll warn you once you start reading this book or any book in the trilogy you can’t stop until the last page, even then you’ll want more.

     
  • gilwilson 3:07 AM on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Dog Blood” A Novel by David Moody (audio book review) 

    \”Dog Blood\” podcast review“Dog Blood” A Novel
    by David Moody
    Read by Gerard Doyle
    Produced by  Blackstone Audio
    Approx 9 1/2 hours

    David Moody has created a thrilling joyride through an apocalyptic world of zombies, but without an apocalypse or zombies.  This may need some further explanation, so bear with me.  First of all this novel, “Dog Blood” is the sequel to Moody’s previous novel, “Hater.”  In “Hater” the world changed.  Many people suddenly began killing other people, it was soon discovered that a percentage of the population was changing into what was being labeled as Haters.

    The Haters would kill for no reason using only their bare hands in most cases.  The book “Hater” followed Danny McCoyne as he tried everything he could to protect his family, but near the end of the book Danny, became a Hater.  The change in him was sudden as if a switch was thrown. Once he had changed he immediately felt the urge to destroy the Unchanged.  One of the Unchanged was his father-in-law.  When his wife witnessed this she knew he had become a Hater.  As she gathered the children to make their escape Danny looked into the eyes of his 5 year old daughter and knew she was like him, but by then he was incapacitated and could do nothing.   This left the novel “Hater” with either the most thrilling ending ever or a serious hint at a sequel.

    As it turns out David Moody has written this novel, “Dog Blood” and continues the story with such a a delivery that you get tired as if YOU are the one  running around and trying to survive.  The story creates such a unique insight into the world of Haters and Unchanged, that not only do you read about the battles, the survival, the lack of governmental control but Moody writes in such a fashion you feel as if you are part of the story.  The reader, Gerard Doyle, does such a great job that he further presses that urgency and emotion that is within the story it is as if the story were written with him as the intended reader.  Doyle at times when the story calls for it can be emotionless but within a splitsecond the story telling turns to a rage fueled story and Doyle makes those shifts perfectly clear with some very artistic voicework.

    In “Dog Blood,” Danny McCoyne continues the bloody kills to destroy the Unchanged but this time he is also looking for his five year-old daughter, Ellis.  Danny makes his way back to the city from which we was taken to where his wife and daughter could be hiding/surviving.  Danny was taken to a camp where the Haters where being mass slaughtered not unlike the German concentration camps of World War II.   After escaping Danny learns of the Haters, led by a former politician, grouping to form an army to destroy the Unchanged.  The biggest obstacle in this is that as a Hater organization is hard to come by because all killing is done by instinct, not unlike a zombie horde.  This is where the zombie aspect comes in, the Haters act as vicious as any zombie from any zombie movie or story, but they can think and they don’t eat their victims, well, not always.

    Moody also takes us through the lives of the Unchanged by jumping into the story of Mark Tillotsen as he helps the military to scout for food and survivors in the area.  Mark gets extra rations for this volunteer work, which he needs because he has recently taken in a family member and his wife is pregnant.

    Survival, hordes of violent attackers, and the possible end of the world, “Dog Blood” takes up where “Hater” left off and I will warn you the ending keeps you questioning.  I will warn you also to make sure you allow extra listening time when you approach the end of the book, the last few chapters are so exciting you CANNOT stop listening.  Actually, you won’t want to stop the book at all once you start.

     
  • gilwilson 9:10 PM on May 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Dog Blood” A Novel by David Moody Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books 

    Podcast (to listen to review of audio book click here)

    “Dog Blood” A Novel
    by David Moody
    Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books

    In this book David Moody has created a thrilling joyride through an apocalyptic world of zombies, but without an apocalypse or zombies.  This may need some further explanation, so bear with me.  First of all this novel, “Dog Blood” is the sequel to Moody’s previous novel, “Hater.”  In “Hater” the world changed.  Many people suddenly began killing other people, it was soon discovered that a percentage of the population was changing int what was being labeled as Haters.

    The Haters would kill for no reason using only their bare hands in most cases.  The book “Hater” followed Danny McCoyne as he tried everything he could to protect his family, but near the end of the book Danny, became a Hater.  The change in him was sudden as if a switch was thrown. Once he had changed he immediately felt the urge to destroy the Unchanged.  One of the Unchanged was his father-in-law.  When his wife witnessed this she knew he had become a Hater.  As she gathered the children to make their escape Danny looked into the eyes of his 5 year old daughter and knew she was like him, but by then he was incapacitated and could do nothing.   This left the novel “Hater” with either the most thrilling ending ever or a serious hint at a sequel.

    As it turns out David Moody has written this novel, “Dog Blood” and continues the story with such a a delivery that you get tired as if YOU are running around and trying to survive.  The story creates such a unique insight into the world of Haters and Unchanged, that not only do you read about the battles, the survival, the lack of governmental control but Mood writes in such a fashion you feel as if you are part of the story.

    In “Dog Blood,” Danny McCoyne continues the bloody kills to destroy the Unchanged but this time he is also looking for his five year-old daughter, Ellis.  Danny makes his way back to the city from which we was taken to where his wife and daughter could be hiding/surviving.  Danny was taken to a camp where the Haters where being mass slaughtered not unlike the German concentration camps of World War II.   After escaping Danny learns of the Haters, led by a former politician, grouping to form an army to destroy the Unchanged.  The biggest obstacle in this is that as a Hater organization is hard to come by because all killing is done by instinct, not unlike a zombie horde.  This is where the zombie aspect comes in, the Haters act as vicious as any zombie from any zombie movie or story, but they can think and they don’t eat their victims, well, not always.

    Moody also takes us through the lives of the Unchanged by jumping into the story of Mark Tillotsen as he helps the military to scout for food and survivors in the area.  Mark gets extra rations for this volunteer work, which he needs because he has recently taken in a family member and his wife is pregnant.

    Survival, hordes of violent attackers, and the possible end of the world, “Dog Blood” takes up where “Hater” left off and I will warn you the ending keeps you questioning.  I will warn you make sure you allow extra reading time when you approach the end of the book, the last few chapters are so exciting you CANNOT put the book down.  You won’t want to put the book down at all once you start.

     
  • gilwilson 2:12 AM on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    “Hater” by David Moody 

    Hater“Hater”
    by David Moody
    Read by Gerard Doyle
    Produced by Blackstone Audio
    approx 7.5 hours

    In the modern world the internet is king.  This is proven simply by you reading this review here online.  David Moody took advantage of the mass audience created by the internet, by first publishing his book “Hater” online.  Once the novel became popular publishers scrambled to make this book a publishing success. Now “Hater” is available as and audio book, and I’m here to tell you this apocalyptic novel is well performed by Gerard Doyle and Blackstone Audio.

    In “Hater” the world seems to be tearing itself apart through the madness of man.  Seemingly normal people are reacting as if a switch goes off and suddenly killing their fellow man.  In the beginning of the book the main character, Danny McCoyne, through whose eyes we watch the destruction of society, witnesses a man in morning rush hour foot traffic attack an elderly woman with brutality unexplained.  The man viciously attacks and doesn’t stop until he finally kills her by stabbing her with an umbrella.  When the crowd tries to stop the man he turns on them and fights to the end.  Upset by the scene Danny arrives at work shaken.  Danny is an everyday average guy with a wife and three children who works in the parking division for the city.  His job consists of a constant barrage of anger from the people who get tickets or worse, their car gets clamped.  He is also under constant scrutiny from his supervisor.  So Danny has a bit of anger he keeps under control all the time.  But no anger he holds could measure up to what horror unfolds in his world.

    As the days progress Danny is witness to several people snapping and just killing without remorse and always in brutal fashion.  One of Danny’s children’s school has a child that snaps and brutally attacks and kills a teacher.  Soon the television news is reporting several of the violent crimes and it seems something is happening to the city.  Those that snap are soon labeled as “Haters.”  The big question is, what?  Is it a virus, a disease, mental instability?  Soon the government steps in and takes over the news broadcasts, issues pamphlets and worse yet send out troops and begin gunning down the “Haters.”  Danny and his family take the government’s advice and lock themselves inside the house but with a “Hater” being anyone are they locking out the danger or locking it in?

    Gerard Doyle delivers this first person view this end of the world novel with great vocal command.  He portrays the gamut of emotions as seen through Danny McCoyne’s eyes, flawlessly.

    David Moody has written a piece here with intense drama and horror that keeps the listener to the audio book constantly looking into the eyes of a stranger to make sure they are not a “Hater.”  As a very interesting side-note; filmmaker/Author Guillermo del Toro has purchased the movie rights to this book and is in production to be released some time in 2010.

     
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