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Ursula K Raphael (AstraDaemon)
on Dec. 01, 2011 :
At first, both Union and Confederate soldiers think they are dealing with rabid cannibals, but it doesn’t take them very long to figure out they are dealing with the walking dead; it does, however, take the Union soldiers nearly halfway through the book before they realize it takes a head shot to kill the zombies…the Confederate soldiers weren’t nearly as fortunate. There is a Union doctor who tries to study the infected by tying infected to trees, but he can’t find the cause or a cure.
Eventually the two opposing forces come to the conclusion that they need each other to survive the outbreak, but it’s too little, too late. Coe kept me guessing about who might make it to the end of the book, which was refreshing -- I don’t care for predictable storylines. The virus was just as mysterious; it spread to both humans and animals, but the source was never mentioned or even hinted at. Coe wrote in such stunning historical detail that I did some research to see if there was a real Walnut Woods where troops from both the North and South went missing without explanation, but, apparently, Coe just has a very vivid imagination. SPOILER ALERT: While Coe took some major liberties with the timeline of known American History, the North still wins.
If you enjoy historical fiction and the zombie genre, you might enjoy this mix of the two, but don't expect as much gore as the more modern zombie stories.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 29, 2011 :
The book starts off a little slow, but picks up pace about halfway through when the characters start to realize what they're up against.
I didn't expect the ending.
All in all, I got more than $3.99 worth of blood, gore and entertainment
(reviewed long after purchase)