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In mere seconds, most of the world's population has been destroyed and died. That is bad enough, but a majority of these unlucky people have gotten up and begun walking. Unluckier still is our protagonist Jacob Plummer, a reporter untouched by this mystery virus. I say unluckier because Jacob is now forced to attempt to survive in this new world and he has taken it upon himself to find out the cause for this catastrophe.
Unfortunately, Plummer is soon infected and his search for the truth is now filled with an urgency to find a cure or at least ease the pain. This search brings forth information that is fraught with deadly intrigue....deadlier than anyone could have ever imagined.
With new friends, Jacob helps to fight off the growing undead horde in
hopes of saving himself and the planet from the rot growing within.
I Zombie I by Jack Wallen is funny, sad, tragic and a much deeper story than it may be given credit. Jacob Plummer, journalist turning zombie, offers seeks out that tiny a bit of hope for a world that has been destroyed by science. I liked Jacob, he was a good guy, someone who I think I might actually have enjoyed having as a friend. He had a bit of an agenda initially, but that agenda began to change as he saw what he was facing. He had flaws, some he admitted to having others we the readers can pick out, which means he was realistic and believable. Something I like in a character. Jacob's love interest Bethany was a kick...I liked her spunk and how she was a fiery redheaded nerd. (Nerds rule!) Oh and people, including fictional characters, who scream all the time during a zombie apocalypse where you have to be quiet, need to be shot. I'm not getting killed because you can't keep your mouth shut.
The story started off a bit on the slow side, but it did pick up pace eventually. The author created an interesting concept as to how almost the entire world's population was killed and brought back as undead. I Zombie I was descriptive, but not overly gory in its depiction of the violence the undead inflicted on the living and each other. Due to Jacob's having been bitten, the reader gets to learn a bit of how zombification feels and the reason for the need to ingest the gray matter of humans.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)