Thursday, October 10, 2013

Apocalypse Z The beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell Book review

by Manel Loureiro and Pamela Carmell

The dead rise…
A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.
Humanity falls…
A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. Bur he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.
The end of the world has begun…
Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…
Apocalypse Z

This is the first book I've read from Manel and I'm hooked, what a fab read. Those that follow my book reviews will have noticed I love reading apocalypse/zombie style books and believe me Ive read alot good and bad. Im always looking for that next amazing read that stands out from the flooded market of zombie-esk books and this does infact it stands way above the many Ive read.
Im actually buzzing from reading Apocalypse Z its one of the best Ive read, I have literally just finished reading the second one on the series; Dark days as I couldn't bare a gap in between; I couldnt stop reading and HAD to know what happened next; that's how addicted I was to this fast paced flow and brilliant natural characters.
This book the first in the proposed trilogy has been written slightly differently compared to other books in this genre and I wasn't sure in the beginning if I would like the blog/diary style, but I really grew to love it, it was easy to follow and Manel is fantastic at adding details so we feel like we are really there. He builds suspense even though its sort of in the past tense as its already happened (as the main character is writing his blog)....if you get what I mean.
The fact the main character is a simple lawyer thrown into the worst possible situation and has to survive and learn skills fast to stay alive is just brilliant, this makes him relatable and so very believable to almost everyone. His no rambo or big movie star or wrestler, his an ordinary guy whose mourning the loss of his beloved wife and lives alone with his cat. I love this arrogant Persian, but I'm not sure how many cats would not be scared and just run off, his almost like a pet dog which is fab, but ...phew thank you Manel for not making him meet any grisly end; Im so relieved as a cat lover lol ;-)
What makes this book is just how much Manel makes us care about this guy trying desparately to survive and is thrown from one disaster to another, but its not over the top like some books it flows so well and we follow him through these trials, his nerves, anger and upset and its great he doesnt make stupid mistakes and your not yelling at the book to not go down that road or through that doorway.....again its sooo believable. He makes real informed decisions that make sense for that situation...yay!
He meets up with Ukrainian pilot Viktor “Prit” Pritchenko,and they form an unlikely friendship that's lasting and make a great team together. A lawyer, a Ukrainian helicopter pilot and a cat fighting the undead just trying to survive.

The ending cliff-hanger will make you want to buy the next book Apocalypse Z Dark Days immediately like I did at 3 am this morning lol. I couldn't have a break in-between lol. I spent 2 sleepless nights reading each of the books and it was worth it, its not often I read through the day too, but I literally couldn't put this down.

Its a fantastic read that slightly different to the usual apocalypse style zombie books, it was originally written in Spanish but has been translated perfectly, this was a worry for me as I thought it maybe broken English but it wasnt.
I really really enjoyed this book and hightly recommend this to those that have read many of this style that want something a bit different with some fantastic original ideas to survive... a wetsuit!
Buy this you wont be disappointed.

 Amazon UK

 Author Bio

An international bestselling author, Manel Loureiro was born in Pontevedra, Spain, and studied law at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. After graduation, he worked in television, both on-screen (appearing on Television de Galicia) and behind-the-scenes as a writer. Apocalypse Z, his first novel, began as a popular blog before its publication, eventually becoming a bestseller in several countries, including Spain, Italy, and Brazil. Manel has written three novels in the Apocalypse Z series. He currently resides in Pontevedra, Spain, where, in addition to writing, he is still a practicing lawyer.

See my review of Book 2 in the trilogy

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