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Battered by three devastating hurricanes in a row, the Texas coast is flattened. But for the people of Houston--and soon all of America--the most terrifying events are just beginning. . . They Rise. . . Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombBattered by three devastating hurricanes in a row, the Texas coast is flattened. But for the people of Houston--and soon all of America--the most terrifying events are just beginning. . .They Rise. . . Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines.They Feed. . .Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight--living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins.They Multiply. . .Biting, gnawing, feasting--but always craving more--the flesheaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves--her husband and daughter--and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can't bring them into the quarantine zone, they're all dead meat. Praise for Joe McKinney and His Novels"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." --Bram Stoker Award-winning author Brian Keene on Dead City"Compelling. . .with a lightning-fast pace. Earns its place in any library of living dead fiction." --New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry on Apocalypse of the Dead...

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Flesh Eaters Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-03-26 00:09

    When I picked up this book, labelled as book 3 in Joe McKinney's Dead World series, I had no idea it was actually a prequel to the series. Once I'd got my head around the fact that I'd hopped back in time a couple of years, I started enjoying this one just as much as the first two.Well, almost as much.Flesh Eaters has characters that are as engaging as in the second book, is as relentlessly action-packed as the first book and is as stomach-churningly gory as any zombie fan could possibly want.The reason I couldn't bring myself to give it four stars (as I did the first two books in the series) is because I saw the ending coming a mile away! I honestly predicted how the book would end as early as chapter three. Still, it remains a fun read and certainly hasn't put me off continuing with this series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-21 01:00

    I liked the premise that the series of hurricanes leads to the zombie-like plague, and thought it was an interesting spin to use the aftermath of the hurricanes as a backdrop to a zombie story, but the writing was terrible. I hated the voice of the woman protagonist, Eleanor. I think this writer just isn't skilled at capturing the female voice, and the whole angle of her difficulties with her teenage daughter did nothing for me. Also, the morality of all of the characters is all over the place. We are led to believe that her boss may be willing to do certain things to provide for his family, but that behind this he does still have a code. We are led to believe that Eleanor has a very strong sense of integrity. By the end of the story, I was baffled by the behavior of all of the characters. I also got the impression that as the writer got nearer to completing this book, he started to rush through the process and the writing just tanks. That's also when all the characters begin behaving "out of character." I didn't expect this book to be great lit, but I was hoping for at least a nail biter. McKinney didn't deliver.

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    2019-04-13 17:47

    McKinney won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for this third volume of his Dead Flesh Trilogy. If these three books were conceived as a trilogy they have one of the more interesting chronologies of any trilogy I have run across. Dead City takes place in a single night in San Antonio, Texas. It's the night that the infection that is tearing apart Houston, Texas, first reaches this city slightly further north. Apocalypse of the Dead starts in Houston a couple of years after the initial infection. A band of survivors breaks through the quarantine wall and starts north. Other groups start north from Florida. Mississippi, and the western states. It is more of an adventure store with zombies than the prolonged horror movie of McKinney's first outing.Flesh Eaters drops back in time to Houston preparing for the hurricanes that will cause the toxic chemical cocktail and environmental chaos that initiates the hemmoraghic virus that produces the zombies. Eleanor Norton, who works for the Houston Police Department's Emergency Operations Command, is with her husband and twelve-year-old daughter preparing for the storm. In one of the best scenes he has yet written, McKinney describes Eleanor's efforts during the storm to cross her street and rescue an elderly neighbor whose home is literally coming apart.A loud crack to her right snapped her out of the moment and she turned in time to see a large limb from one of Ms. Hester's pecan trees come crashing down onto the corner of her house. It twisted in the wind, sagged, then scraped down the side of the house... But the tree didn't stop moving. Its dense cluster of leaves caught the wind like a sail and pulled down the length of the house, tearing down a section of wall as it tumbled away from the approaching storm...Eleanor climbed over the jagged fragment of kitchen wall...Water was pooling on the living room floor and dripping down the walls...An upside down recliner was against the back wall of the living room...From behind her she heard a loud snap, followed by the sound of walls ripping apart...The house was buckling, the timber inside the walls snapping like bones as the floor shuddered beneath her feet,This chaotic scene not only sets up the panic and destruction that will continue for the next 400 pages, it also makes a apt counterpoint to the eerie calm of the flooded neighborhood the following morning. One of Eleanor's co-workers comes to her house in a bass boat to carry her to work.There is a tedious inevitability to zombie stories. Early sightings, disbelief, rapid infection, gut pulling and leg munching, people trapped in attics, churches, hospitals, you name it. Is there a great zombie novel already out there or waiting to be written? I don't know. But with Flesh Eaters McKinney proves himself to be a practitioner who is hitting his stride, creating believable characters whose moral strengths will be tested by this spectacular worst case scenario. There are both predictable and surprising villains in the story, and a little girl who is not just on hand to be put gratuitously at peril. She becomes an interesting person as the story develops. And the ending has enough moral ambiguity about it to leave you with questions to ask yourself, and not just the old standby. "Won't they just get eaten the next time?"

  • Schnaucl
    2019-04-24 19:45

    2.5 stars.I know I've read this book before so I'm not sure why there's no goodreads review of it. Anyway.The problems I have with the book are mostly character based. Shaw does everything he can to save those under his care and stresses the importance of family. But then at the end he basically abandons them. I also don't think his reason for wanting to get Eleanor at the end felt right. I would get him going after her for shooting his boy but wanting to get her for knowing about the theft didn't feel like it was explained quite the right way. She is a danger to his family but it's not given sufficient weight.It also didn't feel right to me that Shaw doesn't feel any remorse at all about attempting to kill someone under his command. That should be a repudation of everything he stood for. The Eleanor is weak thing at the end didn't make sense to me either. It's true she's (rightfully) afraid of the hurricanes in the beginning of the book. But she's not just cowering in fear. She has a concrete plan of action and emergency preparedness kits for her family. She goes out into the storm to rescue their neighbor. Later on she saves her husband who had confronted a dangerous drug addict by himself (and he resents her superior ability to act in a dangerous situation). Basically she's portrayed as a strong but flawed person. Then suddenly at the end Shaw is constantly thinking of her as weak and decides she's somehow changed. Her husband also thinks she's changed and somehow no longer resents it. And then there's the part where she takes time in the middle of a zombie outbreak to investigate her boss' son acting suspiciously instead of helping people through the checkpoint even though if they don't make it they'll be zombie chow. And on top of that, it's obviously bad for the Shaws to steal from the bank but somehow it's cool that she then steals it from them for her family. Apparently her theory of justice is that two wrongs make a right. Or something.

  • Joe Robles
    2019-04-17 20:44

    Joe Mckinney is an amazing writer! This Dead City series is spectacular! There are not enough exclamation points to say how much I love this book and series. I like that the first two books started in the middle of things. The hurricanes had already happened, Zombies were already walking around. I liked that none of the first two books was an origin story. That left the way open for this one, which shows how it all started. That what makes this book work so well, it's that we already know how things turn out. There isn't going to be a happy ending. It adds a level of depth that wouldn't have been available if this had been the first in the series. You're rooting for the characters to make it out of Houston, but we know that even if they make it, it's gonna get worse pretty soon. If they make it out, they've only got more struggles ahead of them. It works brilliantly.The book is as fast paced as the previous ones. At times I almost imagine McKinney typing at a furious pace to keep up with the action. If it were an audio book I'd imagine the reader running out of breath. You can feel the relentless nature of the zombies by his prose. You feel the tension and fear that the characters feel. You ask yourself not, "will they make it out", but "would I make it out?"Equally amazing is that McKinney, again, manages to weave strong emotional stories among all the thrills and chills. This book is ultimately about, "what would you do for your family?" You have a mother and a father from two separate families fighting, sometimes literally, to get their families to safety. You feel for both characters even as you may not agree with their decisions. Their pain and struggles come through. All the characters again feel really "real".If you love Zombies, or just good fiction, you should read this book.

  • Nick
    2019-04-14 01:44

    This is a prequel to Joe McKinney's first 2 Dead World books, Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead. The story starts in Houston with storms brewing which will end up destroying the city and leading to the rise of the zombies who will then spread across the country, which the first 2 books explored.The book follows two sets of characters as they struggle to survive in this new world of zombies. Their paths cross and there is a clash between them as their morals are tested in this horrific zombie nightmare. The pace is good, plenty of action and lots of blood and gore. Everything to expect from a zombie book.I will be reading the last book in the Dead World series, Mutated, next and I am looking forward to finding out how this zombie saga will end.

  • Michaelbrent Collings
    2019-04-08 01:14

    A zombie story that knows what zombie stories should be about.This story is not about zombies. It's not about blood and guts, it's not even about a devastating set of storms that flood southern Texas and reshape the Gulf of Mexico seaboard. It HAS all those things, but it isn't ABOUT them.What it is about, first and foremost, is people.Far too many writers of horror in general, and zombie stories in particular, think that the horror comes from the situation, and so they splash gore and foul language and viscera about with abandon, never understanding that horror only succeeds when it is happening TO someone that the readers care about. Joe McKinney never makes that mistake. In this unflinchingly terrifying book, the zombies are merely one more in a set of terrible obstacles that face both families and villains, heroes and scum. Indeed, even without the zombies this book would have been frightful, because the reader is made to understand what makes the characters tick, and then McKinney slowly puts those characters through purposeful paces. Some of the people unravel, some of them rise above tragedy to blossom into beauty. But the reader CARES about all of them.This book is also horrifying in its scope. Though rooted in the experiences of certain individuals and groups, it is a truly apocalyptic tale. Like King's THE STAND and McCammon's SWAN SONG, the book is one about an entire world entering a serious and permanent change. It is the kind of book that puts you into its situations so fully that you find your heart racing, your breath coming in shallow gasps as you become an eyewitness to a paradigm shift in culture, in geography, in civilization itself. You can't help but wonder if you would be a survivor in such a scenario... or if you'd even WANT to be one.Though there is gore enough to satisfy any zombie aficionado, though ribs snap and blood flows, though teeth gnash and chomp on innocent and guilty alike, the visceral thrills are handled carefully - even clinically at times - which only serves to intensify the fright as the reader is forced to participate in imagining what it would be like to live in (and hopefully through) a zombie apocalypse.As a horror writer myself, it's doubly hard for me to just sink in and enjoy a good scary book, because all too often I am admiring (or irritated by) the author's words, the author's style, the author's particular voice. In this case, I simply forgot myself in a great tale, and spent a few long nights cramming in "just one more chapter."All in all, this is a wonderful book. McKinney won a Bram Stoker award for Best Novel in 2012 for FLESH EATERS. For my money, it was well deserved.

  • Jo Anne B
    2019-04-14 01:02

    A fast paced action novel about survivors of a hurricane in Houston, Texas that not only have to deal with the destruction of their town after the storm hit but also have to escape from man eating zombies that came out of nowhere.This book was well written. However, the story was very surface level and played out exaclty like the movie would. There was no depth to the characters and they each thought they were better than each other and had better morals only to discover that they were just as selfish and greedy as the next person. They looked down on other people that were trying to escape the area, hoarding money, or looting. They even risked their lives and their family's lives to stick up for what was right. But then at the first chance they can get, they turn around and do the same things that they had just fought against. There was no consistency in the behavior of the characters. So there was noone you were rooting for.There was no explanation of why people became zombies and there was no resolution to the story. They didn't kill all the zombies and triumph and save their town. They just left and avoided the National Guard so they could get away with stealing millions of dollars. Maybe these people deserved to be eaten by the zombies. In the end, that is what I wanted to happen.

  • Karin
    2019-04-15 01:10

    I don't usually bother to write reviews, but this book was such a disapointment that I just had to. After reading the first two books, I could hardy wait to read this one. But alas, here my own horror experience started...In the beginning it was ok, but about two thirds of the way through it became so irritating that I almost did not finish it. The main character was very weak and annoying - above all the way she acted in the end also very unbelievable. This is the first time I wished a main character would just die and go away! Joe McKinney is still a good writer, but with this one he missed the mark totally.

  • Craig DiLouie
    2019-04-07 00:56

    Just finished Joe McKinney’s FLESH EATERS and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s Joe’s best work to date. The characters leap out of the page as real flesh and blood people. The apocalyptic setting of a drowned Houston is richly imagined and realistic. The plot’s cadence is perfect, with the pacing never flagging. Highly recommended.

  • Lorrie
    2019-04-01 18:05

    This is probably my least favorite of the series so far. I didn't really care for any of the characters, and I didn't understand some of their actions. Pointless when in the middle of a zombie outbreak. I wish there would've been more zombie interaction and less human interaction.

  • Melissa Dennison cendana
    2019-04-04 00:11

    Ok, I am a massive horror fan and although I do try to see all the big budget horror that comes out in theaters, I ALWAYS read any horror I can get my hands on! In particularly stories with my preferred plot (ghost, end of the world, virus, zombies) if you can name it than I've probably read it, when it comes to horror. Clive Barker, Stephen King, Robert McCammom, Simon Clark are my heroes!! Unfortunately I read a bit too often and tend to run out of my faves, so that's when I go searching. Now a zombie novel is by rights gonna be cliche on the whole, it became the "in thing", so usually you read one you have read them all. Mr. McKinney knows how to take cliche and remind you why you don't care, cause his zombie novels give you everything you want and in the best way possible!! if your looking for a book that makes you want to plot the best route of escape, the right stuff to carry, and how best to dispense a zombie, this is it, thanks to the kick arse character development your right there with the survivors the whole way! I stumbled upon Joe McKinney at my local bookstore and since I couldn't find anything else I bought this book, I will always thank my prayers because Mr. McKinney is now in my list of favorite authors ! Mr. McKinney earned me as a fan and went to a list to sit with some epic men, as a fave, because of this book. From page one you go on a great thrill ride of survival and fighting your way through a land full of the dead. The fact that the character development is excellent, the plot is fast paced, and the writing is just straight up good, means if you like zombies and a well written book, then you will love this book!!! Sorry for the long reviews, been a passionate reader for about 32 yrs and only recently with the addition of an iPad and ebook to my life have I found an outlet to review the books and genre I love. Be thankful this stuff wasn't around 20 yrs ago when I found Mr. Barker. Read this book then go out and read the rest of Joe's zombie novels, they are worth every single penny!!!

  • William M.
    2019-04-09 17:54

    3 AND 1/2 STARSJoe McKinney is one of the fastest growing stars in the horror fiction scene. His extensive background in law enforcement gives him an edge in realism that is put to good use throughout his stories. His dialogue and action ring true and always feel natural. With Flesh Eaters, McKinney pools his considerable talent into a substantially entertaining horror/thriller novel involving America’s new favorite horror villain… the zombie.This prequel to McKinney’s Dead City shows the origin and spread of the disease in Texas after a series of powerful hurricanes decimate the Houston area. The atmosphere and buildup to the zombie outbreak is nicely controlled, focusing at first on our cast of main characters. But when events rise above the boiling point, the story takes off at a deadly and furious pace.The one thing that bugged me was the odd shift in the character of Captain Mark Shaw. His development from a man of dignity, honor, and one who wishes to uphold his family name to what eventually occurs did not feel honest or consistent. He wants to risk his life to save tens of thousands of strangers but doesn’t even blink at wanting to kill his colleague and friend? Did I miss something? That aside, except for a few too many coincidences here and there, and a handful of typos, Flesh Eaters is a fun and entertaining read, practically guaranteed to satisfy horror lovers and zombie fanatics alike. Conceptually, while there is nothing groundbreaking in Flesh Eaters, the story hits all the right elements for an impressive and gripping thrill-ride. Just think of it like a big budget Hollywood horror blockbuster. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing McKinney publish a signed, limited edition in the near future. It should sell well, especially with his quickly growing fan-base. Be sure to check out the author’s website to read all his books in chronological order, as the publisher jumped around in releasing them.

  • Badseedgirl
    2019-04-14 17:49

    Flesh Eaters is the third novel in Joe McKinney’s Bram Stoker award winning series “Dead World.” In my review for his second novel in the series Apocalypse of The Dead I had written that I was afraid I had finally been “zombie out.” I am happy to report that with Flesh Eaters, Mr. McKinney has restored my faith in the zombie genre. This is one of the best “Traditional” zombie novels I have read in a long time. I consider a traditional zombie novel to be one at the onset of the zombie breakout. Unlike The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan where the zombies are just an established part of life, Traditional Zombie books follow the concept set up by the “High Lord” of zombie lore, George Romero. Flesh Eaters most definitely falls into this category.The outbreak falls in Houston TX in this installment of the series and follows two families, the Norton’s and the Shaw’s. Both are police families with members who are part of Houston Police Departments Emergency Operations Command. This seems to be the Texas version of FEMA. Eleanor Norton who works as an assistant to the head of the command, Captain Mark Shaw, her husband Jim and her daughter Madison form one family. The other is Captain Mark Shaw, with his adult sons Brent and Anthony Shaw, both police officers also.For me these characters are what made this novel such a roaring success. It was amazing how deftly Mr. McKinney was able to show how the utter devastation of a person’s life changes them for the best and the worst. To watch these characters step up of collapse was a wonder and made this novel gouged and bludgeoned heads above others of the Traditional type, even Mr. McKinney’s previous novels. If this is examples of what is to come with this series, I want to read more.

  • Amy Jacobs
    2019-04-16 18:58

    Stand back everyone! I have found a new reason to continue reading paranormal! Why have I procrastinated in reading books about Zombies? As if that cover is not creepy enough, the story left me with chills along the way as well.I realize that this is the third book in a series, but I didn't care. I figured authors tend to recap things anyway. So I also figured if I liked how this story evolved, then I could always go back and read the first two as well. I have never heard of this author before, and frankly I was surprised at his writing. He does a wonderful job at his creative world, and the characters were great as well!In this book you will find suspense in nearly every chapter, zombies that are not that hard to imagine in the future, destruction, and the gritty feel that is ever present in urban fantasy and end of the world imagination. I loved the characters and what each one of them brought to the story. If you are looking for a shocking and explosive read featuring the evil zombies of urban legends, this is the next series you need to read!

  • Kathy Taylor
    2019-04-09 20:57

    Not as fast paced as the first book. I keep comparing to the first because the first book hit the ground running the first page. These last two, especially this one, the excitement doesn't start happening until later. This book is the very beginning of the storms that hit Houston right before the infection starts and we get more info about the collapse of the local government and the beginning of the wall. The writing was okay. He really is getting under my skin trying to sound intelligent by using words or phrases you've never hear of. Then you look it up only to find he has said it twice in the same sentence. Example: copse - a group of trees; he says a copse of trees. Sigh. Annoying. And it happens frequently.Not a bad book, I still finished in a few days, but not the best.

  • Eyjólfur Örn Jónsson
    2019-04-22 22:01

    For a die hard zombie fan like me this book was tremendous fun. I hadn´t really considered "reading" Zombie fiction and made do with movies and tv series until I tried World War Z on vacation and realized that there might be some tremendous Zombie literature out there. Joe McKinney did not dissappoint. The story is well fleshed out with the main focus on the people and not the zombies just like it should and it absolutely never lets up, I was literally unable to put the book away on several occasions and finished it in short order.

  • Jennyc
    2019-04-07 02:14

    Bad writing! False moments. Could not get into it at all.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-08 02:09

    This book was very raw and gory which made it difficult to read--in a good way. It was packed full of action and excitement and definitely delivers what zombie genre fans crave.

  • Brett Grossmann
    2019-03-24 20:55

    Original believable take. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters. I cared about all of them. No cookie cutter people

  • Erin
    2019-04-16 18:59

    Fun, easy read.

  • Henri Moreaux
    2019-03-31 20:47

    Flesh Eaters is the third book in the Dead World series, however it's actually a prequel to the first two books. Once you get your head around that it's quite an enjoyable tale of scheming and disaster as in the midst of Houston being devastated by a storm and a mystery virus rapidly spreading a police officer and his family decide to rob a evacuated bank.

  • Brian Schwartz
    2019-04-22 21:50

    <>The person who nominated this book for our book club did so because it was a Bram Stoker Award winner. We concluded that the competition must not have been that stiff in 2011 because nobody in our group thought the book was well written.Most of us had major problems with McKinney’s character development. His characters were not consistent. Others were stage props when they could have used a little fleshing out.Eleanor stands well as a character. But her husband is neglected badly. We are allowed to know that he sometimes feels emasculated by his wife who is a tough as nails cop. This feeling is exacerbated when she saves him in the confrontation with the next door neighbor’s grandson. It appeared this was going to be a source of tension in the novel. But that tension is never developed. At the end of the book, he is magically transformed into a man comfortable in his own manhood. Yes, his brave deeds during the flight from the city may have brought this about, but the author should have made this clear. He did not.Mark Shaw was horribly inconsistent. Was he that noble career cop determined to do his job against all odds? Or was he the jerk who relished killing Eleanor and her family? Early on, he is portrayed as a police captain dedicated to doing his duty and compassionate toward his subordinates who have their own families weathering the storm. He feels betrayed by the department and by his government, so conspiring to steal the money wasn’t an inconsistency.What was inconsistent was his immediate transformation into a brutal misogynist bent on Eleanor for whom he has a deep seated hatred the reader doesn’t understand and the author does not explain. At the beginning of the book, we get the impression they are close friends. As Mark pursues her through ruined Houston, he keeps referring to her as “that Norton bitch.”Eleanor is hell bent on doing her duty to arrest Anthony Shaw when she finds out that he’s stolen seven million dollars. She’s determined to do her duty even as the apocalypse unfolds around her. We are led to believe that, while it remains unspoken, her dedication to duty and honor is as strong as Shaw’s. Yet, at the end, she’s perfectly willing to take the money and run because there’s no way the theft can be traced back to her.Anthony Shaw and other minor characters are cardboard. I understand that peripheral characters don’t get extensive development (unless they’re Stephen King characters), but there has to be some depth to them for the reader to appreciate their actions and reactions.One member of our book club stated that it was a heist novel set against a zombie backdrop. This was an insightful observation because McKinney’s zombies were little more than a hazard to be dodged. They didn’t get much development either. The money was at the center of this novel – not the zombies.I was expecting much more from Flesh Eaters based on the reviews I read. Horror fans had nothing but great things to say about McKinney’s third installment in his Dead World series. Perhaps having read the first two would have given me a greater appreciation of the zombies.The book was completely plot driven and McKinney’s narrative is fast paced and makes for a compelling page turner. But the unbelievable characters and one dimensional story make it an average novel at best.

  • Brad Hodges
    2019-04-09 02:12

    The scariest thing about Joe McKinney's zombie book may be the root cause of the affliction: three successive category 5 hurricanes rip through Houston, flooding it and altering the coastline of Texas to make the city a coastal town, which it is not now. McKinney is clearly not one of those who consider global warming a hoax. Maybe if those who do think so knew that it could cause the zombie apocalypse, they'd change their minds.The book centers around a Houston policewoman, Eleanor Norton, and her commander, Mark Shaw. They try to keep things stable in the wake of the storm, as Shaw opens the University of Houston campus to refugees. But they get all confined without food or proper sanitation, and soon survivors are walking around in stilted gaits, shuffling and moaning and eating people.McKinney has given his zombies a scientific rationale--necrosis filovirus, which is a real disease, something like hemorrhagic fever, which leaves the victims with vacant stares, impervious to pain, and hungry for flesh (although he doesn't explain one of my bugaboos about zombies--why don't they eat each other?). They are not true zombies, in that they are not the reanimated dead--they are alive, and can be killed, though not easily.The zombies pass along the disease by bite, so soon the whole city is over run. Shaw and his sons have decided to rob a bank, which is underwater, and get out of Dodge. But getting out of the city is not easy, and Norton and her family and Shaw and his sons have to battle the zombies where ever they go. McKinney paints a nasty picture of the afflicted--with cracked, black teeth, drooling blood, and occasional body pieces missing.The writing is solid if not flowery, with some banal platitudes about courage. The reading grade-level is not high. There's also a tendency to go meta with the prose, referring to a lot of pop culture, especially other zombie movies: "In her mind, zombies were nothing but harlequins, clowns in shabby makeup. They staggered around, pantomiming death, while cheesy music played on the soundtrack and bare-breasted bimbos titillated the teenage boys in the audience. From her youth she remembered the movie version of Max Brooks's World War Z and the TV series based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, and she remembered those grossing her out, but never scaring her. They were ridiculous. They were slow and stupid and little more than an excuse for a whole generation of angry-minded, disaffected youth to safely and sanely fantasize about killing loads of people. Zombies were wish fulfilment, nothing more."So we have here a decent horror story, a page-turner with some genuine frights, that also has a social conscious. That makes it worth reading for horror fans. This novel also won the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.

  • Meran
    2019-04-11 23:00

    This third book in the series takes us back to Houston where so much happened in the background in the previous two books. THIS is how the series began… So I guess it's an Origin novel.I'm surprised at this book, honestly. The author seemed to be hitting his stride the last 40% of Book 2. Book 3 is full of dialing and background that's very generic and isn't necessary to further the plot or characterization. Frankly, I was pretty bored early on.The book picks up by pg 69 and moves better from there, though it feels a bit discontinuous because of the change of character POVs. It's definitely a very good pictures of the destructive force of hurricanes and what it's like to live through one (or several, back to back). It's my guess the author has personally experienced one or has thoroughly interviewed those who have. We are treated with more in depth details or events than just what is noted on CNN!A positive note: we hear the dories of those who were bitten and new their fate… and also those of who survived. It shows a very human side to these Not Quite Walking Dead - It's just their cognitive brains that die -- the cerebellum is obviously not affected.Being a dog lover, the distraction of all the dogs bothered me greatly._____________________Nitpicks- by pg 72, he's mentioned 4 other authors, and 3 more are mentioned by the end of the book. Subtle ads?; Why is it that all zombie books don't take into account all the zombie movies, show, and comics? Finally though, on pg 143, a character uses the word "zombie"!!; One million dollars in $100 bills weighs 22 lbs according to the US Bureau of Engraving and is 43 inches high (or 48" high per the US Treasury)-$1000 bills = regardless, banks have all denominations, so $100 converted to $20s would weigh 5 times as much = 110 lbs - and we're talking of 7 million!! That's a lot of weight for juggle bags or small boats or people (unless you have 10 or so); yes, they were mixed, 2 duffle bags. Doing this math… 7,000,000 divided by 40 bundles of 100s = 1750 bills in each brick; $1,000,000 of 100s weighs 22 lbs, 22 x 7 = 154 lbs, in a backpack being carried by a very tired, not that tall, female? And if the bills are mixed… unlikely.Errors: pg 72-"I got a lot". = have a lot; 111-"they had got to the other diver" = had gotten; 146- "what are doing?" Jesse asked.-insert "you"; 332-again, butterflies come from a chrysalis, not a cocoon- that would be a moth.

  • Lainy
    2019-04-24 22:50

    Time Taken To Read - 5 days (due to commitments not an issue with the story)Blurb From GoodreadsBattered by three devastating hurricanes in a row, the Texas coast is flattened. But for the people of Houston--and soon all of America--the most terrifying events are just beginning. . .They Rise. . .Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines.They Feed. . .Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight--living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins.They Multiply. . .Biting, gnawing, feasting--but always craving more--the flesheaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves--her husband and daughter--and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can't bring them into the quarantine zone, they're all dead meat.My Review Houston is hit with hurricanes and storms, houses and towns are destroyed and it is about to get a whole lot worse. A virus has broken out turning people into flesh eating maniacs or better known as zombies. Eleanor is our main character, Emergency Ops Sergeant, mum, wife and a force to be reckoned with. She tries to do her job and keep her family safe amid the caos and mounting number of undead. Whilst I liked this story I have a few issues, the zombies don't really appear until about 100 pages in (hints of them before this but it's about 100 before it kicks off). The run up to this is really interesting though as it shows you how it goes from a healthy functioning town to utter ruin from the storms.The characters go from being likable, moral, strong to a complete turn about to the point your questioning are these the same characters? Did I miss something? The story also is a lot about the characters personalities, they think back to past times and then come back to the present. There is enough zombie action to keep you happy but it for me was a mixed bag. I would like to read more about the aftermath and would read this author again, 3/5 for me this time.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-25 20:05

    Flesh Eaters is the third book in the Dead World series by Joe McKinney and a Horror novel from Pinnacle.Book Blurb: They Rise... Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines. They Feed...Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight - living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins. They Multiply...Biting, gnawing, feasting - but always craving more - the flesheaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves - her husband and daughter - and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can't bring them into the quarantine zone, they're all dead meat.My thoughts:The day began like any other for Eleanor Norton, a sergeant in the Emergency Ops division of Houston, Texas. Meetings and planning for assisting the thousands of people who were stranded by the most recent hurricane.Reports are filtering in from the rescue crews - the city has been hit hard. No power or running water, no food or resources for the survivors and odd sightings of what looks to be cannibals... When news arrives that a second and possible, third hurricane are headed their way, Eleanor thankfully heads home to help her own family prepare for the coming disaster.But there could be no preparation for what Eleanor and family are about to face. The dead are rising - and they are hungry. The military has been called in and Houston has been closed off - no one is to be allowed to leave the area.But Eleanor is determined to see her family to safety - no matter the cost.Flesh Eaters is a fantastic read. I love this series and look forward to each installment.I give Flesh Eaters 5 out of 5 stars.Product DetailsPaperback: 364 pagesPublisher: Pinnacle (April 1, 2011)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0786023600ISBN-13: 978-0786023608

  • R.L. Blalock
    2019-03-27 23:44

    Welcome to the first days of the zombie outbreak in the streets of Houston. Yes! Finally! There is nothing I love more than an outbreak story. The first days are always so chaotic. Nobody knows what’s happening. It’s terrifying. The world is changing. Characters are forced to adapt or die. Flesh Eaters, book three in the Dead World series, brings the best elements of Dead City. At the same time, it takes one of the worst elements of Apocalypse of the Dead, the multiple point of view plot, and does it right. The story follows Eleanor Norton, an emergency operations sergeant, as she helps the police department prep for the watery hell that Houston becomes after being slammed by five separate hurricanes.Eleanor’s character allows a to see the disaster unfold from two separate vantage points. Her family, frightened and isolated, knows nothing but the inside of their home. Starving for the outside world and unknowing that the outside world is starving for their flesh, until the zombies are at their door. And from Eleanor’s place with emergency ops, she witnesses first-hand the devastation wrought upon its city and the survivors as whole. The struggle to get aid and evacuation, even before the city starts eating itself. And once it does weighty responsibility that comes with shepherding groups of survivors to safety.The other main character is Captain Mark Shaw. His character development is a point of contention. Captain Shaw starts out as a strong leader. Desperate to help the people who have flocked to him for safety. He isn’t perfect but he wants to do what is right. To that end, he covers up the “cannibalism” that is spreading through Houston so that the true survivors will still be rescued. However, towards the end of the book he very suddenly changes. There are a few scenes I can see helping this change along, but I didn’t find them sufficient to cause a complete turnaround in his character. The struggle of the people of Houston as they fight for their survival a horrific natural disaster and then their struggle as the dead rise from the city’s water logged remains is desperate, terrifying and entirely compelling.

  • Grw
    2019-04-18 17:44

    This series just keeps getting better. The first book Dead City was a very straight run through of one man's experience of the zombie apocalypse. The second book Apocalypse of the Dead took place a few years after the first one, when the zombie outbreak had seemed to be contained, although of course it hadn't been, as that wouldn't have made much of a book! This time we got the simultaneous experiences of of various different groups of survivors as the zombies spread more nationwide, which eventually came together in a whole new tragedy which was clearly based on real events from Guyana in the 1970s.This time we are take back to the original outbreak once more, for experiences from another group of soon to be (or not) survivors. As with previous books there's a fair few cops in there, but that's to be expected given it's the author's real world background.As with the second book, there's an almost frantic pacing, that will keep you reading whilst the writing itself has become a lot tighter during the series to a point in this one, where it is very close to perfect. Truth is I am now actually worried about continuing to the fourth book as I doubt that it can match this one, but given it's the last one of the series, there's no way I'm going to stop now.

  • Jim
    2019-04-13 19:47

    This book was rather mediocre. The plot seemed to be secondary to the "action" of the zombie fights. It's more like the decided the action scenes first then tried to build a plot to fit them together rather than using the action scenes to advance the plot. The main subplot was also predictably with me figuring out the ending with about a 100 pages still left in the book. The book is billed as explaining the events that caused what happened in Dead City, the first book in the series. However, it doesn't really explain what happens, how the zombie plague started, as much as it showed parallel events to what was going on in Dead City. The author also has a poor, subtle as a brick, way of foreshadowing. This is so badly done because he essentially tells you what is going to happen next. For instance, we one group of characters decides to leave them home to try and make it to safety, before they leave, the author states that its the last time the characters will see the inside of their house. Or the last time they will ever talk to a certain person. At one point, he states that one of the characters, when talking about the events weeks later, says certain things. This lets you know right there that the character, a main character, will survive the book thus removing any tension and room for doubt.