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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Outbreak by Joshua C. Chadd is a zombie apocalypse story told from the point of view of three men who were uniquely prepared for the event before it even started. In other words, they have all the weapons, equipment and vehicles needed to give them the best chance of survival in a world gone mad. The zombies are the slow walkers that The Walking Dead fans will be familiar with. The story follows two small groups of survivors. The first is a pair of brothers, trying to reach their parents amid all the chaos. The second is a middle-aged man along with his ex-wife and adult daughter. There is much violence along the way, as to be expected, mostly against mindless zombies, but some also against aggressive non-infected people. The story also focuses on the family bonds that help our characters cope with the carnage all around them.
I enjoyed Outbreak. At first, I was a little unsure because the main characters were so well armed and ready for the zombies. But, after I got past that and realized there really could be people out there who are as prepared as these guys, I was able to sit back and enjoy the story. Author Joshua C. Chadd did a great job of ratcheting up the tension as the plot unfolded. Our characters went from having fun shooting zombies, to getting stuck in out-of-control situations that pushed them well beyond their limits, physically and mentally. He also gave us some likable characters and a strong bond of love between family members that gives Outbreak a lot of heart, making the story work on a deeper level. Outbreak is a rare zombie apocalypse book that has equal doses of violence and family warmth. For those who like to read about the human experience as they fight for survival in a world overrun by zombies, there is much to enjoy in Outbreak.