TEotWaWKI Book Review: Dead City
by Joe McKinney
Now that enough time has past, survivors of the zombie catastrophe are writing memoirs of their experience. Dead City, which takes place in San Antonio and is the story of one of a local cop, is just such a book. Unlike most authors, McKinney does have the ability to write well. It’s his story telling that is lacking. My reactions while reading this were equal parts, “Woah, that couln’t be!” and “What’s the point?”
One thing I always find interesting in these types of books is the speculation as to what caused the dead to rise. In this case, the author believes a particularly nasty hurricane stirred something up on the Gulf Coast that then spread to the rest of the nation. I think it’s pretty clear that China was the source and that the plague’s outbreak in Texas was just coincident with that storm. I’m not going to argue the point, though.
I have a bigger beef with the fact that he says his son, though wounded, did not become infected. Despite the author’s contention that this was caused by a zombie, there’s no way that child could have survived. I’ve heard of bite victims immediately amputating the affected limb to save themselves, but have never witnessed such an event. I can only conclude that if the kid was injured, it was not by a zombie.
The thing to keep in mind about this story is that it covers just the first day or so of the outbreak. Knowing that, I cannot blame him for some of the tactical errors he made, such as being cornered in a warehouse. He should be thankful that he didn’t pay the ultimate price for his mistakes.
There’s plenty of other books of a similar nature out there that would make for far better reads. However, lacking other options, this is book will pass the time.