Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…but a bite.
I may be vindictive but I kind of liked the idea behind the virus/parasite punishment that Dr. Volker envisioned for the serial killer in this book. But, you had to know that biological warfare of this level was never going to stay contained. That’s just naïve. If someone or something can fuck up a good plan it will.
The story centers around Dez Fox and her partner JT. There are also some secondary stories but the central plot follows Dez. Honestly, I didn’t care for Dez. She’s just not a likable character. She spends way too much time trying to be badass and hard. And, the way she handled the whole situation with Billy Trout, her on again off again boyfriend, was just too bitchy and passive aggressive to allow me to find anything to admire in her.
JT, on the other hand, I really liked. He was a good cop, a good man, a good friend to Dez, and was the voice of reason through most of the story. He smoothed Dez’s rough edges. I wanted more of JT.
Billy Trout is a small time reporter who really has put up with way more shit from Dez than I think any man should. His partner in crime, Goat, who works with him at the paper, is actually my favorite character in the book. He at least had a sense of humor and possessed the skills needed to get word of the zombies out to the public.
The zombies are pretty much your typical zombies. Running around (yes, some of them are runners) eating faces, scaring the hell out of people and just doing what zombies do. There weren’t any surprises here, other than they had some nasty, black, maggot-filled blood they spit everywhere.
And of course, the government is the government, willing to do anything necessary to cover their asses and cover up their mistakes.
If you want a decent zombie book that will keep you entertained, but doesn’t really offer anything new, this isn’t a bad choice. But I prefer Maberry’s Patient Zero and Dragon Factory zombie books better. Joe Ledger is a very likable lead character in that series and I definitely choose him over Dez to save me from the zombie apocalypse.