Zombie/Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story is a zombie tale with a political background story -- not from a left- or right-minded perspective, but from that of an average American who feels left behind by the system. It is the tale of a regular guy -- an unemployed factory worker -- in the first days of the end of the world, a time in which the ways of doing things have become muddled between pre- and post-apocalypse. It may not be too late to save humanity, but any progress that is made gets sidetracked by the failings of the media and politicians, religious fanatics, left-wing zealots, right-wing zealots, political correctness, and bureaucracy. Will divisiveness and the failed policies of our past doom us in the future? Yes, but at least there will be some laughs along the way.
I've always been a huge fan of the horror genre and the zombie sub-genre in particular. However, one thing always bothered me about zombie films. I believed that if such events were to take place, government agencies would step in and contain the situation before it reached apocalyptic proportions. After paying a little closer attention to politics in recent years, I now wonder how my garbage gets collected every week. The idea for this story occured to me as I watched a congressman argue that cuts needed to be made in some program (Social Security or N.P.R. or something along those lines) in order to fund aid to a community that had been devastated by a natural disaster. I wondered what he would do if the dead began to rise. I set out to write a short story with this idea in my head (I've written quite a few, and may publish a collection of them next) but just couldn't ever seem to stop writing.
Zombie/Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story is 280 pages long. It contains a decent amount of carnage, a few curse words, and some innuendo, but no sex.
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Okay on to the story. So I am a big fan of politics, have been for quite a while, in fact I have even dabbled locally with politics. Anyways so when my husband gave me this book I was thrilled, I mean zombies, politics, fun shall be had by all right? RIGHT…
This book starts with a middle age man who is married to a nag, I mean I calls them like I sees them. She is also religious, that is important. So this religious nag is harping on her husband and suddenly the world turns upside down. People are getting sick and the main character’s neighbor who is WAY to big to be walking that fast starts towards him. What can a man do but shoot her, I mean seriously she was large and moving fast. Well his wife decides that she has seen enough and decides that church is the only place for her so she against his wishes gets into her car and drives to the local church.
Well when his wife does not come back he is worried even though he isn’t that big of a fan of hers but he does and that is when things get really weird. Oh did I tell you that she is a super conservative and he is while conservative, not as bat shit crazy about it. Anyways he goes to the church and everyone is dead or so he thinks, in fact everyone is undead. The main character then proceeds to realize that he may not only live through this but may even be the cure. Along the way not everything goes as planned, in fact nothing goes as planned and they must react along the way.
This is not supposed to at least in my mind be a serious book, but fun, I guess for me it is has much horror as it is comedy. Another aspect that I really enjoyed was how the author used current events and politicians to enhance his story. Being that I like politics so much alot of what he wrote I knew and so it was nice to be able to understand what the author and main characters were talking about. The writing is fluid and understandable while still pushing the plot. There are a couple of place that made me cry and there were a couple of places that had me laughing.
Overall a solid book that has a dark and light side with some major sprinkles of politics thrown into an otherwise normal zombie book.