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There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't help. Because when you catch this flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap openThere's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't help. Because when you catch this flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again... FLU is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.'FLU is a belligerent little number. An easy to read, action packed blast of zombie shenanigans, that I thoroughly enjoyed' (Jason Baki, Kamvision)'A traditional tale of the dead rising. A richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed. Wayne Simmons does not disappoint' (Patrick D'Orazio's Tomes of Darkness)...

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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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Flu Reviews

  • CarolynStorer
    2018-11-18 01:37

    2.5 StarsI am a huge zombie fan. I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can't get enough of them. So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, Flu just didn't hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to the lack of explanation. People are dying after catching a new strain of flu virus only to rise again as the undead. There's no explanation about how the virus works and why people are coming back from the dead. The author even goes to the lengths of including a doctor/scientist but never allows them to discover anything.We are also told that the zombies secrete a mucus that toughens like a hard shell to protect them, possibly preserving them, but goes no further into detail or gives a reason for it. The zombies even love the sun and seem to be drawn to fire but nothing is explained and so I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated.The other aspect I found odd was the fact that throughout the novel the characters seemed to believe that the zombies couldn't hear due to the mucus and could barely see, and yet the zombies seem to know where everybody was. But if they couldn't hear or see, then surely the zombies would just be wandering around aimlessly with no purpose. But the characters are bombarded with zombies at every turn, which I found most peculiar.The characters are pretty well rounded although some of the interactions between them are a bit unrealistic and I thought some of the feelings between them happened too quickly. I realise that being in such an intense situation as a zombie ridden world would create emotions that may not have arisen otherwise, but certain passages of dialogue were a little jarring at times and just didn't ring true.I also found the ending to be a bit vague, so I'm not sure if the author is planning a sequel, but either way I am not a fan of ambiguity. The ending wasn't a cliffhanger or a happy ever after, so I was left feeling a bit duped.Verdict:I found Flu to be a fast-paced read, once I got going, however every time I put it down, I didn't have the killer urge to pick it up again. It was engaging enough while I was reading it but I've read better within the zombie genre, however, if you're a die-hard zombie fan then you may very well like it. Although it wasn't awful, it certainly wasn't great, so sadly, for me it was just a bit, meh...

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    2018-11-23 22:51

    *4.5 StarsI’ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie/post-apocalyptic books. I’ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let’s keep the good times rolling.With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book; it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later. I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read. I like to think that I’ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new one I want the author to give me something new, different and unique. Wayne Simmons went back to the basics with Flu, people got sick, they died, they came back, you shot them in the head and they died again. But the story was so damn good, I couldn’t put it down.Wayne Simmons has proven himself to be a master of characters. He has created a diverse cast – rich/poor, criminal/law enforcement, innocent/guilty; there is no good/evil character (wait, there is an evil character). He has painted a vivid image of nearly every aspect of human nature and revealed how each would need to adapt in order to survive the end of the world as we know it. I was pulled into the characters’ lives, I cheered them on, I cursed their actions and some of them… I just wanted them to catch the freaking flu.Flu is a fantastic addition to the zombie genre. It pays homage to the traditions, it is a dark story about survival, adaptation and sacrifice. It begs the question, what would you do to survive?

  • Jason
    2018-12-08 19:31

    2 StarsI love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily. This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller. There is a tiny backstory and explanation. The world building is also extremely limited in its scope. The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are no more pages to turn.I liked quite a few of the characters. Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate. There are aspects to this story that could have been great had they been explored more: One, the Flu virus itself. Two, The mucus secreted over the recently dead. Finally, The evolution of the behaviors demonstrated by the zombies.... This is an ok afternoon read that will be finished by only die hard lovers of the genre.

  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.Oh, and accronyms :P}
    2018-12-04 22:46

    Irish zombies? Bring it! This is another good one! Nothing fancy with this one and there's no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the rising dead causing havoc. I don't really know much about Irish politics, apart from what I've seen on the news over the years, usually referred to as 'The Troubles in Northern Ireland'. The news events were peppered with acronyms so I had a fair idea of what they were when they were mentioned in the book. The IRA (Irish Republican Army), the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), the paramilitary, Catholic's, Protestants, ... the zombie virus doesn't care which side someone is on, they're all on the same side now...The story is a layered plot (which I love) and each section is told from varying viewpoints. I love these types of stories where over time all the individual storylines start to converge. There's George and Norman, the policemen (good cop./bad cop). Lark, a tattooed junkie and his new friend McFall, an enigma who refuses to take off his knitted balaclava are joined by redhead Geri who thinks on her feet. Pat is ex IRA and somewhere along the line has teamed up with Karen, a young woman who is possibly Catholic. Army personnel in the form of Major Jackson (retired) and Dr Gallagher the crazy mental army doctor/torturer. Lots and lots of little stories all linking up to make one big story. The zombie flu was virulent and deadly and it's not 100% clear where it came from or why, but very quickly it's less about where it came from and more about where it's going. It whips round the population with lightning speed and before you know it the whole country has succumbed to it. The thing that I found interesting about this one was that all the baggage that the characters carried from before the plague was still hindering them in the aftermath too. They were all in the same predicament now...survive by any means possible, but they all still held their grudges against the different factions, even when it was way beyond the point of mattering. Lark, the junkie troublemaker and Norman the policeman don't trust each other and Pat the ex IRA always assumes the worst about the military and vice versa. Old grudges and prejudices taint everything.It's just a brilliant zombie book.. Survivors, zombies, just the usual fare but really well done. I cared a lot about what happened to everyone. Some I liked and willed them to do well, some I hated and wished death upon them....Wayne Simmons doesn't mess about though and thinks nothing of killing his people off, just not always who you were rooting for to be killed. I liked that nobody was safe, just like it would be in a real zombie apocalypse. Just because they were a main character in a book was no obstacle to death finding them. There's a follow on book so enough of them survived to carry on in the next one. I'm really looking forward to that one too as there are hints of perhaps a cure for the plague. Knowing how this one ended I'd say that it's not going to be easy, either way but I'm sure it'll be a great read.*said in my very poor Irish accent* "Norn Irn zombies! Go read it noy!

  • Timothy Ward
    2018-11-19 23:35

    REVIEW SUMMARY: A character-focused zombie story whose characters you’d rather ignore.BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.MY RATING: 2.5 starsMY REVIEWPROS: A few memorable scenes; Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.CONS: Characters mostly unlikable; rambling plot; obtrusive prose.BOTTOM LINE: The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zombies, and ends up with more head-scratching than nail-biting moments, leaving this reader uninterested in any sequels.Full review at SF Signal

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2018-11-12 18:39

    Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story. IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react. Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gather, as the reader is left with something of a mystery on their hands after book one as to what to expect from them...a good, intriguing mystery, mind you. Flu is, in many ways, a more 'traditional' tale of the dead rising. The premise here is a flu that rips through the populace, putting down almost everyone as it goes airborne. The police cannot handle it, nor the army, but they are doing their grim best to quarantine the initial victims of the outbreak in a way that I found to be quite disturbing. Those afflicted by the flu don't rise immediately-at least not at the beginning of the story, but it does not take long for it to be clear that we are dealing with a zombie outbreak as we see one body rise in a tenant where the police can barely contain the rioting citizens. After that, we skip ahead six weeks and discover that the city of Belfast is a wasteland, with few survivors and undead numbers growing exponentially. Wayne brings the reader back to his little corner of the world and makes it as detailed and vital as he did in DDG. We again are introduced to characters who were immersed in the 'troubles' of that area-policemen, the military, and a member of the IRA, whose past existences haunt them and impact how they try to survive through this horrible reality they find themselves in. They are not the only characters, as Wayne doesn't scrimp on the introduction or development of others, including a heavily tattooed and pierced character named Lark and his buddy McCall, who inject some color into this new world of death and mayhem, alongside the beautiful Geri, who share time with cops George and Norman and Pat, an IRA operative who has taken it upon himself to protect a naive girl he's found in the aftermath of the apocalypse, Karen. We also get to see some things going on behind the scenes with the military, although our time with Major Connor Jackson and Dr. Miles Gallagher, two men at crossed purposes, is limited in this book-just enough for us to guess at what grim possibilities await the other survivors in a sequel to this novel. The bottom line is that this is a richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed. My criticism, which is minor, has to do with the fact that the action is limited because of the detail with which all the characters are given. Don't get me wrong, the story moves forward, it is just not at a lightning pace. I am guessing that the author is setting the reader up for a thrill ride of a sequel that is less heavy on character development and more on action, as is often the case with sagas such as this. Honestly, I can't say it is really a criticism that is heavy, because I think when this tale is complete, after two or three books, we will see something that is vibrant with characters that fascinate as well as action that resonates. Good stuff, and again, Wayne Simmons does not disappoint.

  • Lalinilla
    2018-11-13 17:49

    NO ES OTRA MALDITA NOVELA DE ZOMBISPandemia llegó a España hace relativamente poco, en pleno apogeo de la oleada de novelas de zombis que han salido a la luz en los últimos años. Quizás por eso no ha recibido todo el éxito que en realidad se merece.Y es que Pandemia no es otra maldita novela de zombis. Además de una trama ágil, rica en personajes (es una novela coral con diferentes líneas argumentales que se cruzan y que recuerdan lejanamente a Descansa en paz, de Lindqvist, pero con mucha más acción y con zombis más agresivos que en la, por otra parte brillante, novela del sueco) y que no da lugar al aburrimiento, brilla por su estilo: léxico rico y oraciones muy elaboradas que agilizan su lectura y la convierte en un verdadero placer. ¡Aquí hay literatura!Leyendo esta novela no podía dejar de reflexionar acerca de la importancia del cómo, que muchas veces se olvida cuando los autores se centran en el qué. ¿Puede una novela sobre zombis entretener y además estar bien escrita? Aquí tenemos ambas cosas: Wayne Simmons nos cuenta una historia interesante, que nos dejará sin respiración y que llegados a cierto punto, nos impedirá parar de leer. La clave, insisto, reside en el estilo del autor, así como en una brillante traducción de Joe Alamo. Visto esto, yo me pregunto: ¿por qué no es más conocido Wayne Simmons en España? He leído y releído muchos libros de terror, especialmente de zombis, y todavía no logro responder a esta pregunta, así de injusto me parece.Wayne Simmons nació, creció y vive en Irlanda del Norte, y su novela está ambientada en Belfast. Quizás, y esta es la única respuesta que he logrado encontrar, Simmons sería un súper ventas en nuestras librerías si hubiera nacido, crecido y estuviese afincado en Suecia.

  • Lainy
    2018-11-22 20:42

    Blurb from Goodreads There's a nasty flu going round. An epidemic, they call it. The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue. But such simple measures won't stop this flu. Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone. When you catch this flu, it kills you in days. And when you catch this flu, two hours after it's killed you, your eyelids snap open again..."Flu" is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.My reviewWell it is a zombie book with a difference in that it starts off with a flu so you have your starting cause but not the how or why the flu came about. The story splits between 3 small gatherings of survivors, 2 cops, an ex IRA man and religious young woman and 2 men who had frequent brushes with the law. As well as them we dip in and out of the goverments army men in command and divide between them with.I didn't mind how the story started out but for me it got really silly with big inconsistancies and stupid behaviour. For example the virus is airborn yet when they are killing the zombies they are covered in gore and blood yet not getting the infection however if they bite you thats it. The army or soldiers turning on each other and the idiocy of one of them whilst carrying out his work was just insane. There are lots more but to tell you would be spoiling it.The ending, well as with most of these books you never really get complete closure but the way this ended was just pointless unless the author is planning another in the series which explains all of the things brought up but not addressed or explored in this book. As a stand alone it gets 2/5 however if another book came out and explained more about it I might re evaluate my scoring.

  • Sam
    2018-12-04 22:36

    Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bit more 'poignant' and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real-world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus. I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without losing any of it great zombie goodness. The story's ending doesn't really finish things off but personally I kind of liked that as in reality who really knows how things end, and it does leave it open for a sequel or two, which I would happily read. The only little niggle I had about it was how some things were a little contradictory, such as how it was thought that the zombies couldn't see or hear very well yet managed to find the survivors rather quickly. This seemed to niggle at me more and more but many readers may not have any problem with this as it doesn't really detract from the story (it's just my OCD-ness being a pain again). Overall a damn good read that I would have loved to have a lot more of.

  • Victoria
    2018-11-27 20:47

    I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. I do try, however, to read a novel from each genre that irritates me, every now and then, in order to confirm my fears and give me an argument to back up my inward crying. So did this novel do as I expected? You know, I’m really not too sure. I was a little worried that ‘Wayne’, my colleague, would colour my view of his book (having never read anything by anyone I know in real life before – who knew that writers have actual physical bodies and lives of their own? A small part of me always hoped that they were merely hobbits, holed up somewhere and living purely through their characters. Alas, the romance of it all is finally dead). Ahem, I appear to have digressed. Perhaps Wayne’s lilting Irish accent would follow me through the pages, leaving me to lose ‘Simmons’ the writer and the tale he has to tell but my worry, it turns out, was entirely unfounded. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at just how quickly Wayne left my side, as Simmons sucked me into his story (biting my hand and dragging me along infectiously maybe - or is that one just a little too obvious?) This very fact alone is a testament to his writing, for I do not forget easily (oh my, I can’t decide if that makes me sound more like an elephant or gangster). The story itself is a rather stereotypical zombie apocalypse novel (except, I’m sure, for those die-hard zombie connoisseurs who could detail each and every nuance of zombie literature but I am far from one of those and thus, it remains pretty much firmly in my one and only ‘zombie novel’ category – sorry zombie dudes). There is an epidemic, lots of people die but rise again to bite and infect others. There is lots of gore and blood and bits of brains – all the usual stuff to be expected (and perhaps a little too much to have any impact – ‘desensitised’ has become my word of the hour and I have fallen in love with subtlety all over again). The characters, too, are typical horror-novel types. Two dimensional, stereotypical, meaningless and sometimes hard to tell apart. Let’s be honest though, when you pick up a zombie apocalypse novel, this is pretty much what you’re looking for and it certainly isn’t something you can complain about. After all, it’s meant to be about the zombies, the gore and the at-times humorously ridiculous descriptions (“diseased lungs slapped against the wall like oily pancakes” could only possibly have been written to make the reader guffaw and then quote it to a bemused looking partner and an even more bemused looking dog). There were other bits that irritated me too – gratuitous gore (the welding torch scene – ew!), repetitive phrases (‘good God’, ‘dear God’, ‘but it was too late’), getting confused between Geri and Karen. But the one thing that irritated me the most (and this is me being brutally honest here, despite my usual disposition) is that I actually really enjoyed reading this book. I read it in two sittings alone – the pleasantly short chapters inducing that ‘just one more…’ culture that usually results in my falling asleep with a book on my face, wedged open, of course, by my subconsciously stiffened and determined thumb. This did, indeed happen with this novel, as it kept me reading way past my bed time. I just couldn’t resist reading one more chapter, to see how this or that turned out or to follow the characters on the journey of survival. The characters themselves, as I mentioned above, meant nothing to me and I doubt I will remember them. Their plight, however, and their drive to survive, enchanted me. I was (always am) curious about survival in bad times – epidemics, war, the apparently impending apocalypse and so on. Dystopian tales have always intrigued me and have always been a staple on my reading (and in fact viewing) list. Thus, Flu appealed to me in that sense. Simmons did this really well too – looking at different types of people, different sections of society, different mind sets and how each worked to survive in his or her own world. I was also fascinated by the question of whether people would band together (like Lark and the police) or pull apart (like the army dudes, or Paddy). I really like the fact that Simmons portrayed both in his novel, making it more realistic, more believable and far more interesting than the alternative. Simmons’ ability to create such a good tale in this respect, furthermore, allowed me to skim over the zombie parts and as far as I am concerned, enriched the story to no end. Another thing that I was surprised at was the amount of politics that Simmons introduced. Although I would have liked this to go a little deeper (I would definitely have liked to learn more about Irish politics – I accept that I could simply read history books but it wouldn’t have quite the same charm or authenticity), it is definitely one aspect of the novel that enthralled me. I was pleased when the Pat or Jackson sections came along and it is these two characters (perhaps along with Gallagher) who are the ones that were the best-rounded and three dimensional – even if dislikeable. Perhaps because they had more of a history than the others or perhaps because their stories were steeped in something bigger than flippant drug use, lost loved ones and driving taxis. Either way, the political commentary that Simmons laces through his narrative is eye-catching, unusual and unexpected. A pleasant addition to the story. Finally, the writing style itself was something to behold. Yes, it’s a little repetitive. Yes, it is peppered with humorously bad descriptions (intentional, I think?). But on the whole, Simmons’ has a lovely way words, creating beautiful descriptions and inventive simile. “[L]ike marbles in a tin”, “crystal bread crumbs”, “relative countryside calm of a post-apocalyptic hell” – rhythmic beacons shining through an otherwise gory and unpleasant land. So did Flu change my mind about zombie novels? No, it certainly did not. But it did make me realise that sometimes, a good writer can enchant you, even in spite of the un-dead.

  • Katrin
    2018-11-13 20:55

    2.5 Sterne

  • Jitka
    2018-11-24 20:35

    Nebylo to nějak šíleně napsané, ale ta knížka měla několik významných mínus, pro která jsem jí nakonec udělila jen 1*. Přeci jen některé knihy v dvouhvězdičkově poličce ji o něco předčí...a teď mluvím zejména o Lesu kostí a zubů, který se také zabývá zombie-tématikou...Navíc jsem si řekla, že bych mohla konečně začít brát v potaz ty popisky k jednotlivým hvězdičkám - a u téhle knihy platí: "didn't like it"1) zoufale neoriginální příběh - zajímavý byl jen nápad z chřipkou, pak nastalo jedno velké klišé2) nulová atmosféra - tedy alespoň já z knihy necítila nic... a už vůbec ne nějakou stísněnost nebo zoufalství, což by člověk u zombie-knihy tak trochu očekával3) ploché postavy...bylo mi úplně jedno, co se s nimi stane. Občas se chovaly trochu roboticky a ne vždycky mělo jejich počínání dávalo smysl.4) Nedomyšlenost...zombiekům se rozpadly všechny smysly, takže jsou to jen bezcílně se potulující schránky. Několikrát v knize zaznělo něco jako : "Vždyť nás nevidí, neslyší a jsou pomalí"...a pak, z ničeho nic, vyskočila zombie ze zálohy přímo na hlavní postavu. Nejspíš zakopla a cíl trefila náhodou, jinak mi to celé nedává smysl :) 5) Nudné pasáže - některé části knihy mě nudily k smrti...dokonce tolik, že jsem přeskakovala celé stránky. A hrozné je, že i přeskočení cca dvou stran jsem přesně věděla, o co v příběhu jde. Jako by se postavy v celém tom úseku vůbec nehnuly z místa.Zkrátka - Flu není špatná oddychovka, ale pokud si chcete přečíst něco na téma zombie nebo epidemie, na výběr máte ze spousty lepších možností. Mě tahle kniha nezaujala, mnohé další určitě zaujmout může...

  • Glenn Bowlan
    2018-12-08 23:55

    This is the first new-wave zombie book I've read and I'm not impressed. A Zombie flu wipes out most of Belfast and a handful of survivors pass their days in abandoned buildings or scrounging for resources. There is no real mystery, suspense, action, comedy, horror, intrigue or plot. These are not fast-moving zombies or clever zombies - they are more like the slow, uncoordinated, shambling zombies of plants-vs-zombies. In short: not very scary or interesting. When these zombies attack, you need to walk a little faster to make sure they don't catch up. If you close a door or turn a corner, they forget about you and amble away. The dust jacket calls the book "brutally realistic" and I guess it is realistic that survivors of this kind of zombie apocalypse would find themselves in a drab, dull world with nothing to do. Unfortunately, this doesn't make for interesting reading.As for the survivors, character development mimics the pattern presented in the TV series Lost: there are curious little connections and back stories to each of the characters. The slow reveal of these back stories is one of the principal hooks of the novel. Unfortunately, this has now been done many times before and elsewhere many times better. All told, the cover art is the most compelling part of this book.

  • Josephine (Jo)
    2018-11-15 00:38

    This was not a book for the faint hearted!It was violent and gruesome in places, the description of the 'zombies'who had succumbed to the deadly flu virus was absolutely horrid. It is strange that I wanted to keep reading, but I did. Most of the characters were alread flawed prior to the outbreak of the virus. For some of them it is the opportunity to play out their natural tendency to violence, for some it was the reverse and they eventually began to feel some empathy for the beings that had once been human beings and also to care for their fellow survivors.I did feel that the continual use of bad language detracted from a good read, I understand that the characters were not saints but it could have been toned down a little.I finished the novel still needing answers and shall, I am sure, read the sequal just to find out the fate of the population still left alive.

  • Rhiannon
    2018-11-22 17:44

    People in Ireland are getting the flu. But this isn't any normal kind of flu. The flu has mutated into something worse. first theres the sneezing and coughing, then the throwing up and dizziness, then your dead. But two hous later your back up, back from the dead. Hungry, only hungry for the taste of human flesh.Wayne Simmons writes about three stories going on, Jackson is at the quearentine with some scientist trying to find a cure while Pat and Karen are only just figuring out how to kill the dead and how to survive while Geri, Lark, Mcfall, George and Norman are stuck in a small town surrounded by the rotting hungry dead.5.5 Stars! Super good! Brilliantly written! Sooo creepy, so detailed! I loveed it! fever here i come!

  • Elisa
    2018-11-22 23:54

    This was good. I had a general level of anxiety and dread the entire time I read the book. Sad, gross, violent, horrifying yet with a teeny tiny bit of hope thrown in. It was somewhat a character study, seeing how these disparate folks all come together during the apocalypse. And there is obviously another book somewhere, as we are poised for SOMETHING ELSE. Anyway, solid, easily readable with pretty 'realistic' zombies. I need to get my hands on the next one, I want to know where Simmons takes it next.

  • Adam Baxter
    2018-12-09 20:51

    This was a gripping read from start to finish but if you're off work with the flu, don't read this book. The characters are strong and believable with a few shaky pasts steeped in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Police, punk, former IRA operative must all work together to survive in a world torn apart by a deadly virus. This is so much more than a zombie apocalypse survival book. It is a chilling account of destruction and devastation and the redemption this offers. Old battle lines are crossed, new respect is found and loyalty, it seems, has a price.Oh hell... just read it yourself!

  • Irene
    2018-12-08 17:30

    I'm a huge fan of all things zombie related so I was quite excited to get a copy of Flu.I did like the premise of this deadly virus that zombifies you shortly after death. I listened to the audio version and while it was convenient to be able to listen to the story while I puttered around the house I think I may have enjoyed it better without the narration. I received a complimentary audio file for review

  • Katie
    2018-11-25 17:44

    I disliked this book so much that I don't want to spend very much time on a review so it'll be short. My biggest gripe was how stereotypically annoying the 2 (yes, only 2) women were. One finally stands up for herself and then immediately draws a bubble bath?? Really?? The author did manage to get me to care about the characters though so I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.

  • Xxertz
    2018-12-09 23:46

    I'm not sure how I feel about this one. There is no final resolution as it clearly leads into a second book and, while I enjoyed the story, I don't think there is enough here for me to want to continue on. Hmm..

  • Bookworm Jo
    2018-12-09 19:34

    This book was good. This book is an adult book which is unusual for me to read. I thought it was a y.a but after reading the first chapter, I realized it was an adult book.The cover is terrifying and I can't look at to long or I get really creeped out. The book is basically about a zombie apocalypse. The flu is how the zombies started rising. A sneeze here and cough here and it was enough to quarantine a person in their house or apartment. And when I say quarantine, I mean that the police force lock you in the house and put a huge metal sheets over your windows and door and weld it shut so you can't get out. The flu in this book is an airborn contagion so anyone can catch it. After a person dies horribly from the flu they reanimate and become zombies. The book focus on a few survivors of the apocalypse as well as whatever military personnel are left. And just FYI this book is set in Northern Ireland and uses some words/slang that I guess Irish people know but I didn't. I still got the jist anyway. There were a number of characters in the book but for the most part there were many chapters dealing with 3 particular survivors. They are Lark, Geri and McFall. Lark is a tattooed pierced loose cannon who likes to drink, can be cocky but is also a nice guy. McFall is the guy who is bunked with Lark. He was a taxi driver and is terrified of leaving the house they're staying in. He also always wears a balaclava (a ski mask with a large hole for the eyes and covers the entire head and mouth) for protection against the flu so we don't really know what he looks like. Geri is a rich girl who finds her way to the house with Lark and McFall. They end up meeting two cops Norman and George. Norman is a large cop whose kinda mean at times. He doesn't take no bullshit from anyone and is great with his rifle. George is a more by the book cop who is thinner than Norman but can hold his own. In another city in Norther Ireland we have Pat and Karen who are staying in a complex of flats. Pat is an older man who was an IRA operative and he has taken Karen under his wing and protects her. Pat is a tough guy who assesses ever situation and thinks before he acts. Karen is a church girl who is very delicate in the beginning but hardens due to their situation. Next over in a military complex we have Jackson who is a retired major who was called back to a base to be in charge. With him is a nasty SOB named Gallagher. I really liked Lark. He was crazy and funny. He took chances with the dead by going out to get supplies and things. He was ok with a gun but had big balls when it came to outrunning the dead. He felt that he had to protect Geri and he did his best to. He was an ass a lot of the time but he was also a good guy and showed his softer side when somethings got rough. I also really liked Pat. He was like a father figure who would do what was necessary to survive and protect Karen. He didn't rush into thing or was rash- he planned things out and executed them according to his plan. He planned and thought about consequences and did what he thought would keep them safe. I really didn't like Geri. She was a rich whiny b**** who didn't do anything and wanted to be catered to. There were plenty of times that she left Lark to deal with shooting the dead while she stayed in the car or the house not doing a damn thing. She let others risk their lives for her. I would of thrown her sorry ass out of my house. Hey its survival of the fittest and she was definitely NOT the fittest. I found myself either really getting mad at what she was doing or not caring because she was an idiot or, and this was for the most part, wishing she would get eaten by the zombies. Karen was another good for nothing that I didn't like. She whined all the time about being cooped up in one of the flats while Pat was doing all the WORK protecting her and gathering supplies from the other flats. She annoyed me too with all her whining. She should of been fed to the zombies also. The rest of the characters were alright. I liked the two cops well enough. I found myself not really caring about Jackson and his part in the story was small. I hated Gallagher. To me he was a psychopath who got away with all his experiments and brutality because he was a military doctor and was doing horrible torturous things "for the greater good" as he put it. Another one who should of been fed to the zombies. There was some action in the book but a lot of it was talking and the characters reflecting on their lives and the things they've done/seen. The book was gory but not overly so. It was kind of like a tame episode of the walking dead. There were some nasty descriptions of the zombies and how they're heads exploded when they were shot. One thing that kind of bothered me was that one part of the zombie mythology seemed like it copied the zombie mythology of the tv show The Walking Dead. In this book the people turned in to zombies after they caught the flu. But later on in the story we find out that any person who dies naturally or bu the flu, reanimate anyway and become zombies. So it doesn't matter if your shot or you die in your sleep you;ll still be a zombie. This concept is in the Walking Dead show. In the show the zombie virus is inside every human and it activates after death. I just felt that was weird that the book had the same mythology as the show which I think came out before the book. It could also just be a coincidence but I find it weird. Another thing I didn't really like about the book was the amount of cursing and vulgar language. Now I'm no prude and I have a mouth that can rival a sailor, but for me there was way to much cursing in this book. I mean yes, if I lived in the world that the survivors lived in you can bet that some nasty word will come out of my mouth but not for every little thing. I am ok with cursing in a book because lets face it sometimes a situation calls for swear words and it it appropriate in some situations. But when cursing in a book is put there just for the sake of cursing, I think that its dumb and overdone. I found that to be the case with this book. There are numerous F bombs, C bombs (both for the male appendage and the nasty word that some people call women) and S bombs that could make your head spin. After awhile it just became annoying to read them, even when they were used in an appropriate situation. Anyway I want to say one last thing about the book. This book grabs you in and keeps you in with the first chapter alone. I don't think I have read a better action gripping FIRST chapter EVER and I read A LOT of books. After reading the first chapter, I kept going because I wanted to find out what happens, its that good. I guarantee that the first chapters will suck readers in and that is always a good thing when it comes to books. While the book was boring at some points it did keep my attention and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen.This review is also posted on Spantalian's Book Reviews

  • Sami A.F.
    2018-12-07 22:37

    Personally, I am a huge fan of zombie books, series, and movies but this just didn’t hit the spot at all. In this written work by Wayne Simmons, there’s an epidemic sweeping the world that kills a human within days but those dead eyes open again just two hours later. Yet, they are no longer human.Sound familiar?This plot has been done over and over again and to be quite frank, I do enjoy these kind of stories, but there is nothing new and unique about Flu. The writing style is too dry and extremely basic, it has potential to be very casual and entertaining similar to Michael Grant’s Gone story but it falls short of that style by kilometers!The characters were too plain and uninviting, they didn’t seem to add any value to the story. It’s not that you hate the characters, you would just feel like they were this cardboard cut-out standing in front of you. I didn’t hate them, though I didn’t love them.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2018-11-26 01:43

    Wayne Simmons, Flu (Snowbooks, 2010)I get that damn shot every year, and for what?I have seen a few reviews of Wayne Simmons’ Flu that take it (and him) to task for not pushing the envelope here. Most of those reviews gave no indication if the reviewer in question had read Simmons’ first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous. If they had, well, I can kind of see where they were coming from—for that is very much a book that pushed the envelope, zombie lit-wise, and to this day it’s one of my favorite novels in the new wave of zombie lit. And no, Flu is not that. It’s a straight-up homage to classic zombies.You know what? I don’t have problem one with that. Drop Dead Gorgeous is what it is, and if Wayne Simmons had never written another word, I would have still been praising him as one of the most original lights in the genre. But Flu is what it is as well, and when it comes right down to it, style will out—Simmons is a good, solid writer, and it doesn’t matter if he’s pushing envelopes or not. Hell, he could write a chick-lit novel and I’d give it a go, because I know it will have the same mix of quirky characters, graveyard humor, and situations that will make me say “what the hell were you smoking when you came up with this?”, and I can be reasonably certain I’ll have a great time with it.Such is the case with Flu, which seems to have had its genesis (though we’re only talking about the preface here) in Paco Plaza’s flick [REC]; we see a couple of cops attempting to impose a quarantine on a block of flats where it’s been reported that one occupant has come down with a particularly virulent strain of the flu that’s been assaulting Ireland. And it’s not your run-of-the-mill flu, neither—after it kills the victim, it wants to spread itself by having the victim rise and spread the infection…skip forward a few weeks, and Belfast is, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. We re-focus on Geri McConnell, a lone survivor who’s taken to moving very quietly, attempting to survive by raiding the local grocery stores and staying out of the way of hordes of the ravening undead…until she finds herself raiding the same grocery store as another obviously-human raider wearing a ski mask. (Trust me, the ski mask becomes important.) After one of the more amusing car-chase scenes I’ve read in recent memory, Geri becomes—uncomfortably—part of a band of survivors who are, basically, living the same way she was—but there’s strength in numbers, right? Right?I’ll lay it out for you: if you like zombie novels in the classic zombie vein, Flu is going to work for you. Simmons leavens things with a little more humor than, say, John Russo did, but the focus is the same—the zombies are the external force, seen every once in a while, that keeps the survivors face-to-face with one another, leading the book to be more of an examination of human foibles exposed when people are cramped together than a book about the undead munching on body parts. And that’s what zombie books, the good ones anyway, have always been about—us, not them. *** ½

  • David McDonald
    2018-12-06 21:34

    After reading Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons, I was keen to get started on Flu, another post-apocalyptic zombie tale set in Simmons' native Belfast.On the face of it, Flu appears to be a bog-standard zombie book; and to a certain extent, that's true... there's an outbreak of an unidentified virus, all hell breaks loose, authorities try to quarantine, disparate groups of survivors, etc... but to leave my critique of Flu at that would simply not be fair and similarly to Drop Dead Gorgeous, Flu is set in Northern Ireland and once again it serves to provide a unique staging ground for the author's apocalypse to play out in.Flu's characters are well-developed, human and entirely believable. However and more importantly, the characters in Flu are moulded by the unique circumstances afforded to them by the political and religious divisions within Northern Ireland, adding a compelling dimension to this above par genre offering.Once again Simmons succeeds in creating a post-apocalyptic situation that feels grubby and real, his description of the characters' sensory experiences hammer home the state of affairs in which they find themselves in. When zombies are shot, brains and skull are splattered everywhere; when rotten flesh is disturbed, flies rise from feeding; and these are the tamer examples from the visceral episodes interspersed regularly throughout Flu. In fact, Flu MIGHT be a little too real for some readers with plenty of profanity, drug use, strong horror and other parts of the plot which truly expose the darker side of human nature... but if you're of a delicate disposition, why are you reading horror?!If you're looking for a run-fight-run zombie tale, this isn't it, fiends.Although Flu has more than its fair share of disease, death and despatching of the walking dead, it is not the primary focus of the novel. This is very much a soid character-driven story that takes some of the extreme personalities forged in contemporary Northern Ireland and tosses them into the mix with a zombie apocalypse and observes the ensuing situation, highlighting how pointless their respective standpoints were before the zombie outbreak by emphasising that fact through their united struggle against the undead.At one stage, I thought Simmons was going to take the easy way out and drift off into a written version of Day of the Dead, this fear was swiftly allayed and Simmons proceeds to deliver a bleak slice of horror that although set in Belfast like Drop Dead Gorgeous, is distinctly different and succeeds in creating a work of horror that strips away the niceties of societal constructs and lays bare the human condition, complete with all its fallacies, base desires and instincts.

  • Aleksandra Royzen
    2018-12-12 19:43

    Yet another zombie book under my belt. Lately I've been a bit obsessed with this genre and recently started to think of moving on to something else, but decided to stick to it for a few more books. And I'm glad I did since Flu was next on the list.This was a quick and light read (that is if you can use word "light" when describing a zombie novel). It is definitely one of the dark novels and contained no humor, like some zombie books do. It covers several stories of various flu survivors in Ireland who try to stay alive while more and more people around them get infected.Actually the fact that Flu is based in Ireland is a huge plus for me. For some reason I prefer stories taking place somewhere other than US, since it gives me an insight to other countries and cultures. It proves that people would behave differently depending on their background and how they grew up. I really like reading about the bad blood between IRA and Irish police/military. I of course knew about it before, but would never think how deep it would go. Even with the world crumbling down around them there is still huge suspicion of police and military. I don't think that if this story took place in US that cops would be hated and mistrusted so much. Quite an interesting point of view in my opinion.One of the reason I removed a star is due to the fact that Wayne Simmons is one of those authors who could very easily kill off a character as soon as you get used to them. I realize a lot of authors do it and it adds to the excitement, but I dislike that a lot. Again this is totally my personal preference. I just love to be emotionally invested in the character. However, if this is not an issue for you, than it shouldn't stop you from getting this book.I have to add however, that even though every character is fair play, Simmons does a beautiful job of a very short character development. Meaning even though he is not using 10 pages to describe the person, from few short paragraphs you can sort of judge their character pretty well. This is definitely a talent that I really appreciate in this particular book, which covers several stories and drown out character development would have been an overkill.One other small gripe I have with the book is the lack of background story on the virus itself. We know nothing about where it came from or even if it started in Ireland. I personally enjoy the tale behind the infection, first hours, the beginning of the end. This was missing in this story. I'm currently reading the second book in the series called Fever and that's where Simmons gives us the beginning. But while reading Flu I had no idea about that and so was a bit disappointed.In conclusion this is all around good zombie read which I highly recommend.

  • chucklesthescot
    2018-11-25 18:26

    I have always loved picking up zombie or flu virus apocalypse books and I picked this up with a pile of similar books. I did not find this to be one of the better ones. In fact it was a bit of a let down.The problem lies with attention to detail and a lack of world building. I don't mean that I need a description of everything that is seen but most people when reading a zombie novel want to know how the people became infected. Nuclear war, bio-terrorism, infected water supply, vaccine gone wrong, virus etc are all favourites but really you can have ANYTHING as a cause. So in this case it is a flu. So why is it causing zombies? What is it that reanimates the dead? It is kind of important that you share it with the reader! Having that smug sort of 'I know how it happened but I'm not telling you' thing is not good and is going to hack off your readers. Details!!! We want details! Instead we are left in the dark and wondering why the author isn't giving us the detail we want.When there is a little bit of explaining, it seems to be confused and contradict itself. If the zombies are just shells with basically no senses, how have they become so good at just turning up where the fresh meat happen to be? This is what I mean by attention to detail. I really want the author to just involve us in the story instead of holding us at arms length for whatever reason. It was too difficult to connect with the story and the characters when we kept questioning everything. There also seems to be little threat as long as you don't behave like a total idiot. You don't get that tension and delicious fear for the characters that you get in the really good zombie books. There was no real excitement or mega scary scenes for me.I didn't like the characters either. They were pretty one dimensional and poorly developed, and they seemed intent on talking nonsense the whole time. The people just hang around until it's time to scrounge some supplies and it just wasn't greatly interesting. I think the author went for trying to be less zombie horror and more gritty realism but it just ended up pretty boring.OK so maybe we get more explained in the next book in the series. I hope so, so that those who continue with it finally get some answers. Sadly, I won't be one of them as there wasn't really anything in the book that made me want to stick with it.

  • Christopher Hyett
    2018-11-21 00:43

    I found this book in a local charity shop and was drawn to the cover and the haunting eyes of a little girl, too creeped out to say no to buying it for the 50p that was being asked for it. Now after finally getting round to reading it I now know how lucky I was to find it. Not being the biggest zombie fan when I started this book I was not sure what to expect. I found the characters very deep and the theory of how zombies could exist well thought out and original. I liked the nice little details thrown in such as the zombies hearing diminished due to the virus. Some things however caught my interest and was left a little unanswered such as the pack mentality and fly like obsession with the fire, but upon finishing it and reading up about Simmons and finding out there is a second book set a little before and after Flu I was more than satisfied with not knowing everything, I’m a big fan of not knowing everything as long as I know it is not the end. Simmons pulls no punches with the story seemingly not caring who is considered too much of a main character to kill and who can survive, which I personally enjoyed as it kept you thinking ‘holy shit’ which is always a good sign. Even down to the epilogue which leaves you heartbroken for who was involved, at first I was thinking it was an unnecessary detail which saddened me to read, but then on review I came to realise that it was the perfect and necessary end to the book, making you realise even though things where looking up for the ‘survivors’ it is still only the beginning of a zombie apocalypse and they are a long LONG way away from actually being ok.I leave this book thinking maybe I have underestimated the zombie genre and look forward to getting my hands on Fever the second instalment of this story and maybe even start my own journey though the zombie genre and I have clearly been missing the point before reading this book.

  • Colleen
    2018-12-10 19:52

    Not an earthshatteringly original or new book, but a very respectable first entry. Does 3 relatively different things, worthy of mention:1) The zombies secrete a mucusy sweat that preserves them, which is a nice addition to the magical preservative in most books. Goes into far more detail about their capabilities. 2) Can easily become a zombie via airborn methods. The disease originally starts as a flu, but can also be spread via bites. However, you can be cowardly and not go outside and still catch it. 3) Set in Northern Ireland and tries to use zombies as a way to examine The Troubles, though not always that effectively I think.What is kind of amazing is that though a very typical zombie book, it doesn't fall into many of the familiar grooves one generally sees: 1) Military & police turn on populace: mmm well there's the Quarantine, but the two policeman, even the dirty cop, are actually pretty good in this book. There is the one rapey government guy and the torture happy officials though, so I guess half and half here. 2) Half assed Government response. See all safe zones, havens, FEMA references in every other book. Actually government response pretty good, as are the safe havens at the start. But since the remaining government with most of its citizenry is dead still seems to be about sticking it to old IRA members, I guess another half a point.3) Clergy goes insane. Actually not seen and the few religious references are positive.4) Criminals take over. Also not really seen! Some of the main characters skirted on the outside of the law, but were not evil. 5) Plucky orphan child. Well naturally, yes. We can't have a zombie book without one but the kid was not seen for most of book and I liked the author's angle with that plot line. I'll have to check out more by this author.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-09 23:28

    Flu is the first book in the Flu series by Wayne Simmons and a novel of Fiction from Snow Books.Blurb:A Deadly Strain Of Flu Has Mutated...Two cops fight their way through an angry and frightened crowd to gain entry to an apartment block in Belfast. They have received reports of a fresh outbreak of the virus and are met with the bloodshot eyes of a six-year-old Lithuanian girl.Out on the streets, Geri finds herself looking down the business end of a ski-masked man’s revolver. Nearby, hell-bent on self-preservation, the shorn-headed punk Lark peeks out the window of his terraced-house hideout. In neighboring Finaghy, churchgoer Karen looks to the stoic and level-headed Pat for a paternal figure, seemingly oblivious to his checkered past as an IRA gunrunner.As the flu continues to mutate, another phenomenon rocks the very foundations of Belfast...Infected bodies suddenly begin to rise. My thoughts:Northern Ireland has been hit hard with a new and deadly strain of flu. The authorities have urged people to stay calm, watch for symptoms and when needed, quarantine those infected.The flu is spreading fast and fear even faster. Martial law has been declared and the police are imposing in home quarantine - permanent quarantine. Those infected are being sealed inside their own homes - to live or die as the virus allows.But the flu has mutated and death is not the final stage - those infected are rising again.Flu is an enjoyable read. The story focuses more on the people facing the outcome of the virus rather than the people who have been infected.I give Flu 3 out of 5 stars.Product DetailsPaperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Snowbooks (April 30, 2010)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1906727198ISBN-13: 978-1906727192

  • Miz Love
    2018-12-06 23:35

    First off, I will admit to buying this book based only on the cover as I browsed my Facebook updates. What a good decision I made!While thinking of this plot, I imagined Wayne Simmons doing a Stephen King and having the subject of Swine Flu on his mind then thinking: What if…? Wayne came up with people dying of a flu epidemic, only for them to come back to life as the un-dead. A chilling idea, and he showed the fear of those uninfected really well. Average people battling to stay healthy and alive. I particularly liked the aspect of survivors having to try and leave the relative safety of their homes and find food supplies. Most of the population were dead, infected, or un-dead, and electricity and all the things we take for granted were gone.So folks pillaged supermarkets, gas stations, and even fellow humans’ empty cupboards. Flu made me think, really think, how awful it would be if a flu epidemic really did kill off most of the world. God, we’d be royally screwed, quite frankly, and when you think about it, with no farmers to farm, no people to work in the supermarkets…man, we’re left with going back to the dark ages eventually.So, as well as this theme running through my mind upon reading, I got to know various characters and how they coped with the epidemic—people who hadn’t known one another before and came together in order to survive. Interesting, because these people probably would never have chosen to meet before the epidemic hit. Friendships were formed, trust growing—or not—and even the basic idea of using a teabag again and again fascinated me.