A man wakes in a changed city. Always the outsider, the man has for the past two decades made his home in Taipei, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Now the screams rising up from the streets herald the truth. His adopted homeland has changed overnight, and nothing will ever be the same. They are coming. John Jay McCarty has written a tremendously taughA man wakes in a changed city. Always the outsider, the man has for the past two decades made his home in Taipei, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Now the screams rising up from the streets herald the truth. His adopted homeland has changed overnight, and nothing will ever be the same. They are coming. John Jay McCarty has written a tremendously taught thriller, combining his intimate knowledge of the land and people with a horrifying story of a culture destroyed. The shattering realism of McCarty's Taiwan and his central anti-hero both contribute to a believable, claustrophobic, and frightening tale of nightmares come to life. When the laws of God and man are gone, what takes their place? When death stalks every decision, and one man is forced to rely entirely on himself, a bitter road is carved out of the chaos around him. But can there be redemption for someone so deep in sin?...
|Title||:||Republic of the Lost: One Man, Two Dogs, and Twenty-three Million Zombies|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||214 Pages|
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Republic of the Lost: One Man, Two Dogs, and Twenty-three Million Zombies Reviews
Most Zombie novels pay limited attention to what would really happen in an authoritarian state with highly limited freedoms if the “proverbial” really did hit the fan. Cities with large numbers of people living in a relatively small space are not unique to Asia. The book describes tactics that could easily be applied to hostile urban environments with tight controls of personal freedom such as New York or San Francisco. But for a really severe situation to arise, a certain cultural predisposition to mindless group behavior has also to be factored in. East Asia is full of urban jungles with seemingly submissive populations. Personal freedoms tend to be limited as much by culture as by actual government fiat. This is particularly obvious in the case of islands with Chinese influenced cultures. These tend to impose severe legal restrictions of personal freedom. For instance, in Singapore, a private citizen in possession of a firearm faces a death sentence. Yet these societies have all, at least until quite recently, given their male populations extensive military training. Dominating and controlling the population is an age old problem in this part of the world. Legal restrictions are not enough. A longstanding culture of conformity and docility has been promoted through education and social conditioning. Underpinned by ideas of Confucian “harmony”, this has been the method of societal control for millennia. In the West, we have started to feel the impact of Asian values. Globalization has introduced the dominant modes of behavior in Asia to our lives and indoctrinated our children. Distraction through mindless consumption of consumer goods and puerile forms of entertainment is merely the latest way to encourage submissiveness. This novel could have been set in Tokyo or Hong Kong but Taipei is just that little bit more extreme in its ability to alienate and frustrate its freedom loving inhabitants. And, Taiwan has the second highest population density in the world. So densely packed masses of diseased Confucian zombies roaming about a Chinese urban jungle create a special set of survival problems. Useful resources in a tightly controlled environment of formerly Confucian passivity are minimal. Effective weapons must be improvised. Safe food and secure movement are problems that require innovative solutions. With Taipei as a backdrop, the survival tactics outlined in this novel have to be innovative and different. This is an excellent primer for surviving an urban Zombie infestation.