Stephen Knight has written several zombie novels, "The Gathering Dead" is the first of a series.
Major Cord McDaniels is special forces and a flawed man. While in the middle east he made a decision that got four of his men killed. His First Sergeant, David Gartrell was present during McDaniels darkest hour. Gartrell finds himself in New York City with McDaniels once again in a position that is literally life or death, for the city and the world.
Doctor Safire, along with his daughter are in McDaniels's care, Safire has a possible cure that will halt bit victims from turning into zombies. It is imperative that Safire and his grown daughter get out of New York and back to his lab so he can save what is left of humanity.
McDaniels and his group must get to Central Park to one of the many helicopters that will lift them out of the city. When they finally arrive, they find that the dead have also ended up in the staging area. Many men are bitten and turned. Almost none of the aircrafts is usable.
The small group of surviving humans have gathered in a high rise with McDaniels and his team. The buildings janitor, his two daughters, the Safires and several military men. Some of the men are "NightStalkers," some special forces and all can be lethal.
NYPD along with the Army have blocked off the routes that leave the city so the zombies don't escape into other areas. However, this precaution fails miserably.
The dead know the group is in the building, but can't get in. It isn't until they start working as a unified group that things get really creepy.
The bad news isn't over yet. The reanimated bodies of the special forces teams killed in Central Park has turned up and they remember how to use their weapons.
Books about zombies are delicious, but many are just a small story with some zombies attacking the living, the living gets up and attack ... ad nauseam. However, every once in a while, something good comes along. Stephen Knight is one of those writers that really understand what a zombie book should contain and populates his fictional world with really creepy situations.
This is a full on book, not a Kindle Short. It's well written and scary, what more do you want?
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