Public Enemy Zero

Posted: 07/02/2011 in Books
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Public Enemy Zero by Andrew Mayne

Public Enemy Zero (or PEZ, as I’ll be referring to it from here on in) is one of those stories that might be cooler if you go into it not knowing what it’s about. So trust me, it’s awesome. Go pick it up now, don’t read the description or anything else about it, then come back and read the rest of this review. It will be a dollar well spent.

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You’re still here? Whatever. You have trust issues. Anywho…..

PEZ (mmmmm….Pez) is the story of a man who incites zombie-like rage from anyone he comes in contact with. Once out of range, the zombies return to normal with little memory of what happened. As you can tell, it’s not a traditional zombie story, but it certainly fits the bill and I have no problem including it in the genre. It’s a really unique and interesting twist on the zombie format.

The story is 50% Running Man (the original Stephen King novel, not the Schwarzenegger movie), 50% 28 Days Later, and 50% The Fugitive. (I’ll check my math later) The action starts early and keeps at a pretty good pace for most of the book. The zombie carnage is well-told and you’ll easily find yourself wondering what you would do if caught in the protagonist’s position.

I recommend the book very highly, but it falls short of perfection. There’s a bizarre and sporadic Naked Man in the Woods subplot that doesn’t seem to fit in and never really pays off. There are also two police officers who begin to piece together the truth. They’re good characters, but they completely disappear towards the last 1/4 of the book, never to be seen again. Finally, the book is plagued with typos and awkward mistakes. The book would be immensely improved by a strong round of editing.

Overall, it’s an awesome idea and a great story. It’s available at amazon.com for $0.99. There are a lot worse ways you could spend a buck.

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