Short Story Saturday #12
Z is for Zombie by Philip Hansen
It’s the end of the world as we know it… and nothing is fine.
Mack, Skinny, Navarette and El Tee are Echo Squad, soldiers on the frontlines of the zombie war. Faced with an army of zombies that hungers for all flesh to be eaten their tiny group must survive deadly decap zombies and wicked clever roamer zombies in time for an aerial assault that will change the face of the battleground against the living dead.
Z is for Zombie is an action-packed gun-porn short story in the world of the living dead.
This is a man’s story. A story worthy of a man cave and the story to read between Halo 3 matches. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the author is an avid gamer (as am I) and the utter pwnage of the characters over the zombies in the novels was epic…like purple epic…like I just beat the hidden cow level epic. Okay, okay. Seriousness. This is a story about soldiers…in a zombie apocalypse. They talk like soldiers and there is quite a bit of military jargon used in the story. I loved the dialogue. The descriptions are so vivid. The pacing and action is super fast. The plot and characters feel so authentic and intense that I just have a need to read the story out loud – and then I realize that I probably shouldn’t in front of my kid. I don’t want to explain what “headshot” means.
Warning: excessive cursing violence, and gore.
I do have one complaint – the text is in a stupid font and non-adjustable. Besides that, this is a pretty awesome short story.