Book Review – Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide

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Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Zombie
Format: Paperback, Kindle, hardback
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Description: So kid, you say you are a zombie hunter, eh? You say you’ve killed plenty of them have you? Is all that zombie killin’ what accounts for that twitch? Let me ask you a few questions. How many types of zombies are there? How do you kill a necromantic zombie? Wait, you don’t know what a necromantic zombie is? Well, have I got the guide for you! Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide is part guide, part story, and a whole heck of a visual trip through the “history” of zombies.

Review: First, the hardcover of this book is absolutely beautiful. The silver writing on the spine sets off the silver gilding on the pages in a simple and elegant way. I am a fan of what Osprey is doing and, for the most part, Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide lived up to their normal high-quality, savvy standard. This book starts out with a journalist from the not so distant future touring a special zombie hunting unit of the U.S. Army. The reporter proceeds to give the reader a quick overview of some recent zombie events and how the world in which he inhabits views the walking dead. Sadly, this is where most of that line of thinking kind of ended. After this wonderful foreplay, the book settled into a “historical” how-to-kill-zombies guidebook. Now, before you get that look on your face, please understand that this is still an amazing book. I wish it had been longer but, in typical Osprey fashion, the 75 pages or so that you do get are amazballs. My only other complaint was that I wish McCullough and crew would have staged a few more black-and-white “historical” pictures. It would have really breathed some more life into the book and would have added to the faux credibility of this hunter’s guide.

McCullough is clever. He has proven this time and time again with his writing; however, I think that Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide might be the best showcase of just how talented he is. He was able to blend so many of the real-life historical zombie stories with things that we are bombarded with in popular culture. There are so many subtle but well placed references sprinkled throughout this book. I was especially partial to the Raiders of the Lost Ark homage. McCullough did kind of approach this in a cut and paste manner. He drew from plenty of well known sources, but he put his own spin on them and took the time to place them into the context of this book. He condensed the material, and the additions of zombie pop culture as well as regular pop culture reached a balance that kept them from dipping into campy or cheesy.
The illustrations and photos are great. They enhance the wealth of information that McCullough was able to shove into 75 pages or so. I do wish he had kept up with the reporter covering the Army unit storyline a bit more, but that is minor. This book will interest a large body of readers beyond your normal zombie fans. This book is efficient, succinct and extremely entertaining.

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About Cape Rust

Cape has led a life of adventure and excitement. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas he joined the Army where he served six years as a Military Policeman and six years as an All Source Intelligence Analyst. He served in such diverse places as South Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Kansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Arizona. After leaving the Army he spent 4 years training African Soldiers for peacekeeping missions. After visiting ten different African nations (some several times) he developed training materials for counter IED training. He now builds web sites for the Army. He enjoys PC Gaming, Table Top RPGs, reading and shooting. He has been married to his wife Laurie for almost 18 years and has two daughters Mallie and Megan. He is currently the caretaker of one of the world’s largest corgis Truman and a clowder of cats that includes Midnight, Smokey and Tum Tum Monster Destroyer.