I loved it... I just don't think there is much more to say! But I will anyways...
I have read most of Jonathan Maberry's books, and one thing I love about him is his ability to create images. When I read a book like this (let me clarify: when I read a GOOD book of this genre), I tend to see a 'movie' in my head. I often assign some actor to a particular character, and I see the action in my mind, which is what I like. Doing this helps me connect to the characters. It helps me form an attachment to what is going on in the book. Maberry is a master at doing this for me.
Desdemona Fox, Dez to her friends, is a mess. A beautiful gulf war vet turned rural cop. She is damaged, bitter and hard, but that doesn't stop Maberry from turning her into a likeable character that embraces her flaws. Her partner, JT, is your typical cop, or so we are led to believe. He is in his 40's, but his love (NOT that kind of love, but more a father to a young girl) for Dez, gives him another dimension. Billy Trout, respected reporter for the small town they live in, is Dez's on again, off again love interest.
What Maberry does here is create a plausible explanation for the zombies that are creeping up everywhere. I think that has been done in the past, and it is always overwrought, almost cheesy, but Maberry crafts a very believable explanation, and we are left wondering exactly who the monster is - those that created the 'virus' or the zombies themselves? The carnage in here is typical for this type of book-but there was nothing offensive or over the top. The isolation the characters must have felt and the idea that a town could be ruined while cut off from 'civilization (by a storm in this case) created a sense of dread that fit the atmosphere of this book perfectly.
The end actually brought me to tears, and I won't spoil it for you, but Maberry left it open for a sequel, and I HOPE he explores this further.
Great book! Can't recommend it enough!
EDITED TO ADD: Mr. Mayberry contacted me to thank me for this review. How cool is that? Made me giddy, but I do think that is why Mayberry crafts such relateable characters. He seems to really listen and care about his readers. I think by actually reading his reviews, and emails (I sent him one before and he answered that as well!) he knows what his fans want, and that shows in his books.