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Wet Work [Mass Market Paperback]

Philip Nutman
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June 1993
A mutant virus spreads across the United States, killing its victims and then bringing them back to life with voracious appetites for human flesh.

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This apocalyptic horror story is set during the Bush Administration but in the very near future. As a spectacular comet passes the earth, it leaves in its trail a virus that infects humans. The virus causes the dead to resurrect and become cannibalistic zombies, while the living contract a debilitating sickness. In the space of days, major population areas worldwide are gripped with panic and rioting as the newly undead search out human flesh for their insatiable appetites. Those who can attempt to escape to the countryside. In gory interludes that become repetitive, Nutman's ghouls spring back to life and dine on whatever human is in their path. At the center of the story is Dominic Corvino, a U.S. covert agent and assassin. After dying in a political intrigue, he is resurrected and makes his way to CIA headquarters to find the country now in control of zombies like himself. Corvino, though, is more interested in resolving his psychological travails and avenging the deaths of former lovers than embracing the ugliness of the New Order. Nutman's first novel is a preachy commentary on greed and male anomie in the 1980s.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Romero + Keene + A Gun Shop = Wet Work Nov. 28 2005
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I had read that Philip Nutman's "Wet Work" was based on his story from "The Book of the Dead" so I assumed the zombies would be George Romero-style. Well, it's true some of the zombies are slow, mindless flesh-eating drones. But, to my surprise and delight, Nutman has also thrown smart, fast zombies in the mix (somewhat like Keene's "The Rising") as well and most of the book centers on them.
The novel follows a Washington, D.C. cop and a black-ops type assassin as the society of the living crumbles and the dead rise due (apparently) to the earth passing through the tail of a strange comet. While the events of the book are not particularly groundbreaking in the zombie genre (flesh is eaten, loved ones are separated, lead characters become zombies, rinse, repeat), Wet Work is well written and the military style action is fast and furious. Probably the only virgin territory Nutman ventures into is the establishment of a new government by the undead, for the undead, which results in some amusing scenes between the smart dead and the living.
If you're a zombie fan you won't find anything particularly surprising in Philip Nutman's "Wet Work" but you will have a good time in a familiar landscape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book of its time April 11 2014
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Well written and an engaging story, one for the era it was written in. The late Phil Nutman had talent and it's a shame there were no more novels by him. It would have been interesting to see where his imagination went.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 27 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romero + Keene + A Gun Shop = Wet Work Nov. 28 2005
By The Reader Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read that Philip Nutman's "Wet Work" was based on his story from "The Book of the Dead" so I assumed the zombies would be George Romero-style. Well, it's true some of the zombies are slow, mindless flesh-eating drones. But, to my surprise and delight, Nutman has also thrown smart, fast zombies in the mix (somewhat like Keene's "The Rising") as well and most of the book centers on them.

The novel follows a Washington, D.C. cop and a black-ops type assassin as the society of the living crumbles and the dead rise due (apparently) to the earth passing through the tail of a strange comet. While the events of the book are not particularly groundbreaking in the zombie genre (flesh is eaten, loved ones are separated, lead characters become zombies, rinse, repeat), Wet Work is well written and the military style action is fast and furious. Probably the only virgin territory Nutman ventures into is the establishment of a new government by the undead, for the undead, which results in some amusing scenes between the smart dead and the living.

If you're a zombie fan you won't find anything particularly surprising in Philip Nutman's "Wet Work" but you will have a good time in a familiar landscape.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Zombie reading July 15 2002
By Dennis Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying this book is a classic for any zombie fan but I have always been a George Romero fan and these zombies were not what I expected.

In this book there is different stages of dead if that makes sense. Some of the dead in this book can drive cars and function almost normally, but others are less intelligent and have hard times doing basic tasks. The whole scenario of a comet passing over and killing the immune system of the living and bringing the dead back to life was really cool but it wasn't totally original. Watch the movie NIGHT OF THE COMET and you will know what I am talking about. The book was a little short and very bleak at the end. It leaves no hope for humanities survival, but a great book all in all. I recommend this book highly but only 4 out of 5 to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Philip... March 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Mr. Nutmans book at my local used bookstore and bought it really not expecting too much. I read the book that same week and I must say that I was very happy about my impulse buy. Mr. Nutman paints a very vivid picture of the end of the world and I would like to say to those out there who condemn the splatterpunk genre, that they should read this story before making a fool of themselves furthur. Richly descriptive and horrifying, this is what horror fiction is all about. Its like a nightmare written on page with all the claustrophobia and despair of a zombie invasion present. I have to make a personal confession. I rarely remember my dreams, but I sometimes do when they are nightmares. My worst nightmares have been about the living dead taking over the world and consuming the living. Its like Mr. Nutman took the anarchy, terror, and hopelessness of one of these dreams and made it his own. The characters are well structured, the pace of the tale furious, the story well realised. The only drawback: too damn short! I can only imagine what an epic length would have brought forth, such as the scale of the Stand or Swan Song. Mr. Nutman, do me a favor. Write more more more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombie black OPs! April 19 2013
By allen gamboa - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book. Always looking for a new spin on the zombie genre.Phillip Nutmans story weaves black ops and zombies.You can tell he's a Romero and Fangoria fan . It's nice to read a book written by a true fan and this is one of them.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good visit to a older title June 21 2007
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleased to find this title on Amazon and get the book used through the site. I am trying as best I can to find as many zombie novels that have been made and certainly this work stands out as a quality work of the genre.
Philip Nutman wrote the short story Wet Work for 'The Book of the Dead' and expanded it into a full sized novel. It still has the feel of a up tempo fast paced story that pretty much takes place within a few days. Our two main characters are Dominic Corvino and Nick Packard, whose stories are seperate but intertwined through a zombie apocalypse caused by the effects of a comet that not only brings the dead back to life but excellerates common colds and other viruses so that victims die rapidly.
This work certainly had to have some influence on other tales of the undead such as 'The Rising' and 'Dead City', amongst others, with both its intelligent and truly malevolent zombies and the fast paced action that moves at a breakneck clip.
The basics of the story are that Corvino is a black ops operative who is trying to uncover who betrayed him during the first day of the undead uprising. Meanwhile, Nick is a rookie cop spending his very first days on the job dealing with the total chaos of a quickly unravelling Washington DC as more and more dead get back up and start attacking. His wife, Sandy, has gone to New York to deal with the last days of her dying mother and the two of them have to fight through this new nightmare world to try to find each other once again.
I had fun reading this book. It is a pretty quick and easy read and though there are a few lapses in the quality of the work (as another reviewer accurately points out, Nutman doesn't do that great of a job describing sex-it was a tad bit over the top) the writing was easily absorbed and entertaining. Another criticism that others mentioned was that the ending was far too abrupt but to me the pacing remained faily consistent throughout the entire novel-the story moves at a rather fast pace throughout. Overall, a book that is worth digging up if you are a fan of undead horror and fast paced action.
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