on November 28, 2005
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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