The year 2020 was a good one for the walking dead. The initial reports of a mysterious plague reanimating corpses caused unbridled chaos and as the world descended into hell, nations turned on each other in the battle to survive. Europe is devastated. The remnants of NATO managed to create safe zones within cities that still had the protection of medieval built stonewalls.The year 2020 was a good one for the walking dead. The initial reports of a mysterious plague reanimating corpses caused unbridled chaos and as the world descended into hell, nations turned on each other in the battle to survive. Europe is devastated. The remnants of NATO managed to create safe zones within cities that still had the protection of medieval built stonewalls. Once again, these ancient bastions were a sanctuary from invaders, keeping back the dead legions. The rest of the continent was a dead zone - populated by hundreds of millions of walking corpses. The medieval fortress-city of Carcassonne, in Southern France, became the headquarters of the living but as the last pockets of human survivors rebuilt the fragile framework of a new society, one man discovers a terrifying secret. So far, what has happened is only the beginning. Humanity now faces a true extinction level event. The dead are clustering in massive numbers. Mere walls can't defend against the overwhelming force of the meta-horde....
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I've never made any secret of the fact that I love tales of postapocalyptica, especially those that pit mankind against seemingly insurmountable odds and, more often than not, the walking dead. However, with the ever increasing popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead on TV, it seems that everyone is jumping on the undead bandwagon.So, whenever I crack the spine on the latest zombie tale, it is always with a degree of trepidation. Step up MetaHorde: A Minstry of Zombies Novel co-written by Sean T. Page and John McCuaig...The concept of using the walled cities of Europe such as York, Carcasonne and Dubrovnik as outposts for what remains of humanity immediately brought to mind certain chapters of World War Z by Max Brooks and as proceedings commenced, I thought this was just going to be a straightforward action-horror. To an extent, that's true. However, at a crucial point in proceedings, a new and interesting dynamic blew my preconceived notions out of the water, beefing up the plot considerably and turned Metahorde into an infinitely more satisfying read.The undead in Metahorde are conventional, Romeroesque zombies with a bit of a twist, given that, to my knowledge, the undead have never been presented as such a marauding menace en masse before.Character development in Metahorde is limited but that's not what this book is all about. Metahorde is action-horror and wears its undead heart proudly on its sleeve; and its real strength lies in the set-pieces that have been conjured up in a world that belongs to the walking dead.I don't feel I'm giving anything away by saying that the ending is left wide open for further entries to the series and Metahorde does in fact lay the foundation adequately for more stories from the Ministry of Zombies.The pace of Metahorde was altogether a bit quick for my liking. Although the plotline was compelling, I felt like it raced along, sacrificing development of many elements for speed; and I can't help but feel that had there been a little more development of characters and narrative, getting the reader more invested in the main players and their plight, then this book could have been a significantly meatier read. Despite the fact that the setting for the book is post-apocalyptic and a world over-run by zombies; gore, horror and death are fairly minimal and in fact, lacking in any real description when they do occur. However, I suspect this book may well be suitable for, or indeed targeted at, a younger horror audience.Metahorde is the written equivalent of an `80s action movie: big guns, bigger explosions, bad guys you can't wait to see die and absolutely brimming with testosterone!
This novel from the Ministry of Zombies hits you right in the face with action that never stops. From the moment you open the cover, you can tell the authors took their topic very seriously; with a foreword written by a reputable doctor, the tone is established: what would zombie behaviorisms consist of? This is an extremely well-written novel that is both thought-provoking and adrenaline-pumping.As someone who believes that society operates with the intelligence and purpose of a "superorganism," I found the horde concept to be extremely fascinating and altogether terrifying because the horror is grounded in scientific research. As our heroes race again time--and the odds--to overcome impending doom, we are given all of the elements of zombie and action literature combined into one potent mixture of entertainment. Impossible odds, a twisted, villainous organization, harda$$ commandos, and zombies!The emergence of the adversarial humans nearly halfway through the book utilized a shocking philosophy that I won't spoil for you, but the metaphorical implications were very interesting. A zombie book should always provide some subtle social commentary, and I didn't have to look too hard to find it here--the stampeding, flesh-hungry corpses will always serve as great symbols for the mass-ignorance inherent in the crowd mentality, but humanity's opponents in this riveting story provide another sick variation of ignorance...I would have personally preferred a little more character development as a substitute for all the action, because there are a lot of characters exchanging bullets in between snippets of clever and naturalistic, well-written conversation. I was left wanting more, but other readers will be well-satisfied. If you like your zombie novels to highlight military bravery with mankind's last few bullets, and the souls of courageous soldiers, pitted against apocalyptic ghouls and corrupt organizations, then your zombie-book-buying dollar will find an excellent value here. A special thank you to Severed Press for providing the opportunity for me to review this book.
This is the story of a world ravaged by zombies. Only a very few outposts survive holding out against the zombie armies. Now an eminent scientist in the outpost of Carcassonne in France has predicted that the zombies will band together in 'meta-hordes' (millions of zombies together) and storm the last few outposts. Desperate to wipe them out before they arrive, a few plucky survivors decide to blow up a nuclear power plant. Sadly they are sabotaged by an infiltrator from a group bent on creating Armageddon. Will they survive long enough to wipe out the meta-hordes? Will the plan work, and will the earth be saved?I must admit, I have reviewed so many zombie books now I am honestly starting to enjoy the genre! This was no exception. I enjoyed the gritty dystopian horror that the world has been left in - with life just existing from day to day. The action was relentless although the zombie gore was played down. This to me was more about the survival than the blood and guts. The characters were easily identifiable with and seemed very human to me. I found the pace just right - a great page turner for a spooky winters evening or two.
Epic is a pretty powerful word, but it in every way describes this new novel from Sean Page and John McCuaig. Gone are your everyday, ordinary zombie attacks of maybe 20 or 30 zeds. "Metahorde" deals with humanity desperately trying to survive a zombie onslaught that numbers in the millions. Not just a couple hundred dribbling in at a time either -- the whole kit and kaboodle in one massive ravenous wave.What would you do?It's a big problem, to say the least, and Page/McCuaig tackle it in an action-packed plot that crisscrosses western Europe (the rest of Europe having inevitably become a part of the undead Metahorde, natch). I very much like stories that take the zompocalypse to a grand scale, so MH was right up my alley -- a great read and a real page-turner. If you're a like-minded zombie fan, or are looking for something different in your zombie diet, add this one to your library for sure.
I was given an ARC of this book and was immediately drawn in by the cover. There was a certain feel that I was happy to find continued into the novel. An interview at the beginning of the book established a certain tone that lasted throughout. This isn't your typical blood dripping, gut flinging zombie effort. There are real characters you find yourself wanting to succeed in their fight to live and with every obstacle flung in their way, you are as troubled as they are. This is a novel about surviving, human nature, and belief enveloped in a rather scientific approach to how zombies might behave. Page and McCuaig have a great story in Meta-Horde.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review This is a book about the zombie apocalypse, but with a significant twist. There are several pockets of human survivor's that are still fighting the good fight until the remaining zombies are uniting into millions and millions of very hungry zombies looking for food. These zombies are on the march to overrun these cities and to feast. The survivors must come up with a plan to destroy, impede, or separate this meta horde in order to survive. Interesting read.
Good stuff, although it's pretty standard fare for a zombie story, with a couple of exceptions. The first being the setting, in this particular case, Europe; however, it wasn't really fleshed out. This is one of those zombie novels worthy of a read. The Meta Horde is a chilling component to the usual zombie theme, that was a bit unique. One plot line was resolved in such a contrived manner I was unable to suppress a groan. The author presented a very intriguing religious/conspiracy component and then resolved off stage in an unsatisfactory manner. And yet, the way the story ended, left me wanting more. Mr. Page needs to pen another tale. I, for one, will gladly read it and see what he comes up with next.