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Flu ➳ [Read] ➮ Flu By Wayne Simmons ➾ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A deadly strain of flu mutates, causing the deaths of millions throughout Ireland and beyond But the infected don t stay dead for long, rising up to become flesh eating monsters Geri McConnell is a su A deadly strain of Flu mutates, causing the deaths of millions throughout Ireland and beyond But the infected don t stay dead for long, rising up to become flesh eating monsters Geri McConnell is a survivor Through the graffiti stained streets of Belfast she runs, determined to stay one step ahead of the ever increasing hordes of living dead In neighboring Finaghy, God fearing Karen looks to the stoic and level headed Pat Flynn for a paternal figure But with a checkered past as an IRA gunrunner, Pat is battling demons of his ownMeanwhile what remains of the military congregate in a run down base thirty miles south of BelfastAnd the virus is airborne Anyone can become infectedFlu is a terrifying and brutally realistic zombie horror story.


10 thoughts on “Flu

  1. Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews says:

    4.5 StarsI ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie post apocalyptic books I ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let s keep the good times rolling.With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read I like to think that I ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new o 4.5 StarsI ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie post apocalyptic books I ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let s keep the good times rolling.With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read I like to think that I ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new one I want the author to give me something new, different and unique Wayne Simmons went back to the basics with Flu, people got sick, they died, they came back, you shot them in the head and they died again But the story was so damn good, I couldn t put it down.Wayne Simmons has proven himself to be a master of characters He has created a diverse cast rich poor, criminal law enforcement, innocent guilty there is no good evil character wait, there is an evil character He has painted a vivid image of nearly every aspect of human nature and revealed how each would need to adapt in order to survive the end of the world as we know it I was pulled into the characters lives, I cheered them on, I cursed their actions and some of them I just wanted them to catch the freaking flu Flu is a fantastic addition to the zombie genre It pays homage to the traditions, it is a dark story about survival, adaptation and sacrifice It begs the question, what would you do to survive


  2. Carolyn Storer Carolyn Storer says:

    2.5 StarsI am a huge zombie fan I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can t get enough of them So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, Flu just didn t hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to the lack of explanation People are dying after catching a new strain of f 2.5 StarsI am a huge zombie fan I love watching movies about them, reading books about them, basically I can t get enough of them So when I saw this beauty, with the pretty awesome cover, a while back, I knew I had to have it Unfortunately, Flu just didn t hit the mark for me and I found it rather disappointing.Flu is not a particularly original novel, although it does try to be, but where it tries it falls flat due to the lack of explanation People are dying after catching a new strain of flu virus only to rise again as the undead There s no explanation about how the virus works and why people are coming back from the dead The author even goes to the lengths of including a doctor scientist but never allows them to discover anything.We are also told that the zombies secrete a mucus that toughens like a hard shell to protect them, possibly preserving them, but goes no further into detail or gives a reason for it The zombies even love the sun and seem to be drawn to fire but nothing is explained and so I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated.The other aspect I found odd was the fact that throughout the novel the characters seemed to believe that the zombies couldn t hear due to the mucus and could barely see, and yet the zombies seem to know where everybody was But if they couldn t hear or see, then surely the zombies would just be wandering around aimlessly with no purpose But the characters are bombarded with zombies at every turn, which I found most peculiar.The characters are pretty well rounded although some of the interactions between them are a bit unrealistic and I thought some of the feelings between them happened too quickly I realise that being in such an intense situation as a zombie ridden world would create emotions that may not have arisen otherwise, but certain passages of dialogue were a little jarring at times and just didn t ring true.I also found the ending to be a bit vague, so I m not sure if the author is planning a sequel, but either way I am not a fan of ambiguity The ending wasn t a cliffhanger or a happy ever after, so I was left feeling a bit duped.Verdict I found Flu to be a fast paced read, once I got going, however every time I put it down, I didn t have the killer urge to pick it up again It was engaging enough while I was reading it but I ve read better within the zombie genre, however, if you re a die hard zombie fan then you may very well like it Although it wasn t awful, it certainly wasn t great, so sadly, for me it was just a bit, meh


  3. Jason Jason says:

    2 StarsI love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller There is a tiny backstory and explanation The world building is also extremely limited in its scope The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are nopages to turn.I liked quite a few of the characters Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate There are aspects to this st 2 StarsI love all things post apocalypse and for that reason I was able to read through this book easily This is a fast paced, completely been done before 1000 times type zombie thriller There is a tiny backstory and explanation The world building is also extremely limited in its scope The ending only reads as one due to the fact that there simply are nopages to turn.I liked quite a few of the characters Simmons gives us a diverse cast to like and to hate There are aspects to this story that could have been great had they been exploredOne, the Flu virus itself Two, The mucus secreted over the recently dead Finally, The evolution of the behaviors demonstrated by the zombies This is an ok afternoon read that will be finished by only die hard lovers of the genre


  4. Sonja Sonja says:

    Maybe I have read too many of my favorite genre The story seem the same many other I have read I am going to read the next in the series, Fever Hopefully, it will not seems as familiar.


  5. Cam Cam says:

    This book didn t do much for me and I love a good zombie book People meet up in a house and try to survive That s the beginning, middle and end wrapped into one.It felt like it was lacking a lot of details of how it started besides you get flu like symptoms and then you turn into a zombie.


  6. Silver Thistle Silver Thistle says:

    Irish zombies Bring it This is another good one Nothing fancy with this one and there s no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the rising dead causing havoc I don t really know much about Irish politics, apart from what I ve seen on the news over the years, usually referred to as The Troubles in Northern Ireland The news events were peppered with acronyms so I had a fair idea of what they were when they were mentioned in the book The IRA Irish Republican Ar Irish zombies Bring it This is another good one Nothing fancy with this one and there s no Hollywood treatment, just honest to goodness rotting foulness and the rising dead causing havoc I don t really know much about Irish politics, apart from what I ve seen on the news over the years, usually referred to as The Troubles in Northern Ireland The news events were peppered with acronyms so I had a fair idea of what they were when they were mentioned in the book The IRA Irish Republican Army , the RUC Royal Ulster Constabulary , the paramilitary, Catholic s, Protestants, the zombie virus doesn t care which side someone is on, they re all on the same side nowThe story is a layered plot which I love and each section is told from varying viewpoints I love these types of stories where over time all the individual storylines start to converge There s George and Norman, the policemen good cop bad cop Lark, a tattooed junkie and his new friend McFall, an enigma who refuses to take off his knitted balaclava are joined by redhead Geri who thinks on her feet Pat is ex IRA and somewhere along the line has teamed up with Karen, a young woman who is possibly Catholic Army personnel in the form of Major Jackson retired and Dr Gallagher the crazy mental army doctor torturer Lots and lots of little stories all linking up to make one big story The zombie flu was virulent and deadly and it s not 100% clear where it came from or why, but very quickly it s less about where it came from andabout where it s going It whips round the population with lightning speed and before you know it the whole country has succumbed to it The thing that I found interesting about this one was that all the baggage that the characters carried from before the plague was still hindering them in the aftermath too They were all in the same predicament nowsurvive by any means possible, but they all still held their grudges against the different factions, even when it was way beyond the point of mattering Lark, the junkie troublemaker and Norman the policeman don t trust each other and Pat the ex IRA always assumes the worst about the military and vice versa Old grudges and prejudices taint everything.It s just a brilliant zombie book. Survivors, zombies, just the usual fare but really well done I cared a lot about what happened to everyone Some I liked and willed them to do well, some I hated and wished death upon them.Wayne Simmons doesn t mess about though and thinks nothing of killing his people off, just not always who you were rooting for to be killed I liked that nobody was safe, just like it would be in a real zombie apocalypse Just because they were a main character in a book was no obstacle to death finding them There s a follow on book so enough of them survived to carry on in the next one I m really looking forward to that one too as there are hints of perhaps a cure for the plague Knowing how this one ended I d say that it s not going to be easy, either way but I m sure it ll be a great read said in my very poor Irish accent Norn Irn zombies Go read it noy


  7. Patrick D& Patrick D& says:

    Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gathe Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gather, as the reader is left with something of a mystery on their hands after book one as to what to expect from thema good, intriguing mystery, mind you Flu is, in many ways, atraditional tale of the dead rising The premise here is a flu that rips through the populace, putting down almost everyone as it goes airborne The police cannot handle it, nor the army, but they are doing their grim best to quarantine the initial victims of the outbreak in a way that I found to be quite disturbing Those afflicted by the flu don t rise immediately at least not at the beginning of the story, but it does not take long for it to be clear that we are dealing with a zombie outbreak as we see one body rise in a tenant where the police can barely contain the rioting citizens After that, we skip ahead six weeks and discover that the city of Belfast is a wasteland, with few survivors and undead numbers growing exponentially Wayne brings the reader back to his little corner of the world and makes it as detailed and vital as he did in DDG We again are introduced to characters who were immersed in the troubles of that area policemen, the military, and a member of the IRA, whose past existences haunt them and impact how they try to survive through this horrible reality they find themselves in They are not the only characters, as Wayne doesn t scrimp on the introduction or development of others, including a heavily tattooed and pierced character named Lark and his buddy McCall, who inject some color into this new world of death and mayhem, alongside the beautiful Geri, who share time with cops George and Norman and Pat, an IRA operative who has taken it upon himself to protect a naive girl he s found in the aftermath of the apocalypse, Karen We also get to see some things going on behind the scenes with the military, although our time with Major Connor Jackson and Dr Miles Gallagher, two men at crossed purposes, is limited in this book just enough for us to guess at what grim possibilities await the other survivors in a sequel to this novel The bottom line is that this is a richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed My criticism, which is minor, has to do with the fact that the action is limited because of the detail with which all the characters are given Don t get me wrong, the story moves forward, it is just not at a lightning pace I am guessing that the author is setting the reader up for a thrill ride of a sequel that is less heavy on character development andon action, as is often the case with sagas such as this Honestly, I can t say it is really a criticism that is heavy, because I think when this tale is complete, after two or three books, we will see something that is vibrant with characters that fascinate as well as action that resonates Good stuff, and again, Wayne Simmons does not disappoint


  8. Timothy Ward Timothy Ward says:

    REVIEW SUMMARY A character focused zombie story whose characters you d rather ignore.BRIEF SYNOPSIS A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.MY RATING 2.5 starsMY REVIEWPROS A few memorable scenes Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.CONS Characters mostly unlikable rambling plot obtrusive prose.BOTTOM LINE The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zo REVIEW SUMMARY A character focused zombie story whose characters you d rather ignore.BRIEF SYNOPSIS A flu outbreak in Northern Ireland overcomes quarantine efforts as the dead rise and survival efforts bring out the worst in most people.MY RATING 2.5 starsMY REVIEWPROS A few memorable scenes Irish accent in narration added to immersive experience.CONS Characters mostly unlikable rambling plot obtrusive prose.BOTTOM LINE The story is dominated by people being jerks, mixed in with some zombies, and ends up withhead scratching than nail biting moments, leaving this reader uninterested in any sequels.Full review at SF Signal


  9. Lainy Lainy says:

    Blurb from Goodreads There s a nasty flu going round An epidemic, they call it The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue But such simple measures won t stop this flu Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone When you catch this flu, it kills you in days And when you catch this flu, two hours after it s killed you, your eyelids snap open again Flu is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror Blurb from Goodreads There s a nasty flu going round An epidemic, they call it The posters say to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and throw away the tissue But such simple measures won t stop this flu Because when you catch the flu, armed police come and lock you in your house to die alone When you catch this flu, it kills you in days And when you catch this flu, two hours after it s killed you, your eyelids snap open again Flu is a pacey, terrifying, frighteningly real zombie horror story.My reviewWell it is a zombie book with a difference in that it starts off with a flu so you have your starting cause but not the how or why the flu came about The story splits between 3 small gatherings of survivors, 2 cops, an ex IRA man and religious young woman and 2 men who had frequent brushes with the law As well as them we dip in and out of the goverments army men in command and divide between them with.I didn t mind how the story started out but for me it got really silly with big inconsistancies and stupid behaviour For example the virus is airborn yet when they are killing the zombies they are covered in gore and blood yet not getting the infection however if they bite you thats it The army or soldiers turning on each other and the idiocy of one of them whilst carrying out his work was just insane There are lotsbut to tell you would be spoiling it.The ending, well as with most of these books you never really get complete closure but the way this ended was just pointless unless the author is planning another in the series which explains all of the things brought up but not addressed or explored in this book As a stand alone it gets 2 5 however if another book came out and explainedabout it I might re evaluate my scoring


  10. Sam Sam says:

    Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bitpoignant and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without los Oooo I liked this one, it is very fast paced and with the familiarity that Belfast holds it made it just that bitpoignant and real and the use of a very well known and common virus such as the flu really added a real world edge to the story that lacks in some zombie stories that use the ever ellusive mystery virus I found the characters well written and enjoyed the gradual build up of their stories through flashbacks, dreams and conversations added a human angle to the story without losing any of it great zombie goodness The story s ending doesn t really finish things off but personally I kind of liked that as in reality who really knows how things end, and it does leave it open for a sequel or two, which I would happily read The only little niggle I had about it was how some things were a little contradictory, such as how it was thought that the zombies couldn t see or hear very well yet managed to find the survivors rather quickly This seemed to niggle at meandbut many readers may not have any problem with this as it doesn t really detract from the story it s just my OCD ness being a pain again Overall a damn good read that I would have loved to have a lotof


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