World War Dead by TS Alan Genre: Apocalyptic Horror
World War Dead is a four-part zombie novel, in which military and health organizations around the world battle time and the undead in an attempt to get valuable research data to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland. There, an antiviral for the Acute Reanimation Syndrome (ARS) virus is being developed.
The novel has main characters from each region, two of which are half-zombies, and all the stories are intertwined with one another.
Part I: War of the Dead
A zombified Marine lieutenant injected with the antiviral is brought back to half-life but finds himself caught between human and zombie, and reconsiders which side he should fight on.
Part II: Escape from the Dead
With time running out, a European CDC security team faces insurmountable odds against zombies and a hostile military faction attempting to get their antiviral to an awaiting military transport plane that will take them to a US military base.
Part III: Call to Arms
A Canadian helicopter team arrives at a US military outpost for an exchange to acquire a batch of antiviral but finds themselves betrayed and stranded. Having learned of High Command’s treacheries, a rogue team of Marines led by a sympathetic master sergeant comes to the Canadians rescue. The master sergeant hopes to enlist the Canadians, along with a brigade of half-zombies, as part of a strike force to overthrow a forced labor camp in Gettysburg run by the military.
Part IV: War of the Dead
A former Army sergeant, who finds her half-zombie condition has left her infertile, leads a discontented group of half-zombies on a war against humanity and zombies alike. Will the remaining military, the work camp survivors, and the lieutenant’s half-mute brigade unite in time to stop the dissident half-mutes from executing their elaborate plan of genocide, or will humankind finally meet extinction?
It was to be a long trip back to where she had started, and the arduous journey only made her hate for the living and the reanimated dead fester and grow more deeply. When first rejected by the ungrateful humans, who she had helped to save, she blamed the reanimates for the humans’ fear of her kind. She had once been a zombie, so it was understandable the trepidation a half-dead could invoke in fearful humans. As time passed at Fort Detrick the rejection began to embitter her. When 1st Lt. Saunders decided it was time for the zombie menace to be eliminated, Brooke had been assigned to lead one of the combat teams. At first destroying reanimates was cathartic for her, and put purpose back into her life. After all, she was a soldier and though she could no longer comprehend all the intricacies of being a Systems Supervisor for the 114th Signal Battalion, she still knew how to kill. However, after a month of zombie eradication it had grown tiresome, and it had only temporarily distracted her from her growing hate for humans. She decided that soldiering and cleansing the countryside of the reanimated dead gave her no meaning in life. Brooke discovered she was not the only one that felt this way. There was dissension amongst her group and she wasn’t the only one that felt that the humans had wronged her kind. Brooke was the first that wanted to leave, and Saunders knew that keeping someone confined to Fort Detrick was almost like what Mound had done to the survivors at Camp Hope. Saunders gave Brooke her freedom and thanked her for her service. However, freedom had not given her the emotional connection to her human past that she desired.
As the days passed and her abhorrence and resentment grew for humans, she began to punish the living, first by leading the reanimates to where they could be found and watching the death struggle while reveling in the pain and suffering the living experienced being ripped apart and devoured. It was entertaining and broke the boredom in her travels. However, it was soon not enough and she began to take her hate directly out on the living, butchering and devouring their flesh, feeling pleased from the sensation of its texture and nourishment. Even eating the living did not alleviate her ache for an unfulfilled life as a half-dead. If she could never become fully human again, then perhaps she could at least find a way to be more human.
Author and Co-Founder of ZombieEducationAlliance.com. TS Alan is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, and suspense, but also frequently incorporates elements of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Alan has published two novels, and six short stories.
Alan was born outside Buffalo, NY. He is the son of divorced parents. He was educated at Williamsville South High School, Niagara Community College and the State University College at Buffalo.
Alan is an author of contemporary horror/fantasy. He is most known for his zombie stories. His first published novel was The Romero Strain (2014), which was published by Books of the Dead Press. His sequel The Romero Strain: The Dead, the Damned, and the Darkness was independently released in November 2017.
As influences on his writing, Alan lists Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and O. Henry, among others.
On occasion I find myself in discussion with friends on whether or not I believe in the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. This question has also been posed to me more than once by my readers. That zombie apocalypse question is then quickly followed up by, “Will they be fast or slow zombies?”
In my first novel, The Romero Strain, there is a heated discussion from protagonist J.D. Nichols, an EMT, with antagonist Dr. Richard France, the creator of the Romero Strain, who has caused the zombie outbreak. Clearly, J.D. sees the zombie apocalypse has happened but scoffs at Dr. France’s claim that he was the one who discovered how to reanimate the dead. J.D. gives France clear medical reasoning why everything France is claiming is impossible, but France has proven scientific research on how he accomplished the fete, which gives J.D. pause to reconsidered France’s claims may be true.
The conversation between France and Nichols was my poke at the zombie genre in general. Not all, but a lot of literature and film, use the zombie theme but never divulge the origins of the zombies. I wanted to give readers their origin, along with an argument from opposing sides of why the dead can or cannot be re-animated.
Now, to answer the question, do I or do I not believe that there can be a zombie apocalypse? Not so simply, yes and no. Do I believe that there will be flesh-eating, reanimated dead rising up like in a George A. Romero film? No. Do I believe in zombies? Sort of. Here’s my conviction: I truly believe in the probability there will be a highly contagious, rage-inducing virus, like rabies, that will cause people to attack, bite and kill one another. And if the countermeasures to this disease is anything like the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, then there will be a total breakdown of society — like a zombie apocalypse. For those of you unfamiliar with a rage-inducing virus, I highly recommend watching the 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland.
As for that second question of fast or slow zombies, we won’t know until it happens! Let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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