As a fan of the zombie genre, I’ve often felt that authors were ignoring the storyline of what would happen if animals became zombies. “Apocalypse Cow” by Michael Logan explores that premise, with the zombie plague starting off in a cow butchering plant in the British Kingdom, with slavering cows hoofing their way across England, delivering waves of death and destruction as they go. Michael Logan did a great job of creating a fun and terrifying read, with not just zombie animals threatening, but also a secret government plot that almost proves more deadly.
Cows have been killed for ages in butchering plants and no one ever expected them to fight back. But when they did, and refused to die in the process, England finds itself in a terrifying death spiral, with animals galore going zombie crazy. The only chance of getting the true story out to the world depends on a meat processing worker whose chronically alone due to the stench of death that follows him, a just fired journalist who refuses to see a story of the century when it’s dumped in her lap, and a reluctant vegan with an allergy to hemp. So, all in all, the world is screwed.
This is one of the funniest zombie books I’ve ever read. Michael Logan has created a great new entry in the genre, and promises to be a must read author.
Forget the cud, they want blood
When scientists with warped imaginations accidentally unleash an experimental bioweapon that transforms Britain's animals into sneezing, bloodthirsty zombies with a penchant for pre-dinner sex with their victims, three misfits become the unlikely hope for salvation. Abattoir worker Terry Borders' love life is crippled by the stench of death that clings to his skin from his days spent slaughtering cows; teenage vegan Geldof 'Scabby' Peters alternates between scratching furiously at his rash and baiting his overbearing New Age mother; and inept journalist Lesley McBrien struggles forlornly in the shadow of her famous war correspondent father and the star journalist at the "Glasgow Tribune". When Britain begins a rapid descent into chaos and ministers cynically attempt to blame al-Qaeda, Lesley stumbles upon proof that the government is behind the outbreak. During her bumbling quest to unveil the truth, she crosses paths with Terry and Geldof, and together they set out to escape a quarantined Britain with the evidence and vital data that could unlock a cure for the virus. Standing in the way are rampaging hordes of animals, a ruthless security agent and an army ready to shoot anybody with a case of the sniffles on the off-chance the virus has mutated. Three losers. Overwhelming odds. A single outcome: the world is screwed.