BOOK REVIEW: Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic science fiction, horror, zombies, novella


Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It’s run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she’s determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

This book was okay as far as zombie novellas go. It was fast paced and engaging enough that I kept reading. The main character was likable enough, although a lot of the secondary characters felt underdeveloped.

The intro to this novella was awesome. It completely grabbed me and made me want to read on. The atmosphere and the location was completely believable with the evocative desdcriptives. There was plenty of fantastic tension building as well.

However, this story felt like it was rushed out before it was really fully polished. Many parts of the book felt, I don’t know… ‘instructional’, I guess. Procedural even. Maybe this is because there was no real character development due to the story length? I don’t know. But it didn’t quite work for me in these sections, especially when the new group of trainees were being introduced to the medical facility for the first time.

Also, I think this book is grabbing a little at the ‘ebola scare’ headlines in order to grab readers. While it was certainly the reason I agreed to review this book, I think the author really should have polished this novella more before release to deliver a story that was as completely engaging as the current worldwide hype on this subject.

Overall I am giving Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake 3 out of 5 stars.





About the Author

Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES.

Awards: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner of the Dream Realm Awards, and eight Top Ten Finisher Awards in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.


About mrszoomby

When I'm not writing or crocheting, I'm training for the zombie apocalypse.
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One Response to BOOK REVIEW: Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

  1. Stephen says:

    Inevitable! The only zombie scenario I’ll accept is a viral pathogen.

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