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by Connie Ntentis (subscribe)
A Melbourne girl at heart, I'm always looking for new adventures...
Published July 13th 2013
Zombie Virus: the Final Frontier

What happens when a zombie virus spreads through a Star Trek convention?
Well, Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall ask just that in their book Night of the Living Trekkies.

Jim Pike is the assistant manager of a small hotel in Houston. After two tours of Afghanistan, he wants a job where he doesn't have to make life and death decisions. But when a virus spreads though the hotel, leaving its victims to turn into flesh-eating zombies, he must fight for his survival.

To stop the zombie virus from spreading to the rest of the planet and turning into the zombie apocalypse, Jim must battle the undead with a team of fanboys and girls. Surrounded by Klingons, Vulcans, Starfleet officers and many other Star Trek characters and armed with their own homemade weapons and uniforms, Jim fights to save his sister and the rest of humanity.

Filled with Star Trek and Star Wars references, this book is an entertaining read, both for fans and for non-sci-fi readers. An easy read that is clever and action-filled. The characters are funny and instantly likeable.

For those who know about Star Trek, you will appreciate the many inside jokes that riddle the story. It is a kind of a take off and pokes fun at the way a typical Star Trek episode plays out.

For those who are just into zombie horror, the story doesn't disappoint. People are infected everywhere. Some turn instantly, for others it is a slow process. But how can you tell who is already infected?

Naturally, zombies are stupid and die in some pretty entertaining and gruesome ways. They sprout a third eye which mesmerises the uninfected. As far as the zombie genre goes, it pokes fun at that too. At the beginning of the story, there are many clues as to who is infected, and many of the characters talk about zombies: if this were a zombie movie then…. before dismissing the idea – of course zombies don't exist.

Boy, were they wrong… and I for one am glad.

Definitely an entertaining read that leaves you with a feeling of hope for the rest of humanity.
...and of course - live long and prosper.
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