I've read a lot of zombie books but none quite like Jonathan Maberry's DEAD OF NIGHT. Rather than zeroing in on the stock standard survival horror aspects typically associated with zombie books, Maberry crafts a tale full of emotion, character and sass.
Sass? Yep. The protagonist, local beat cop Dez Fox is an all American action hero who, despite her self destructive nature, kicks a bunch of zombie and bad guy ass. I particularly liked the fact that her past formed the person she is during the man-made outbreak and that her on-again-off-again relationship with a local reporter was paramount to proceedings. This clever use of character as a side plot made reading DEAD OF NIGHT that much more real.
As with any zombie book there is going to be a fair amount of gore and violent death and this book is no exception. That said, what put DEAD OF NIGHT a subtle notch above the rest was the use of the vulnerable as a last stand against certain extension at the hands of both the infected and the military brought in to contain the spread.
DEAD OF NIGHT is a great addition to the zombie sub horror genre.