Daniel Humphrey’s Z-Day now-complete trilogy is awesome. I would say it is my favorite all-time zombie series, but I haven’t read all that many zombie series. Buy, yes, it is my favorite all-time zombie series. And I don’t have to tell you it’s awesome if you’ve read the first two books. If you haven’t, start with my review of book one.
Like book 2, book 3 is as much military SF as it is a post-apocalyptic book. Miles returns after being largely absent from book 2, but the action remains far away from the rechristened Hope.
Spoilers (mild spoilers?) for the first two books follow.
Book 2 is driven by a mission to recover experimental airships from California. But the real jackpot was when the soldiers stumbled across Sandy, a GenPharm doctor. Sandy sets in motion a series of events that may allow the remnant of the United States military to stop the zombie apocalypse once and for all (or maybe not).
A Place For War has a somewhat lackluster ending, which is my only real complaint. It isn’t that it isn’t an effective conclusion, but the climactic fight/mission doesn’t quite live up to the very high standard set by the first two books. Yeah, lackluster isn’t the right word.
A Place For War also features another flashback, similar to the one with Sandy from book 2, and this time it winds up being the highlight of the book. Humphreys neatly ties it in with the endgame, but it stands very well on its own. I would have read an entire series centered on Molly.
4.5 of 5 Stars.
Disclosure: Dan sent me a review copy of A Place For War.