The Unwashed Dead by Ian Woodhead
Published: 26 March 2011
Source: Author for review
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In a rundown council estate in the North of England strange things are happening. The dead suddenly are not quite as dead as they should be......
A mysterious government body has decided to use the estate as an experiment. Things are out of control and now they need to eradicate all knowledge and existence of the estate.
But what happens when a small group of survivors band together? Will they survive the apocalypse and triumph over the undead?
Yay the zombies are back in town and in full force too! The Unwashed Dead has a great setting – a council estate in northern England with the full range of characters that you would expect – the slightly geeky kid, the ex-con turned good (kinda), a whole bunch of chav’s and some familiar scenes in the graveyard, the pub and the corner shop run by Mr. Singh which sells anything and everything. There are is also one unexpected and surprising character, but I’m not going to give you any more info than that!
The Unwashed Dead does contain a whole gamut of characters which are thrown at the reader in pretty quick succession – I didn’t have a lot of trouble remembering who was who, but I can see how it could be a little overwhelming for a reader who likes a lot of character development before a new character comes along, but the story wouldn’t work as well without the quick changes. It’s important to remember this is a hard-core zombie story so a lot of the characters do die, negating the need for in-depth character development.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the sudden zombification of the residents of the estate is presented as a teaser – it’s obvious the story will be continued in the next book, but sets the groundwork out well.
This is a gory book (as I like my Zombie books to be), and a lot of action scenes (again, how it should be). The regional accent/way of speaking could be a little difficult to understand if you aren’t used to it, but rings very true to life.
There is a lot of strong language in The Unwashed Dead, but it is necessary as it is a realistic reflection of how the characters would speak. There are also some small spelling and grammatical errors, but far less than I’ve encountered in other self-published books.
If you like your characters tough and real, enjoy zombie books where death is possible at any time and the gore and action are heavy, I can definitely recommend this book to you!