Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney

Flesh Eaters is the sequel to Dead CityDead City was an adrenaline rush from start to finish, with lots of graphic violence and very little plot.  Once I finished Flesh Eaters, I realized that the first book was actually more of an introduction that provided some context for the second.

I much preferred Flesh Eaters to Dead City.  While the latter focused on the experiences of one San Antonio police officer, the former is told from several perspectives.  Granted, all of the protagonists are police officers or their relatives, but I think that gives them a rare and wider perspective on the situation as a whole than a civilian.  The latter also had much more of a plot, although it was somewhat predictable.  Nevertheless, I felt more like Flesh Eaters had a point and a human interest aspect, unlike the shallow violence of Dead City.  Granted, there is a lot of violence in both books, but the second is tempered by a bit of a plot.

Flesh Eaters tells the story of two police families.  One is that of an officer in the emergency management office, Eleanor, and her family (husband and preadolescent daughter).  The other is the chief of the emergency management office and his two sons.  Amid the chaos in the aftermath of three back-to-back hurricanes in the Houston area, both families are struggling in their own ways to escape the carnage that has overtaken the entire city.  While Eleanor and her family simply want to make it out alive, the chief has a plan to walk away with enough money to set himself and his sons up for life.  There’s a nice little predictable twist, but it was nice that the author put in that little bit of effort he did not make in the first book.

There is a third book in the series, and the first two books were good enough that I will be reading it. 

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