The Undying Love by Greg McCabe is a horror novel about newlyweds trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. In addition to the usual kinks in the first year of marriage, Diane and Jackson are trapped in an office building in downtown Houston, TX, surrounded by the dead. Their relationship is put to the ultimate test.
With the focus on the married couple, the zombies are mostly background…there are not many interactions between the survivors and the undead. However, the flight/fight scenarios are somewhat intense, particularly the initial hotel scenes.
Unfortunately, there are some slow spots where McCabe spends a lot of time describing the survivors’ daily activities (which rarely amount to much more than food-related scenarios), as well as more inner thoughts than actual dialogue between characters.
The other thing that bothered me is the lack of drama. Everyone and everything is just too easy-going considering the circumstances. Zombiephiles may be disappointed with this rosy apocalypse. The ending was also too convenient for me.
McCabe is obviously a talented writer, and his debut is a pretty good read, but, in the future, I hope McCabe doesn’t play it so safe in the zombie genre.