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A handsome new re-issue of a high-octane military-SF, as Russian Spetsnaz commandos are turned into zombies in ‘80s New York. “An exceptional talent” - Peter F Hamilton When Vadim Scorlenski and his elite Spetznaz squad are sent to New York at the height of the Cold War, they’re told it’s a ‘training exercise.’ They discover, too late, that the ‘practice’ chemical weapon th A handsome new re-issue of a high-octane military-SF, as Russian Spetsnaz commandos are turned into zombies in ‘80s New York. “An exceptional talent” - Peter F Hamilton When Vadim Scorlenski and his elite Spetznaz squad are sent to New York at the height of the Cold War, they’re told it’s a ‘training exercise.’ They discover, too late, that the ‘practice’ chemical weapon they’re carrying is all too real. They go to their deaths... ...and awaken to a city overwhelmed by the walking dead, even now spreading across the globe. Somehow holding onto their identities amid the mindless monsters, Scorlenski and his squad of zombie commandos set out to return to Russia. Someone’s going to pay. High octane SF adventure with Smith's trademark twist” - Jamie Sawyer on The Bastard Legion “Pure, unapologetic, full-throttle, action packed awesomeness... Obviously, the author had too much fun.”- The Bookbeard on Spec Ops Z


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A handsome new re-issue of a high-octane military-SF, as Russian Spetsnaz commandos are turned into zombies in ‘80s New York. “An exceptional talent” - Peter F Hamilton When Vadim Scorlenski and his elite Spetznaz squad are sent to New York at the height of the Cold War, they’re told it’s a ‘training exercise.’ They discover, too late, that the ‘practice’ chemical weapon th A handsome new re-issue of a high-octane military-SF, as Russian Spetsnaz commandos are turned into zombies in ‘80s New York. “An exceptional talent” - Peter F Hamilton When Vadim Scorlenski and his elite Spetznaz squad are sent to New York at the height of the Cold War, they’re told it’s a ‘training exercise.’ They discover, too late, that the ‘practice’ chemical weapon they’re carrying is all too real. They go to their deaths... ...and awaken to a city overwhelmed by the walking dead, even now spreading across the globe. Somehow holding onto their identities amid the mindless monsters, Scorlenski and his squad of zombie commandos set out to return to Russia. Someone’s going to pay. High octane SF adventure with Smith's trademark twist” - Jamie Sawyer on The Bastard Legion “Pure, unapologetic, full-throttle, action packed awesomeness... Obviously, the author had too much fun.”- The Bookbeard on Spec Ops Z

30 review for Spec Ops Z

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I just loved this story! I've been waiting awhile now for a new zombie book. This worked. I didn't put too much thought into it, because that may have messed this whole world up! I want more! I found that I became easily attached to these dead soldier's. When an author can overcome and make me feel for "the big bad," then that's a sign of decent writing! I just loved this story! I've been waiting awhile now for a new zombie book. This worked. I didn't put too much thought into it, because that may have messed this whole world up! I want more! I found that I became easily attached to these dead soldier's. When an author can overcome and make me feel for "the big bad," then that's a sign of decent writing!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justin Sarginson

    Suspend your beliefs and just enjoy this great book. Fast paced, yet created with care which really translates when read. The characterisations are strong as is the story, you just need to not question the science or realism and just come along for the ride. I just couldn't read this book quickly enough. Suspend your beliefs and just enjoy this great book. Fast paced, yet created with care which really translates when read. The characterisations are strong as is the story, you just need to not question the science or realism and just come along for the ride. I just couldn't read this book quickly enough.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    DNFed at 85%. Yes, I know, I was so close to the finish... I really tried to power through, I promise. It had a fun beginning and an interesting premise. It was fast paced and fun during their attack on NY and their escape from Manhattan afterwards. It got boring and yawn inducing during the time on the boat. Too much drama and blattant insubordination. I'm not sure about the author's background, but speznaz are ELITE forces, a bit like Navy SEALS. The shit Gulag was pulling out in this book would DNFed at 85%. Yes, I know, I was so close to the finish... I really tried to power through, I promise. It had a fun beginning and an interesting premise. It was fast paced and fun during their attack on NY and their escape from Manhattan afterwards. It got boring and yawn inducing during the time on the boat. Too much drama and blattant insubordination. I'm not sure about the author's background, but speznaz are ELITE forces, a bit like Navy SEALS. The shit Gulag was pulling out in this book would have gotten him shot back in Afghanistan already... and to add insult to injury, Vadim is an idiot incapable of leading a pack of 5 year olds, least of all a squad of elite soldiers. He has no authority, no personal charisma, and he doesn't command respect. He is a joke. Fraulein was a more believable commander than him. Come on, author, you could do better than this. But even the more than subpar protagonist would have been okay. I was looking for gruesome zombie fun, after all... only we didn't really get much of it after the escape from NY. Mostly it's people vs. People with the walking dead as a distraction. And the author seems to forget his protagonists are zombies half the time, only remembering their "condition" when it's convenient. I drew the line at fake (and not so fake) Nazzis) in England in 1986... Sorry, but that plot twist is stupid. Welcome to the DNF graveyard.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    This was definitely a different take on the zombie genre. It did take me till about the 15% mark to get into the story but once I was in I was IN! In this zombie story, that takes place in the 60s, a group of Spetsnaz are sent to the states for an unknown mission. A mission that starts the zombie apocalypse. Instead of dying, or straight up turning into flesh-eating zombies, the group of Russians are able to retain their personalities and end up fighting the flesh-eating plague that is trying to This was definitely a different take on the zombie genre. It did take me till about the 15% mark to get into the story but once I was in I was IN! In this zombie story, that takes place in the 60s, a group of Spetsnaz are sent to the states for an unknown mission. A mission that starts the zombie apocalypse. Instead of dying, or straight up turning into flesh-eating zombies, the group of Russians are able to retain their personalities and end up fighting the flesh-eating plague that is trying to consume them. The story revolves around the different people they meet and the circumstances they encounter as they attempt to make it back to Russia to take vengeance on those that have turned them into monsters. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys the zombie genre and character-based works, as well as anyone who want to see something different in a genre that is so diluted. Received via Netgalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    I’m the wrong audience for this book, I think. That isn’t to say zombie books aren’t my bag; they are. And actually, this particular book stands quite apart from others I’ve read of a similar nature in that it’s more “The Last of Us” than it is “The Walking Dead” in its liberal use of gore and fast pacing. Despite these positives, I found the narrative to be quite dry and quite difficult to connect with. I can only attribute this to my limited military knowledge, limited grasp on weaponry and ge I’m the wrong audience for this book, I think. That isn’t to say zombie books aren’t my bag; they are. And actually, this particular book stands quite apart from others I’ve read of a similar nature in that it’s more “The Last of Us” than it is “The Walking Dead” in its liberal use of gore and fast pacing. Despite these positives, I found the narrative to be quite dry and quite difficult to connect with. I can only attribute this to my limited military knowledge, limited grasp on weaponry and genuine need to be driven by characters rather than plot. I can absolutely see how this novel will really work for some, but for me it was hard work from start to finish. ARC provided from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Benedict

    I really wanted to read a zombie book and this one was an exceptionally different kind of zombie book. Taking a new view on zombies and bringing in rough edged characters who had to revise their outlook on life itself really kept me hooked. The story is action packed and interested and the detail to military weapons and terminology is good but not of a level that you would have needed to serve to understand any of it. A unique spin on zombies and throwing in Russians for added spice. I’m really p I really wanted to read a zombie book and this one was an exceptionally different kind of zombie book. Taking a new view on zombies and bringing in rough edged characters who had to revise their outlook on life itself really kept me hooked. The story is action packed and interested and the detail to military weapons and terminology is good but not of a level that you would have needed to serve to understand any of it. A unique spin on zombies and throwing in Russians for added spice. I’m really pleased I read this as I was in a reading slump before I started it. A great entry into the zombie/horror genre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Koeur

    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/02/1... Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781781085219 Genre: SciFi/Horror Rating: 4.6/5 Publishers Description: World War III was over in a matter of hours, and Vadim and most of his squad are dead, but not done. What’s happened to them, and to millions of civilians around the world, goes beyond any war crime; and Vadim and his team – Skull, Mongol, Farm Boy, Princess, Gulag, the Fräulein and New Boy – won’t rest until they’ve seen justice done. https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/02/1... Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781781085219 Genre: SciFi/Horror Rating: 4.6/5 Publishers Description: World War III was over in a matter of hours, and Vadim and most of his squad are dead, but not done. What’s happened to them, and to millions of civilians around the world, goes beyond any war crime; and Vadim and his team – Skull, Mongol, Farm Boy, Princess, Gulag, the Fräulein and New Boy – won’t rest until they’ve seen justice done. Review: With the plethora of zombie movies and novels, filling up every available media-space, I have become deadened and immune to the re-animated corpse movement. As I shuffle and bounce a path through a trampled genre, I no longer have the will to groan in disgust, until…… Holy shjtsnacks, this was goooood (mmmm brains). Well these zombies are not the brain eating type, but have a vast unquenchable hunger to bite the living. I always wondered what zombies are thinking. Is there a war within, between the higher self and the animalistic? Are zombies even self-aware? Shit, are people in general even self-aware. This novel plunges into those depths and pulls out a winner. The character development was pretty good but you expect that from the author as well as his crafting exceptional movement. What sets this novel above all others in the genre is Vadim’s personal narrative throughout his ordeal. His constant internal struggle and his absolute control over a virus that constantly beckons him to give in to those baser instincts is riveting. The supporting cast was excellent as were the villains. I definitely would not want to live in this zombie world and that’s what makes this such a great read. GET IT!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Well, that was a wild ride! I have read a lot of zombie books and this one is quite different from all the others I have read. Lots of violence and gore with a touch of compassion and unexpected friendships. Vadim Scorlenski is the leader of a group of hard edged soldiers. They all have a special skill set that makes them perfect to be zombie hunters. But there is more to that story than just killing the zombies.... All in all, a quick zombie book that satisfies the need for a new zombie book tha Well, that was a wild ride! I have read a lot of zombie books and this one is quite different from all the others I have read. Lots of violence and gore with a touch of compassion and unexpected friendships. Vadim Scorlenski is the leader of a group of hard edged soldiers. They all have a special skill set that makes them perfect to be zombie hunters. But there is more to that story than just killing the zombies.... All in all, a quick zombie book that satisfies the need for a new zombie book that is not redundant like all the others.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul Tease

    A total onslaught,visceral and gripping,at the risk of sounding fanboy stalker like, Gavin's quickly becoming my goto guy for an injection of quirky usually violent yet strangely compelling writing :-).Was becoming very bored with the zombie genre & this book has,excuse the pun breathed new life into it big time :-). A total onslaught,visceral and gripping,at the risk of sounding fanboy stalker like, Gavin's quickly becoming my goto guy for an injection of quirky usually violent yet strangely compelling writing :-).Was becoming very bored with the zombie genre & this book has,excuse the pun breathed new life into it big time :-).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Smith’s new novel takes an often-tired genre and turns it on its head giving a truly individual story that landmarks the zombie novel and claims it as his very own. The book starts out with the Russian special ops team located in the Middle East on a special operation and establishes its characters before getting into the meat of the story and driving it forward. This is an interesting feel and makes it truly individual as we are dealing with a group of people who are incredibly unique and should Smith’s new novel takes an often-tired genre and turns it on its head giving a truly individual story that landmarks the zombie novel and claims it as his very own. The book starts out with the Russian special ops team located in the Middle East on a special operation and establishes its characters before getting into the meat of the story and driving it forward. This is an interesting feel and makes it truly individual as we are dealing with a group of people who are incredibly unique and should be the villians of the piece and makes them the anti-heroes. This is an impossible feat to accomplish but Smith does this and my hat is off to him because you end up caring for this team of people who on the surface are not very likeable, but you root for them until the end. The plot is very well thought out and drives itself forward with a total understanding on the mechanics of weaponry, armed forces and technical understanding on how this world works. Smith has done his research and he ensures that the reader does not for once get lost in the jargon. This is an accomplishment as some authors tend to get caught up with these technicalities getting lost in juxtaposition causing the reader’s brain to fall asleep due to the text book stance they choose to take. Smith doesn’t do this; he folds this into the plot educating the reader but keeping them involved with the plot. The plot does world travelling very well and takes the reader from place to place adding an interesting flavour to the proceedings. The book is densely written with context and he never once drops the ball to ensure that reader never gets lost along the way. The characters are very professionally written and personality traits are true from the beginning to the very end. We have fully formed cast of characters whose faults are truly human whilst mixing their understanding and determination. Overall, this is an excellent read that takes the zombie genre and makes it an individual experience and turns it on its head. This is an excellent read and one that keeps the reader involved. Smith has shown how with talent and know how you can take a genre and make it your own which is a real accomplishment. The only drawback is personally, I wish it was not set in 1987 as it would have more beneficial to set the story in the near future but this is a very minor.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ernest

    As the cover says, Spec Ops Z is a reissue, but it's got a much better title (formerly: Special Purposes: First Strike Weapon) and a much nicer cover, and the whole Zombie Plague narrative feels distinctly different in the time of Covid. Sure, Zombies are still basically fantasy creatures, but as a standing for regular plague carriers, they're hard to beat. Especially since the main characters, five Soviet Special Forces soldiers, don't get the message that they're supposed to turn into mindless As the cover says, Spec Ops Z is a reissue, but it's got a much better title (formerly: Special Purposes: First Strike Weapon) and a much nicer cover, and the whole Zombie Plague narrative feels distinctly different in the time of Covid. Sure, Zombies are still basically fantasy creatures, but as a standing for regular plague carriers, they're hard to beat. Especially since the main characters, five Soviet Special Forces soldiers, don't get the message that they're supposed to turn into mindless animals after being at ground zero for the biological weapon they unleash in NYC. This is a zombie story told from the inside, and while you still get the masses of marching mindless, you also get a few that hold onto who they are and what they believe. It's not completely clear what makes the difference, in intelligence, passion, or...as Spetznatz Captain Vadim Scorlenski believes, having already lost your humanity by the terrible things you've done. Whatever it is, it left Vadim, and three of his troops more or less sane, even if they do drool a bit when there's fresh human afoot. That's problematic for Princess and New Boy, the two team members that didn't get infected, but loyalty to your comrades is the only thing the team has left after being set up and abandoned in the heart of nuclear and biological holocaust they weren't even briefed on. Oh, that and payback. They'd really like some payback for whoever thought up this whole scheme. Being dead has its advantages, mostly not be killable except by a head shot, but that's about it for an upside. Vadir, Skull, Mongol, Farm Boy, Princess, Gulag, the Fräulein and New Boy are going to go through Hell in order to escape from New York, and it's a good thing that they're they're no ordinary Soviet troops, because they're going to have to fight for every inch. Spec Ops Z is a wild ride with surprising moments of humanity in the midst of the meltdown of civilization.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reid Edwards

    Spec Ops Z is one of those actions books that check all the boxes - motivated and authentic characters, vivid action scenes, and an overall sensation and ambience that makes you feel like you're accompanying the narrator throughout the story. Gavin Smith's characters seem plucked out of 1980's Cold War pulp stories at first glance, but he masterfully dives into their personalities and passions, forcing the reader to understand their motivations and desires, placing them as the (sort-of) heroes o Spec Ops Z is one of those actions books that check all the boxes - motivated and authentic characters, vivid action scenes, and an overall sensation and ambience that makes you feel like you're accompanying the narrator throughout the story. Gavin Smith's characters seem plucked out of 1980's Cold War pulp stories at first glance, but he masterfully dives into their personalities and passions, forcing the reader to understand their motivations and desires, placing them as the (sort-of) heroes of the story. Smith writes action as well as anyone; the combat feels visceral (as it should, in a zombie-filled story) and he's willing to put his protagonists into dire situations that they aren't guaranteed to survive. His word and language choice left me with a sensation of gloom and hope throughout the story, perfect for a zombie novel. All in all, this is one that I could see myself coming back to whenever I got the itch for more than just another zombie novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Runalong

    An alternate 1987 where Russia brings about WW3 on the US misusing a highly trained Spetsnaz crew (imagine the Russian SAS). The crew in a gunfight die and then reawaken as do many other dead people. A zombie plague has arrived in America but weirdly the crew find some of them still have all their memories and skills. They decide to get back to Russia to find who set them up. Gun fights, zombie fights and even the question who wins Neo-Nazis or Zombies gets answered. Tense, character driven and An alternate 1987 where Russia brings about WW3 on the US misusing a highly trained Spetsnaz crew (imagine the Russian SAS). The crew in a gunfight die and then reawaken as do many other dead people. A zombie plague has arrived in America but weirdly the crew find some of them still have all their memories and skills. They decide to get back to Russia to find who set them up. Gun fights, zombie fights and even the question who wins Neo-Nazis or Zombies gets answered. Tense, character driven and a very entertaining read Full review https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen French

    A heads-up: I love SFF and post-apocalyptic fiction. Zombies often fall into the post-apocalyptic genre, but I'm kind of fussy about them. I don't read a lot of horror (and even then I read more than I watch - I'm a wimp), or alt-history, WW3 or military fic. This book ticks most of those boxes so on paper I shouldn't really be the right reader for it. However, I really enjoyed it! Vadim and his elite Russian Spetznaz squad are sent to New York during the Cold War. They inadvertently unleash a te A heads-up: I love SFF and post-apocalyptic fiction. Zombies often fall into the post-apocalyptic genre, but I'm kind of fussy about them. I don't read a lot of horror (and even then I read more than I watch - I'm a wimp), or alt-history, WW3 or military fic. This book ticks most of those boxes so on paper I shouldn't really be the right reader for it. However, I really enjoyed it! Vadim and his elite Russian Spetznaz squad are sent to New York during the Cold War. They inadvertently unleash a terrible chemical weapon that quickly turns people into zombies - including themselves... somehow, his squad (perhaps because of their military training) retains some humanity. As nuclear weapons are detonated across the globe, the team ends up on a ship with a bunch of terrified civilians heading towards the UK. But who know what they'll find when they get there - or if they'll even get there. I got a bit skimmy over the super military/action scenes, but I enjoyed exploring the tensions between the team (some living, some not), and the idea of how do you know what the right thing to do is when a) you started this thing and b) you're a little bit dead. A thought-provoking action-packed zombie apocalypse book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joe Anderson

    I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maryam

    RTC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Enjoyable romp, different take on the zombie genre. World War 3 smart zombies. Cool

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jim Dodge

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Anna Ridout

    Thanks very much to the publisher and Gavin Smith for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this. I was very excited to download this! As far as apocalyptic zombie novels go, this is one of the best I’ve read. The group of protagonists are a squad of Soviet soldiers who are used to being sent on irregular missions. No average citizen who suddenly is aces at using guns and fighting but combat operatives who actually stand a chance when it comes to surviving zombies. I liked that the book didn’t Thanks very much to the publisher and Gavin Smith for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this. I was very excited to download this! As far as apocalyptic zombie novels go, this is one of the best I’ve read. The group of protagonists are a squad of Soviet soldiers who are used to being sent on irregular missions. No average citizen who suddenly is aces at using guns and fighting but combat operatives who actually stand a chance when it comes to surviving zombies. I liked that the book didn’t launch immediately into man vs zombies as many novels do and that it is set in 1987 not current times. There is no despair at the loss of Facebook, Instagram, instant hand held smart communication or the ability to track events elsewhere in the world in real time the way just anyone can do so now. Already they’re prepared to function with very little information. The squad has seen its share of combat, has done ‘bad things’, lived a hard life and are functioning well as a team after the loss of their commanding officer. Captain Vadim Scorlenski has taken over and is respected by his soldiers. They’re dispatched to New York to carry out a covert mission, the details of which they don’t know until they arrive and even afterwards find that they were not fully briefed. As a result a lot of humans in New York and around the world turn into zombies. There’s no mention of animal zombies but if a sequel is written I suspect that could then feature. The initial epicentres of infection were begun with aerosolisation and after that Infection is passed on by the traditional bite and is strong enough to keep the infected carrying on beyond death. So head shots are still the only way to stop a zombie. Its mechanism and development is not covered but the progressive effects on the body after death are described realistically. The squad is not happy with how they’ve been used and want payback. The squad escapes the US and sails to the U.K. where we find that zombies are there too but pockets of survivors do exist. Some are even found in the traditional place of British refuge - the pub! (Did the author like Shaun of the Dead I wonder?) Although they are a team that has worked together for a long time, there are problems on top of the strain of dealing with a world that has aggressive undead in it. A new member has joined so he has to fit in whilst an established member is being disruptive. It’s not explained in detail but the US government at least ordered the detonation of nuclear bombs so survivors have radiation to worry about as well as the chomping undead. One is apocalyptic enough but both combined will make the survival of the human race difficult.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Zombies. When do I not love zombies?! This one handles the subject of what makes a monster and can people ever be strong enough to overcome that monster. Full review coming on the British Fantasy Society

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    A fun, alt-history romp; with zombies. I'm not always a fan of the introduction chapter that raises questions then a multiple chapter flashback to get back to that point, but this was not horribly egregious. It certainly helped that the plot was moving along fairly quickly, so you don't get too bogged down in mindless world building. Taken for what it is, it was an enjoyable read that I zipped through in two settings. I do feel the plot was building towards something else, then took a sharp detou A fun, alt-history romp; with zombies. I'm not always a fan of the introduction chapter that raises questions then a multiple chapter flashback to get back to that point, but this was not horribly egregious. It certainly helped that the plot was moving along fairly quickly, so you don't get too bogged down in mindless world building. Taken for what it is, it was an enjoyable read that I zipped through in two settings. I do feel the plot was building towards something else, then took a sharp detour about 2/3rds of the way through the book. I wasn't displeased, but I also wasn't quite as satisfied with the ending as I would have liked. I am unsure if this will be a standalone, or if there would ever be a follow-on, as it was left pretty open ended, but I would definitely be interested in checking it out if there were.

  22. 5 out of 5

    William Harris

    I am grateful to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Gavin G. Smith's "Spec Ops Z." I occasionally enjoy venturing into the subgenre of zombie fiction, and this book is a good example of some of the more off the wall stuff out there. The central conceit revolves around a Russian Spetsnaz unit sent to New York City to release a deadly virus. Unbeknownst to them, their mission is intended to be a one way trip, but in a supreme irony, those of them exposed to the effects of the weapon the I am grateful to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Gavin G. Smith's "Spec Ops Z." I occasionally enjoy venturing into the subgenre of zombie fiction, and this book is a good example of some of the more off the wall stuff out there. The central conceit revolves around a Russian Spetsnaz unit sent to New York City to release a deadly virus. Unbeknownst to them, their mission is intended to be a one way trip, but in a supreme irony, those of them exposed to the effects of the weapon they have released remain sentient and really ticked off at the fools in Moscow who sent them into the midst of a nuclear battleground stocked with bloodthirsty zombies. It just sort of goes downhill from there. Expect Neo Nazis, Tiger Tanks, and very strained relations between the undead Spetznaz operators and the civilians they encounter and often help to save in the aftermath of their mission. Now, obviously, all of this is a really big stretch, but if you are willing to suspend your disbelief for a bit, it is a genuine page turner. Set in 1987, in the last days of the Soviet Union, it depicts the horrors that the world only just missed when cooler heads prevailed on both sides. While shaking my head at the outrageousness of it all, I enjoyed every minute of it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Szabó

    After reading the description I got excited and requested the book immediately. I love books about zombies so I was pretty sure I would love this too. Spec Ops Z is full of action and zombies. But still...I didn’t like it as much as I feel I should have and I don’t even know why. It’s frustrating, really. I think this book was written to a male audiance. Thank younto NetGalley and the publisher for my copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Blackburn

    Special Purpose: First Strike Weapon by Gavin Smith- I pretty much gave up on Zombie stories a couple of years ago when the glut of them started piling up and it was hard to determine what was good, what was copied and what was bad. I had read several of them but they started becoming predictable and boring. This is a zombie story and it is good, very good! A team of Russian commandos (Spetsnaz) is tasked to an undercover mission to New York city. It is 1987 in an alternate reality from our own. Special Purpose: First Strike Weapon by Gavin Smith- I pretty much gave up on Zombie stories a couple of years ago when the glut of them started piling up and it was hard to determine what was good, what was copied and what was bad. I had read several of them but they started becoming predictable and boring. This is a zombie story and it is good, very good! A team of Russian commandos (Spetsnaz) is tasked to an undercover mission to New York city. It is 1987 in an alternate reality from our own. Glasnost has never happened. Russia and the USA are at odds with each other still. The team is suppose to go to Grande Central Station to retrieve a package- that's all they know. About a hundred Swat officers are there to greet them and the package turns out to be a cylinder holding a deadly virus. During the ensuing shootout, the team leader notices people on both sides, including himself, getting killed, then getting right back up again, but now they have an insatiable bloodlust and will kill anyone they get near. For some reason, he and his team are able to hold their humanity somewhat intact through their training and discipline. Then nuclear bombs start falling and it's time to leave America. This book starts off at a breakneck, relentless pace and keeps on moving. Yes it's bloody. Yes it's exciting and mesmerizing at the same time! I recommend it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ron Baumer

    A great book, that I could not put down till I finished it. The author did a great job in developing not only the characters, but the storyline as well. I hope this is only the first book of a new series, as I would love to see where this storyline goes. A must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Captain Leadfoot

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannontan

  28. 4 out of 5

    GTague

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bob White

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bbg7

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