Max Brooks’ 3-part YouTube series World War Z: The Battle of Yonkers – An Oral History of the Zombie War and World War Z: Total War are amazing. They are available on YouTube and included in this post for your listening pleasure.
Each video is less than 10-minutes long, so it is a quick and easy listen.
But before you listen – read about Max and what others have to say about him.
Max Brooks is the author of:
- World War Z: An oral history of the Zombie War
- The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
The guide attributes the zombie outbreaks to the fictional virus “Solanum“.
Solanum is described as working by traveling through the bloodstream from the point of entry to the brain, where the virus replicates in the cells of the frontal lobe, thus turning the frontal lobe into an entirely new organ that does not need food, water, or even air to survive; it can be described as a completely self-sufficient organism.
Their one and only goal after being infected will be to find and devour other individuals. With the blood to its brain gone the ghoul is basically brain dead, making it rely only on its lowest and most basic needs such as food. The only way to stop this is to destroy the brain or remove the head. Note that if the zombie is decapitated, the head still remains a threat.
- The Zombie Survival Guide Deck: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
A Taste of the Zombie Survival Guide – Part 1 of 137 on YouTube
Reviews & Comments on Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide
Brooks has made the Guide extremely easy to read and very compelling, so that you want to keep turning the pages and teach yourself how to survive post-zombie war. He even includes an entire appendix of “Recorded Attacks” dating back as far as 60,000 B.C
I highly recommend reading this book, if not for teaching yourself how to wield a machete, then for a good laugh. Also, if you end up liking it as much as I did, you should check out World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. A fictional spin on the zombie war, but one just as humorous and easy to lose yourself in.
Mackenna Johnson – Examiner.com
I just wish to point out that guns will run out of ammo quite fast so learning to use a bow might be a better option (arrows are recoverable and grow on trees).
Excellent stuff! Any time you enter a strange house, always ask two questions: Where would the Christmas tree look good? & Is this place defensible from a zombie attack?
This habit has saved my gray matter many times…
Brooks’ work sounds entertaining and disturbing. Thanks for the review. It makes me want to read it and get in better shape, since I’m not a very good shot and machetes are awkward to use!
Provocative and enthralling, World War Z is science fiction at its best. Brooks imbues the story with a deep sense of humanity, a keen appreciation for detail, and a haunting perspective on the ability—or not—of our governments, militaries, and other institutions to deal with worst-case scenarios.
Bradley Graham – Washington Post military affairs correspondent
Interview with Max Brooks
Question: One of the most compelling accounts is from a survivor in Kyoto, Japan, who retells how his apartment complex was overtaken. How did this and other stories of courage and survival affect you and what did you learn from the experiences of the survivors?
Answer: I think that Kondo Tatsumi represents many of us, either directly or metaphorically, when he discusses having to be torn from his insulated bubble in order to confront what was literally battering down his door. His story dramatically illustrates the futility of clinging to our previous way of life, and the necessity of adapting to the changing world.
[Source: Random House]
World War Z: The Battle of Yonkers (Part 1)
World War Z: The Battle of Yonkers (Part 2)
World War Z: The Battle of Yonkers (Part 3)
Be aware and prepare for the zombies – get Max Brooks’ books now – before it’s too late!
But wait there’s more…