Written by: Matthew J. Barbour
Slow Burn: Infected, Book 2, by Bobby Adair, is the second novel in Slow Burn series. The novel continues the adventures of Zed Zane as he struggles to survive the zombie holocaust. Currently, the series comprises of six books with more on the way.
Before the outbreak, Zed Zane was your average guy. Now, he is infected. However, he is a rare one. He and his compatriot, Murphy, are “slow burns.” They carry the disease, but have yet to transform into mindless zombies. This offers some advantages to surviving the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Austin, Texas.
Zed Zane has become something of a hero. He rescues young women and collects resources for survivors in need, all while squaring off against the infected hordes which consume the city. Some might even call him a super hero or as Murphy calls him, “Null Spot.” So far luck has been on Zed’s side, but how long does anyone’s luck last?
Infected picks up exactly where Zero Day (Slow Burn, Book 1) leaves off. Zed and Murphy begin the journey into east Austin to search for Murphy’s mother. Along the way, they will encounter hostile soldiers, a doomsday bunker, catastrophic fire, and other survivors, including Zed’s mentally deranged sidekick: Russell!
While Infected retains the adventurous quality of the first novel, Book 2 adds more humorous undertones to the narrative. As the setting has already been established in the previous book, emphasis is placed on defining the characters. Zed and Murphy are quick to point out each other’s shortcomings and are the zombie genre equivalent of The Odd Couple.
This is not to say that the world around them isn’t changing. As time wears on the zombies are beginning to show signs of group behavior. If Zed and Murphy are going to survive in this strange new world, they are going to have to adapt or at least hope their luck doesn’t run out.
If you liked Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1, you will love Slow Burn: Infected, Book 2. Adair’s writing style is instantly accessible and he crafts a fun tale. Yet, in typical Adair style, the book ends in a cliffhanger. Unless you plan to read the entire series, anticipate dissatisfaction with the conclusion.