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Written by Lori Bowland   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:17

The Killing Floor

By Craig DiLouie





The Killing Floor" is the third volume in the "Infection" series created by Craig DiLouie. It follows the day to day struggles and events that involve several groups of survivors and those that are looking to find a solution to the disease.

Craig Di Louie consistently writes some of the best scientifically based horror fiction and his work continues to impress me. The author has written a novel that presents fine drama, great interactions between its characters and a spectacular story line.   The story is well conceived and is another world ending scenario that might just be possible. The story is told from a down to earth, realistic tone and avoids becoming bogged down with tangents of the outlandish. One idea that the series brings that is very different from many apocalyptic horror stories is that the infected aren't out to gobble on the non-infected but want to make more of themselves.  In essence each person infected becomes an analog for a virus with a very vicious genetic structure. Also, there are some critters integrated in this tale that are clever surprises.  This is a great story to read and tends to grab the reader by the throat and leave them wanting more.  It's the kind of book that one wants to curl up in a favorite chair and finish the book very quickly.  It carries the reader with an accelerated pace akin to being caught in a snowball.

The novel has highly complex characters and some that continue from the previous novel.  Among the more complex characters are Anne Leary, a wife and mother, who is severely guilt ridden.  She becomes and obsessive avenging angel and single-minded in such a way that may jeopardize everything.  Ray was another interesting individual and an immune carrier to the infection.  He does some remarkable things in the story.  He becomes something slightly less than human and acts as a leader to the hordes of the infected. There is a doctor that risks his own safety and is questing to find a cure to the infection.  Those are the ones that stand out for me.  The rest of the characters were varied in their personalities and weren't clones of each other.

The entire series is an example of excellent quality writing and I recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of science fiction, horror or action thrillers. It’s an infinitely re-readable series.  I think that Craig Di Louie's talent as an author should be included with authors like Douglas Preston, Robin Cook and Michael Crichton.



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