Book Review: Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell (Translator)

October 5, 2017 Fall, Horror, Zombies 16

Genres: Horror, zombie


There are some books that stay with you no matter when you read them. This is one of those. For me, every time I read a zombie book I wind up comparing it to this one. There are so many reasons. The scare factor was ridiculous and although I do not remember the entire plot, I remember the characters.

I want to read this book again, mainly because there are sequels translated into English now, and I don’t remember the entire story line. If the sequels continue with the same characters, I want to be able to remember everything they went through. I still recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great zombie read. This is horrifying. It’ll keep your heart pounding for days.


  • Review: Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End
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  • Author: Manel Loureiro
  • No of Pages: 333
  • Release Date: October 23rd 2012 by AmazonCrossing


The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. Bur he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…

Apocalypse Z

I’m so super excited, and totally freaked out of my mind right now! I love horror, L O V E it! This is horrific in every sense of the word. My heart was palpitating! I even had to put the book down a few times to get my breath and to pretend to blog so I had a reason to walk away! I know… absurd but totally true.

Someone has opened the gates of hell, and you can feel the heat.

Ok, this starts off like any zombiepocalypse but I was a little frustrated that the main character was given pretty much everything he needed right off the bat. Now I’m not talking everything for all of time but for instance the power was shotty and went out so he decided to get solar panels, he only shops a few times a month so he decided to pack up on food, little things like that. Now these things could really happen but I started feeling like the author was giving the main character everything. That’s no fun! Oh but just wait…

First of all this is all written from a blog. Once you get over the fact that he’s sort of given the necessary things for a few days the intensity starts to pick up. It’s not exactly slow, it’s the perfect heart wrenching pace, like the music in jaws. It starts getting to you. What can happen next? And then after that? And then you’re asking yourself ok, if this guy is still blogging he HAS to live through the entire thing right? But then I started thinking, oh crap someone could have found this blog and continued with THEIR story. Screw that, I don’t want this author to die. He loves his cat! It’s the zombiepocalypse and he’s saving his cat for goodness sake! I love this guy!

Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam! Then suddenly the noise stopped. Then it started up again, with those damn bells in the background. It was maddening.

The noise was coming from the floor I was on, not downstairs. From the back of the house. I could have ignored it and gone downstairs, looted what I needed, and left the way I came in. But I’m human. Besides being irrational, stupid, and unpredictable, humans are really curious. I needed to know what the hell was making that noise. Shaking, scared, shitless, holding the Glock in my right hand and the flashlight in my left, I walked to the other end of the house.

Seriously, one thing after another happens, over and over and over again. The only other thing that frustrated me was that he continues to say that he got overconfident right before he screws up for say the tenth time! You want to tell him, Hello! These are zombies! No screwing around allowed. Haven’t you seen Zombieland?! But no, he hasn’t. The way this all started nobody knew anything and certainly didn’t think they were zombies, gotta love our government covering stuff up cause I’m telling you, if there ever are zombies, it’s going down like in this book, all to cover up mistakes! Ok… back to the book!

We’re screwed. We’re alone. All alone.

Amazing! Other than the couple of issues I had with the author of the blog and then journal, the intensity gets so ratcheted up that I literally didn’t want to stop reading! Last night I had nightmares about zombies eating off my face! File that under awesome… It was brilliantly written and ended fantastically. It is the first of three (I believe) books but they are in Spanish so I have to wait for them to be translated to read them!!! Oy… or learn how to speak and read Spanish…

If you like zombies, you will absolutely love this book. It’s intense but the ride is so worth it. I read that Manel Loureiro is called The Spanish Stephen King and after reading this, I completely agree. I’m a new fan!!! This is like the child between Dawn of the Dead and Zombieland but in book form. It’s a MUST read!


Manel Loureiro (Spain, 1975) has a degree in Law from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia). Combining his studies in this historical city with some television projects, he was an anchorman for various television programs. From writing screenplays he discovered his interest for writing. His first novel Apocalypse Z has been an immediate success and cult phenomenon on the internet. It has had hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide. Apocalypse Z, Dark days, the sequel with the same heroes and their fight to survive in a world dominated by the Undead, has won Manel Loureiro the title of the first author of terror zombie novels set in Spain. — From Amazon

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16 Responses to “Book Review: Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro, Pamela Carmell (Translator)”

  1. Brie Sasser

    Holy wow, batman! I’m in love with this author and his ingenuity; from the toy bear strapped to the speargun to figuring out who Pritchenko is to what he’ll do for Lucullus, it never lets up!! Headed back to the Zaren Kibish now, hopefully he kicks some arse and gets his furry friend back!

    • novareylin

      It’s a great read right!? I absolutely loved this. Ohhh you’ll love the rest. If you can believe it, it gets more intense!

  2. L. Jimenez

    What a wonderful read! I am frustrated because there are 3 books in this series and only the first is English-translated.

    • novareylin

      Ditto to that!!! I absolutely loved every word in this book! I’m hoping they’ll see that it’s getting popular in English and push the progress! 😀

      I really want to read more by this guy!

  3. Lisa Marzian

    Thank you for your review! What is the title in Spanish? I can’t find ANYTHING for this author in my searches so far except the 1st book…I love it SO much I’d be willing to read the other 2 in spanish! crazy how much I enjoyed it & that was on audio book! (I crochet so I THOROUGHLY enjoy my crochet/”read” time lol!)

    • novareylin

      Omg! It’s amazing!! Super scary parts in this one. Totally realistic. The beginning was the only hiccup I had but the main character had to have a way to survive the first few weeks, so other than that… amazing!!

  4. mooken

    Just finished this yesterday, quite the fun read!
    There’s also Day By Day Armageddon (and its sequel, Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile) from J.L.Bourne. Bourne is an active military officer, so his writing is a lot more sparse, utilitarian, and tactical, lending itself to very action-focused prose. Similar to Apocalypse Z, it’s written as a first person journal, but is a lot less sentimental and emotional. Different style, but just as delicious to devour.