The Burning Z-by Clive Riddle

Zombies invade the Black Rock desert and the Burning Man festival, while a flawed hero tries to rescue his rekindled love.

The Burning Z takes us back to the source of a zombie outbreak – a pre-zombie apocalypse world – but one in which a passing zombie might not merit a second glance: the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert. 

A mysterious meteor slams into the Black Rock desert and soon a growing number of zombies are on the loose. Bruce and Conner – hometown friends who experience sudden success early in their careers, followed by a long downward trajectory – encounter the z’s and embark on a quest across the desert to save Conner’s recently rekindled high school love who is attending Burning Man. Alan Gorman – the steadfast, retired Air Force physician with expert marksmanship and a prosthetic lower limb – endures his own odyssey trying to alert the authorities to the escalating zombie menace. It all leads to a climatic, costumed battle of the Alamo, inside Burning Man’s Black Rock City.