The Americans are engaged in war against Iraq and with Saddam threatening to invade Saudi Arabia, U.S. soldiers are dying hand over fist. The military decides that in order to maintain an American presence in the Middle East, as well as maintain American global dominance, they must create the ultimate soldier. To do this, they turn the soldiers who have died on the battle field into zombies. A zombie military force also needs an ultimate general and so General Washington (yes, that Washington) and General Patton are brought back to life to lead the force.
Washington and Patton are men who in life not only lead but were independent thinkers. It's not long before the two Georges decide that they are not being told the whole truth and begin to question if what they are engaged in is really for the benefit of the United States. Though they try to keep their sentience from their creators, it's not long before the two Georges must decide whether to go along with the nefarious plot, or fight for the America they love.
There are so many problems with this book, I don't really know where to begin. The premise is ridiculously patriotic and patently unsound. Why in the world would a modern army think that they would need George Washington and Patton to act as generals? Washington died in 1799 and that means that he would have no idea about modern warfare, let alone have any concept of how the modern world is run. All of his tactics would be for a military that didn't even have a repeating rifle, let alone tanks, surface to air missals, radar, sonar etc,. He wouldn't know what to do with any piece of technology if you placed it right in front of him. Patton, while not as an archaic a figure as Washington, died in 1945. In the present world, the modern military is very much dependent upon modern technology, something Patton, akin to Washington, could not begin to fathom. They might as well have resurrected William Wallace, Charlamegne, Hannibil Barca and Alexander the Great, for all the help Washington and Patton would have been able to offer a modern army.
We are never given a reason for why the two Georges are sentient above all other zombies. We are only left with the understanding that because they were apparently so exceptional in their actual lives that somehow this translate to greater sentience in their undead lives. It's nonsense.
Washington decides to wage war on American soil; another revolution to free the people. He leads his zombie soldiers to the Capitol. The American people rise up against it's government and join Washington in his struggle. We are given no reason why the people aren't running scared from the specter of a zombie military and instead choose to fight. Beyond the experimentation of the military, there is no discussion about what life is like for the average American, or even how the supposed seeds of discontent were sown. I have no problem with a people rising up to throw off an oppressive government, but the reader must be given a reason to believe why this is happening. It is further troubling that the conventional military would revolt to the point where the government suddenly lost the ability to launch an aerial assault on the zombie rebels. Why are the soldiers suddenly discontent? Oh I know, reasons. Again, no explanation was given.
When we are first introduced to Washington, he speaks like a man of his time. On the advice of Patton, Washington works to change his speech pattern and starts saying things like, "As God as my witness, we are crossing this fucking bridge! I have some killing to do and I'm hungry for blood." Are we really supposed to believe that this is George Washington talking?