Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall *****
Imagine, if you will, that you've survived two tours in Afghanistan. Now imagine that you're working at a second-rate hotel in Houston as a glorified bell boy. Now imagine that the GulfCon Star Trek convention has come to your hotel. And now, to throw the cherry on top, imagine that everybody is turning into flesh-eating zombies. And there you have it. The funniest book I've read in awhile.
Jim Pike doesn't want to do any kind of job with any kind of responsibility ever again after loosing a couple men in Afghanistan. But when the zombies attack Houston, Jim is left in a position where he has to do the right thing--kill the heck out of every walking dead he comes across. Along the way he meets "Leia", a beautiful Amazon of a gal who happens to make extra money by dressing up as Princess Leia & making movies where Trekkies go off on Star Wars fans. Also Gary, the ultimate Trek trivia buff; Willy, a member of a local red shirt league, & a massive Klingon that makes custom blades to sell to the followers of Trekdom. Throw in also his younger sister who happens to be at the convention also, & you've got a rag-tag group of groupies fighting their way out of the hotel from hell.
Yes, you have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy this book. The constant references to the show are hilarious & on the mark every time. I kept waiting for the story to fall apart, but it never did. It remained excellent throughout. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the show (original, Next Gen, DS9, Voyager, even the cartoon), you will not be disappointed. And I've gotten my new mantra to say to myself when times are tough:
"Now let's put aside your personal baggage and try to think about how Kirk would handle this."