Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 1. Warnings; Chapter 3, Stanley MacDonald
Stanley MacDonald, veteran soldier of Canada’s army, first witnessed a “zombie” in Kyrgyzstan. Strangely enough, the transport from Nury’s account carrying Armani-man was headed for this same area. Stanley seems like a good man and a good soldier, helping to stamp out world terrorism’s financial support – drugs.
He reveals a macabre story. Following some massacre a lone survivor must have managed to escape. Stanley describes following the blood trail, the spot where the tracks inexplicably and radically change, the same spot where a right Nike shoe is found.
The trail leads to a cave. Carnage and mayhem are all that Stanley’s troop find. A one-sided fire fight, men succumbing to their own booby traps. They must have fled in panic to do so, a huge scramble to escape the atrocities against nature going on inside the cave. What Stanley describes is nothing short of a blood bath. His descriptions are not graphic by any means but the mind unhelpfully provides the necessary missing information.
It is after Stanley leaves the medical unit, where the left Nike shoe is found, that the soldier meets his first zombie.
He thought he was helping a survivor, but survivors have never been known to try and eat their rescuer.
A single shot to the head and the bewildered soldier is free from the clutches of the infected person.
Unfortunately, as Stanley was the only witness to this he then has to cope with his home country’s way of denying what he saw.
PTSD, exposure to chemical agents and other fancy plausible causes, because who could believe that the dead should try to consume the living. Stanley’s subsequent “evaluation” must have been seriously damaging to his psyche.
It is only interrogation when it is the enemy