As Hal returns home to tell his girlfriend he’s decided to quit his graphics designer job. She greets him with love. And, he gets infected. Flu.
He's seen what becoming a citizen of the Nation of the Undead looks like: Poor hygiene, limited vocabulary, and affinity for 24-7 interstate driving.
Who wants that? In attempting to end his life, strangely, he instead becomes imbued with near Zombie like abilities.
With great power comes great responsibility. With weird power? Might as well try to save the world.
Obviously, it won't likely go very well.
This novel was first published under my pen name Pat Connid (an anagram for "Don't Panic") because at the time I worked for a Big Media Company looking for reasons to fire people.
This would have been one of those reasons.