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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (October 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618680501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618680501
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gareth Wood is the author of three books so far, and has no plans to stop writing unless forced to by an apocalypse or an annoying pet. He considers his work so far to be practice for the real work ahead, and hopes to write the definitive work of apocalyptic fiction for the 21st Century.

His books so far include RISE and its sequel AGE OF THE DEAD. The third volume of the series is called DEAD INSIDE, and should be released in March of 2014. All three books are set in Canada after a zombie apocalypse, and began in 2004.

Gareth is also writing a trilogy that starts with a book called BLACK HORIZON, a science-fiction epic set in the not-quite-distant future. It will be followed by THE LONG DARK and THE SERPENT SUN.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael VINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love all the changes that Wood has made to his series: no longer in journal format, some dialogue, and several characters die. In addition to the changes in the author's writing style, I also enjoyed the increased focus on the Cold Lake scavenging team led by Brian, allowing readers to relate on a more personal level with the members.

Even though it's only been about eight months since I read the first book, I couldn't remember anything about the characters...normally, this would have bothered me, but since I wasn't exactly a fan of Rise, reading Age of The Dead with a clean slate provided a more engaging experience. The POV is still Brian's (the one keeping the journal in Rise), and a large portion of the story is told in first person, but there is more interaction between the characters in real time, rather than reflecting on past events, as Brian did with the journal entries in the first book. I think readers will be able to into the action more this time around.

While the author expands somewhat on the juicy tidbit about the zombies at the end of Rise, readers still don't learn much more about the undead, so the series remains more about what people are willing to do for survival, rather than digging into the cause/source of the apocalypse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malie on October 17, 2012
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After reading Rise and Age of the Dead in quick succession (and suffering a bit of sleeplessness from it!) I have to commend Gareth on an exceptionally well written and engaging novel. I much preferred the narrative style to the journal style of Rise (tho I think it was the journal style that wigged me out a bit more)and the opportunity to learn more about each character. I can not WAIT for the third book!
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Age of the Dead is the sequel to Gareth Wood's Rise, which was released by Permuted Press last year, but was originally created in a serial blog format several years back. The first story tells the tale of Brian and his experiences during the weeks and months following the rise of the undead. It provides us with his efforts to survive with his sister and the woman he meets who eventually becomes his wife. It ends with him the leader of a scavenging team sent out from Cold Lake, where the military has created a safe haven for most of the survivors in Western Canada. Age of the Dead continues where Rise left off, with Brian and his crew going on missions to either retrieve much needed supplies out in the wastelands or to find more survivors.
Both books were written in first person, with the first book being done in journal format. Everything is told from Brian's perspective with all the limitations and advantages that format yields. The author changed things up a bit with Age of the Dead, and while the story is told in first person once again from Brian's perspective, it is no longer in journal format. There is dialog and there isn't that sense of premonition you get from a journal where the author hints at the action to come at the beginning of every journal entry. A journal is like reading a newspaper article about something that happened the day before, whereas the new format the author uses in his second book puts the reader right into the action.
The writing here is smooth and the story flows well, though there really isn't any specific direction the author seems to be taking with the story.
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Age of the Dead is the second book in author Gareth Wood's Rise series. After making it to the relative safety of a Canadian military installation, Brian and his fellow survivors are tasked with travelling back into zombie-infested territory in search of supplies, other survivors and maybe even a cure to the plague that started the apocalypse. If this sounds familiar, it's probably because that's what the last third of Rise was all about.

Zombie 411: Wood's zombies are more or less the Romero-style undead. No surprises here, though there are some deliberate inconsistencies about just who is turned and how that takes place that deviate from the standard approach.

The good - Wood keeps the first person narration, but ditches the clichéd journal entry approach, which is a big improvement. This kind of approach means you get to know a lot more about the main character and what makes him tick. Wood also writes some very vivid and intense action sequences, and there are a lot of them in this book.

The not so good - The supporting cast is underdeveloped going in, and that never changed in Age of the Dead. It's the downside of first-person narration. There also doesn't seem to be a point to the novel. Brian and his crew go back and forth from the base to zombieland a few times, and at the end we're back where we started. Sure, there are some new faces added and some small domestic developments, but the main story really doesn't advance in any meaningful way. Oh, and the endless descriptions of what the zombies were wearing and what they smelled like (I get it, they stink) got old by chapter one.
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