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Among the Living [Kindle Edition]

Timothy W. Long
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun.

When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.

Mike, a newspaper reporter, suspects a conspiracy lies behind the chaos. He’s driven to find the truth, even if it means dragging his beautiful co-worker into danger.

Kate has a dark secret: she’s a budding young serial killer. As society collapses, her skill in dealing death may be the one thing that can keep her alive.

These survivors, along with others, are drawn together in their quest to find not only the truth behind the spreading apocalypse, but also to escape the madness they face at every turn.

“I really loved the entire overall plot, the characterization as a whole, and the gory, action-packed scenes. This is a good, solid zombie book and I highly recommend it.” —Rhiannon Frater, author of FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES

“Mr. Long is defiantly a writer to watch and AMONG THE LIVING is definitely a zombie novel to check out.”—HorrorNews.net

“The book is excellent … If you are a fan of zombies or just of apocalyptic fiction in general, this is definitely one to pick up.”—Patrick D’Orazio, author of COMES THE DARK


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"I really loved the entire overall plot, the characterization as a whole, and the gory, action-packed scenes. This is a good, solid zombie book and I highly recommend it." 
--Rhiannon Frater- Author of As the World Dies Trilogy

"Among the Living is a raging tale of zombie carnage with characters who's story lines work on a much deeper level. Check it out!" --Eric S. Brown Author of Seasons of Rot

"Most zombie fiction is rife with smart dark humor but seldom do I laugh out loud when deep in the thrall of a good zombie tale." --Jonathan Moon - horrornews.net

About the Author

Timothy W. Long hails from the Emerald City. Not the OZ version, rather the one where it rains constantly. Tim is a madman who dabbles in Horror, Sci-Fi, Surreal Fantastic Horror, Aliensking online, Strange, Weird and Wonderful magazine and upsoming Zombologyies from Library of the Living Dead. "Among the Living" is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1957 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 3 edition (September 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L9VE00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories of those who walk among us...4.5 stars August 28, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Among The Living takes place in Seattle and starts out sharing with the reading audience the lives of four different people in the city. The author uses both third and first person perspectives as we go through the routines of their days. Hints of the start of an undead uprising are sprinkled throughout the story but much of the early part of the book keeps that as background noise for most of the characters...there is a gas leak in a neighborhood, it is cordoned off, there are strange stories on the internet but the news networks are saying nothing and the stories are disappearing as quickly as they appear. As the story rolls on we are given small bits and pieces, a few attacks, there is footage found online of some shaky cell phone video, etc. but the city and the main characters, for the most part, have no real comprehension of what is going on until it is far too late.

The author slips from one character to the next with relative ease, pacing the story through their eyes, and in particular, through Mike, a journalist's eyes, who is telling us his story in first person. The other stories, about Lester, a drug dealer caught inside the neighborhood that is originally cordoned off, Kate, a serial killer who is just getting warmed up, and Grinder, the lead singer of a heavy metal band, are all told in third person. Tim does an excellent job of getting us up to speed on all his character's lives and how they act and react to everything going on around them.

I found it particularly interesting that the only person we are given first person exposure to is the journalist and likely the most normal person of the bunch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing January 27, 2012
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This story was gory, disgusting and terrifying, everything a zombie novel should be. I loved it! The descriptions painted a very vivid picture. I'll have nightmares for weeks, but I can't wait until the next installment comes out! A number of reviewers seem to have issues with the grammar and spelling. I can't say I really noticed the errors as I was reading, but I might be more forgiving than some readers. If you are someone who is offended by those type of errors, this might not be the book (or version) for you. Other reviews also talk about some of the unnecessary characters that don't add to the plot. Since this is the first in a series, I believe those characters will become important in the following books. They appeared in this book to provide their background as the events were happening. Yes, most of the characters are horrible people. Sometimes I felt the zombies were more sympathetic and easier to relate to than the live characters. However, I look forward to seeing those characters' personal growth in future installments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Went through the book, thought it was alright, but missing something major. Thinking back, it was the very, very slow build up to a full on zombie outbreak. Personally I thought the character development was pretty solid. However some of the plot seemed a bit implausible, such as the government response to an impossible to hide epidemic along with some actions the characters took when confronted by zombies, which reminded me of a B grade horror flick. But perhaps other readers enjoys that type of horror. So if you are into a book which is more about how a zombie pandemic very very slowly building up along with a fairly decent development the the major character and thier associates then this is for you. But if you're more into some action packed reading + frustrating decision making by the protagonists. Read the last third of the book only.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You MUST Read this book! Fabulous zombie mayhem within! October 30, 2009
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First off, I'm a big fan of Timothy W. Long's work. He submitted a short story to the witches anthology I am editing and I was instantaneously hooked on his writing. I then became a fan of his completely hilarious and gruesome online blog called "The Zombie-Wilson Diaries." It has been snatched up for publication by the Library of the Living Dead Press and I am thrilled to be the editor.

But despite my great love for Timothy Long's work, I had yet to read "Among the Living." When I found out I would be editing "The Zombie-Wilson Diaries," I decided to order the book and add it to my huge stack of "to read" novels.

This last week I dove into the book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Tim has a unique way of writing that is very fresh and entertaining. Humor mixes easily with horror as he weaves a story about four very different people living in a city that is slowly sliding into chaos. The characters and their relationships come across as realistic and you find yourself being drawn into their world. Even though a few of the characters were not the best humankind has to offer, I found myself caring about their fate as the tension ratcheted up and the undead (or deaders) became more of a threat.

Though there are four "major" characters, their time at center stage varies greatly. In fact, a "minor" character, named Alice, had me utterly wrapped up in her fate, whereas one of the major characters, Grinder, could have disappeared out of the story completely and I wouldn't have missed him. His time at the center of the story was very limited and did not give me enough time for me to actually care about whether he lived or died.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Page Turner
One of those books that is non stop action. The characters are a very interesting collection of people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Hoyt
4.0 out of 5 stars Gas leak in Seattle?
What does a stoner drug dealer, a reporter who works for a small paper, a heavy metal singer and a serial killer have in common? Read more
Published 1 month ago by leslie e. harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the dead
Excellent books with a great variety of colorful characters..felt frustrated as the ones I truly liked fell. looking forward to the next book
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book...Just needs a follow up
The book was overall pretty good. The thing that really bugged me about it was the way it ended. It left it wide open for a 2nd book and instead the author started another... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Philip Stuemke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book is very hard to put down. Mr. Long leaves you wanting more! It's got very interesting characters - a bit different to most zombie stories, the plot is pretty standard... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JaYa
3.0 out of 5 stars decent and gory
Kate man just Kate what the heck!!
If there was a special place in hell she would go there and smile back at the devil and say is this the best you got?
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
Kept me engaged and wanting to finish the story. Looking forward to the next book. Some unrealistic things happen, but hey it's a zombie book
Published 11 months ago by zgirlT
4.0 out of 5 stars Great zombie book!
4.5 Stars- Somehow this book got lost among the 70 or so zombie books I have on my Kindle. It's been on my Kindle for two years and I finally just go around to reading it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Megakrega
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your best work Tim
Tense shifts, mixes of 2nd and 3rd person POV in each chapter - it may sound cool and edgy in your head, but when you read it - it's just annoying.

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Published 13 months ago by Brokensea
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twisted and oh, so excellent!
This review is also on My Book Addiction as part of #zOctober2013!

Holy. Crap. Among the Living is all kinds of mess-you-up-in-the-head goodness! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Toni @ My Book Addiction
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More About the Author

Tim has been writing tales and stories since he could hold a crayon and has read enough books to choke a landfill. Tim has a fascination with all things zombie, a predilection for weird literature, and a deep-seated need to jot words on paper and thrust them at people.

Tim is the the author of 9 novels including the bestselling, AMONG THE LIVING, and the sequel AMONG THE DEAD. His other works include the zombie book BEYOND THE BARRIERS and the deserted island 'zombedy' THE ZOMBIE WILSON DIARIES, and his latest, the Z-RISEN series of military styled zombie books.

Tim resides outside of Seattle where he lives with his 2 children, 3 dogs of various sizes and dispositions, and a near constant supply of overpriced and overcooked coffee beans.

Tim can be found tooling around his website at HTTP://TIMOTHYWLONG.COM for more information on Z-Risen: HTTP://Z-RISEN.COM.

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