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David Bernstein
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Book Description

November 6, 2012
Young and alone against the living dead.
 
Riley has lived alone with her dad in an isolated cabin in New York State for as long as she can remember. It's just safer. Her dad's told her about the time before the zombies, but she can only imagine it. Instead of playing with friends, Riley became a crack shot with a rifle. And she'll need that skill now that her dad's been bitten. She'll be forced to leave the cabin and fight off zombies all on her own. She's twelve years old. There's a lot she'll have to learn about the world she's never really been part of. She already knows how to kill zombies. But now she'll learn just how dangerous the living can be too.

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"David Bernstein is a real craftsman, and one of the most thrilling voices to come along in a decade. He's who you should be reading now."
—Joe McKinney, author of Flesh Eaters and Apocalypse of the Dead

“David Bernstein is a rare kind of writer who really delivers the goods when it comes to horror. He'll be burning up the best seller lists soon. Count on it.”
—Eric S Brown, author of A Pack of Wolves

"David Bernstein's work resonates off the page, unforgettable in its elegant delivery, a ripple effect no doubt translating to ever bigger and vaster audiences as he continues to terrify -- and impress!"
—Gregory L. Norris, author of The Q Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Book Description

Riley has lived with her dad in an isolated cabin for as long as she can remember. He’s told her about the time before the zombies, but she can only imagine it. Instead of playing with friends, Riley became a crack shot. And she’ll need that skill now that her dad’s been bitten. She’ll be forced to leave the cabin and fight off zombies on her own. She’s twelve years old. There’s a lot she’ll have to learn about the world. She already knows how to kill zombies. But now she’ll learn just how dangerous the living can be too.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161921069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619210691
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read December 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
How does a twelve-year-old survive on her own in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world?

Few things are more frightening than a child fending for his or herself. To be honest I winced more than once as the author brings Riley through a series of terrible events. As much as I enjoy this genre experiencing zombie attacks and unexpected meet-ups with other living people through the eyes of someone so young and vulnerable brought fresh horror to scenes that are rehashed in almost every zombie-pocalypse.

Riley runs into multiple men who want to rape her. Readers who have personal experience with this type of assault should be aware that while these scenes serve important roles in the plot they are eerily realistic. It's unsettling to think that adults would not only be attracted to a petite, young girl but would act on that urge in such a violent manner. Is this a realistic assumption about human nature in a post-apocalyptic society? Maybe. The vast majority of the people I've known - men and women alike - would find that reaction to stumbling across a terrified girl completely unthinkable, though, and even though Riley also meets good people I would have liked to see more examples of the latter. Miscreants will always be outnumbered by the majority of us who'd never harm anyone.

Luckily the plot twist revealed later in this book made it well worth reading. While I figured out what it was fairly early on it was fun to see Riley piece together the clues.I only wish more time could have been spent on the logistics of how certain events came to take place and what happens to Riley and her family in the future. Hopefully Mr. Bernstein will write a sequel one day as I'd be interested in learning more about these fascinating characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Action-packed Trek into Zombie Terror November 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
I've said this before, but truly unique zombie stories seem to be few and far between these days. I'm not sure why, but it seems like many authors are content with rehashing the same genre staples over and over again. For this reason, those few original zombie books that I've run across hold a special place of honor in my literary collection. AMONGST THE DEAD, the newest release from author David Bernstein, now joins that prestigious list. This book is a fresh and inviting entry into the zombie genre, and is the first in a line of great reads to come.

As I said, this is not your standard zombie-apocalypse-survival story. It's much more than that. This is a story about a girl who comes of age in a decimated society. There's no birthday slumber parties, no school dances, no pageantry...nothing that the average 12 year-old girl should be experiencing. Instead, Riley's days are filled with fear and dread, not to mention the realization that her days might be numbered.

AMONGST THE DEAD is a captivating and engaging story that aims straight for the head. Author Bernstein weaves a simple but brutally entertaining storyline that is sure to capture the imaginations of even the most die-hard of zombie fiction fans.

Bernstein's prose is simple but strong, which allows the story to move along at an excellent pace. His voice is unique and his characterizations are powerful, giving the reader many reasons to actually care about the people within the story and what is happening to them. The zombie action is also written very well, with plenty of gut-crunching gore and cliff-hanging chapter endings.

If I were forced to find a flaw with AMONGST THE DEAD, I don't think I could. The story is tight, the world-building is spot on, and the characters are likable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies the way I like it!!! November 7, 2012
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Amongst the Dead puts a young, 13-ish girl against the horrors of the world during a zombie apocalypse. I enjoyed the main character's journey, as it explores the degradation of humanity. Morals are challenged, and horrors of the human kind come out among the living dead. In zombie novels, I always expect more than just dead people eating people, I want story, and Bernstein delivers big time. I read this in one day. A great escape. For zombie fans, this is a must own!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing zombie tale. December 20, 2012
By moof3r
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In a world where zombie literature, movies, and clothing has become more than just a fad, but commonplace in America, it takes writers, good writers, to write something that gives you a new perspective on the genre, and that is what David Bernstein has done with his novel Amongst the Dead.

A young girl at the age of 13 named Riley is trying to live out her life with her father in the wake of a devastating zombie apocalypse. They seem to be doing alright until one day when her father makes a run to grab supplies in town, and becomes bitten by one of the beasts. He returns home to his daughter, sets her up with everything she will need to live on without him, and ends his own life in a grave he dug himself in the yard. From here on out, the novel follows young Riley in a desolate world of zombie takeover, and few human survivors. From fighting off would be attackers that try to take over her home to escaping a womans breeding cult. From finding a mother and her son that take her in, and then finding out where she truly came from and what she herself is, this novel doesn't let you down.

What I find extremely intriguing about David's zombie novel becomes very apparent to readers in a short period of time. The 'hero' in this novel is not a buff mid 30's ex-military man. The 'hero' in this novel is not a trained in survival skills their whole life, gun toting, strong female lead. The 'hero' is a young girl at the age of 13 who has been taught by her father how to survive, and finds the strength and willpower within herself to continue on in this world. The other aspect that I really enjoyed was that this wasn't your typical 'shoot in the head to kill them' zombie story. It gets a little bit more gruesome and personal than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Gripping!
Great thriller about kicking zombie ass. This was my first David Bernstein and I liked it immensely. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the protagonist's POV. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Predictable, but action is good. Being it's a child instead of an adult it was a pretty cool point of view! Worth a read!
Published on April 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,Awesome read,Could not put this book down
Awesome Zombie book,Real page turner if you love Zombie books this one is for you....Loved it from the first to last page.Hated to see it end...The ending was perfect.... Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More great fiction from David Bernstein
Author Bernstein has another hit on his hands with "Amongst the Dead," a tale of zombie survival with a tough-as-nails but also vulnerable twelve year-old girl, Riley, who finds... Read more
Published on February 1, 2013 by Anita Eva
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Couldn't put it down
Amongst the Dead is a perfect blend of zombie and suspense. The main character is compelling and Bernstein does a wonderful job of not only bringing her to life but making her so... Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by A. Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, lean, and good
Amongst the Dead begins amid a zombie outbreak (duh) that has been well under way for months if not years. Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by Jacob Gustafson
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
I'm sure you guys are already sick of me saying this over and over and over again, but let me just say this once more for the mere heck of it: I love zombies. Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by Faye M.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Zombie You Won't Put Down
Amongst the Dead follows the journey of pre-teen Riley as she tries to survive the insane aftermath of the zombie apocalypse in upstate New York. Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by RRJames
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Perspectives
The reader is introduced to Bill and Riley, Bill's 12-year-old daughter, at the beginning of "Amongst the Dead" as the two locate a cabin in the Catskill Mountains. Read more
Published on November 22, 2012 by New Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Get amongst it...
"Amongst the Dead" is a zombie-fan's dream - it gives you everything you want in ways that are entirely fresh and exciting. Read more
Published on November 21, 2012 by Aussieguy
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