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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786023597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786023592
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is so captivating that even those who avoid these types of stories will enjoy it. Todd McLaren's performance propels the story…[along] with moments of intensity that match the novel's." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Joe McKinney is the author of numerous horror, crime, and science fiction novels, including the four-part Dead World series. Joe lives north of San Antonio with his wife and children.

Former radio broadcaster Todd McLaren has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel; and films. His book narrations have earned him a prestigious Audie Award as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined, Inheritance, Lost Girl of the Lake, Crooked House and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. In 2011, McKinney received the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. For more information go to http://joemckinney.wordpress.com.

Customer Reviews

If you read McKinney's first book, this book is as good if not a little better.
Justin Asher
It is well written, the characters are well developed and the plot is scary believable.
Lorrie Lubecki
If you want to read a good zombie novel, you can't go wrong, this is the book for you.
Craig

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By scot16897 VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't be put off if you've not read McKinney's Dead City, because you won't need to.

When the Gulf Coast is devastated by hurricanes, the mix of elements and chemicals in Houston results in a viral outbreak of zombies. What follows is a tale of survival, attempts to start a new life, and the dangers resulting from the effort to survive.

In "Dead City," McKinney told a story of one man's efforts to survive the rise of the dead.

Vastly broader in scale this book draws characters from across the country in this more epic tale.

Quarantine efforts have failed. Zombies are spreading incredibly quickly across the world. Scientists are trying to solve the riddle of how to combat the viral source.

This book is, for the most part, a story of everyday individuals who have to figure out how to make it through the apocalypse.

It's a fast read, and a worthy telling of a tale. I finished it in 3 days, and enjoyed every minute.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on January 5, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Apocalypse of the Dead is killer. This is an epic tale of human survival in the zombies-are-everywhere-and-I-need-a-freaking-gun tradition. Faced with countless undead, the book's four major storylines follow the survivors of a zombie plague. As the stories interweave, they create a terrifying tapestry of mayhem, weaponry, and gore. When a bite or a scratch can make a friend instantly turn into a drooling, clawing, and hungry zombie, it's a dangerous world indeed.

The story begins two years after the events in McKinney's Dead City. Houston has been walled off with its borders enforced by the Gulf Region Quarantine Authority. Trapped within are countless Infected, along with a handful of non-infected humans struggling to stay alive in a world that has written them off as collateral damage. What they want most is to escape. And escape, they do... accidently taking the undead filovirus with them.

Uncontrolled and unstoppable, the virus spreads around the world and society collapses. The survivors are left to fend for themselves. Needless to say, most are unprepared for such an event. A blind woman, an escaped convict, Florida retirees, a preacher and his flock, a police sharpshooter, a motorcycle gang, and two guys with hookers and an RV, all find themselves living moment-to-moment, fighting for their lives. To make matters worse, not all of the survivors are nice people, and some will do anything to prevail. Anything.

As the stories converge, the survivors are faced with the question of whether it's possible to re-form society in a zombified world. The survivors are embattled and the undead aren't going away anytime soon. To make matters worse, to survive in this new world, one might have to accept the fact that the strong rule, and the weak serve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Utterly Undead Reads (and sometimes more) on March 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As a huge zombie genre fan who enjoyed 'Quarantined' by this same author, I felt this book was lacking. Perhaps I'm REALLY bugged the cover advertises 'They STILL won't stay Dead' when in fact these aren't 'dead' zombies but 'infection' zombies. I also found the way many group of uninfected moved across the country towards their destination with nothing but minor issues in a time the world is becoming overrun with zombies hard to swallow. Don't get me wrong- it's worth the read, I just don't rank it amoung my favorites. Enjoy, but don't expect too much here, seemed 'flat' somehow to me, fell short of my hopes for this one.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DenverBrian on March 20, 2011
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Joe McKinney's got a knack for tight writing and pacing, and his earlier work Dead City is a strong example of good zombie fiction.

Apocalypse of the Dead starts off in the same vein, and indeed in the same universe as Dead City, and it had all of the makings of a five-star novel...and then the author had to go and plagiarize the 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana.

The entire North Dakota "Jasper" subplot is nothing but a retelling, in many cases near word-for-word, of the Jim Jones real-life story from 30 years ago. From the look of the character, to the bizarre sexual "enrollments," to the cyanide suicides and government paranoia...the story's been better told many times, in nonfiction, and it's a sign of laziness that the whole storyline is included here, essentially verbatim.

Add that to a plot line that includes equal laziness in geography research - Emporia, Kansas is hundreds of miles east of the "straight shot north on Highway 83" that the main characters were supposedly taking to reach North Dakota - and you have a healthy dose of mush that damages an otherwise interesting effort with a good setup for a sequel.

It's too bad, especially when the author has proven with previous work that he knows how to write a book the right way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Felicia A. Sullivan on January 19, 2011
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Well done, Mr. McKinney. Again.

Though this is a sequel to McKinney's Dead City, you won't be lost at all if you haven't yet read Dead City. A sequel that works as a stand alone book. Huh. I think this may be the very first time I have seen it done RIGHT.

Dead City was nicely done, and Apocalypse of the Dead picks up several years later. The original outbreak had been contained by building a border wall, thus containing the threat of the virus spreading to any other area than the original outbreak.

The zombies were contained behind the wall...but so were human survivors that were not allowed out, and they were unceremoniously kicked to the curb and left to fend for themselves by Our Government. All it took was a boatload of escaped behind-the-wall refugees, one of them infected and, well, you know....

I liked the continuation of the Dead City world with new characters, new storylines, new situations.

Jim Jones/Jamestown-esque moments with that most whack preacherman, but believeable.

One mentionable unbelieveable moment, if I may: How in the world can you strangle a zombie with a bra? Strangulation cuts off the air supply to the brain, shutting down the body. Zombies don't breathe and have no breath to stop. Tsk, tsk on that one, Joe. I still heart you, though, man.

Volume 3 (Flesh Eaters) is supposed to be out in April 2011, I believe.
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