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Apocalypse of the Dead Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2010

4.1 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Dead World Series

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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 Quarantined, Dodging Bullets, and the four-part Dead World series. He has a master's degree in English literature and has worked as a homicide detective and a disaster mitigation specialist for the San Antonio Police Department. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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: 4.4 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Pretty good, but tedious. I can't read more than one of these books a month. I really feel kinda gross, filthy, and exhausted after reading it. He has some interesting concepts. I will continue to read them but at a slower pace
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I enjoy the fact that you can enter this series anywhere and not be lost. Each book is it's own separate story - giving you a look into the disaster from a slightly different perspective. Some characters move from book to book but you are never lost. This one is well written and outstanding character development. Read this series.
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I am so glad I took the deal to get my first book by Joe McKinney. I have now purchased & read 3 of his books & they are fantastic. Be careful- if you read these books you can't put them down! Excellent charactors, plots that pull you directly into the story, making Zombies totally believable.
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After the first book, this really is disturbing about how the government responded to the original outbreak and created a quarantine zone that it allows no one out of regardless of the situation. Really disturbing but not surprising on the government sacrificing several individuals for the "greater good" Disturbing with the way that the nation is tending to lean now with the current government administration that is now in office. I am sure this was running through the authors mind when this was written.

Of course, the quarantine was broken by "dissidents" so you can figure out what happens after that. Add in a charismatic religious leader and a cult and you have a recipe for a really entertaining novel. Immediately bought the third book.
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