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DEAD: Fortunes & Failures Kindle Edition

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Book 1: DEAD: The Ugly Beginning
Book 2: DEAD: Revelations
Book 3: DEAD: Fortunes & Failures
Book 4: DEAD: Winter
Book 5: DEAD: Siege & Survival
Book 6: DEAD: Confrontation
Book 7: DEAD: Reborn
Book 8: DEAD: Darkness Before Dawn
Book 9: DEAD: Spring (Summer 2014)
Book 10 DEAD: Reclamation (Winter 2014)

About the Author

Welcome to MY world...

A few minutes with author TW Brown.

Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest with my wife Denise, a Border Collie named Aoife, a guitar collection, and an increasing number of aquariums sporting a variety of fish (cichlids are my new favorites), I live for football season when I can cheer on the Oregon Ducks and be disappointed by my Seattle Seahawks once again. I am a fan of Cookie Monster, KISS, and Dr. Who (along with most things British).

His blog can be found at: 
You can contact him at:
You can follow him on twitter @maydecpub and on Facebook under Todd Brown, Author TW Brown, and also under May December Publications.

TW Brown is the author of the Zomblog series, his horror comedy romp, That Ghoul Ava, and, of course...the DEAD series. Safely tucked away in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, he moves away from his desk only at the urging of his Border Collie, Aoife. (Pronounced Eye-fa)

He plays a little guitar on the side...just for fun...and makes up any excuse to either go trail hiking or strolling along his favorite place...Cannon Beach. He answers all his emails sent to and tries to thank everybody personally when they take the time to leave a review of one of his works.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4378 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (November 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MVYU8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a bummer. Now I have to wait until May for book four. This series is so good, I know I'll be disappointed when it ends. I know Todd has plans for ten or twelve books but as good as they are, I'm not sure that will be enough. Greedy I am. Anyway, you shouldn't miss this series. Can't say enough good.
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This is the third book in TW Brown's Dead series and yes, I have read and reviewed each one! I am ADDICTED to these books! You know when you love a particular author's series and once you get the newest installment, it feels like you are being reunited with old friends? Well, that is exactly how I feel when reading these books. I absolutely could not wait to get back to the characters and see what was going to happen next. From the moment I opened it up on my kindle and read the first paragraph, I was transported back to the aftermath of a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over and any decision that is made could mean life or death.

I am so impressed with the way Brown keeps coming up with brilliant ideas and how he adds to the story lines without forcing it. The characters and their actions seem so natural. In the third installment, Brown is setting up the characters for the brutal winter to come. He answers some questions from the last book, introduces a few new people and, as always, never fails to keep the surprises coming. Also, a few of the repugnant characters finally get their comeuppance! YAY!

One thing that I have never done while reading a Dead book is cry. I'm not a girly-girl type and it takes a lot to get me emotional or sad while reading a book. I will admit that I did choke up in one part of this book and let a few tears fall. That is the beauty of Brown's writing - you never know what is going to happen. The characters can go from fighting zombies to a touching moment in the blink of an eye.

I just want to say that if you haven't read these books yet, you MUST buy them! I have heard some people say that they don't like horror, or gory-type stories, but the Dead series is so much more than that.
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Format: Paperback
In Dead: The Ugly Beginning, the first book in this series, a guy named Steve reflects back on the beginning of a zombie outbreak. The POV switched between various individuals and groups, but the shifts were easy to follow, despite the large cast, which included Juan Hoya, who'd been living in his car for eight months before the outbreak reached him, a group of geeks: Mike, Kevin, and Cary - online friends who created a survival plan that fell apart pretty quickly, and Ian, who was trapped initially trapped in his prison cell, and eventually parted ways with the other inmates. The book had ended with a huge cliffhanger.

In the second book, Dead: Revelations, there were fewer main characters to keep track of, due to the zombie hordes, and a nut-job militia group led by a man named Shaw. A pattern emerged between the multiple survivor groups; connections from their former lives, as well as Shaw's group becoming the main threat for the area. The survivors also discovered more about the nature of the zombie virus, such as immunity to bites.

I thought Dead: Fortunes & Failures would be released close enough to Revelations that I would remember all the storylines, but I still had trouble recalling who was doing exactly what at the end of the second book. Luckily, Brown did a great job of recapping prior events through flashback memories of the characters reminiscing about their survival experiences. Many of the groups that were split up unexpectedly reunite in the third book, but not without some losses.
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I am a huge zombie fan and was introduced to the Dead: series fairly recently. I have gone through the first 3 books in a matter of days. I love the progression of the characters and find them likeable (or hateable in some cases). I would highly recommend this series to zombie fans. So why only 3 stars? The editing sucks! I download the kindle books & read them on my iPad. There are so many gramatical & spelling errors that makes it hard to read in several places. The books have been out for a while. In the case of electronic file (such as ebooks) it should be simple to proof read & make corrections. Altough the ebook cost much less than the paperback, that should not translate into less quality.
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First thoughts about the cover of Dead: Fortunes & Failures? Zombie dog and a little zombie girl… K. Fighting the urge to back away slowly. Little zombie kiddies are creepy as hell. Either that zombie girl is curled around the zombie dog, or she’s part of the dog. Either way, that’s creepy as hell. My zombie curiosity is peeked, must delve into this story.

This book is several stories on a series of rotating chapters. One of the main characters in one of the stories is Kevin. He is one of the absolutely perfect persons to have with you in a zombie apocalypse. He is strong, resourceful, very smart, and very logical. Without him lots of people probably would have died early in the story. He is a bit of a geek, and that is a good thing. Absolutely one of my favorite characters in this book.

The character I’m rooting for the zombies to get fast is Garrett. He is a vile, cruel, and evil person. If there is anyone that zombies need to off in a horrible fashion, it would be him. He show the lows that some of humanity would sink to without law and order. It’s scary to think about people like him existing, but they do. They wear their masks well. I fear for if something happens and people like him are able to take their mask of humanity off to show their true monstrous natures within.

This story starts from a prior stopping point of this series. It starts strong and goes straight to an odd queasy icky factor that helps bring the story alive. After that it slows down for a bit before it picks back up with a vengeance. The characters are so well written that you get emotionally invested in their lives, and in some cases, their deaths.

I really like the Narrator Andrew McFerrin’s voice.
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