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Dead (A Lot) [Kindle Edition]

Howard Odentz
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Book Description

Last Friday night, the world changed--and not for the better.

Zombies are among us. School's out for the foreseeable future, and with Mom and Dad at the lake house, my twin and I are on our own in this mess. Which is fine as long as we can avoid being on the menu.

Tripp Light's teenage world is suddenly filled with "poxers"--the infected ones, the ones that have the Necropoxy virus. In an entire world gone mad and bad, Tripp's only hope of survival is to clear a path through zombie land with his sister and head for the hills (aka his aunt's farm) to rendezvous with his parents.

Success clearly favors the fittest and the fastest. Survival demands the twins make hard, ruthless decisions, but that all changes when Tripp and his twin hear a distress call via the radio. Prianka Patel, a girl Tripp loves to hate, is trapped and surrounded in a bakery. Soon, the twins have quite a collection of misfits and survivors and miles to go before anyone can sleep safely again.

No matter where Tripp looks, everyone everywhere is dead.

Like really dead . . . a lot.

Howard Odentz is a life-long resident of Western Massachusetts, where he divides his time between writing and tending a small farm. His love of animals, along with the lore of the region, often finds its way into his stories. The supernatural plays a major role in Mr. Odentz's writing. He is endlessly fascinated by the psychological aspects of those who are thrown into otherworldly circumstances.

In addition to Dead (A Lot), he has penned two full length musical comedies, including "Piecemeal," which tells the backstory of Victor Frankenstein's Hollywood-created protégé, Igor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a great read (which it is) August 6, 2013
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I just finished reading Dead (a lot). It wasn't exactly my first choice genre, however, I was absolutely hooked from the very first line to the very last. It was (sorry for the cliche) a page turner, expertly written, laugh out loud funny, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. More importantly, it wasn't just another zombie story. It was a powerful social commentary on the ability of differently abled people to make a great contribution to society. True, this book is a fast-paced, great read, but it is also a great reminder of the importance of tolerance and creating community, regardless of what the members look like. I can't wait for volume 2.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It (A Lot)! August 20, 2013
When I grabbed my cousin's copy of 'Dead (A Lot)' off of the kitchen counter and decided to read the first chapter of the novel on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I didn't know what to expect from it. But what I do know is that after I finished reading those first few pages, I quickly tore into the remaining 250-something in a manner that can only be compared to the ravenous appetites of the "poxers" (zombies) that the book carefully details. For fans of the genre, or any sci-fi/doomsday lovers, this books is a must-read. But for people, like myself, that like to keep an open mind and will read anything as long as it sparks their interest, this books is still a must-read. Mr. Odentz's writing style is a breath of fresh air. The novel is very easy to follow and is written in enough detail to satisfy the reader's imagination. And on top of that, the plot is original, full of twists and turns, and edges the reader on until all of its elements come to a bang at the book's end. I found it amazing how much I laughed while reading the novel and yet still managed to understand the gravity of living in a post-apocalyptic world filled with the walking dead. You will definitely become attached to the characters and will enjoy watching them change with the world around them. I know a 14 year old and a 63 year old reading this book, and both of them love it. No matter who you are, I promise you that you will find something in 'Dead (A Lot)' that appeals to you. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Odentz, and wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to this work printed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Martin's Seal of Approval October 7, 2013
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(Disclosure - I know the author)

I have never been a zombie fan, "The Walking Dead" gives me nightmares, and I'm far removed from my teen years. But I haven't giggled through a book like this in years. I bought the book, knowing I had a long plane flight with time to kill; and I spent the entire flight giggling, snorting, and outright guffawing. I was "that person" on the flight: laughing out loud at a book, waving at you, saying, "This is great! You should read this!"

Dystopian/apocalyptic novels with a teen protagonist are a dime a dozen right now. But those with a male lead with accurate "teen-speak" are quite unusual. You can tell that the author's background is musical theatre where dialogue is of critical importance. The bickering between the siblings is captured well, as is their choices in words, phrasing, and general decision making and behaviours. The "zombie apocalypse" is almost secondary, as the relationships and struggle of the characters is the what drives the story. For those from or who have lived in New England, the environment is captured beautifully as are the quirks of the local inhabitants.

Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining (a Lot) August 4, 2013
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The beauty of this book is the way that Odentz captures both the comedy as well as the horror of the zombie apocalypse though realistic characters and their earnest responses. Driving a standard, navigating a town you've lived in all your life but never actually driven through yourself, assessing danger and threats and figuring out the basics of survival are just some of the obsticles the Tripp twins have to overcome. And then there's the poxers... Odentz takes the book from a light romp through Western Mass with the masterful way he builds suspense.

This book is a win for new or experienced readers alike. I'll be sending a copy to my pre-teen nephew and to his grandma and I expect both to find it engaging and entertaining.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sumer Read! August 6, 2013
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I found myself with a "few" free minutes so I sat down to start reading Dead (A Lot) - 3 hours later I was still sitting there in the same spot reading - I could not put it down. This book is a great "Summer read" and a MUST if you are a fan of zombies and Sci Fi. I agree with a previous review that it will appeal to all age groups. Dead (A Lot) does not disappoint!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 4, 2013
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The book is an amazing, well-written, funny work. It caters to all of my zombie needs! The book itself is impossible to put down, and you will want to read it again and again! I highly recommend this book to all; zombie lovers or not. it is the perfect gift for avid readers, as well as zombie fans!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies are back October 4, 2013
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A friend recommended this book as a possible gift for a zombie-obsessed pre-teen. While such books seem to usually wallow in gore or get bogged down in the idiotic decisions made by the protagonists, this one is written with fast pacing and a sharp humor that kids will find appealing. The main characters are savvy kids and you root for them as they take on the legions of the undead. Hoping the kid in question will like it...and pretty sure that his parents will like it better than the las (completely age inappropriate) gift I inadvertently bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!!
I am new to the whole zombie apocalypse scenario and this was great!! Mr. Odentz has a great talent of describing the life of the surviving Western MA residents but with a sense of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jennifer Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book! Laughed so hard! The twisted, ironic humor is right up my alley.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy this very much
I did enjoy this very much. I read it in the fall which set the mood for Halloween. I especially liked it because it had sections that took me to an area where I grew up in and I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DONNA DULUDE
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
this book grabbed me from the start. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. It was funny and the characters were really likeable.
Published 8 months ago by gatonh
5.0 out of 5 stars derpo1
I Know Howard and I got a signed book!!!!!!!! I luv this book I recomend to teeens sooooo good, zombies if u like them read -peace out
Published 8 months ago by A. Nault
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Ride
Zombie book are my current favorite read, yet I have come to the realization that not all zombie books are equal. Thankfully, Dead (A Lot) is on the positive side of that equation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Turning the Pages
5.0 out of 5 stars a whimsical zombie adventure
I loved that this was less "walking dead" and more focused on the living characters. The narrator brought me back to the chaos that high school really is, and how a zombie... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kristen S
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead (a lot)
I love this book. I wish it was longer, that's it, just longer. I would love to find out what happens to Aunt Stella, Dad, Mom, Trina, Tripp, Jimmy, Prianka, Sanjay, Bullseye,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very quick read
Stared this book the other night and I could not put it down. It is a very quick and easy read that keeps the readers interest. I would recommend this book to every age reader. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Glenn R Rubin
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
A fun read. I am a teacher so I like to read young adult novels to stay connected to my students and be able to recommend books I believe they will enjoy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DMC
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More About the Author

Howard Odentz is the author of 'Dead A Lot' and creator of the original musical comedies 'In Good Spirits' and 'Piecemeal'. Mr. Odentz is a life-long resident of Western Massachusetts. He often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay State into his work.

Born and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Mr. Odentz and his family now call the small town of Wilbraham their home.

Howard divides his time between writing and tending a small farm, which presently includes two llamas, 10 chickens, a herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats, his attack cat, Severus, and a wildly intellectual West Highland Terrier named Einstein. His love of animals, along with the lore of the region, often finds their way into his stories.

Mr. Odentz is no stranger to the written word. After receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he co-founded Writer's Ink, a wholesale gift company specializing in framed inspirations. He also enjoyed a successful career as a director of communications at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition, he combined his love of musical theater, comedy, and music into two full-length musicals that have enjoyed community, regional and professional runs across the United States.

The supernatural has always played a major role in Mr. Odentz's writing. He is endlessly fascinated by the psychological aspects of those who are thrown into otherworldly circumstances. In "Dead A Lot", Mr. Odentz plays with the notion of how a group of teenagers would respond if they were forced to confront the Zombie Apocalypse without parental supervision.

"My zombies are slow and stupid," says Mr. Odentz. "While horrifying, they are truly just a back-drop to a deeper conversation about how young adults might respond to a world where the dead don't stay that way."

'In Good Spirits' also delves into the paranormal. Mr. Odentz's full-length musical was inspired by the real-life ghostly experiences of the Opera House Players at the vintage Broad Brook Opera House in East Windsor, Connecticut. 'Piecemeal', played homage to Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', exploring the backstory Victor Frankenstein's Hollywood created protégé, Igor.

"I like writing about the supernatural world," says Mr. Odentz. "I'm from Western Massachusetts. There's more than enough paranormal activity in these parts to keep me inspired for years to come."

"Dead A Lot" is Mr. Odentz's first full-length novel.

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