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Dead City [Kindle Edition]

Joe McKinney
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Book Description

Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh...Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family...There's no place to run. No place to hide. The Zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors...but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay.


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"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." ---Brian Keene

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, which consists of Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead, Flesh Eaters, and The Zombie King. He has a master's degree in English literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has worked as a homicide detective and a disaster mitigation specialist for the San Antonio Police Department. Joe lives north of San Antonio with his wife and children. Audiobook veteran and AudioFile Earphones Award winner Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. His audiobooks include North and South by John Jakes, and a number of other Jakes titles; capers and mysteries by Donald E. Westlake (a.k.a. Richard Stark), including Money for Nothing; and Robert Jordan's fantasy-adventure fiction. In addition, Michael received Audie Award nominations for The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and Dead Aim by Thomas Perry, and a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Savages by Don Winslow.

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786017813
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (November 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OD6K8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like One of the Best Zombie Movies ,,, In My Head February 11, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read my share of horror novels. It's mainly all that I read. I'm the type of reader that gives what I'm reading cinematic detailing in my head as I read it, and I have never had so much ease and fun while doing this as I had with Dead City.

Joe McKinney captured the true essence of what makes a good zombie tale. You have your usual substance of gore, relentless crowds of zombies, the apocalyptic world, and so on. But what truly made the book was the depth and power McKinney put behind his main character, Eddie Hudson. Eddie was just a regular guy working his late-night shift as a police officer when all hell broke lose in his life. The book tells the story of Eddie as he fights for his life, accompanies many side characters, and struggles to reach his wife and 6 month old son.

What was also interesting is the reasoning that McKinney gave to the dead coming back to life. That being that a recent string of hurricanes randomly exposing a virus to the Gulf Coast. Simple. Also, the characters in the book question the zombie genre themselves. From Eddie's first assumption of the reanimated dead being zombies, him uttering the word "zombie" for the first time, a character in the book being a zombie chatroom discussionist, and other side-notes about the existence of zombies.

One negative note about the book is its ending. It was a little too formulaic for me. Up until the last 3 chapters, McKinney didn't really go against zombie movie formula. He would introduce characters, make you get involved with them, only to have their limbs ripped off a few chapters later. When it came to the end - although what you were rooting for occurs - it becomes just a little too formulaic. But it's not really something I should gripe about when comparing it to the brilliance that is the rest of the book.

Joe McKinney has a great sense of writing and character development, and I really can't wait to see what he terrifies us with next.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Zombies January 7, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Texas has been hit hard by hurricanes and Houston is under water. North, in San Antonio, the weather has been better and they are taking in refugees. But for one policeman, things are about to become a nightmare. He is forced to terminate an argument with his wife in order to respond to a call in a bad part of town. It seems that there is some sort of street brawl going on. But after responding, the truth begins to come out. What at first looks like a gang fight is revealed to be far deadlier. Some crazy people are attacking everyone they can. They stagger about and seem unstoppable. Bullets don't seem to faze them. Many are seriously wounded but pay it no mind. To make things worse, they seem to want to bite and eat people. For lack of a better explanation, they are described as zombies. A bite from one is deadly. Their numbers seem to increase very rapidly and our hero is the only one to escape this altercation.

Then the real horror begins as he quickly realizes this is not just a local thing. The whole town seems to be overrun with the zombies. The day, and night, becomes a fight for survival and a quest to find his wife and baby. His travels have him run into other survivors, some who continue to survive and some who don't. Intermittent cell phone service lets him know his wife is alive, but not where she is. In this time of crisis, some people band together and help while others are quite the opposite. Just how this story ends is left to the reader to discover but I will say it is not a standard ending but it works very well.

This is an interesting story. Zombies are becoming the rage again in books and this is one of the better offerings. At first it reminded me of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comics but it quickly found a voice of its own.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love living dead this is one for you!!! January 8, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldnt put it down from the moment I started reading it!!If there was ever a book that should be word for word produced into a movie,then this is it!!I would love to see this on the big screen.From one moment to the next Eddie Hudson who is a police officer finds himself in amazing situations tring to find his wife and child.I have to say this is by far one of the best written Living Dead books I have read in a while.There are no weird mind reading Orbs or freak zombie animals or evil vs good monsters,just good old plain dead coming back to life and that should be enough to scare the heck out of you!!This is one I wont sell as soon as Im finished,this one is going on my shelf right next to I am Legend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid zombie pageturner January 23, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across Dead City at the bookstore thinking it was a reprint of the Shane Stevens crime novel, but as a zombie movie fan, I (luckily) couldn't resist buying it. McKinney doesn't add anything new to the zombie oeuvre but does deliver plenty of head-shot action written with assurance. The ending is somewhat abrupt and anti-climactic, a minor quibble with an otherwise excellent piece of 21st century pulp.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Written for a 15 year old June 13, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is written as if you were a 15 year old child reading it. It is not geared towards adults. Plus parts just do not make sense. In one part they lose the bumper of the police car. In the next part they are pushing cars out of the way using the bumper system on the car. Huh? Another, they leave a girl in the car to move some cars blocking their way on the road. The two guys hear a scream and come back to find their car surround and the girl being munched on. Again, huh? Were these guys so far away they couldn't see ANY sign of zombies coming to the car? and no zombies went after the guys making all the noise moving cars? huh? Was she so stupid to just sit there and not run to the guys? The novel is just plain silly and dumb in parts. There is another part where they entered a fenced in area. You think "wow. How will they ever get out of this?" but again the author magically skips to one guy watching in horror as a girl on the other side of the fence is being attacked to another guy driving a vehicle through the fence. Huh? You got the impression the fenced in area was empty and now one of the guys is driving some type of vehicle through the fence. I would have enjoyed it as a young adult but not now. Skip it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced. In the tradition of The Walking Dead.
Fast paced action. Good reading. Would have liked it better though if it was book one of a series and not just a stand alone novel.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked it
Published 2 months ago by deborah mcclain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great author! No one does zombies like McKinney.
Published 3 months ago by Steve N
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Boring
I'm new to the zombie genre and was looking for a good story. I picked this book because I read an excerpt from one of his upcoming books that seemed pretty interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ljmreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This would make a great TV/Cable seeries
Published 3 months ago by J. Catts
4.0 out of 5 stars non stop action
The book is a page turner and one of the better zombie novels I've read lately. It is a little light on character development and it doesn't start to flesh out the fictional world... Read more
Published 4 months ago by anchorstump
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book
I liked the book. An easy read for the bathroom or a plane flight. Being from San Antonio myself I especially appreciated to the location of the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John T. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gripping page turner for all zombie novel fans. I'm looking forward to his next book.
Published 6 months ago by Richmond Barbie Girl
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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.

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