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

Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786023589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786023585
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe McKinney has his feet in several different worlds. In his day job, he has worked as a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a DWI Enforcement officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, the director of the City of San Antonio's 911 Call Center, and a patrol supervisor. He played college baseball for Trinity University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in American History, and went on to earn a Master's Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the manager of a Barnes & Noble for a while, where he indulged a lifelong obsession with books. He published his first novel, Dead City, in 2006, a book that has since been recognized as a seminal work in the zombie genre. Since then, he has gone on to win two Bram Stoker Awards and expanded his oeuvre to cover everything from true crime and writings on police procedure to science fiction to cooking to Texas history. The author of more than twenty books, he is a frequent guest at horror and mystery conventions. Joe and his wife Tina have two lovely daughters and make their home in a little town just outside of San Antonio, where he pursues his passion for cooking and makes what some consider to be the finest batch of chili in Texas. You can keep up with all of Joe's latest releases by friending him on Facebook.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Josh Brooks on February 11, 2007
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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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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on January 7, 2007
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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Griffin on January 8, 2007
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Ranic on June 13, 2010
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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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