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Dead Earth: The Green Dawn [Kindle Edition]

Mark Justice , David T. Wilbanks
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Something bad has happened in Nevada.

No one knows what it is for sure. Rumors fly about plagues and secret government experiments. And the President isn't talking.

In Serenity, New Mexico, Deputy Sheriff Jubal Slate has his hands full. It seems that half the town, including his mother and his boss, are sick from an unusual malady.

Even more worrisome is the oddly-colored dawn sky.

Then a stranger crashes through town, a woman with a nightmarish story about what really happened in the Nevada desert.

Soon, the townspeople of Serenity start dying.

And they won't stay dead.

"Green skies, grey skin, yellow pustules ... the end begins like this. A thrilling, brutal apocalyptic novella - a cross between Romero, King, and the classic The Body Snatchers - this one will have you watching the skies for months to come." -- Tim Lebbon, author of Dusk and Berserk

"There have been quite a few zombie stories floating around lately, but Dead Earth: The Green Dawn is less concerned with zombies and the blood and gore that accompany them than it is with the characters surrounding them. Mark Justice and David Wilbanks wisely and skillfully populate their story with vivid characters we're allowed to take time to get to know and care about. And while we're doing that, the writers gradually build a sense of dread that steadily becomes smothering. By the time the flesh-hungry zombies stagger onto the scene, the reader is in such a state of panic, he's ready to scream. Dead Earth: The Green Dawn marks the welcome debut of two talented new writers to the horror genre, and I look forward to their next work." -- Ray Garton, author of The Loveliest Dead

"There are, it sometimes seems, a million zombie stories out there. Dead Earth: The Green Dawn is not like any of the others. Filled with well-crafted characters, a fast plot and enough action for a dozen novels, the story pushes past the boundaries that have been set before and rises to a new zenith. If you're tired of the same old undead, try the new improved model."-- James A. Moore, author of Blood Red

"Dead Earth: The Green Dawn is a rich tapestry of post-apocalyptic horror, fully-realized and wonderfully written. Unique and surprising, this is sure to please readers who enjoy end-of-the-world fiction." -- Brian Keene, author of The Conqueror Worms and City of the Dead.

"Messieurs Justice and Wilbanks manage to blast new life into the zombified sub-genre of the living-dead. Their novella Dead Earth: The Green Dawn packs more dramatic power than the typical zombie novel. The characters come alive on the page--the question is: how long will they stay that way?" -- Randy Chandler, author of Bad Juju and HELLz BELLz


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"A thrilling, brutal apocalyptic novella - a cross between Romero, King, and the classic The Body Snatchers - this one will have you watching the skies for months to come." -- Tim Lebbon, author of Dusk and Berserk

"Marks the welcome debut of two talented new writers to the horror genre, and I look forward to their next work." -- Ray Garton, author of The Loveliest Dead

"Filled with well-crafted characters, a fast plot and enough action for a dozen novels, the story pushes past the boundaries that have been set before and rises to a new zenith. If you're tired of the same old undead, try the new improved model."-- James A. Moore, author of Blood Red

"A rich tapestry of post-apocalyptic horror, fully-realized and wonderfully written. Unique and surprising, this is sure to please readers who enjoy end-of-the-world fiction." -- Brian Keene, author of The Conqueror Worms and City of the Dead.

"Packs more dramatic power than the typical zombie novel. The characters come alive on the page--the question is: how long will they stay that way?" -- Randy Chandler, author of Bad Juju and HELLz BELLz

Product Details

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (October 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00495XRCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Read! November 4, 2010
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When I started reading The Green Dawn, it felt like I was slipping into familiar surroundings where I knew I'd be at home. The story focuses on one individual, Deputy Jubal Slate. He's responsible, alone, for the safety of the small town of Serenity, New Mexico, after many folks have taken ill with a strange virus. Those affected include his mother, the sheriff, and his fellow deputies. But Jubal is not overly concerned, as Serenity is normally a quiet little town that can pretty much take care of itself. However, as the day moves along, Jubal becomes more and more concerned because rumors of tragedy in Nevada begin to spread.

When a mysterious car blazes into town and drops off an extremely ill stranger, things move from the realm of uncertainty to the realm of dire circumstances. To put it kindly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Serenity. And Jubal Slate, the lone remaining vestige of law and order, has to fight for the survival of the town and those he loves.

Normally, I'm a little hesitant when it comes to collaborations. I worry that styles will clash or the story will be disjointed. But there was no such thing in The Green Dawn. The writing flows wonderfully and the story moves at breakneck speed. There is a nice little twist as to the cause of the chaos, and the book leaves you wanting more.

I honestly haven't had this much fun reading a book in a good while. If you want a fast, exciting read then The Green Dawn is for you. This book is the first in a larger series, so don't expect to get all the answers at the end of it. And beware if you're squeamish; there is violence, blood, and guts in this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Radar....this one flew under it. March 15, 2012
By Evan
Format:Kindle Edition
I have a longer review going up somewhere but wanted to post one here.

This book is everything you want from a good sci-fi apocalypse story. Oh yes and I forgot the Zombies. This is a short novella that you can finish in a day or two. Give it a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read November 27, 2014
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I've never been a big fan of zombie stories which may explain why I waited so long to pick up this novella by Mark Justice and David T. Wilbanks. I've read enough other pieces from both men individually to know how talented they are, but still I waited because of my bias against zombie stories. Recently, I decided to put that aside and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
This tale takes place in the small town of Serenity, New Mexico. Police officer Jubal Slate notices a green tint to the sky on his way to work on a morning when everyone else has called in sick. Before long an illness has infected nearly everyone in Serenity, including Jubal's mother, his father figure boss, and his fiancé. Jubal soon learns other areas are dealing with the same issue and have enacted quarantine protocols. He also learns his fiancé has been experiencing the same mysterious dreams he's been having about a strange-looking, red cloaked man commanding a horde of zombies. Jubal struggles to try and save his loved ones from the horrors invading Serenity and to learn what's causing it.
This is a fast-paced read filled with great characters, eerie dreams, zombies, aliens, action and the occasional touch of humor as well. Give DEAD EARTH: THE GREEN DAWN a read even if, like me, you aren't a big fan of zombies. I think you'll find yourself swept along to the very end. Afterward, the story continues on with DEAD EARTH: THE VENGEANCE ROAD and DEAD EARTH: SANCTUARY, all from Permuted Press.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was pretty good December 10, 2012
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You get to know the characters pretty well which makes you want to read part 2. Jubal is an interesting character.
The story line of course is about Zombies so if you are into that read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh concept for zombies...ABOUT TIME! November 28, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be purchasing the second title Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road. The story shares some plot points similar to the video game Half-Life but it is so well written that I still consider it a fresh take on the zombie horror genre. I Highly recommend reading if you're a fan of zombie horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read... May 25, 2012
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This book was interesting to say the least. It moved along pretty quickly, but at the same time, almost too quickly. You didn't get to know any of the characters besides the main two well enough to care whether they lived or died. And I know that this is a continued story but I don't know that I'll purchase the next in the series. The sci-fi direction that the ending is heading toward does not interest me in the slightest. It's like it thrown in there all of a sudden because the author had no other idea. It just didn't seem to mesh. Hopefully I'm wrong and things turn out differently than I'd expect. Maybe I'll find out someday!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of the Zombie Apocalypse February 9, 2012
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"Dead Earth: The Green Dawn" is a fun, briskly paced novella following the life of a young sheriff's deputy during the beginning of what turns out to be a zombie apocalypse. While some of the elements at first appear to be "standard zombie apocalypse fare", the authors handle these elements well and throw in some interesting twists to show that these are not your standard-issue zombies. (I wont say more so I can keep this spoiler free. Let's just say the origin and "purpose" of the zombies sets this story apart.) The authors' decision to concentrate on just one protagonist also adds to the enjoyment of the story. We follow young Jubal Slate closely and see just how he is changed by these events.

The book is a quick read and feels like a introduction to a larger story. This is because, it is... After reading "Dead Earth: The Green Dawn", one immediately wants to pick up their follow-up novel "Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road". After tasting this appetizer and enjoying it, I'm looking forward to their main course.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars THE GREEN DAWN is a fun B zombie movie in book form
DEAD EARTH: THE GREEN DAWN is a fun B zombie movie in book form. Maybe A- or B+ zombie movie. And this is a compliment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Gauthier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start!
Jubal Slate is a young deputy sheriff in the small town of Serenity, New Mexico. He enjoys his quiet town, loves his fiance, and has a good relationship with his mother. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S.A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, gripping and not predictable
If u love zombies and suspense, you've got an awesome, edge of your seater! Get your cocoa ready and popcorn too!
Published 15 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars good story!
I found the book to be interesting and well paced. The characters are people you want to get to know.
Published 19 months ago by Adam Drenning
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Earth: The Green Dawn
This is an amazing book. Plus it is free. And it is worth the space. All though if you are squeamish I wouldn't read it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMELY WRITTEN!
WOW! I have never read a zombie book like this, the author made this story work. I don't want to spoil it for others,so I won't give out on where the virus came from that turned... Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by caridad cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars horror fan says yes!
As a horror and apocalyptic novel fan, I have just discovered Permuted Press, and this is one of the best I have read so far! I always say the characters make a good book. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Donald Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Short story
I really would have liked this to have been longer, I was really getting into it. This is a different take on the usual zombie books and really worth picking up.
Published on March 5, 2013 by avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Interesting twist on the zombie apocalypse. Makes you feel like your are riding shotgun with Slate. On to the next book now.
Published on March 3, 2013 by Scott R. Mcnemar
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Earth: The Green Dawn by David T. Wilbanks, Mark Justice,...
I had been wanting to read this for quite sometime, and I'm very glad that I did. Usually I'm not into alien books, but this one was very good! Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Brandy Nicole Havers
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