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Dead End: A Zombie Novel Paperback – December 7, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Living Dead Press (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193545840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935458401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book hoping for a new zombie apocalypse type of story, and I was once again disappointed. This book is just another rehash of the standard zombie story. The dead come back to life, chaos ensues, society as we know it collapses, and a small number of people try to make their way through the mess while staying alive. Not really a lot of wiggle room there for alterations, but I always hope that I'll find what I'm looking for.

Now Permuted Press really isn't my favorite publishing house to buy from because of Anthony Giangregario's childish antics and his poor editing and writing skills. But I decided to be fair and give him a chance.

I wasn't expecting anything great, and I wasn't disappointed. However instead of just complain, I'm going to list things I liked and things I didn't like, just to keep it fair. So let's dive right in!

What I Liked:

No explanation of why the dead started to rise. This may be just my personal preference, but when stories try to explain why there are zombies walking around eating people, it takes something away from the story and slows down the action. It's always been my opinion that if the dead began to rise and you were running and fighting for your life, you wouldn't really care where the zombies came from or why they rose from the dead. You'd be too busy trying to just to keep yourself and your loved ones alive, getting food and finding a safe place to sleep.

Slow zombies. I HATE running zombies, or "the infected," or whatever those things from 28 Days Later were. Again, just a personal preference.

Head shots kill the zombies. Romero type zombies that die when you destroy the brain, again, always my favorite type of zombies.
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I am a big fan of zombie and apocalyptic horror and have enjoyed every other title I've read from Permuted Press, however this book is so poorly written and the story so flat I couldn't force myself to read more than a few chapters, despite wanting to give it a chance since I paid full price for it at a local brick & mortar book store.

I usually have to force myself to stop reading similar books and couldn't put down Day by Day Armageddon, Dying to Live, and Thunder and Ashes, all from the same publisher. If you love the genre, Permuted Press has a lot of incredible titles, but this is not one of them.
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I almost put the book down after reading the first page. Characters are 2D, not individuals in the slightest. All the tense moments fall flat, and overall the story is very predictable. Not to mention he managed to make classic mistakes that writers are taught not to do in any basic writing class.

The best part of the book was the short story they tossed in the back, not the title story. It was surprisingly very good, and I enjoyed it. Perhaps the author should stick to short stories.
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this was the first and last i picked up for this series, its way too long for a book thats not very captivating, i found myself skimming through most of it. the main characters are boring and as uninteresting as the book and also seem to be alot dumber that the zombies. dont bother wasting your time on this one. no good cliffhangers. no good plot lines. theres just no good in this book.
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Where do I start. Good idea of banding together but the idea of a large group of survivors letting themselves be treated like slaves? Far-fetched at best. Add in that it is poorly written with almost a "see Spot run" style makes this one to avoid.
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Giangregorio seems to have a whole slew of zombie novels here on Amazon, none of which had any reviews before the first reviewer took a chance on this one. I was a little leery with numerous titles and no reviews, worried that somehow I was not privy to some sort of self publishing joke. There are plenty of bad zombie novels out there and I have read quite a few. I am not one to avoid anything with a zombie in it, so I was bound to try this author out. I am just glad to have had someone else take the leap before I did.

This is definitely a self published work (I have not heard of the company Xlibris before, but I am guessing that they are much like I Universe and others giving an author a chance to print their own stuff). There are definitely typos in this story, a lot of too for to and vice versa, some misplaced " marks, etc. but really one of the better self published efforts. A good editor could have really sharpened this story up and tightened the errors and a few awkward phrases here and there but the author has done a good job of creating a vivid story with characters you can appreciate as real and grow attached to through the story.

Our main character is Adam, who is coping with the death of his parents at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. He is taken in by his neighbors, Paul and Josey, who are hiding out in their cellar as the world around them crumbles. After a few weeks stuck underground they begin to run out of food and start to search for other survivors.

Don't expect any major twists on the Romero zombie formula. For me that is not a problem, as I enjoy the traditional stuff as well as the variations that are out there. For me, zombie stories are about the scares and the character development.
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