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Dead End: A Zombie Novel Paperback – December 7, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't have to go far is this one to find the first mistake; the very first sentence had no period, in the edition I read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Utterly Undead Reads (and sometimes more)
I liked the story, maybe it's because I'm in the Army, not as smart as some English professor. I just fly helicopters, you know, simple stuff. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Samuel C. Garcia
Just got a kindle and bought a bunch of zombie novels. I had a hard time getting into the story at first but was able to make it through the whole story eventually. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Mont C
I recently finished reading Dead End and can honestly say that I loved the book. The characters were believable, the action was lively and graphic, and the ending plausable. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Bec
I just finished "Dead End" and I feel it was a pretty enjoyable book. Not among the best zombie fiction but certainly not the worst. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Kevin Brown
This is my first Permuted Press title and while I did enjoy the story, I can't help but think the editor missed quite a few things. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Salvatore Scibona's National Book award shortlisted debut novel, //The End//, transports his readers to the Italian suburb of Elephant Park, Ohio, circa 1953. Read morePublished on January 14, 2010 by Sacramento Book Review
Everyone who loves zombie books has to add this one to there collection. You won't go wrong with this one :}Published on August 30, 2009 by Whatif
I really enjoyed Dead End. This post-apocalyptic tale showed the good and bad sides of human behavior during a zombie invasion. Read morePublished on July 11, 2009 by Sheri A. Gambino