I live in Maryland with my wonderful wife and three cats. I love gaming, computer technology, movies, and of course, reading and writing. I love science fiction and especially horror. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, anything supernatural, all beautiful subjects.
I've been writing since I was twelve years old. There's just something about creating a story that I like. It's always fun to try to come up with something that hasn't been done, or is unique in some way. It's fun to build a character, give him a personality and background.
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I decided to write my first review ever! I love zombie books and am always looking for a little differentiation amongst them. This book really gave me that. The books jumps right into the action, provides plenty of surprises, and had just enough violence or gore. The main character was unique and different from any other that I have experienced in a post-apocalyptic zombie book. There was even some romance in it, which I also love. It was a page-turner from the beginning and was disappointed to see it come to an end. I was very happy with this book and would highly recommend it to others for their collections!
Dead Living, by Glenn Bullion, is not your ordinary Zombie Apocalypse. This is a book with (lots of bloody) heart.
Opening with your expected zombie-induced chaos, Bullion holds nothing back in showing the initial confusion and devastation expected by the genre. The thing that really sets this book apart, is that he quickly moves past the gore and destruction into a story with real depth and human emotions. Don't be lulled into complacency, though, because there is still plenty of blood, guts and spilled brains to keep the story moving quickly.
Aaron is a main character who seems almost too good for the new world reality, but Bullion makes sure that you see even the best of us has a breaking point. And that breaking point is a doozy.
Sam, the other main character in this book, is truly a product of her environment. Her skepticism and instinct for self-preservation are the perfect foil to Aaron's ease and self-confidence. The other, more minor characters are also very well-handled and well-rounded. Their believability is what really makes this story a good read.
On the 1-5 star rating system, I give Dead Living an enthusiastic 5 stars. If you are in the market for a good read with a bit of gore on the side, this is the book for you.
The book begins with the first zombies to rise and is very action packed. It then goes about 14 years after the zombies and we find ourselves with the 5 survivors. It's a good book not as action packed as other zombie books, it's more character driven and I really enjoyed it. I would have liked to have seen more action in this book and then I would have rated it a 5 star book.
Overall, there's nothing new under the sun in this zombie tale. It does have some good twists as well as the usual blood and gore(not a whole lot), but the story and characters are very strong--both have depth. While this book does follow a somewhat predictable zombie formula, it doesn't matter. I don't mind zombie stories following that same conventional pattern(how many new ways can you come up with this type of stuff? It's zombies trying to eat people, after all! And a new twist in this genre doesn't always equate to a book being good). As long as the writing is good(and of course the story is engaging and the characters are strong) than I am hooked.
Having said that, this book is kind of unique in regards to a trait that exists in the main character(no spoilers).
In many ways this book reminded me of Kim Paffenroth's "Dying to Live." It has that type of feel to it. The characters are in many ways similarly drawn as Paffenroth's book. And they are very believable, which I like. The dialogue, while at times comes across as a bit cheesy, seems very natural and real. This would be what I call a good, "soft" zombie story. While harsh things happen in the world the author creates, this isn't what I'd call a hard hitting zombie book.
I really enjoyed this a lot and would recommend it to those looking for a well written story with memorable characters. Well done!
i just finished this book and i loved it it was the greatest zombie book iv ever read it had a very unique story it had suspense,action, and romance it was very very good most of the time i was reading my heart was racing Dead Living was a very very good book PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL that was the best zombie book i have ever read and iv read almost all of the zombie books on amazon PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!
I actually like this one a lot. And dare I say even 4.5? Not "amazing", but really pretty good. It read a lot like Mr. Kim Paffenroth's works in the way it feels. If you like Kim's characters and worldbuilding, I think you would like this one a lot. It's not the bloody, gory, hardcore stuff, but there is some of that in there. The "outbreak" is never explained, and only takes place in the first couple of chapters. The story is more about Aaron, who was born on the day of the outbreak, and first begins 14 years later. Tragedy befalls, then it's 9 years later, and we journey with the grown up Aaron, who has a special secret. We discover later that some of the zombies are special, too.
Meanwhile, a group of good folks are making a go of it in Lexington, MD at a former high school. On a scavenging mission, the other main character, Samantha, runs into Aaron, and the two socially awkward youths form a relationship of sorts. He's a happy man, unusual for the time, she's a cold and hardcore chick. Aaron and Samantha have a ton of adventures, becoming ever closer. And I can't say anything else without revealing plot points!
Good, solid ending, and if you can stand another touchy, feely zombie book, with a tight, well developed story, this is a good one to read.