Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Dead Reckoning Hardcover – June 5, 2012
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
ROSEMARY EDGHILL is the author and coauthor of numerous fantasy novels, including the Bedlam's Bard and Shadow Grail series with Mercedes Lackey.MERCEDES LACKEY is the author of over 100 fantasy novels, including the bestselling Valdemar series.mercedeslackey.com
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
Deep in the heart of Texas three young souls, each on their own mission, band together to battle (you guessed it) zombies. Jett Gallatin is a young woman passing as a man, gambler, and sharpshooter as she scours the west looking for her twin brother who disappeared at the end of the war. Honoria Gibbons is a headstrong woman with a scientific mind set out to investigate mysterious disturbances and whether or not they can be credited to the invisible air ships someone is attempting to sell her father. White Fox (who for some reason isn't even mentioned in the publisher's blurb, he is a main character, see him there on the cover behind Jett and much more visible than Gibbons?) is a white man raised by natives, working as a civilian scout for the US Army set out to investigate what has happened to a soldier's family.
Is anyone else extremely turned off when books are pitched as `perfect for fans of _________'? This almost always assures I won't pick up a book. I feel like I'm constantly thinking `oh, this is another dystopian that wants to be the next Hunger Games? No, thank you.' And Dead Reckoning fell into that pile for me when I read the lines "perfect for fans of Cowboys vs. Aliens and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.Read more ›
1) Are you a young woman under 16?
2) If you are over 16, did you like the Wild Wild West movie with Will Smith?
3) Do you know or care about anything in the post-civil war American West?
If you answered yes to the first two, carry on. This book should amuse you. If you answered yes to the third question, well, proceed with caution.
In this Reconstruction west, three very different people fetch up in a small town at the same time. Jett is a woman in disguise, on the hunt for her missing twin brother. For two years, she has ridden as a gunslinger and gambler. Gibbons is an archetypical slightly obsessed inventor who also happens to be a pretty girl traveling alone. And White Fox is a white man adopted as a child by a native tribe, and now making a living as an army scout.
They do not get killed by zombies at this point. Instead, they band together to try to figure out the causes behind the sudden plague of undead, and how to stop them. There are delightful twists and turns and the effective application of the scientific method.
If I had a complaint about this book, it's that it seems slight. I kept wanting a little more introspection about the zombies, but then that lack may be what keeps it from reading as pure horror.
I enjoyed Jett pining for her laces and crinolines after two years of gunbelts, and then realizing that they feel confining and worrisome to her after her freedom.
Read if: You want relatively fluffy non-horrifying zombies. You are craving a book where women have a lot of agency. You are like my son and don't want romance cluttering up your action stories.Read more ›
In this novel, Jett Gallatin is a gambler and shooter. Born Phillipa Sheridan on a plantation in Louisiana, Jett had learned to act like a boy from her twin brother. Her brother had gone off to fight in the Civil War and hadn't returned. Now she is searching for him.
White Fox is a white raised by the Indians. Now he is a scout for the Tenth Cavalry.
Honoris Verity Providentia Gibbons is a scientist and inventor. Her father had become rich from his mechanical patents and sends her out to investigate people trying to swindle his money.
In this story, Jett comes into Alsop, a small town on the Chisholm Trail. Her horse Nightingale is a black stallion with black tack trimmed with silver. Jett also wears black with silver trim and a pair of ivory-handled Colts.
Jett stops at the saloon and gets a beer. One of the locals is about to start a fight when Nightingale whinnies a warning. Zombies file through the front entrance.
The bartender fires both barrels of his shotgun at the creatures. One has an arm shot off and another is knocked off its feet. Yet neither is disabled.
The patrons start blasting at the zombies without effect. Soon they run out of ammunition. Jett puts her hand on a Colt and backs along the bar. Then she jumps through the front window.
There are also zombies in the streets. It looks like they have gone into every building along the way. The ones in the street don't have weapons like those in the saloon, but they can hit with their arms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this specifically because my partner and friends and I have all enjoyed some Mercedes Lackey books before. This one had an interesting idea, but wasn't a riveting read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by IrishFire
A couple of good writers and excellent storytellers, too bad they are wasting their time on this drivel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Donovan
This was a quick and entertaining read. Jett is a compelling protagonist who draws in the reader from the first page. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Young
Honestly it reads as a good juvenile book not like her normal adult publications. It read to me as a book geared for younger tweens rather full teen to adult readers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nancy
An unexpected story in an unusual setting, like Dr. Frankenstein meets the Sundance Kid and the wacky professor from 'Back to the Future'. A good read.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Let me start by saying that I am a big Mercedes Lackey fan. I read this book for free, as a library book. I wanted to give it 4 stars, because the story is very good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by cntry momma