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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084395860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958607
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With another bleak vision of the zombie apocalypse, Keene makes a triumphant return to the still-thriving subgenre he helped revive with his 2004 debut The Rising (a movie version of which is currently in the works). Trouble begins when a virus infecting the rat population of New York City begins spreading among animals and humans alike—one bite, one drop of blood or one string of saliva is all it takes to kill its victims, within minutes, and instantly revive them as mindless, flesh-eating zombies. Narrating this grim tale is gay 30-something Lamar Reed, who makes a hair-raising trip through the carnage of zombified Baltimore before he and a small group of survivors manage to commandeer a Coast Guard ship and get it out to sea. Together, the eclectic group search the coast for a safe harbor; meanwhile, an endless parade of zombies search the survivors' floating haven for a way in. Keene piles on the gory thrills as Lamar and his shipmates struggle through this diseased world, though they can be overly chatty at times (dialoging on everything from religion to Joseph Campbell). Delivering enough shudders and gore to satisfy any fan of the genre, Keene proves he's still a lead player in the zombie horror cavalcade. (Aug.)
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More About the Author

BRIAN KEENE is the author of over thirty books, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Dead Sea, Urban Gothic, Ghoul and The Rising. He has also collaborated on novels with J.F. Gonzalez and Nick Mamatas. He also writes comic books such as The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol and Dead of Night: Devil Slayer. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French and Taiwanese. Two of his works -- Ghoul and The Ties That Bind -- have been adapted for film. Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show,, Publisher's Weekly, Fangoria, and Rue Morgue Magazine.

Customer Reviews

This book his HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for zombie fans.
Interesting to see how animals being infected by the zombie virus plays into the story of the survivors.
Michael Earls
The writing is clear, fast paced, and full of action for 200 pages out of 300.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Smith on August 6, 2007
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There are many who feel Brian Keene's zombie smash The Rising remains the pinnacle of his artistic achievements as a writer. It was a huge success and was certainly a hard act to follow, as it would have been for any new writer. But while I enjoyed The Rising, my opinion diverges from the majority. Prior to the release of Dead Sea, my personal favorite Keene novel was The Conqueror Worms, which also happened to be his least commercially successful novel. One of the things I admired most about The Conqueror Worms is that it did not feature a standard-issue hero. The elderly narrator of the first and third sections of Worms was a man who fought as best he could within his limitations, and I felt this was a finely drawn character. In Dead Sea, Keene gives us another hero not cut from the usual cloth. The narrator is a gay black male named Lamar Reed. The fact that he is gay and black are treated as facts of his existence and are not present to browbeat the non-progressive segement of the audience. Instead they inform the narrative in subtle and effective ways throughout. Lamar Reed is gay and black, yes, but in the end he is just another man fighting with everything he has to stay alive in a world gone to hell. And Keene's depiction of him is one of his finest moments as an author. I wouldn't say Dead Sea actually eclipses The Conqueror Worms as my favorite Brian Keene novel, but it is a very close thing, a virtual DEADlock. Do yourself a favor and get a copy now. Very highly recommended.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cato on July 20, 2007
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DEAD SEA takes the idea of animals becoming zombies (that the author introduced in his first zombie novel THE RISING) and basically goes berserk with it. A bunch of survivors take to the sea in an old ship that has been turned into a floating museum. Figuring they've escaped the human undead, the soon discover the virus (known here as "Hamelin's Revenge) has spread from rats to humans . . . and now to sea life.

No one writes zombie stories like Keene, and the nods to JAWS and MOBY DICK are fine touches in what may be one of his most satisfying novels to date. You'll love this one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. B Cole on April 21, 2008
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Having already read 'The Rising' and 'City of the Dead', 'Dead Sea' was quite a let down. If I had read this book first, I might have enjoyed it more than I did.

In 'Dead Sea', Keene uses the traditional type of zombies that George Romero first gave us. The slow moving, not really thinking, very hungry type of zombie. Once again we start off with almost the whole world taken over by zombies already. This time though, Keene takes a minute to fill us in on how it began though which was quite interesting, but nothing really new. To become a zombie in this book you have to have bodily fluid contact. Such as biting, or blood being splattered in your eyes or an open wound, or even having sex with a zombie. Not saying that happens, but it's just a possibility. Though if you die a natural cause or were already dead before the outbreak, you won't become a zombie.

Now I liked `Dead Sea'. I really did. I think if I had read it before `The Rising' or `City of the Dead', then I might have liked it more than I did. But this time around there just doesn't seem like a lot of action or much to keep me interested. The book starts off really good and even makes me think of the book `I Am Legend' since the main character, Lamar, is alone in his house a little bit before and after his roommate. Boarded up while secretly looking outside. Trying to live a normal live within a hellish nightmare. When Lamar has to make a break for it, it gets even better. Running from slow shuffling zombies sounds pretty easy I would think. But not so much when you are in city filled with smoke because it's burning down. Keene's detail during this part of the book is pretty good. I felt like I was there with a torn shirt around my face, wet with water to help prevent inhaling all the smoke around me.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean on August 31, 2007
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Before I get ripped to shreds by Keene fans like so many slow-moving humans in his books, let me explain:

"The Rising" to me was a very good, but not excellent, installment that breathed new, fetid life into the Zombie genre. I thought that Keene had some great ideas, characters, and set pieces for a very involving story. My only knock is that Keene slowed the pace at times with his vivd description of the undead masses - not that it was bad, but after 200 pages, we know that the zombies are rotting! I felt this was a minor problem, and maybe it was just me, with what was otherwise a very good book.

"City of the Dead". Where do I start with this one? There seemed to be a few problems with this one. The writing was not up to par; It felt like Keene was going for cheap thrills and the story went on a tangent with Ob and the assault by the undead. In and of itself, this was an ok book, but not what I wanted after "The Rising" showed so much promise! Not to mention the similarities w/ "Land of the Dead", which came out around the same time - the last vestiges of humanity holed up in a skyscraper (check), A maniacal madman, owner of said tower, holding sway over his rescued flock (check), the undead gaining some sentience and assaulting the tower (check). I didn't like the movie, and was not a huge fan of Keene's book.

Enter, "Sea of the Dead". Ahhhh. This, my friends, is zombie bliss. Keene presents us with an masterfully crafted, suspenseful, violent, horrific tale of society, and the world around us, crumbling under the power of a virus that infects it's hosts and reanimates them with a taste for flesh and a penchant for timely infections! Superb book, highly recommended to all horror and zombie fans. I'm keeping the description brief with this one because there is too much in the book that can be spoiled with a review; suffice it to say you will not be disappointed in this novel!
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