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Dead Stop [Kindle Edition]

D. Nathan Hilliard
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Book Description

Welcome to the Textro Truck Stop…where they have hot food, hot coffee, and even hotter waitresses.
It’s a slow Friday night at the Textro, and business isn’t expected to pick up until the football game lets out in nearby Masonfield. Deke, backed up by his friend Harley, is here on a mission of romance. Rachel Sutherland has come to unwind from a bad day at the clinic. Thomas “Grandpa Tom” Burns and “Leaping” Larry Brown are just dropping in for some diesel and coffee while, across the diner, Holly just wants to get her socially disastrous boyfriend, Gerald, home. Waitresses Stacey and Marisa are taking it easy, serving the few patrons while waiting for the game crowd to arrive.
But things are about to get busy in an unexpected and very deadly way.
There is a storm coming in and the crowd that arrives with it isn’t from Masonfield…at least, not anymore. These unexpected guests are from the nearby Mazon County Cemetery, and they have their own idea of what should be on the menu. Now a dwindling collection of locals, waitresses, truckers, out-of-towners, and one astonished veterinarian find themselves in a desperate fight for survival against a foe they thought only existed in the movies. And as the night wears on they discover they only have until dawn to escape with any hope to survive.

Editorial Reviews


I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. It was so much fun. . . If you like a little comedy, a little romance and a LOT of undead/action then definitely give DeadStop a try! - Doubleshot Reviews 
If you are a fan of zombie fiction, or just a general fan of horror, drop whatever it is you are doing and go buy DEAD STOP right now. Seriously. You must read this book.  - Shattered Ravings 
There's budding romance, gore, and a bit of comedy as well.- Geekdom of Gore 
Yes, Dead Stop is THAT good - Jimmy Blue's Zombie Blog
Pick it up and give it a read - it's a real change from a lot of the books out there! - Quirky Zombie
A refreshing change of pace from most horror stories, which tend to be populated entirely with idiots.- Bricks of the Dead
I genuinely cannot rave enough about this book! - Mad Ravings of an Entertainment Junkie

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  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478297611
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097U8DJO
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me scared of things that go bump in the night! September 10, 2012
By April
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Love this book! So realistic, I was scared to read it at night. Great imagery! Not another "silly" zombie story!
Loved the character development! Can't wait to see more from this author!
You will be hooked by the end of the first chapter!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny nightmares September 11, 2012
It has that good ole Texas feel. It has a humor that had me chuckling until I got scared. It had me reading until I got nightmares. I really really enjoyed the character devolpment and ambiance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of 'Buddha Boy' September 20, 2012
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D. Nathan Hilliard brings the scares with "Dead Stop". The past of Masonfield rises as the town is on the brink of a major storm. the inhabitants of the Textro Truck Stop must band together to survive the dangers that approach.

The cast of character in this zombie novel are typical but not cookie cutter stereotypes. You have Deke and Harley, friends, set out on a romantic dare. Stacey, Marisa, Benny, and several other patrons at the truck stop. There's budding romance, gore, and a bit of comedy as well.

The author's use of description is the key and really helped sell the book for me, also the science behind the plot is plausible and interesting. I got a kick out of the 'Buddha Boy' character as well, very menacing.

In closing, "Dead Stop" is a great read that kept me on the edge waiting for whatever would come.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is waaaayyyy off of my reading genre, but...... September 10, 2012
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Lets just get past this part, I hate horror novels almost as much as I hate snakes. To top this off, this one was about that old cliche, zombies. But, this one had enough humor in it and this is what spurred me on to reading less than 24 hours. Now, I won't be sleeping for a week, thank you very much D. Nathan Hilliard.

OK, back onto the proper trail here...the novel is about zombies, that's all I'm giving you, because it really is a good read and there are so many variables in there that just when you think that you're going to relax and everything is sunshine and roses again you get zapped by something else. Oh, and the humor is very well placed throughout the story....pretty much so that you can let your guard down just to be jolted back to unreality, as it were.

Then there's the that makes you go, "grrrrr", but in a good way. That's because at this point you've relaxed and there's now a twist that you didn't see coming. Just watch for makes cliffhangers on our favorite suspense shows look like a fifth grader wrote them. Trust me, it really annoyed me that I didn't see it coming, but with more twists and turns than a roller coaster, it really did take me by surprise. The only thing that would have been calculated was if....wait, I won't give you my thought here, you've got to read this yourself!

A good novel, to be sure. Mr. Hilliard has done a very good job on his previous novels, but he has definitely outdone himself on this one. As I said before, well done, Mr. Hilliard! Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the Road December 5, 2012
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Think of this as a zombie beach novel - something to lose yourself in for a couple of hours. It's not jaw-droppingly spectaculor, but it also isn't absolute dreck. It's in-between.

The precipitating factor in the making of the zombies was unique - and actually kind of plausible. Even better, it wasn't bio-engineered!

Yes, alot of the characters were cliches: the pretty (yet tough) waitresses at the truck stop, the rich kid who was an arrogant, entitled ass, the good ol' boy who can't get ahead.... They all managed to mesh together nicely. Those that didn't were either killed off early on or injured and unconscious for the rest of the book.

The description of the interior of the store and truck stop were a little confusing - I kept misplacing doors in my mental map, and wondering just how someone got from point A to point B so easy.

This can either be a stand-alone novel or part of a series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! October 1, 2012
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I loved this book. It was fast paced and full of action right from the beginning. I liked the idea behind how the horde looked, a little something different. The author made you really care about the characters and left you rooting for them all the way. I really hope there will be a continuation of this story and the characters because I would really like to see how they adapt with their new world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down September 25, 2012
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This book should have been a train wreck. I mean, it sounds a little . . . corny, doesn't it? A bunch of zombies attack a truck stop? Two rednecks, two gorgeous waitresses, couple of good ol' boy truckers trapped inside? It could have been pretty crappy.

Fortunately, D. Nathan Hilliard has the right touch for this story. He took some cliches and turned them upside down, added some humor and still managed to scare the pants off the reader. These zombies are freakin' terrifying. The waitresses are more than a couple of pretty faces and the rednecks? Well, one's a tough-as-nails war veteran and the other one turns out to be a hero, too. The truckers? Not who you'd imagine. And then there's the recently widowed veterinarian - yeah, veterinarian -- who uses her animal-healing skills to patch everyone back together after their battles with the undead. And then the "city feller" who sneers at the ignorant bumpkins, all the while putting himself and his long-suffering girlfriend in more and more peril.

These are real people with unique personalities, not stereotypes, which would have been tempting for any writer. Hilliard chose the high road, and came up with a book I could not put down. I'm hoping he has a sequel up his sleeve, or at any rate, more zombie stories. One of the best zombie writers I've found.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of gore in this one
If you like Stephen King you will most likely enjoy reading D. Nathan Hilliard. I am usually not a fan of zombie books but this story actually explains how and why a zombie could... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel!
Outstanding job but unfortunate there has been no sequel. Characters were well developed and believable and deserve another story.
Published 2 months ago by JJay
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a great idea, even given the tropes involved
This is a hard book to quantify. It's a great idea, even given the tropes involved, and Hilliard manages to make it fresh and yes, terrifying. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars The author painted a great picture and kept up the suspense all the...
Not sure why I started in on this but after the first chapter, I went just about non-stop. The author painted a great picture and kept up the suspense all the way to the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patrick K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Only good if read at night.
Good story. held my interest.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph A. Janco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Greg Blakeslee
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
This book was a great read! I could not put it down! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers.
Published 3 months ago by Amber Kistler
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved the book, ran at a great pace and kept me on my toes the entire time highly recommended to all zombie lovers
Published 3 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Hire an editor
The story is good. I can't wait for the sequel. But I hope he hires an editor first. With proper mechanics, I would have rated it at least a four.
Published 3 months ago by Gator 34
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book was like a campy night at the movies on Halloween. Enjoyed it. Sequel author???
Published 4 months ago by normfields
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More About the Author

D. Nathan Hilliard lives in Spring, Texas with his veterinarian wife, two children, assorted rodents, and a little old lady of a cat. He draws his inspiration from a childhood living in different small Texas towns, accented by teen years spent in western New Mexico. He has experienced life through a diverse collection of jobs ranging from meter reading and being an assistant manager at a convenience store, to working at cotton gins, window factories, and uranium mills. After coming down with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) at the turn of the century, Mr. Hilliard now happily settles for tending house, raising his kids, and exploring the field of writing.

His adventures in writing and househusbandry can be followed at

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