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Dead Tide: Revised & Revamped Paperback – October 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144864304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448643042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,028,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen North has a BA in English Literature from USF, and is a former Army Reservist. He  resides in Florida.

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Solid characterization and lots of action.
David Dunwoody
Well worth the read and I look forward to more from Mr. North in the future.
Tony E. Faville
Stephen paints a vivid picture of his characters and their environment.
Michael Gardner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gardner on April 12, 2010
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Dead Tide is a tale of a few protagonists. Its format is a little bit different than what I'm used to, and took a little time to adjust between the short chapters. But it was well worth the price! Stephen paints a vivid picture of his characters and their environment. This is one of the most professionally written zombie novels that I have ever read. This author has a new fan, one that is eagerly waiting for the sequel.

I recommend this book to all!

Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NEO on December 19, 2009
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I broke a promise I made never to chance another book from this publisher...I am glad to have broken that promise. Seeing Travis Adkins listed as the editor removed some hesitation right away. That being said, Dead Tide is a huge novel, encompassing all the key elements of a great story.

There are plenty of well defined characters, each offering up a different point of view on the zombie outbreak, as it goes down in Florida. I was put off by a few of these people at first, until I realized it was just the result of really good writing. I have finally been able to get pulled into a story and react to it like a participant instead of an observer.

Good writing is about confidence, with the author trying to say, "trust me, I know where we're going." I found it easy to buy into to what Stephen North wrote, his writing style is crisp and to the point and the "present tense" style he uses in this book helps to grip the reader with a refreshing simplicity.

I did find the large number of plot-lines to be a bit confusing at first. Going from one character to another, almost with the turn of each page, was hard to follow. On the flip-side, once I got into the heart of the book I was rewarded with some gripping reading; at times I was even hesitant to put it down, for fear of missing what happened next.

For all you zombie "purists", this work feels more like a combination of zombies & disaster survival, but there is plenty of undead content to go around. It serves as a strong base for a second volume...which I am eagerly anticipating.

Thanks Mr. North, you have given me hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Wanglund on June 18, 2010
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DEAD TIDE
By Stephen A. North
(Library of the Living Dead Press 2009)

In St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park, Florida the dead have begun to rise with only one goal....to feed on the living. Sitting on a small peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Tampa Bay on the other, there are few options for evacuation in the event of an emergency. This is one emergency that no one has prepared for. There is no warning and there is no plan. Who will survive the zombie apocalypse?
With the story taking place over twenty-four hours, we are introduced to many characters quickly, but effectively. Nick Talaski, the hard-nosed cop with his friend Matt Keller on a ride-along; James Dodd, a cop who probably got lucky when he graduated from the academy, and seems to have a bit of a mean-streak; Trish, a stripper who doesn't like to let anyone get too close; Mills, a firefighter and the only rescue worker left alive at the Mall; Bronte and Tracks who seemed to be up to no good when it all started; and the Mayor who has organized a group of VIPs that he has deemed worthy of evacuation to the safety of a cruise ship in the Bay. Dodd turns out to have a few screws loose and hooks up with some shady people, while Mills risks his life to go into the Mall alone to look for survivors. Trish manages to find some good people while Talaski and Keller end up on the wrong side of an ambush. What I liked most about DEAD TIDE was that it focused more on the living than the dead. The zombies are driven solely by hunger, but the living, even during a life-threatening crisis, are still driven by their own selfishness and what they can potentially gain. I also liked that the story is all local.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Panzer on April 2, 2011
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I really liked both this book and it's follow-up, Dead Tide Rising. I have always appreciated multi-scenario books but (sorry there has to be a "but") there were so many simultaneous scenarios, I had to sometimes page back to a character's last appearance to remember who they were and what their particular situation was. If I could have made a recommendation to the author, it would have been the author take the scenarios from half the total characters and made one book then make the second book with the other half of the characters with occasional glimpses of the characters from the first book so that the reader got the feeling of brief reaquaintence of the first book's characters. Similarly, the second book's characters could make an occasional brief appearance in the first book. Just a suggestion to cut down on the number of scenarios being juggled at one time. Otherwise, as the book is, I would recommend the reader make a "flow chart" of the characters as they appear and update their positions and associations as the book progresses. So, excellent books (both volumes) if the reader is able to mentally multi-task or is a dedicated reader like myself who can really appreciate the effort in having a storyline that consistently flows through multi-scenarios.
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Stephen A. North is a Florida native. He has a BA in English Literature from USF. He served in the Army Reserve as a military policeman from 12/84 to 12/90. His first 'real' job was making camera bellows when he was sixteen. From there he worked in the fast food industry, a book store, then three major retailers. He's also worked in a print shop.

His favorite hobbies are listening to music and reading books. For the moment his writing is in the Science Fiction and Horror genres, but there are plans to branch out.

Dead Tide and Dead Tide Rising and Dead Tide Surge and Beneath the Mask are available in all formats.

Drifter, the sequel to Beneath the Mask, and has doubled in size with new content! It is scheduled for re-release in 2016.

Barren Earth, a Sci-Fi/Horror novella, co-written with Eric S. Brown is scheduled for re-release by Grand Mal Press this year! A sequel is in the works.

Dead Tide Rage, the 4th book in the Dead Tide series is one of several works in progress, along with a Fantasy novel tentatively titled Dead God's Behest, and a collection of his short stories. Under consideration is an expansion to novel size of his post-apocalyptic short story Like A Man!