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Dead Tide Paperback – October 7, 2008
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More About the Author
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!
Top Customer Reviews
If you are in the mood for an adventure and possibly a good scare I would highly recommend "Dead Tide".
Dead Tide is more akin to the original as Saint Petersburg, FL is used as the backdrop for an exploration of the simmering tensions existing in the United States today. When all hell breaks loose during your otherwise-typical zombie uprising (which is an odd sentence now that I think about it), Stephen A. North takes the time to examine how it impacts various classes of people. White, black, rich, poor, classy, and trashy all get their reactions gauged as things go to hell around them.
The city of Saint Petersburg is done no favors by Stephen A. North as the RL vacation spot is shown to be a place with a lot of ugly lying just beneath the surface of its glitzy atmosphere. In this respect, he successfully replicates what I liked so much about Dead Rising 2.
In that video game, our heroes were forced to try and rescue greedy-stupid people from a zombie apocalypse happening in a Faux-Las Vegas. Here, the many protagonists struggle to survive a seemingly glamorous town where everyone is ready to throw each other under the bus when the crap hits the fan.
Stephen A. North deserves credit for also handling the misogyny criticism of so-much post-apocalyptic fiction with a deft hand. At first, it seems like he uses several viewpoint characters to put female characters in typical "damsel in distress" situations but I was surprised to find these are subverted.Read more ›
We are introduced to quite a few folks in this novel. This is a risk, in my honest opinion. I've read stories where there are so many characters that the plot simply drags along, convoluting the arc of the story with "he thought this, she thought that" instead of moving things forward. Stephen A. North has treaded this ground with an exercise of extreme caution and has come out on top.
As another reviewer stated, the author captured the social breakdown - be it government officials or John/Jane Everyday - with a remarkably believable precision. Now, this is a zombie book, but the focus is more on the characters, which keeps the pages turning. Not that I don't like a greatly-detailed layout of the undead stuffing the flesh of the fallen into their rotting mouths, mind you; I just prefer to focus more on character development. The visceral scenes that are captured within the pages felt like they belonged and are not at all overdone, which is also something you don't find in many reads from the genre.
The only thing I have to warn readers about, and I'm not the first to mention it, is that this is an extremely fast-paced read, in that you will get a brief looks (sometimes only a page's worth) into the goings on of some characters. When I had read one of the previously published versions of Dead Tide, I was initially intimidated by this. But once I dove in, just as I did this time, I was immersed in the world this author had created. What does this really mean? It means that I finished this (large) book in two days. And I warn: If you put down this book for a few days, you'll likely have to backtrack in order to catch your balance. That's just the style of this author and this novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My review will echo many others; too many characters, choppy, short chapters, and unlikable characters. I am not going to read any of the subsequent books.Published 8 months ago by Lancer in Woodstock
Dead Tide by Stephen North is roller coaster ride in an apocalyptic world. This novel is fast-paced and once you begin, you won’t want to stop. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joy Killar
it's a pretty good book. The story is a little jumbled. chapters are too short for the number of charactersPublished 17 months ago by John Proctor
It's interesting to see how survivors from different parts of town hook up with others and how they begin to work together to fight off and outsmart the hordes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jo Lynn Cooper
This was painful to read, the author uses chapters of 1-3 pages (No kidding I think 3 pages was the longest). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eric D. Sturm
Good book but I thought it jumped around too much much for me so, each day you have to recall who is who!Published 18 months ago by HA
Good zombie fiction, fast paced, intense characters with strong points of view. On to book 2!Published 18 months ago by reader for life