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Dead Tide Paperback – October 7, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dead Tide Series

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Follow their lives as the world falls apart: Trish, an exotic dancer too tired to know the difference between one type of stiff and another; Morgan, a janitor at the County Morgue who can't catch a break; Bronte, a Gulf-War Vet home from the war and hunting his brother's killer; Mills, a firefighter desperate to save as many people as he can; Janicea, a woman consumed by hate and rage. All these disparate, desperate people and more, struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse in Stephen A North's 'Dead Tide!'
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1st edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439210268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439210260
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,738,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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!

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Format: Kindle Edition
"Dead Tide" by Stephen A. North was my first adventure into a post-apocalyptic world full of the living dead for sometime, and I enjoyed every scary moment. I found myself immersed in a world of terrifying zombies and people like myself trying to survive and maintain a semblance of sanity in a world derailed. Seldom do I have a visceral response to reading, however this was definitely the case as I read this book. I came to love and empathize with the characters to the point that I found myself checking my closet and under the bed before I lay myself down to sleep.
If you are in the mood for an adventure and possibly a good scare I would highly recommend "Dead Tide".
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Overall, I enjoyed this novel. The pace of this novel was fast and the dialogue is believable. There was a mix of likable and unpleasant characters, some romance, plenty of entanglements with zombies and bad guys, and tension all the way through. My only gripe, really, is that the way the novel is structured (swapping between characters each chapter)required me to do some mental backtracking every few minutes to remember where each character had left off.
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This isn't just me being flippant. Dead Tide is one of those uncommon, if not rare, zombie books which remembers the creatures were created (or, if you desire, adapted) for the purposes of social commentary. Modern adaptations of the zombie often forget the metaphor and simply make them a Maguffin for exploring the effects of trauma on humans.

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.
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The Permuted Press re-release of Dead Tide does not disappoint.

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.
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I'm an avid reader of anything zombie or post apocalypse related. This is the first book I read by Mr.North and I can't say I loved it. The story shifts through multiple characters as they try and survive the zombie apocalypse. After a while it just becomes a big confusing mess. I also didn't find any of the characters likeable or the least bit relatable. Overall this book isn't too bad, it shows that the author has talent but needs to work on his writing a bit more. Even though I didn't love this book I plan on taking a look at part 2 because I believe the author will get better with practice and part 2 should be a hit.
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