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Dead, but Not for Long [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Kinney , Lesa Anders , Adam Anders
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the first outbreaks occurred, the reports were quickly stifled. By the time the dead began to walk in Lansing, Michigan, it was already too late to stop the plague.

In the heart of the city, a child with cancer and her caretaker risk their lives to help a security guard and a nurse secure an old hospital.

As the survivors struggle to stay alive, the grid begins to fail.

All the while, the dead fight to get inside.

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As the world crumbles around them, Keith, Lindsey, Jack and a handful of other hospital employees fight to keep their patients alive. Will they work together and become a community or will it all fall apart as different personalities collide?

There is Eric Wapowski, the hospital security guard who is more of a hindrance than a help; Dr. Doune, brain surgeon and sociopath, who has been tasked with the job of researching the plague; and Autumn McAllister, a nine-year-old cancer patient who is old beyond her years.

When Snake and his gang of bikers find out about the hospital, will they want it for themselves? As the city is left to burn, will those that stay be able to make a stand against the ever-growing legion of dead closing in on them?

Dead, but Not for Long is sometimes dark, but there are moments of levity and a message of hope as well as a few surprises along the way. It is not a book about skilled fighters with state-of-the-art weapons, but ordinary people thrust into the darkest of circumstances.

What will they do to stay alive?

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THE SEQUEL IS NOW AVAILABLE - Pestilence and Promise: Dead, but Not for Long II

The sequel to Dead, but Not for Long is now available. Pestilence and Promise delves a little deeper into the cause of the outbreak, those behind it, and the dystopian society they have created. At the same time, the current storyline continues as our survivors in Lansing struggle to stay alive and help others who are trapped in the city.

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Editorial Reviews


"'Dead, but Not For Long' is one of those books that grips you right off the bat. There are plenty of grisly kills - but the book really excels in the moments of levity . . . The characters are richly drawn. . . It is a wonderful blend of funny and smart . . ." - Amanda Lee, The Macomb Daily

From the Author

The sequel is now out! If you enjoyed this book, please consider reading Pestilence and Promise: Dead, but Not for Long II.

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Matt and Lesa

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  • File Size: 2274 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482516489
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies are funny? You bet. February 2, 2013
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This is an absolutely hilarious novel and I love it. You'll never look at fried chicken the same again.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Zombie fiction, but a must read character March 1, 2013
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If there is any reason why someone should read this book, it is for the character, Eric Wapowski. His character is one of the most interesting characters I've ran into while reading the zombie fiction genre (I guess it's redundant to write zombie fiction). This guy is a douchebag to the Nth degree. Always looking out for number one. He's an idiot that is initially guided by his stomach, his ego, and his stalkerish desires to still be with his ex wife (the relationship years dead). It's very funny material. Some might find him annoying, like his cohorts in the story (what?! You're still alive?!), but I really enjoyed every scene that Eric was in. And there's the rub. When the main characters in the story get to down to brass tacks, and start fortifying their location (a small hospital), Eric's storyline is pretty much discarded except for a few snippets here and there. His initial motivators (hunger, bravado, and laziness) that occur in the beginning, get forgotten, or at least get put on the back burner. Ultimately, he's shown the door, but to the author's credit, it is done in true "Eric" fashion. Like him or not, he really moved the needle in this story. That's my overall gripe about the book. In my opinion, Eric was under utilized, as were a few other characters in the book. If this was truly a collaborative effort of two authors, I think the dichotomy shows in the story. It almost seems like there was a "Character" author whose primary function was to develop character, and the "Plot" author who moved the story along. By the end of the book, you had an ensemble cast, and the authors didn't know what to do with them. Fortunately, this is zombie fiction, so killing some of them off was a convenient exit strategy. Read more ›
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead, But Not for Long December 23, 2012
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Let me start by saying I do NOT read Zombie books (until now.) This is one of the best books I've read. From the first page, I found it riveting. One of those books you can't put down. I was sad when it ended. Great cast of characters. Never boring (trust me.) All around good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stupid title but a pretty fair read. June 21, 2014
By pamela
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One of the things that makes a good zombie novel is the characters that are fighting them. You have to relate to them on some level and be rooting for them. The last few zombie novels I read disappointed me in that area. I did like most of the characters in this. I had a problem with parts of the story however. The character of Eric is a little over the top for being stupid. The author overdid it a little with that character's personality quirks to the point that he stopped being believable. And he starts the story with Eric being one of the main characters and then he sort of disappears and sort of becomes an afterthought. Keith is another character that starts out being the main one. Keith stays more relevant to the story but fades too. The character of the stupid nurse once again is to over the top to be believable. The author switches gears too many times in the story so it doesn't flow like it should. That being said, the second half of the story when he introduces the bikers and the physical therapist and the little girl does tend to flow much better and he sticks with the characters. The action scenes are sufficiently exciting and I did want to read more which is really important. Overall not great but not a bad read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My kind of Zombie story. May 11, 2014
By Thom
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Let me start by saying I don't give 5 stars to any story unless it is Epic. Very few to me are. I will give 4 stars to stories that just grip me and keep a hold. 3 stars are the good stories that I believe are worth reading.
That all bing said, i gave this story a 3 star. It was entertaining, with decent character development, and a good plot.
I am not a fan of fast zombies, nor of everyone dies in the end books. No nihilist literature for me. I liked that most of the characters survived, and the story was left open for more development, but didn't leave you hanging.
Eric, I thought, was an unnecessary addition, though. Makes me wonder if there is a real life counterpart in the author's life. If there is, I can only say, I feel for you.
I loved some of the solutions the characters came up with, and some of the logic used by the author in creating the enviornment they characters lived in.
Well done, hoping to see more from you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knee-slapping humor with great characters. February 2, 2014
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.

If you're a (self-proclaimed) zombie aficionado like myself, you know that Hospitals = Death. So I was delighted to see a book break that mold. Dead but Not for Long shadows a diverse group of survivors as they work together to secure just such a death trap while continuing to care for patients. Physicians, nurses, patients, security guards and even a hardcore group of do-good Christian bikers fight for their lives, and the safety of their new sanctuary as death takes hold of Lansing, Michigan. Dead but Not for Long is multifaceted. There is no shortage of gory zombie action paralleling the personal growth of each character. Difficult choices are made and loved ones are lost.

One of my biggest worries when asked to review a book from an author is that I won't enjoy it. The last thing I want to do is hurt an artists feelings. Lucky for me that was not the case with Dead but Not for Long. Apparently all those trips to the ER for Matthew Kinney worked! Kinney captured the dynamic between doctors and nursing masterfully. I enjoyed the comedic relief that Marla, the dimwitted nurse brings to the table. I spent a lot of time shaking my head and thinking 'this fool is giving the rest of us nurses a bad name'. She actually managed to mix up administering a suppository and stuck a Motrin up a poor patients pooper.

Another source of humor (mixed with an abundance of disgust) was Eric, the fat security guard and all around sociopath. Zombies really scare the piss out of him. No really, I mean this literally. I've never seen someone urinate themselves so many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another zombie apocalypse... And I liked it.
Good writing, strong heroic characters (for the most part), and a logical story progression. The book was well written and most of the characters engaged me enough to continue... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rach
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read.
This book was a pretty good read, and it kept my attention with its many exciting and unexpected twists and turns. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Lynette English
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent!!!!! A nice twist to a zombie book. Just need another one to complete what happens to the ones that leave and the ones that stay.
Published 21 days ago by Angie Holbert
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Much to my surprise I enjoyed this novel. I'm not particularly into zombies etc but this was a rollicking good fun read. Read more
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fast paste temp and exciting an enjoyable easy read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read and fast paced. Not what I expected at all, pleasantly surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, intense, suspense filled zombie story.
Dead, but Not for Long by Matthew Kinney

In Lansing Michigan a horrid outbreak occurs. A nurse and a security guard to help the people. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining read
Very entertaining. Many and varied personalities. Funny and fast paced. I am off to read the next one.
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