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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Leucrota Press; First edition (March 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982471343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982471340
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,651,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

First with The Kult and now with Deadfall, Shaun Jeffrey is quickly establishing himself as the 'go to' guy for high-intensity action --Elizabeth A. White - Musings of an All Purpose Monkey

If you are a lover of the zombie genre this is one book that is a must for your collection and I wholeheartedly recommend it. --Famous Monsters of Filmland --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. An Active member of the Horror Writer's Association, among his 40-plus writing credits are short stories published in Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries and Shadowed Realms. He has also had one novel (Evilution) and one collection of short stories (Voyeurs of Death) published. He lives with his partner and their son, with whom he has just taken up Taekwondo as he always likes to push himself and try new things.

More About the Author

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. Among his 30-plus writing credits are short stories published in Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries, Shadowed Realms, and Cemetery Dance. He has also had two collections published, The Mutilation Machination and Voyeurs of Death and five novels, Killers, The Kult, Deadfall, Fangtooth and Evilution. His novel, The Kult has been filmed by Gharial Productions and will hopefully be released soon.

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Customer Reviews

Unfortunately the action really is not that good.
Kevin Brown
Then there is the crappy ending, it's exactly the type of ending that one would get from a bad direct-to-DVD zombie movie.
Mark Louis Baumgart
They move more like vampires than traditional zombies!!
J.G. Franklin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on May 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The usual principles of combat seemed useless when fighting an impervious enemy, an enemy that didn't need sleep and that functioned on the compulsion to kill, and she knew if they were to get out alive she had to adapt." - Amber Redgrave

If someone had told weapons specialist and ex-military member Amber "Big Red" Redgrave that a security assignment gone bad resulting in two deaths was going to be the best part of her day, she'd probably have stayed in bed. Fortunately for readers of author Shaun Jeffrey's newest book, Deadfall, she didn't.

Following the ill-fated security assignment that starts Deadfall off with a bang, Amber returns to the office for debriefing by agency owner and ex-SAS man, John Richmond. Though a lucrative and time sensitive matter has arisen, given the morning's events he doesn't want Amber involved and insists that she take some time to decompress.

Amber, however, wants to get right back into things, so when she takes a call from the client indicating that they need an additional team member she talks herself onto the mission team... without Richmond's knowledge. Understandably, he is not pleased to see Amber later that day at the mission rendezvous point. It being too late to replace her, he begrudgingly accepts her presence.

The eight man team is informed that their mission is to rescue the client's two children, who have been kidnapped. Though the wealthy client is willing to pay the ransom, he's not convinced the kidnappers will actually release the kids even if he does. Therefore, having learned that the kidnappers are hiding out in a remote, abandoned mining village he wants the team to go in and get the kids back before the 24 hour ransom deadline expires. A classic insertion and rescue mission, right?

Not quite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brokensea on November 10, 2011
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Things were going well for this book, I liked Amber Redgrave, she seemed like she might develop into a character we could really root for. Instead we ended up with this irritating sub-plot of Lofty and his equally gormless girlfriend Jill. By the time the twist (more of a kink) in the story became apparent it started to float belly up.

I felt the zombies had been given more plot development than the soldiers once they shared the stage. Tehcnically it has a few typos, but what book doesn't? Sentences were well constructed and Shaun knows how to tell a story in a way that is readable. For that he gets 3 stars. For Lofty, Jill and the alternative (crappier) ending, the lack of character development, the lack of plot development and making me wait to finish this so I could read something better - he loses two stars.

It did feel like the novelisation of a bad zombie movie. In a film we get the visuals - so we don't need the depth of character - we can see how people react. In this book however, no one developed beyond the 2nd dimension and the plot was lacking the same depth.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brown on July 11, 2010
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The author is a talented writer but that is not enough to warrant a positive recommendation for this book. The plot basically is that a group of eight mercenaries are tricked into believing that they are rescuing two kidnapped children when in reality they are being used to test the effectiveness of zombies developed by a mysterious corporation. Unfortunately the action really is not that good. Even when the mercenaries become aware that they are fighting zombies and they can only kill them with a shot to the head they still keep burning up all their ammunition firing blindly on full automatic (actually the mercenaries really don't seem very good at their jobs.) These zombies also seem extra strong (particularly for dead things) since every time one of the mercenaries grapples with one they are generally overpowered. A subplot concerning a PETA-type couple is somewhat silly and contrived. It is a shame that an obviously talented writer could not put together a more enjoyable book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.G. Franklin on July 30, 2010
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If you like zombies this is a great, more original twist on them. They move more like vampires than traditional zombies!! Very exciting and so ripe for a sequel!! I highly recommend this novel as well as his other two, "Evilution" and "The Kult".

Sincerely,
J.G. Franklin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Murphy on March 25, 2014
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And this one didn't disappoint. I loved Amber and rooted for her the whole way. Dragged right into the story by the nefarious act of saying the group needed to save poor kidnapped kids. Only caveat was that I didn't need to read the alternate ending, the one the story actually has is so much better. Overall, definitely a five star read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri A. Gambino on March 20, 2012
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I really enjoyed Deadfall by Mr. Jeffrey's. The book starts out introducing you to Amber, aka "Big Red." She ends up by chance joining a team of mercenaries that are being sent to a location, to rescue two kidnapped children. Once Amber and her team arrive they find a deserted town, and soon realize that their mission is not what was described. It's a life or death mission, for them.

These zombies are not typical. They're strong and move very fast. Can eight people take on an army of the zombies?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Versini on October 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Writing the review as thoughts are still fresh in my mind. Just finished the book. Wowzers.

Just from seeing the cover, I just knew this was a book for me. It just freaks me out. Yet I was still curious, bit like when you're watching a horror movie and you've got your hands in front of your eyes but you're still peeping between your fingers, that kind of feeling. So that's why I decided this book would be next in line after reading The Kult and acquiring all of Shaun's other Ebooks.

This is definitely one of those "can't put it down" books. I just had to know what was happening next.
The plot is extremely fast-paced. The whole story covers just over 24 hours, and is packed with action and suspense. There isn't a single "dead moment", and the reader gets drawn into the story right from the start. But what I thought made this book totally awesome, is how it was a totally different experience to watching zombie movies (zombie book virgin I was until I read this one). It's a complete experience for the reader. One that involves all the senses. Sight and hearing obviously. But also touch, taste, smell, through the cleverly written descriptions. The reader is a witness to the scenes, but also feels like the characters. Nothing is left to imagination, every single detail is included. Well apart from what actually rotting zombie flesh smells like, but still, I just guess it's pretty close to chicken that's gone off if not worse.

As usual, you can expect the unexpected twist when you expect it the least. And expect to not have any idea about the end. Because it won't end the way you're thinking it will. Or maybe it will, but that's after you've thought about every single exit scenario. Gosh Shaun's books totally mess up with your brain...

A smashing read.
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