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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: 5 x 0.6 x 8 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: #4,086,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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

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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".

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J.G. Franklin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on April 30, 2011
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What a story! I have wanted to find a good Zombie horror and I have to say that I have found it in Shaun Jeffrey's, "Deadfall." This story really threw me for a loop in a good way! There was action from the very first page and the entire ride had me on the edge of my seat. Usually I find it hard to imagine some of the creatures in the stories I read but not this one. Shaun Jeffrey's imaginative descriptions were so real it leaves you no choice but to be pulled unmercifully into his world.

The plot was well thought out and you find yourself cheering for some of the main characters while hoping the zombies win out over the others. The greatest part is the twist close to the end that you never see coming, you're so far off you simply can't believe it. With my copy there was an alternate ending which was pretty good, but I must say this to Mr. Jeffrey, Don't Change It! I loved the first ending the best! There are not many authors out there that take chances with their characters, chances of which could cause a reader to either love you or hate you. But you did that and I love you for it! I fully intend to read more!
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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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