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"Marks delivers a sixth-sense thriller with a twist...an intriguing tale with an unlikely protagonist, and he may have also created a new urban-fantasy subgenre...Marks' prose provides a sense of hope and humanity in bleak situations. He also delivers a thought-provoking story, with a high level of creativity and flair...just the right amount of intensity throughout. An imaginative, offbeat urban-fantasy..." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Death Ain't But A Word is a fast-paced, thrilling book that is both hilarious and heartwarming...an off-the-wall book that is impossible to put down and impossible not to love." -- San Francisco Book Review (★★★★★ 5 of 5 stars)

"An enticing blend of the paranormal and urban fiction. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Yardwalker Press (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988548518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988548510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,968,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a casual fan of urban fantasy novels.
WMG
I'd have liked the main character to have less of an instant support system (because that makes things too easy for good plot).
Kochava
This was really enjoyable and very well done; the characters are very engaging.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Austin on October 29, 2012
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I have to admit right up front that I have read very few paranormal mystery novels, and even fewer with homeless crackheads as major protagonists. I didn't really no what to expect when I started _Death Ain't but a Word_, but I am so glad that I invested the .99 cents and one evening (I read it in one sitting) to find out. It is a remarkably good novel that is fast-paced, compulsively readable, thought-provoking, and fun.

The novel centers around Wilkin Jones,a homeless man and halfhearted crackhead from Dallas, Texas, who happens to have a second sight: he sees dead people. As the novel begins, his dead-people seeing starts to focus intensely on a young boy named Humphrey, who had been his best friend in childhood until being murdered by a psychopath when he was seven years old. As the novel progresses, Wilkin, Humphrey (the ghost version thereof), and the psychopath are all sucked into a a subtle revenge plot where death is only the first move. As he comes to terms with his personal ghosts--both past and present--Wilkin discovers that there are other people like him scattered around the world dealing with ghosts in much the same way that the Men in Black deal with aliens--a development that gives us hope that we might see these same characters again in another adventure.

It is important, I think, that the story takes place largely among homeless drug addicts, who are easy to stereotype and, therefore, able to surprise us constantly with their wit and their humanity. Zander Marks has an excellent ear for dialogue and a strong sense of what makes a story impossible to put down. There is not a wasted word in the book. The story is always moving towards its final culmination, with mysteries constantly being introduced and unraveled, and characters who really matter to the reader.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hydra M. Star on June 12, 2013
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This book is hands down the most heartwarming story about a homeless crackhead that sees ghosts and steals the skull of a murdered child that they'll ever read... No, seriously!

Wilkin is a crackhead living on the streets in a midsized Texas town. Among other issues in his life Wilkin sees ghosts, usually in minors, and can communicate with them, to a degree. He also communicates with the Ganesha statue on the counter at the local motel where he sometimes hangs out and works doing odd jobs for the owner... No, he's not one of those homeless people who talks to themselves... Okay, well he is, but he's not crazy. The gods, dead folks, and demons he's dealing with are real. Just like the psycho killer that murder his childhood best friend and is now after Wilkin.

Believe it or not, I found this book to be quite realistic, at least in so much as the characters seemed very much like real people. Wilkin and his crackhead buddies talk, act, and live like real crackheads. Mr. Christmas reminded me so much of my own grandfather, when he went to buy his first mobile phone, I laughed out loud at his antics with the salesperson. Even the owner of the local food store where the local people and crackheads shop seemed just like the sort of guy that would run a shop in such an area, trying to do a little good by the community and the people but also fully understanding the nature of some of people he's dealing with.

None of this is to mention the fast paced and thrilling story line. It is quite the adventure and `hot mess" Wilkin finds himself in.

This is a fun book and I highly recommend everyone check it out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andie426 on May 30, 2013
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I purchased this book because the topic intrigued me. I mean come on a book based on a crackhead that sees ghost is a pretty unusual topic. It did not disappoint! The characters were extremely riveting and the plot had me laughing and crying at the same time. I only wish it was longer or maybe we can expect a sequel. Needless to say the 99 cents was worth itI would've payed more to hear Wilkin's take on being yardwalker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DebbieDiablo on July 28, 2013
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This book was downloaded free from Amazon with me not expecting much. I was hooked two pages into the story and amazed that the author could so successfully pull off a change-up midway through and make it work so well that reality was suspended - twice! I didn't mind the formatting at all. In fact, the italics helped me "hear" the dialog. This book may not be for everyone; you've got to have a taste for urban legend, horror, humor and pathos all rolled into one. But I loved Death Ain't But A Word as much as anything in the past ten years. Just think...if Stephen King had written Candyman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 28, 2013
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First off, the author deserves some serious credit for coming up with a unique concept for an urban fantasy. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, and now angels have been done to death (no pun intended). But this story - and making the protagonist a crack addict to boot - well, it's definitely something unique. Besides that, the writing was excellent, and the characters' voices rang true even when POV switched, as it does several times during the course of the book. Not many freshman authors are capable of that. Well done, Mr. Marks, well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ebert on July 28, 2013
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Original, well written and enjoyable; unlike many other cliche ridden, stereotyped and poorly written paranormal genre books. The characters feel very real, even the evil ones, because they all have universal human desires and flaws. I also enjoyed the unpredictability and creativity of the story.
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