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- Book 1 of 4 in Dan Shamble, Zombie PI (4 Book Series)
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He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at wordfire.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Not that it would be bad, Cyndi Lauper sang it best, Ghouls just want to have fun. I wanna have fun.
Anderson has created a compelling character straight from the grave, Dan Shamble, who could be the Thin Man, or Richard Diamond if they were dead. Chambeaux, as he is written, is witty, determined, and resourceful. Give him a case, whether from a natural or un-natural, and he will find a way to solve it, even if it kills him again. Not that people haven't tried.
"Death Warmed Over" is delightful.
A dead P.I. looking to revenge his own death, distracted along the way with a dead artist's almost last piece, a vampire who just wants to play cribbage, and a big mystery that involves dissolving unnaturals who just want to keep fresh smelling and 'clean' is a perfect way to spend your undead life.
oooh, the puns...the violence...the werewolves, vampires, and zombies.
My favourite scene is the zombie fight over the patchwork girl.
This is a series I have to keep reading, Douglass Adams meets the undead.
you just have to read about. 'Chambeaux', or Shamble, wakes
Unlike most urban fantasies, this PI doesn't just follow one case. Chambeaux, together with his lawyer partner, has a handful of clients that keep them extremely busy. From a frightened vampire scared for his undead life to a rich werewolf trying to fight a prenup while divorcing her sleazy husband - Chambeaux is kept busy with stakeouts and searching for clues. Because of the abundance of character, the jumping around cases was a bit confusing at times. But several of them were great comedy relief and others dramatic and tense.
Tim Waggoner's Matt Richter zombie PI series is the first zombie series I read (though not the only), though Waggoner has more world-building and is a darker urban fantasy series with more horror and darker comedy. Anderson's new series is a bit more light-hearted and based here in the real world, after the "Big Uneasy" is unleashed, creating all kinds of monsters and undead. Fast-paced and full of fun characters, adventure, suspense, mystery, and humor - Death Warmed Over is the first in a promising new series. Urban fantasy fans should check out this unpredictable and complex story.
So I was expecting another great series with his venture into humorous horror/mystery with the Dan Shamble books. I was somewhat dissappointed. The story was rather thin, seeming like a collection of shorts that was slow to get into. The jokes were forced and predictable in most cases and the characters less developed than I would like.
As the book progressed there were some scenes that were fun, such as the ones with the paranoid vampire and the two witches travails with a publishing company, but overall I found the book average and not up to Anderson's usual level.
The wrap up at the end was good enough to give it 3 stars.
I suspect that the inspiration for this series about a zombie PI named Dan Chambeaux (hint sounds like shamble) came from the BloodLite anthologies he has edited which I have not read since horror is not really my thing.
In conclusion the book is not bad by any means just not a novel that did anything for me but I suspect a lot of people will enjoy.
Heading into this book, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I knew it starred a zombie PI in a world filled with monsters including werewolf hitmen. However the cover struck me as a little cartoonish and comical, so it was a bit of a surprise when I came across some of the adult oriented content in the novel. Amid comical characters like vampire interior decorators and a pair of witch sisters, one of which who was accidentally turned into a sow, you almost get the feeling that this could be a kid's story. However there are some more mature elements like vampire porn, ZILF, zombie cougars, and BBV (big breasted vampires) that certainly let the reader know that this is not a kid's book. There's also some violence as people are sometimes torn limb from limb due to unfortunate encounters with the book's monsters. In fact, at one point a troll nearly deep fried a kid as a tasty snack. It's an odd combination but Kevin J. Anderson makes it work. By taking light hearted material and blending it with some darker stuff, he creates a believable mix that imitates the real world.
The bizarre setting for the story is based on an event called The Big Uneasy. About ten years ago an event occurred that caused the dead to rise, spirits to linger, and vampires, werewolves and the like to pop up. The book doesn't dwell very long on the details but instead focuses on the characters. Dan Chambeaux aka Dan Shamble is the main character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't rate simple stories high that's for great literature. This novel has new twist on the Zombie theme. Fun characters interesting story.Published 4 days ago by sdiamond
What a delightful fun read! The title intrigued me so I decided to download this book to my Kindle. Dan Shamble, Zombie PI says it all. Read morePublished 6 months ago by grammyk
Good book. Great concept,different take on a PI novel with interesting and likable characters as well as cool and believable background.Published 6 months ago by vinnyz
This was a fun bit of fluff, great vacation reading. The characters need a bit of development, which is to be expected in the first of a series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ed Walker
I did not expect to enjoy this book nearly as much as I did in the end. This book is incredibly original with enough humor that I found myself chucking every... Read more
Great read for all horror fans. Can't wait to read the next in the series.Published 8 months ago by Ronnie
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