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The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Knight
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Book Description

The Horde Is Always Hungry...

The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead.

But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple. The odds of anyone getting out alive plummet further when slaughtered members of his own Special Forces team join the ranks of the gathering dead... with their military skills intact!

THE GATHERING DEAD series consists of the following works:
THE GATHERING DEAD
LEFT WITH THE DEAD
THE RISING HORDE: VOLUME 1
THE RISING HORDE: VOLUME 2


Editorial Reviews

Review

The Gathering Dead is a full-blown military action/horror novel that hits the ground running from page one... Knight does a terrific job of balancing action and tight plotting against a vast amount of military detail and terminology...a highly engrossing and enjoyable narrative... 

--NecroScope, September 12, 2011

The Gathering Dead should be assigned reading for everyone who loves a good zombie tale...

-- Bricks of the Dead, October 4, 2011

About the Author

Stephen Knight is the author of the bestselling zombie apocalypse tale The Gathering Dead and the follow-on novella Left With The Dead, as well as the horror thriller City of the Damned and the action-adventure Hackett's War. Together with Derek Paterson, he wrote the erotic thriller White Tiger. Knight lives in the New York City area.

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  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYAY2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story with minor issues May 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Gathering Dead by Stephen Knight is centered on Major McDaniels and his entourage of military cohorts. Although a good book over all, there are several smaller problems that lead to some issues that detract from an otherwise well-written book. McDaniels and his men must safely transfer Safire, a scientist with the knowledge vital to fighting the zombie epidemic, through a zombie-infested New York City to an aircraft that will take them to a more secure location. Trouble at the transport center leaves the group trapped in a building with several new characters and yet more troubles to deal with.

Cover art: 3 stars
The cover is very much like many other zombie book covers--red coloring and a font evocative of blood. There's nothing really to make it distinct or depict any additional source of conflicts aside from the zombies.

Characters: 3.5 stars
The main character McDaniels is very thoroughly developed. There are a few times when it felt like the inconsistencies with his behavior had less to do with true internal conflict and more to do with fitting a plot need.
I also wasn't buying the accent given to Earl, the black building repairman. His accent and his mannerisms often seemed more like something you might find from some 1930s share cropper and not a middle-aged black man living in the 21st century in New York City. On occasion, his diction seemed to adjust itself between scenes, but, for the most part, it just felt entirely too old school for this age.
However, I did feel that I was able to make connections with all the characters and they all served a purpose in the story.

Plot: 4 Stars
The plot, over all, was very good. Scenes had a good flow, and besides Earl's speech patterns, there were no continuity issues.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book ! April 8, 2011
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This book grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go. A great zombie novel with real, well written characters and great action. As another reviewer noted it's the best $.99 deal ever on Amazon and that's absolutely true. Since I bought my Kindle a year ago I've read as many of the books offered here in the zombie genre as I can find and this is clearly one of the best. If you have read Craig Dilouie and a few other new authors then you know how good a lot of the new zombie novels are and The Gathering Dead stands with the best. I was very impressed with the character devolpment but the attention to detail with regard to the Special Forces operators was also first rate and that goes for the aviation sequences as well. This is just a blast. It's not often I finish a book and feel like just starting at the beginning all over again but I did here. I really hope to see more like this from Stephen Knight. Now I have to pick up his other books. I think we'll be hearing alot more about him. I hope others that like this genre as much as I will buy this book and enjoy it as much as I did and support these great new writers. Hooah!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense story! March 25, 2011
By Joe_L
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an intense story - one of those which makes you feel you're part of the action. I found myself rooting for the special forces team through their ups and downs (there are many!). It's got a powerful ending - certainly not what I expected. This is the second story I've read by this author and I enjoy his writing style. He provides enough detail to involve the reader, yet maintains a fast pace. This is the type of story I could envision becoming a great movie!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, fast paced read June 15, 2011
By Craig
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The Gathering Dead is a solid, fast paced Zombie adventure that will give you zero time to catch your breath. I wouldn't call it literature but for $2.99 I think it is well worth the purchase for fans of the zombie genre. Nothing in the book is ground breaking but if you like the idea of terrifying undead ghouls rampaging through NYC and doing battle with soldiers then you are likely to enjoy The Gathering Dead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid zombie read September 18, 2011
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This book is about a group of Special Forces operatives trying to get an important scientist and his daughter out of New York city in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It is quite action packed and well written, also the military aspects of the story are well researched and realistic. The hook here is that some of the dead Special Forces members reanimate as zombies who have retatined some of their military skills and provide an additional threat beyond the thousands of zombies already threatening the group. Overall a very enjoyable book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Zombie Killing Action! September 22, 2012
By GuidoL
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I was reading "World War Z" by Max Brooks during a recent trip, and as I went through airline security, the TSA guard noticed the book and struck up a conversation about zombie apocalypse fiction.
He recommended that I check out the "Gathering Dead" by Stephen Knight. I'm glad he did!

After a quick search on Amazon, I had the book in hand a few days later. It's a quick read, fast paced , with some classic Soldier v/s Zombie killing action. Excellent descriptions of military gear/weapons, character development, and some interesting zombie physiology, some are runners, some are stone dumb, and some are wicked smart... and they all want to eat you!
Special Forces Major Cord McDaniels and 1SG Gartrell fight their way through downtown NYC overflowing with the living dead, in an effort to save a brilliant research scientist that may hold the key to a vaccine. Along the way, their Special Forces team is decimated by the "stenches" and they pick up a few civilian survivors along the way.
I also recommend the sequels "Left with the Dead" (Short novella), and "The Rising Horde Vol 1 & 2".
"Left with the Dead" could/should have been included as the last chapter(s) of "The Gathering Dead", and "The Rising Horde Vol 1 & 2" could be a single book as well. Knight's writing is descriptive, gritty, and full of action.

A+++++
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good zombie book
Short and sweet.
I would like to see a second book.
Published 1 day ago by Adrian J Bonamici
4.0 out of 5 stars The gathering dead.
I enjoyed this story and I'd like to say that I'm going to continue the series, but I can't. I liked the characters but the story was as good as anything else out there, and much... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in a series of four:
THE GATHERING DEAD
LEFT WITH THE DEAD
THE RISING HORDE: VOLUME 1
THE RISING HORDE: VOLUME 2
If... Read more
Published 1 month ago by WW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Have read many zombie books and this is one of the best. Can't wait for the next one, should be a good read.
Published 2 months ago by Fred E. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best zombie book I've ever read.
This is quite possibly the best Zombie novel I have ever read. The writing and editing stack up well against popular non-zombie books. Definitely not amateur hour. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a twist on the grnre
I enjoyed this zombie novel. It is unique in that the zombies are just a bit different then in other books and movies I have seen. I likes that twist in the genre. Well done Mr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed this novel and finished it in record time.
Published 3 months ago by Icky Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
A roller. Coaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Looking forward to reading the next book
Published 3 months ago by Robert Dickerson
5.0 out of 5 stars smart zombies?
Not my kind of book. Thought it was Stephen King when I downloaded. Finished it, but wouldn't read another on purpose.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Stephen Knight is the author of the bestselling zombie apocalypse tale The Gathering Dead and the follow-on novella Left With The Dead, as well as the horror thriller City of the Damned and the action-adventure Hackett's War. Together with Derek Paterson, he wrote the erotic thriller White Tiger. Knight lives in the New York City area.

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