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The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel) Kindle Edition

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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
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYAY2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By B. Beard on May 28, 2011
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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 By D. Dustin on 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 By Joe_L on March 25, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 2, 2011
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I have recently gotten on a zombie kick and I have found some real gems hidden in the genre, as well as a few goose eggs. This book easily ranks in my all-time top three favorite zombie books. I could not put it down and I read the whole thing in one sitting. This author knows how to build suspense and sustain that level of tension, and unlike some of the horror writers out there, he does not seem to have a knee-jerk aversion to firearms. Please, spare me from any more intrepid zombie killers armed with a baseball bat and a pure heart.
As an aside, the idea of flesh hungry zombies still retaining some memory or training is not new, but the author really uses it here in a clever, logical way that is still chilling.
Get this book, read it, and lock your doors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 15, 2011
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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 By Kevin Brown on 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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