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Grey Dogs: Zombie Survival Paperback – October 31, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Severed Press; 1st edition (October 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980799643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980799644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A high-octane zombie thriller ... The tension will absolutely have you biting your nails!" --Hellnotes.com

"A cracking and intelligent zombie novel... 5 out of 5 for overall quality. We all love zombie survival series & this guy can really write - now comes the wait for part two!" --Sean T Page, Terror4Fun.com

From the Author

Ian Sandusky is an up and coming author, specializing in the dark and subversive, raised in Holland Landing, Ontario but currently residing in the Niagara Region. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

Ian DG Sandusky specializes in the dark and subversive, raised in Holland Landing, Ontario but currently residing in the Niagara Region.

Ian is the author of the GREY DOGS: ZOMBIE SURVIVAL Series. GREY DOGS was released October 31st, 2010, with the follow-up WAITING JACKALS releasing hot on it's tails from The Severed Press. CRIMSON LETTERS FROM KANDAHAR PROVINCE by Ian DG Sandusky released in May 2011 by Wild Wolf Publishing. His short stories, essays, and contributions have been featured in numerous literary magazines, anthologies, and digests.

Customer Reviews

Maybe it's because I read a lot of horror, and a fair amount of zombie material, but I did not find a lot of surprises here.
Keefo
I was tempted a few times to put it down and never pick it up again, but I forced myself to continue, hoping that it would get better, but it never did.
zombie phreak
The remainder of the book is a very detailed and overly described story about the main characters' journey to their destination.
datrep

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Keefo on March 12, 2011
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I'm torn over this review. I think, given that this is a first novel, it's a good effort but falls short. I like zombie stories, but there are so many that are rehashes of the same old story that it's hard to identify the gems with the huge volume of slush. This isn't slush, but I wouldn't call it a gem either. There are some sparkles -- enough that I would pick up a sequel if one comes out -- but I found the story lacking in too many ways to be a true gem.

I've read through the reviews here that point out the fresh take, and the surprising twists. I really did find that, for the most part, the plot is very predictable. Maybe it's because I read a lot of horror, and a fair amount of zombie material, but I did not find a lot of surprises here. There was one nice, tiny twist at the end that I enjoyed. I say nice, because I wasn't expecting it and it was well timed. I say tiny because there was opportunity for so much more, and the way it played out I don't know why it made such a huge difference in the story. I can't say any more than that without giving it away.

I thought it took too long to get rolling. It's a short book, and I was halfway through before we got to the meaty action (there were appetizers before that point, but I had to wait too long for the meal!). There was plenty of tension early, and it built up throughout the story, but it seemed to take forever to get to the "good stuff." Early on, I kept going, "Ah-hah! Here we go!" only to feel like the author was jamming on the breaks a page or two later.

Above I said I'd buy a sequel, given my criticisms so far that may be tough to buy, but here's why. For one thing, the ending just sets itself up for a sequel. It's not a cliff hanger ending that left me feeling cheated by any means.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 5, 2011
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Not what I expected. Much more internal dialogue than the usual Z book. There could have been more action in the first half of the book, and more interaction with the zombies. I wish it had been longer, since the whole book was less than 24 hours of time. I guess I am feeling torn between wanting less internal struggle, and more survival type struggle. I will read the sequel when released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big John on March 12, 2011
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interesting zombie book in that it is realistic. The main character Corey is just an average guy trying to make his way to his family as the dead begin to rise. He doesnt have unlimeted access to fire arms or is he an ex Marine. I for one will be on the look out for the next instalment.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ZomBFreak on November 29, 2010
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Not what I expected, but it actually worked out for the better. I've read a lot of zombie fiction, so it came as a surprise when the cast of characters fully revealed themselves - not one overused stereotype in the bunch! The plot was one of the most unique spins I've seen in quite some time - though I won't ruin it for you, the twists approaching the end really took me by surprise.
Grey Dogs: Zombie Survival
I originally picked up this book after finishing JL Bourne's "Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile," looking for something in the same vein. While I can easily say anyone who liked that series will like this one - I have to admit, the writings a lot smoother and well polished in "Grey Dogs." Any fan of Max Brooks will certainly like this one as well.

Great plot, great characters, great actions and great zombies = a 5/5 read."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug518 on May 20, 2013
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I had high hopes for this book based on a referral from a friend, but was disappointed. Slow to start, felt like the author was trying too hard to be "cool" with his writing style. Just an average book IMO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Android on November 3, 2010
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Firstly I will say that grey dogs isn't end to end action with a desk jocky turned marine with a huge arsenal of weapons destroying all zombies that cross his path. What you do have is an inteligent story about an average everyday guy (Corey) doing his best to survive and reach his loved ones after the dead start to rise. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EchoMirage on April 29, 2011
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First off, it's a very short read. More of a short story then a book. I don't get the 'grey dog' referrance to zombies, but whatever. Also, the author obviously isn't knowledgable in firearms, as there is no such thing as a 'Beretta 1911' sidearm. But other then some small things that could be worked on, it was a fun, albiet short read. There is an open ending for a sequel if needed. All in all, a good addition to your zombie library, but not on a 'must have' list.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dana Fredsti on December 14, 2010
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An interesting and unique addition to my zombie library! The author obviously put a lot of thought into the story and spent time letting the readers get to know the characters. Sometimes this worked well and helped build tension. There were one or two occasions where characters were introduced at smack in the middle of some great action sequences and I felt learning their background at that point slowed the pace a bit. But never did I feel any of them were there as Red Shirt cannon fodder, so when some of them DO die, you're invested enough to care.

My only other quibble with the writing is the authors tendency to use similes and metaphors in place of more plain descriptions. Don't get me wrong, he has some absolutely lyrical turns of phrases that made me wish I'd come up with them. I wish I had the book in front of me 'cause I'd share one with you. Now and again, however, I'd get jarred out of the story trying to figure out if he meant what I think he meant with some of the more unique descriptions, which was a bit frustrating -- especially since the action at the time was excellent. For instance, LOVED the main character's journey on the road/bridge trying to reach his family, especially one particular zombie bit that got a laugh and a EUUWWWWW!!! out of me at the same time. Let me just say 'lemmings.' Brilliant.
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