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Grey Dogs: Zombie Survival Paperback – October 31, 2010
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
I know I say this a lot in my reviews, but I have to say it again here. These characters just aren't that interesting to read about and I really don't care about what happens to them. I have no investment in them and I really don't care if they live or die.
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The main character Carey, is just boring. He's a 22 yr old bouncer who also has the weight of the world on his shoulders because he's a college student. And as we all know from our time in college that THAT part of life is the most difficult time you will ever experience and that no one else will ever understand the pain and suffering we feel at that point in our lives. In other words Carey is whiny, boring, self-loathing, and sees alcohol as the only escape to his Earth-shattering problems. Most of those problems consist of the fact that he has a bad relationship with his parents and his girlfriend dumped him. Also what's annoying is that he is ALWAYS talking about alcohol, or comparing things to alcohol, making jokes about alcohol, etc. Not to mention he seems to be constantly spouting catchphrases that are modified just enough so the author can't be sued for using them.
The only really interesting character in the book is the father of the fraternal twins. He had an actual backstory, actual motivation, actual goals, and I grew to like and care about him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Doug518
I was quite disapointed in Grey Dogs. Found it bouncing around too much, and just rather boring. Feels like a waste of money, definitely wouldn't read again.Published on July 19, 2012 by belle26101
Minor spoiler alert: Nothing ruins a book more than a pedophilatic ending with no twist and that has no closure.Published on January 13, 2012 by Dddd
Since there are no 1* reviews that point out how dreadfully awful this is, let me be the first to say, "Don't pay for this book, and don't read it. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Apocalypsos
I didn't really care for this book. It was 'ok' at the beginning. It took a few chapters to get into what was happening, then it picked up a little bit as the main character made... Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Kenny Waryn
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. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by EchoMirage
About 9 months ago someone recommended World War Z. I read it and ever since haven't been able to stop reading zombie books. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by Dobe12
I'm not sure what twists people are referring to at the end of this book. This book was very predictable and boring. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by datrep