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Half Past Dead Paperback – January 1, 2010

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Two very different novellas combine themes of love and zombies. Vintage horror, high adventure, and soul-aching romance blend in Archer's compelling The Undying Heart, prequel to the upcoming Blades of the Rose trilogy. Cassandra Fielding, a young pistol-in-the-skirts hunter of magical artifacts, renews her childhood infatuation with Sam Reed, even though he's been turned into a cold, fierce, disillusioned, but still handsome zombie by his unscrupulous Crimean War commander. In D'Arc's more modern Simon Says, a prequel to Once Bitten, Twice Dead, special ops agent Simon Blackwell chases contagious zombie Marines in the woods by night and dallies with military nurse Mariana Daniels by day, but both pursuits come off as lukewarm and somewhat routine. Readers who love Archer's powerful, polished tale may be disappointed to find that D'Arc's doesn't measure up. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758246978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758246974
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MissGnomer on November 4, 2010
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I really liked the story line and thought the Cassie and Sam had great chemistry. But I couldn't get passed the excessive sexual descriptions. I just wanted to warn others out there who aren't into detailed sex-scenes that this book is a bit over the top.

I didn't finish it, but if you don't mind that sort of thing you'll probably really enjoy the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandyLu562 on January 24, 2011
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Archer disappoints in the prequel to her four books in the Blade of the Rose series; the writing was either repetitive or failed to explain scenes adequately. This historical erotic romance starring a handsome zombie and a high society society assassin failed utterly to arouse my interest in reading the series. The flow was choppy, descriptive words indicated the indiscriminate use of a thesaurus (try to find a word that ENHANCES the sentence, rather than with a "just-off" meaning), and the least important descriptions were repeated at least twice within a few paragraphs.

The interesting premise made the uneven writing really annoying; it's always fun to read about a heroine stepping outside historical societal constraints and the love interest had appeal even if he was recently one of the undead dead, at least he only had one unhealed wound and immediately healed all but the wound which made him a zombie. Sounds like a vampire, right? well the whole premise was just too confusing to easily grasp and I still have no idea of the "rules" of this world. Save your $[..] (Kindle edition) for something else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on July 23, 2012
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I bought Half Past Dead in order to read the story 'Simon Says' by Bianca D'Arc. I'd come across the 2nd book in the series (Once Bitten, Twice Dead) and liked it enough to search out the first story in the set.

I tried to read Undying Heart, the first story in the book. Sigh, I just couldn't finish it. Boring. I like the zombie & romance genres but just couldn't get into this one, I hate it when the characters are only involved because they _used_ to like each other. What about now? Couldn't even finish this and I rarely rarely allow myself to skip.

Simon Says is story 1 in a 4 part series. I really like the series and the fact that author D'Arc has come up with a scientific mistake that causes the rise of the zombies. There are lots of characters that you will meet again in the next books. This story is perfectly fine on its own but reading about Simon lets you understand better the other stories.

I recommend Simon Says and the other books in the series: Once Bitten Twice Dead, A Darker Shade of Dead, and Dead Alert
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"Half Past Dead" is quite an appropriate title for this paranormal romance anthology from authors Zoe Archer and Bianca D'Arc. In each of the stories the zombified hero is not really human, but not really dead. Both "men" retain enough of their humanity to not only be heroic, but romantic as well. Actually, they are intensely erotic. Who knew? Zoe Archer's story, "The Undying Heart", is the prequel for her "Blades of the Rose" series, and it takes place in the Post-Civil War Era. Samuel Reed served valiantly in the War Between the States, only to be betrayed, murdered, and made one of the living dead by his own villainous commanding officer. After years of struggle, he is able to control his own will and seeks to destroy the man who defiled his existence along with the lives of so many of his fellow soldiers. His search brings him face-to-face with Cassandra Fielding, the sister of his best friend, Charlie, whose battle injuries were too severe for his body to be reborn as undead. Cassie does not turn away from Sam, even though she fully realizes that he is no longer a living, breathing man--he has no heartbeat. She is also on a mission, working for a select, secretive society, and she and Sam are after the same man. As they work together to bring an end to a heinous evil, feelings from their youth bloom and mature into a powerful passion. If they succeed in their quest, will they find a way to let love win its own war? Bianca D'Arc's contemporary story, "Simon Says", features a special ops superman, Simon Blackwell, who was bitten by a zombie and lived to tell the tale. Not only lived, but did not lose his humanity.Read more ›
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Of course, since I know of the existence of exactly one other zombie romance anthology Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance that isn't saying much, but at least Hungry for Your Love contains the large number of zombie romance short stories you'd likely be expecting. In contrast Half Past Dead contains only a pair of novella prequels to a pair of later zombie romance novel series.

The first and by far the most intriguing is Zoe Archer's "The Undying Heart", a prequel by some 16 years to the events described in her The Blades of the Rose historical fantasy romance novel series: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, and Stranger. The Blades of the Rose is a secret organization dedicated to keeping the world's Sources (basically, extremely powerful magic containing artifacts) out of the hands of those who would misuse them, in particular the members of another secret organization called the Heirs of Albion, which claims to intend to use them to bring the whole world under British rule.
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