- File Size: 2811 KB
- Print Length: 444 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press (December 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HG4NPVE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the characterizations and how real the people in the book seemed... And as in real-life, many of the coarsest people in the book turned out to be the most competent and big hearted down deep. This is an epic story describing the hurdles that surviors of a real zombie acopalypse may need to overcome, and not just from zombies! As a bonus, you are not left hanging there wondering what happened to anyone... and it has a great ending, which is a prerequisite for me to write a 5 star review. I also liked the humor of some of the characters, care for family, self-doubt, winning against all odds -- real life is like that too, which makes it even better reading.
The only thing, which I have noticed in a couple of zombie books I have recently read, is that fictional characters in their 50s and 60s are continuously referred to as the "old guy", "old man", etc., etc. (although the older characters generally show more intelligence from their years of life experience, i.e., "don't sweat the small stuff."). Dude (sorry -- not just you but many authors) you must be a young person, like in your 20s or 30s.Read more ›
The main character is a reservist named Dan Williamson who wants desperately to find his wife and baby. I will not describe more but his story is gripping, as are those of other characters who avoided being bitten in the first days of the infection's spread. Dan has some military skills, but he is not an elite soldier by any means. He is, however, a brave leader and one that the reader hopes will survive against the odds.
It isn't really worth it to complain about typos in Kindle books, but how many times did I see "passed" for "past", indicating an over-reliance on spell check rather than the old Mark One Eyeball. That complaint notwithstanding, it seems to me that zombie books must, at their core, be about holding out hope when hope is rapidly disappearing. "Life Among the Dead" hits the zombie right in the head.
Some critiques involve supporting character development and, of course, the utter lack of editing. Some of the characters from the beginning (Barbara and Becka) are almost entirely ignored in the second half of the story. The most frustrating thing is the feeling that the author, despite the time taken writing this story, gets paid despite committing mistake after mistake. Sure, he's probably not making a killing off this story, but if someone spends years of his life crafting an apocalyptic tale, you'd think he'd care enough to completely polish it.
There were numerous misspellings. A herd of zombies was written as 'heard,' a few times. Wheelbarrows was written as 'wheel barrels." Words after an ellipses were always capitalized, which is just plain wrong. Whoever was typed as 'however.' Some sentences contained both mangling and misspellings. ("The old man is yanked from of the congealing soil up to his naval.") For real. Sometimes I wanted to hurl my Kindle. Another thing that stuck with me was the description of Dan's wife, postpartum. He got to her the day she gave birth, if I'm remembering correctly. The description of her breasts as already being engorged with milk would be highly inaccurate. Milk doesn't come in, especially after first-time childbirth, for a few days. Even after subsequent births, engorgement doesn't just happen. Anyway, hopefully you can see my point.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was told from the perspective of different characters and was split into 3 sections where all of the sections finally came together at the end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jbird
I enjoyed this book. It held my attention and I enjoyed the characters. I think I will read more of this author`s wok.Published 7 months ago by David L. Wilson
I am a huge fan of the Zombie genre. If you're like me, you're not looking for anything other than a good time when reading Z-books, and on that front LATD delivers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DoctorRock
Very well written book. Hard to put down. A lot of suspense. Not corny like zombie movies. Very plausible. I highly recommend.Published 8 months ago by Sandra L. Goodwin
I wish there had been a little more character development, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hope
Horror brought to you up close and personal. It doesn't consume you but it is hard to put it down.Published 10 months ago by william waddle
If you like reading Zombie books similar to Walking Dead, then this series is for you. Of course, the hero of the story is very likable so it is easy reading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brownie5