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More About the Author
Mansbach's previous book, Go the F*ck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on Amazon.com months before the book was even available, it has been published in forty languages, and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. Mansbach also wrote"Wake the F*ck Up," a pro-Obama video starring Samuel L. Jackson that has been described by many as the greatest political ad of all time. Released online on September 27, 2012, it received 5 million views in its first week.
Mansbach's 2008 novel, The End of the Jews, won the California Book Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Prize. His previous novel, Angry Black White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005; it is taught at more than eighty universities and has been adapted into a prize-winning stage play. He is also the author of the novel Shackling Water, the poetry collection genius b-boy cynics getting weeded in the garden of delights, the graphic novel Nature of the Beast (co-written with Douglas Mcgowan).
An inaugural recipient of the Ford Foundation's Future Aesthetics Artist Grant, Mansbach was also a 2012 Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab fellow and the recipient of the Indian Paintbrush/Sundance Institute Feature Filmwriting Grant. The 2009-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, he founded, edited and published the pioneering 1990s hip hop journal Elementary and spent several years traveling as a drum technician with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
Mansbach's His debut thriller, The Dead Run will be published in September 2013, by HarperCollins. A frequent lecturer on college campuses across the country, Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, where he co-hosts the KPFA/Pacifica radio show "Father Figures."
Top Customer Reviews
A young girl is kidnapped off the street by a murderous religious cult. A man wrongly imprisoned in a Mexican jail is chosen to be the "righteous messenger" for an ancient evil entity and sent on a mission across the desert. A small town Texas sheriff and a high class psychologist join forces to take on the cult. Add an outlaw biker gang, a few corrupt federales, a disfigured psychotic henchman, and an undead virgin army. Are you getting the picture?
The first couple of chapters set up the plot and introduce us to the characters. The good guys are likable and funny. The bad guys are beyond evil. The action begins with the kidnapping and the clock is set for 24 hours. What takes place within one day for all these characters will have you on the edge of your seat for every chapter. When time runs out, the fate of the world is at stake. Can a handful of ordinary people defeat a supernatural evil entity? Hmm, I wonder.
If you enjoy fast paced, high energy movies and books, this one should be on your reading list. It's a lot of fun and definitely holds your interest throughout. The author doesn't pull punches with his prose so there is a good deal of profanity and violence. Be forewarned if that kind of thing offends you. The only aspect that I was just a little disappointed with was the ending. It kind of leaves you hanging without there being mention of a sequel. If so, I definitely want to read it.
I haven't read any other works by Adam Mansbach but this book certainly makes we want to check out what else he's done. I can see this book being made into a killer action movie. Are you out there Quentin Tarantino?
Returning home from a lousy day at the community swimming pool, Sherry Richards is kidnapped and becomes another statistic in a growing succession of sixteen year-old females who have disappeared. Her mother, recently rehabilitated from a powerful cult, calls the police.
Sheriff Bob Nichols, of the woefully understaffed Del Verde County office, believes Sherry is just another runaway until the mother's psychiatrist, Ruth Cantwell, contacts him. She supports the mother's fears and convinces Nichols to jump into her bright red Prius and pay a visit to the cult compound.
The Dead Run, a story that involves a freakish cult, ancient legends, supernatural beings, patriotic bikers, a still beating heart in a box, and a dangerous trek through the desert inhabited by the Virgin Army of zombie girls, is unquestionably bizarre. The writing is hip, gritty, violent, and fast-paced with some laugh out loud moments. The fact that the writer is also the author of the hysterical "children's" book, Go the (BEEP) to Sleep, makes the dark humor of this outlandish story even more wicked.
Now, any horror story that includes the supernatural is going to be a stretch of the imagination. The Dead Run, however, requires an elastic contortion of the reader's imagination; sometimes asking much patience and indulgence on the reader's part.Read more ›
THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn't seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should be. I am typically not a fan of gore which tends to be synonymous with horror so I was pleased that while THE DEAD RUN does have a fair amount of gore it wasn't excessive enough for me to stop reading it.
Another aspect of THE DEAD RUN I enjoyed was the very bloody fight sequences that showed no one is safe from death or horrible injury. So much goes on in these battles with supernatural creatures that I had to re-read parts to figure out what happened to who and where exactly. Also, Most of the supernatural creatures and human characters exist in a grey zone of morality to the point that I could almost understand why a character would randomly decide to do something absolutely crazy in a dire situation.
While I enjoyed the horror story and creepy mythology involving the main bad guy, one of the big issues I had with this THE DEAD RUN is the lack of character development. I could tell that these characters were generally not all good or all bad but they came off more as generalizations of characters. I didn't know or like anyone enough to really care about them, even Galvan. He's very flawed which I only figured out from the vague mentions of his troubled past in the first chapter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Miss Breaking Bad? This may help. I thought the Mexican cartels were bad enough but the Aztec demon El Cucuy, the ancient high priest is way too creepy for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
THE DEAD RUN REVIEW
Ordinarily when I don’t finish a book, I don’t review it. Because I selected “The Dead Run” as a VINE book to read and review, I’ll just say a few... Read more
The copy I received was a paperback version.
Very intense story that is likely to hold the attention of anyone who enjoys action or thriller stories. Read more
The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach begins with a man, aptly named Mulligan, attempting to cross from Mexico to the U.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ursula K. Raphael
Start with a mix of missing teenage girls, a good-hearted sometimes drug runner, ancient Central American religions formed into a modern-day cult, sadistic prison guards, biker... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Debban
If I were limited to one sentence to describe The Dead Run, could not interject any opinion into that sentence (so that things like “I enjoyed it,” “It’s awful,” and “It revels in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. Mann
This novel is a heck of a crazy ride. Told from several points of view, it all starts to come together in one very bizarre tale of horror & suffering that has lasted for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kitten Kisser
Very high paced novel covering several different points of views that flip back and forth between what is happening between each. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neker
I was hoping for something more. Can't explain, other than not what I was expecting. Found myself drifting off while reading and often times unable to recall what I read.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather Abbott
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