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Tooth & Nail: A Rot & Ruin Story [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Maberry
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happened to Benny Imura and his friends after they reached Sanctuary—and discovered that it was far from the miracle they had thought it would be? Jonathan Maberry shares a glimpse into a formative moment in an exclusive e-short story that also features Joe Ledger (Patient Zero, Extinction Machine) and Iron Mike Sweeney (The Pine Deep Trilogy).

Product Details

  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6CCE56
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition July 31, 2013
By kora87
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If you enjoy the Rot and Ruin series, you will love this! It`s a great way to keep track of the characters and be introduced to new characters while waiting for the next book in the series. This short book picks up where the last left off, with Benny and his friends in sanctuary being trained by Joe Ledger. I love that Captain Ledger is in this series. I also love that Mike Sweeny was is this book as well. This really got me excited for the final book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love? August 10, 2013
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I love these mini-stories that fill in some of the Rot & Ruin character's back story.

If you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short review of "Tooth and Nail" August 7, 2013
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I am big fan of Jonathan Maberry' s work and the Rot and Ruin series hits home runs for me. This particular short story is a wonderfully written segue to the next novel Fire and Ash. It is action-packed and provides his fans the ability to catch-up with "old friends" until the new novel is released. It's a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 29, 2013
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I have loved the rot & ruin series from book one. Each keeps me wanting more and I love the short stories in between that fill in the missing pieces/add new aspects to the story. Excellent and well written series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Maberry-verse expands July 29, 2013
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More tales from the Rot and Ruin are never a bad thing, but the greatness of each of these side tales grows as the series nears a close. This story quickly brings the reader up to speed on what has happened in the past year with Benny Imura and the gang from Mountainside as they train with Captain Ledger in Area 51. That's right - JOE Ledger. But even more of the Maberry-verse comes into play as the tale is paid out when we see more of the reapers from the Night Church stalk a caravan of traders, the leader is none-other-than Iron Mike Sweeney from the Pine Deep Trilogy - Maberry's first foray into fiction novels. Iron Mike's intro into the world of Benny is handled deftly and his place and past history not shoe-horned in as when other authors have brought their past creations into their current fiction. I'll save the spoilers, but even knowing that Mr. Sweeney was in the story going in the appearance was so amazingly well paid off as I read it, I wanted to stop then and there and re-read it. Definite "Squee!" moments, folks. Action aplenty to be had, as in all of JM's stories, and it's edge-of-the-seat stuff. But there's more character development for Benny, and evolution of his understanding of the part he has to play in this next phase of his life.

Just like all the shorts that Maberry seeds between his major tales, these are continuity movers that aren't required-reading for the folks that only buy the books to understand and get, as Maberry does a great jobs in the novels proper but the background detail they paint is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nicely done March 3, 2014
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This entire series is very well written and i looked forward to each book coming out. Never lost interest along the way. Jonathon maberry nailed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good February 19, 2014
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Buy it if you liked the other books mabery writes very well and captures your attention
Goes well with other books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Maberry. Nuff said. January 2, 2014
By maura
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This is an easy review. If you read his stories them there is nothing I can tell you. He is just incredible. If you've never read his works, then what are you waiting for!! Don't worry if you're not a zombie fan- you don't have to be. Zombies are only part of the story. The true meaning( in my humble opinion) is the human heart and how we treat it. Humanity at it's best and worst. Hope is so powerful ,and thankfully, many people refuse to give up on it. If you never read another book you should read his stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Maberry owns the zombie genre. The Rot & Ruin ...
Maberry owns the zombie genre. The Rot & Ruin series is for teen readers (or young adult or whatever they're calling it now), but it is just as appealing to adult fans of his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
it's a book that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. if y oh enjoy a good thriller then this is your book
Published 2 months ago by Katharine b Canaday
5.0 out of 5 stars Tooth and nail
This is another book in a fantastic series. I love the characters and felt very invested in them by the end of book. Keep writing these characters and I will keep reading.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
Great at filling the gaps. Great for anyone who is a fan of this saga and maberry's writing in general
Published 6 months ago by Ruben Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars applesauce
I think they should make the rot and ruin series in to a movie series. They also need to make another book. I want to know what happened the the 6 girls and Iron Mike
Published 8 months ago by Kristen A.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing as always
Maberry has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This short story in the Rot & Ruin series is every bit as wonderful as the three previous books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is a great bridge between books and I cannot wait to see how this fantastic series comes to an end!
Published 12 months ago by Unc B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent author
Jonathan Maberry is one of the best authors I've come across in a long time. He can write across several genres & he's excellent at all of them!
Published 12 months ago by Elly E
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it...
I really liked this book. It has many different point's of view and that's what I liked the most about it.
Published 12 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as usual
This was a great book and I hated to put it down in between reading my way to the end.
Highly recommended, but I suggest reading all of the previous novels prior to this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas M. Stoops
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (September 11, 2012; and FIRE & ASH (2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; HE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. And the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW.

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 -winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and the upcoming MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Recent short stories include "A Footnote in the Black Budget" (MADNESS OF CTHULHU, 2013), "Pegleg and Paddy Save the World" (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), "Doctor Nine" (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in THE STORIES (in) BETWEEN Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost" (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), "Clean Sweeps" (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), "Family Business" (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin's Press, 2010), "Like Part of the Family" (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), "Zero Tolerance" (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), "Flint and Steel" (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), "Saint John" (THE MONSTER'S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin's), "Spellcaster 2.0" (An Apple for the Creature, Ace Books, 2012), "Jack and Jill" (21st Century Dead, St. Martin's Griffin,2012), "The Death Song of Dwar Guntha" (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), "The Wind Through the Fence" (an original e-story available for all e-readers), "Property Condemned" (scheduled for the premier issue of NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE), "Chokepoint" (included in THE UNINVITED, Vol 2), and many others. His essay, "Take Me To Your Leader" is included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

In 2012 Blackstone Audio released two collections of Jonathan's short stories: Tales from the Fire Zone and Hungry Tales.

All of Jonathan's novels are available on audio, including the audio-only collection, JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES (Blackstone), which includes the short stories "Countdown", "Zero Tolerance", "Deep Dark", "Material Witness" and "Dog Days". Another Joe Ledger short, "Mad Science", will appear in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club.

Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of ON THE SLAB, an entertainment news show in development by Stage 9 for ABC Disney / Stage 9. He was also a 'blog correspondent' on Sony's zombie-themed web show 'WOKE UP DEAD'; and was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry. Jonathan's interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including KeyCon, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

Jonathan is a Contributing Editor for The Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers), and is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, MWA, SCBWI, SFWA and HWA, as well as a jurist for the Edgar and Stoker Awards.

Jonathan was the Executive Director of the Writers Room of Bucks County (2005-06) and co-owner of the Writers Corner USA (2006-2009). Jonathan regularly visits local middle schools, high schools and colleges to talk about books, reading, publishing and the writing life. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, Sara Shepard, William Lashner, and Laura Schrock. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

On the last Sunday of every month Jonathan hosts the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill. The event is held at the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove Pennsylvania. The Liars Club has begun launching additional Writers Coffeehouses throughout the region.

Jonathan has been a popular writing teacher and career counselor for writers for the last two decades. He teaches a highly regard series of classes and workshops including Write Your Novel in Nine Months, Act Like a Writer, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to obtain representation and/or publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie. His stepson, Sam West-Mensch, serves a general manager of Jonathan's writing business.

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