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Twilight of the Dead Paperback – October 9, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976555964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976555964
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Adkins remains absolutely faithful to the zombie genre while offering an exciting new twist of horror and human perserverance. -- Christine Filipak, Dark Realms Magazine

Customer Reviews

I want so much to prefer a movie over a book.
A loyal but disappointed Romero fan
I love it when an author gets into a character development but sometimes they can go overboard with it.
Jason W. Boyd
Travis has written a story that was very character driven.
Dennis Duncan

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Dworak on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a fan of all-things-zombie for over twenty years I had never experienced "zombie fiction" before, and eagerly scoured the Amazon reviews of probably the exact same books you have already looked at. After reading the glowing reviews of this book I discounted the amateurish cover art and immediately ordered it.

Upon arrival the first thing I noticed once I began perusing the first few pages was the size of the font. I'm sure I'm being nit-picky but it seemed to me that a larger size font was chosen to maximize the number of pages - slim still at just over 200 pages. This, coupled with the actual dimensions of the book and the heretofore cited simplistic cover art just gave me the feeling I was holding something aimed at a much younger audience. Don't get me wrong, I fully realize this is a book about the Zombie Apocalypse, but I guess I expected something a little more literary after seeing reviews calling it the "best book I ever read" and throwing out phrases like "metaphysical subjectivism." I have to wonder what other "books" these reviewers tend to read.

As for the story, I will admit it is enjoyable for what it offers. However, some things had me wondering "wait, didn't they just say.." and "that doesn't seem right, wouldn't they have..." a little too often. I felt like I was reading a second or third draft where the plot hadn't been cemented nor the holes filled in. And my god, please use a proofreader in future. I can forgive an overlooked comma but there were too many instances where something that should have been caught actually took me out of the story wondering if maybe I had read it wrong. The biggest offender being a cliffhanger-type situation closing out a chapter - "But he had been bitten!" instead was printed "But he had bitten!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caesar M. Warrington on June 1, 2006
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Adkins book reads less like a horror story than it does a tale of a young woman maturing to acknowledge the world as it exists and learning to deal with it.

Horror factor is minimal. To be quite honest, except the last few chapters (which are somewhat silly and far-fetched, even for a zombie novel) the walking dead are in the background, treated as props and scenery for the story.

Definitely not recommended to anyone looking for a good zombie read.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By shenjanno on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
In a nutshell my review of Twilight of the Dead by Travis Adkins goes like this: Twilight of the Dead by Travis Adkins is yet another book in the Permuted Press family that adheres faithfully to what has to be the company's mandate: good ideas told badly.

Because that is what Mr. Adkins does. And he does it very, very well.

The basic premise of this book is not all that unique. The Dead rise and Society crumbles before their relentless onslaught. The main character must somehow survive the horrifying horror of the End of the World and then, along with a disparate group of survivors, learn to their even greater horror that the true monster isn't just the rotting ghouls scratching away outside their walls, but the living, breathing people they're trapped inside with.

See? Nothing unusual or groundbreaking there, but then, it doesn't have to be, right? That description is exactly what gets us all excited, it's the story we want, the one we've been looking for and the reason we are all willing to slog through all of the sub-par "literature" found within this genre. And that nugget is what Mr. Adkins starts out with. Then he takes it up a notch and throws in one of the most loved protagonists in the sci-fi/comic-book/horror set: The snarky rocker chick. After that he adds in some ruin looting, a walled haven and a team of specially trained zombie fighters and what does that mean to you and me?

It means we got ourselves a possible slice of fried awesome, that's what.

But then Mr. Adkins fumbles, he stumbles, he trips and then he falls. In a word: he fails. In two words: He fails miserably.

To begin with, the time line makes no sense.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Mackin on March 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like this short novel, especially after reading many of the reviews here. I plowed through it pretty quickly, but my enthusiasm flamed out early on. I don't want to trash Adkins here; on the contrary, I give him props -- hey, he wrote a novel, right? -- and I will keep an eye out for his future work.


While competently written and character-focused, there was a level of naiveté emanating from the text. Sure, this springs from the protagonist, but the writing lent itself more toward something you'd expect to find in the Young Adult section (also exemplified by the comic-bookie Lara Croft-type cover art of the special edition). The protagonist was a whiny, juvenile brat. I appreciate Adkins's willingness to take a risk and cast a young 20's female lead, but I simply did not care about her -- ditto the rest of the characters, except maybe her bartender friend, who exits as quickly as she arrives. I expected to dislike Leon more, but his character struck me as more believable and less irritating than Courtney. (Let's hate on the jock-types, folks. After all, we're the nerds writing and reading zombie fiction, right?)

For a zombie novel, there really weren't a heckuva lot of zombie appearances either, opening up more space for Courtney's moodiness and Beverly Hills 90210-ish drama.

Villain's character was flat as a pancake and predictable. Definitely expected more there.

But enough of the negativity. There were a few bright spots. Although a whole lot of nothing happens in the book's middle section, I did feel the story as a whole was well-paced. The between-the-chapters notes were a fantastic addition as well, outlaying military documents, maps, and manual excerpts of the Black Beret creation. Filler?
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