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Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses [Kindle Edition]

Ty Drago
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Book Description

"On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'"

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers-a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who've banded together to battle the Corpses.

Praise for Ty Drago:

"...The author hardly sets a foot or a word wrong."

-Publishers Weekly

"More, if you please, Mr. Drago."


Editorial Reviews


"I have to say that I really really really love when an author takes a subject that has become popular and makes it his/her own... This is going to be an excellent book for reluctant readers, the chapters are short enough to keep your attention, the story moves along very quickly and the character's 'lingo' rings true... I really love this one and think it will go over huge with boys as well as girls. I'm hoping that we'll see much much more of Ty Drago in the coming years." - Absolute Forest of Words (Absolute Forrest of Words 20110425)

"I think the author did a wonderful job though in creating a world for younger boys to dive into. A fun read to spark the interest of reluctant readers and hopefully give them the push they need to start reading!" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf (My Overstuffed Bookshelf 20110517)

"With elements reminiscent of works by Rowling, Riordan, and Stine, Drago unveils the plot through many short chapters, calling into action a cast of distinctive characters with authentic voices and behaviors... Will's breathless adventures as he faces his destiny of becoming an Undertaker are thoughtful and exciting, and the descriptions of decaying flesh will likely both disgust and delight readers... who will be clamoring for the continuation of the story." - Booklist (Booklist 20110505)

"The Undertakers is one of the best books I have ever read." - Review by Ashley- 6th grade reader/reviewer, approved and given highest marks by teacher6th (Spot to Read 20110520)

" thought provoking as Night of the Living Dead and as entertaining as the likes of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead... In my opinion though this books tale of Corpses and leaving a normal life behind easily beats the Saga of Darren Shan... All in all 'The Undertakers – Rise of the Corpses' is a fantastic book and is also both interesting and fun to read. Brilliantly written by Ty Drago, with great characters, an edgy story and many grim twists, this is a highly recommendable novel and one of the best I've read in a long time." - Necropunk (Necropunk 20110517)

"Drago takes a dash of "They Live", stirs in a handful of zombie mythology from Brian Keene's "The Rising", and finishes it off with the young adult appeal of "Percy Jackson"... It is a story and cast of characters that is both familiar and, at the same time, utterly original... Drago writes with an age appropriate tone, but one that is not condescending to older readers – the story is still, after all, a robust exploration of the genesis of a zombie invasion of our world. The drama is real, the action is real, and the plot holds up whether you are 15 or 45 or 105." - The Word Zombie (The Word Zombie )

About the Author

Ty Drago is a computer programmer, husband, father, and a born Quaker who lives in New Jersey. He is the editor/publisher of Allegory, an online magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has also had short fiction Fortress Publishing's Yesterday I Will anthology in addition to his two previously published novels Phobos and The Franklin Affair. Many years ago Ty attended a book signing by Isaac Asimov. When Dr. Asimov learned Drago was struggling young SFG write, he penned the following: "To Ty: Please keep trying. Isaac Asimov." And he did.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1664 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9TXFY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Daimion
I've read an underground bunker full of zombie books in my day: some of them good - many of them dreadful. Many of them have blindly followed the path set down by George Romero in "Night of the Living Dead" - slow shambling zombies intent on eating brains - without even attempting to advance the genre. Many of them have been nothing more than poorly written scenes of blood and gore strung together by tenuous plotlines and cardboard thin characters. Nary a one of them has been for young adult readers. I'm happy to say, "The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses" is none of those things.

I challenge you to walk the aisles of your favorite bookstore today without tripping over the mountains of young adult vampire books that have flooded the market. Good vampires, bad vampires, teenaged vampires, tragically misunderstood vampires - it's all a bit much. What has been missing is a serious (and seriously good) young adult zombie novel to even the odds a bit. Ty Drago has delivered just that with "The Undertakers".

Drago takes a dash of "They Live", stirs in a handful of zombie mythology from Brian Keene's "The Rising", and finishes it off with the young adult appeal of "Percy Jackson". The end result is a zombie story for the whole family. (Well, most of the family - I don't think my 10 year-old son will be reading it this year. These are zombies after all - decaying flesh tends to fall off of them at inopportune moments. It is a story and cast of characters that is both familiar and, at the same time, utterly original.

Will Ritter is a normal 12 year-old living just outside of Philadelphia. At least he thinks he's normal. All that changes one day when he realizes some of the people around him are not what they appear to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want this to end!! April 23, 2011
I have always said that there are special gems that can be found in Young Adult books, and The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses is one of those special gems.

It seems that Will isn't have a very good day. He sees his neighbor, but in a different light. This neighbor is dead, and Will can see him for who he really is, dead. Not dead as in, he's killed. Oh no, that would be to easy. Dead, as in a zombie. But not a normal slow lurching zombie, but a zombie that can move just as easy as you or I. Will makes it to school, but only to have other zombies try to get Will. Will gets help from a girl in his class, but she isn't who she seems to be. She knows about the zombies, and she's not alone. Will finds out that he's a Seer. A child who can see who and what the zombies really are. Soon the girl leads Will to a group of kids who are fighting the zombies. Soon Will joins them in being a zombie slayer, but little does Will know, the zombies have a big surprise and even bigger plans.

This book is amazing. The characters are fantastic. In some books, the character are flat. That's not the case for this book. The characters leap off the page at you, in that they seem so real. Each character has their own personality traits, strengths and weaknesses. I had such a fantastic time getting to know each one of them, and loved how they turned out. I wasn't prepared to feel as attached to the characters as I was. I read the book in one sitting, and for me, that's very very rare. I honestly lost sleep because I was up till the wee hours of the morning reading this, just to see what happens to them. Honestly, it was that good.

Drago has a wonderful writing style. It flowed at an even pace, and not once did I feel that a scene was wasted, or just added to make the book longer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review from My Overstuffed Bookshelf April 25, 2011
When you first get a glimpse of this book, you can tell by the cover that it is geared for the younger male teens. When you read the summary, you still think it is for the younger male teens. Even with that in my head, I still decided to read this book and give it a fair shot at review. I may not be a young teen, or from the male genre, but there is something about zombie books that draw me into the plot.

Will joins a special team of people called The Undertakers after seeing his neighbor, principle and some of his teachers turned into zombies. Not everyone can see the zombies, but Will happens to be one of the special ones that can. The Undertakers are kids, yet they must leave everything behind to fight the zombies.

I found this book to be adventurous and fun to read. As an adult, there were some things that didn't jive for me in it. If you have a younger male teen who has been reluctant to read, I think this would be a great book to start off with though. As an adult reader, I had to keep trying to remember that it is a book geared for younger teens and some adults might not like the writing because of that. While I was able to adjust to it and somewhat enjoy it, if you have a problem with reading books like that, then you might want to consider borrowing the book instead of purchasing it.

Again, I think the author did a wonderful job though in creating a world for younger boys to dive into. A fun read to spark the interest of reluctant readers and hopefully give them the push they need to start reading!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Undertakers
I really wanted to like this book. I thought the premise was great, and the reviews were fairly all positive. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
So, Ty Drago visited my classroom- when i had bought th bo ok- and i've absolutely fallen inlove with the series!!!
Published 6 months ago by Mackenzie Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and engaging
Fast paced, easy to read and engaging. I was hooked from the first page! Even if you have things to do, you CAN'T find a breaking point to put the book down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thinking Out Loud
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book
This book was the best book I have read by far, I really enjoyed this book.
I suggest that others defiantly read this.
Published 20 months ago by Tyler Calderon
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore it!!!!!
This book is amazing!!! It's like a mix of The Lightning Thief series and Gregor The Overlander series with a new twist! I absolutely recommend this book!!!
Published 22 months ago by J. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading book 1 makes me want to read book 2
I really enjoyed reading The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses. It's a fun, easy read--a great book for young adults--or adults who wish they were young adults :)
Published 22 months ago by Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The book was action packed and draws you in. It leaves you guessing at every turn and throws in some cool surprises along the way. Reviewed by William F. Houle.
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I HAD to read the 2nd book after reading the's that good! I can't wait for #3! Please hurry Ty.
Published on May 19, 2013 by Sarah Danese
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST boois EVER!
Love this action packed zombie story. Props to Mr. Ty Drago for writing this. I already read the second book, can't wait for the 3rd. Overall, great book. :-D
Published on May 3, 2013 by Mr.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie S
This was my favorite zombie book ever read it was amazing relay like the beginning so that is why I like it so much
Published on May 1, 2013 by ed auran
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