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Blood of the Dead: A Zombie Novel (Undead World Trilogy, Book One) Paperback – July 18, 2008
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"A satisfying addition to the ever-growing zombie subgenre . . . non-stop action and flesh-eating mayhem . . . Blood of the Dead will be enjoyed by any zombie fan." -- - The Horror Fiction Review
"Frantically paced and never predictable, Blood of the Dead takes the usual staples of the zombie-genre--blood, guts, guns and action--and mixes them with the bizarre to create a unique story. It's a formidable mix--think Night of the Living Dead with a healthy dash of Dante's Inferno! Fuchs leads his cast through a nightmare world filled with relentless pain, constant fear and never-ending waves of dead flesh, then takes them some place worse . . . You've never read a zombie story like this before!" -- - David Moody, author of the Autumn series
"Fuchs presents a hellish apocalypse underneath poisoned skies in Blood of the Dead. Well drawn characters navigate the very edge of a meat grinder powered by Fuchs's twisted imagination. The Undead World Trilogy looks to be a promising addition to the genre." -- - Gregory Solis, author of Rise and Walk
"Talented author A.P. Fuchs has woven a bloody tapestry out of human flesh, the dark ruins of a decimated earth and the raw fear and uncertainty of the few remaining survivors. Richly drawn characters face loss, isolation, hunger and, of course, hordes of the living dead in this post-apocalyptic gem. Zombie fans will do themselves well by picking up a copy of Blood of the Dead. Scary, heartbreaking and imaginative, this book sits near the top of my very short list of zombie favorites. An absolute blast!" -- - Gina Ranalli, author of Chemical Gardens and Wall of Kiss
"Unrelenting and unnerving, Fuchs crafts an apocalyptic tale of empty humanity among a world overrun by the living dead. A world uniquely envisioned and vividly crafted by the imagination of A.P Fuchs. Blood of the Dead offers a rich blend of guns and gore that is sure to please the most diehard of zombie fans." -- - Geoff Bough, Editor of Revenant Magazine
From the Back Cover
First came the rain.
Then came the screams.
Then came the undead.
The Haven became the only place in the city free of the walking dead. A place of community. A place to be safe.
Now, things have changed.
The zombies are coming to the Haven, seeking out the remaining survivors of the human race.
Joe Bailey prowls the Haven's streets, taking them back from the undead, each kill one step closer to reclaiming a life once stolen from him. Billie Friday and Des Nottingham soon have Joe to thank for their lives.
As the dead push into the Haven, the trio is forced into the one place where folks fear to tread: the heart of the city, a place overrun with flesh-eating zombies.
They soon discover they are not the only humans there. After meeting an old man with a peculiar past, Joe and the others must make one last stand against the undead or unwillingly meet the same fate.
A desperate escape leads them to a place thought impossible to exist and to a discovery that will shake the future.
Welcome to the end of all things.
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1897217803
- ISBN-13 : 978-1897217801
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.61 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : Coscom Entertainment (July 18, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,878,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What we have is what is essentially a character driven zombie story where we are introduced to four main characters who end up coming together through the course of this novel to join forces to face off against the dead in Winnipeg, Canada. They have all survived a year after a grey soup of a rain fell and instantly killed many people, turning into zombies immediately. Most others died afterwards in the carnage but a part of the city remains safe, called Haven. Three of our characters live there, Joe, who sees himself as a angel of vengeance, having fashioned his own hand cannon to blast the undead back to the just dead. There is Des, a video game warrior who wishes he was a real hero but has spent most of his time behind a computer screen since the world collapsed, and Billie, a young punker girl with Pink hair who is also a net junky that has had little use for much in the way of human interaction. August is the fourth character here, an older man who was forced to kill his entire family when they all turned into zombies after they all fled into the woods an hour outside the city. Now he has returned and our four characters are thrust together when all the undead, which had mostly be relegated to the inner city have come searching for anyone still alive.
Much of this book is spent with the characters running and fighting the undead. It also is spent with many of the younger characters acting hyper moody with each other, which may be realistic given the grim circumstances but if I am going to be critical about this story it lies here. August is frustrated with God and wondering where he has been this entire time while these three young people barely seem able to get along long enough to help each other survive. After a while all their pouting and moodiness started to get on my nerves. But it did not kill the story for me. The author did a good job of fleshing out these characters and the pain each one of them are going through in this new undead world.
As I mentioned earlier, I got the sense that all of this was introductory effort on the author's part because we really get to the meat of what is going to make this trilogy tick in about the last thirty pages or so. I will admit it gets somewhat confusing, which of course just translates into a cliff hanger ending and a lot of unanswered questions that often come with a trilogy. I will not go into detail but suffice it to say we are exposed to some supernatural elements that will have to play a very heavy duty role in book's two and three.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. There is gore galore and plenty of action for those who crave that in their zombie stories. The author has unleashed a few variations on the zombie theme with hints and more obvious introductions towards the end of your not so regular dead human's brought back to life that I will be curious to see more of.
AP Fuchs does a good job in writing his story and he is able to build up the suspense quite well. There is enough here for me to be quite interested in part II and part III when they are published. I just hope that we do not have to wait too long for the next installment, since he does leave you hanging at the end of this novel.
I will say that I loved this book. I found the characters extremely likeable and the action intense. Others had problems with the ending but I for one enjoyed it. It threw me for a loop, left me with questions and extremely eager to see what happens next.
The book was a fun read. It's not the be all and end all of zombie literature but it's definitely something different from your standard survival horror. There's tons of gore and zombie action but it's a bit breezier and not as oppressively serious as many others I've read in the genre. Some of the back-and-forth dialogue between Des and Billie is genuinely amusing, you don't find much humor in the zombie/survival horror field.
There isn't any cursing or sexual situations in the book so it would even be an enjoyable read for younger/teen readers, provided they can handle the violence.
A.P. is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love his Axiom-Man series and the Undead World series is shaping up to be just as enjoyable.