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Comes The Dark: A Zombie Novel Paperback – July 16, 2010

4.0 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dark Trilogy Series

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About the Author

Patrick D'Orazio resides in southwestern Ohio with his wife, Michele, two children, Alexandra and Zachary, and three spastic dogs. He has been writing since he was a teenager but only recently clued into the fact that unless he attempted to get published, no one else would really care. Several of his short stories appear in various anthologies from Library of the Living Dead, including "The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombocalypse," "The Zombist," "Night of the Giving Dead," "Zombidays," and "Letters from the Dead." He will also be appearing in May December's "Eyewitness: Zombie" anthology and Pill Hill Press' "Daily Bites of Flesh 2011." Comes The Dark, the first book of a trilogy, is Patrick's first novel. You can find Patrick on his Facebook Page (Patrick D'Orazio), or at his blog (www.patrickdorazio.com) or kicking around on the boards of The Library of the Living Dead (www.libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453701281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453701287
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
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I understand that this is Patrick D'Orazio's first novel and that it is printed by a small publisher. I know that this gets new author's work out there for us - the public - to read. But I am getting tired of a non-editing publishing world. Every time a spelling or grammatical error pops up, it's like a laser beam fries out another little piece of my brain.

Okay, that written, I like a lot about the story. I liked that ordinary Jeff Blaine "soccer dad" is the somewhat hero of the story. (Didn't like that he threw away his wife and kids' picture and his wedding ring as soon as he left his house - not plausible to me - not for a sincerely grieving man. NEVER to have another picture of your kids since you just burned up everything you own. Nah.)

Megan's name should be Sybil. She has more outrageous personality changes in a split second than I've ever read seen or read about. She goes from being a wimp to Rambo to the Terminator and then starts the cycle again. Just a little over the top.

The scenes with Bobby and his dad, Fred, were a little "off", too. Can't explain exactly why right this second but they didn't "feel"right.

Is that an armor plated Odyssey? I want to get one that will actually take that kind of abuse. Would have made sense for the survivors to find a heavy duty 4-wheel drive or even one of the Hummers sitting around.

I like George and Jason a lot. I like the whole section on their joining the group. I like the descriptions of the zombies although a few descriptions were a little off on things they did, etc. I like the descriptions of the towns and the countryside (author writing to his strengths).
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Someone got me this book as a present, thinking I would like it. They saw the words "zombie anthology" and automatically assumed that I would love the book enough to appreciate the gift. The reason I said all of this is because I have to say one thing: assumptions might not be politically correct but they work out quite a few times in one's life. This book kept me flipping pages and reading onward well into the night. In fact, it was one of those books that I read once and then cirlced back to, trying to make certain that I had gotten everything. It was really good, and even moreso from someone I would not have gotten because I did not know the name. If I had one negative thought here, it would be that I looked AWFUL after I was taken to this world, given a story to read that I almost felt I needed, and then had to function later.
Authors of quality - you know how it gets.

So, what can I say about the book? Plenty. To keep from spoiling (I hate spoilers and will try to avoid them) it, i will commend the things I thought were really great, which happened to be quite a few quality points. The plot was something I could get into - I HOPE the thing about more books coming out that keep up with this author's ideas is true. As I said before, the more I read the more I wanted to read, and this doesn't happen all that often. It is a genre I love and a thing I love, sure, but the creature needed a facelift and it got one in the way the story was served up. I liked that.

I also have to say that I liked the way the author told me the story. I felt things that happened here and I felt like I wanted specifics to happen, sometimes lives to be lived, and that is not a norm for this reader, either. That is always the sign of a good pen and I am happy the author gave me that as well.
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Spoiler Alert!!!

A good start. Good detail and storyline about a man out for supplies after things go south for humanity. A fairly decent job about what the main is going through when he discovers he is on his own.Some things he does regarding keep sakes of his family seems to be kind of hard to believe. Perhaps it was the shock/ trauma that guided him?

The story can get a little bland now and again but it keeps your attention enough to keep reading. Finding a neighbor that is somewhat of a basket case and having to deal with that was sometimes interesting.

A couple of others he finds adds to the story nicely.

I gave this book 4 stars because it is a first attempt and isn't bad for a first go around.

For the things I didn't like I still couldn't help but feel ok with this story.

The third book in this series I could hardly finish because of the time it took to explain what was going on. Too many words used to describe the here and now of what was happening.
There was some of this in this book but not as much. For this book I would tell others to give it a whirl.It would be a nice edition to your Zombie bookshelf.
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By RA Meeks on February 16, 2011
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I read a great many reviews before finally deciding to purchase this title for myself. Some of the reviews were kind and supportive and helpful. Other reviews said more about the reader than the author or his work.

For a first-time novel, I think we can expect a great deal from Mr. D'Orazio's future work. The more I read, the more I wanted to read.

The interesting aspect of this novel is that the characters are not sitting in fortified bunkers, weapons galore at the ready, with supplies sufficient to wait out the plague. Not that I have a problem with such tales, but this is story takes a different tack. This is more in the tradition of George Romero's classic film "Night of the Living Dead", in which people make do with what's available.

The story has no prelude, in the sense of setting up what happened; you land right in the middle of a nightmare -- period. Society has, for all intents and purposes, collapsed, and you've got to go out, baseball bat in hand, to try and find food for you and your family. By the way, as this story adequately reflects, never underestimate the value of a good baseball bat in achieving certain ends.

Plus, it's a good reminder that keeping a few supplies on hand is never a bad thing.

Another refreshing -- and critical -- aspect of this work is the engaging and evolving relationship between two strangers: Jeff and Megan. It's realistic and goes against the grain of the idea that, in such a situation, you would just become best buddies with whomever you found left in the world. Their interactions reflect the pressures and deprivation that their particular personalities are under, as well as their attempts to remember that they have to work together. His early description of Megan is heart rending.
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