- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pinnacle (November 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786017813
- ISBN-13: 978-0786017812
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead City Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2006
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Dead City is what I call a proper zombie book. Why? Because its action packed, gory, scary and creepy, the main characters are tough but flawed and people die. A lot.
Eddie is a cop, and whilst trying to deal with some problems at home, receives a call to investigate a disturbance in a local neighbourhood. When arriving he finds a whole bunch of people acting strangely....but within minutes the true cause of the disturbance becomes apparent - it's zombie time!
While he struggles to survive and move through the city he meets a bunch of different people who are also trying to ride out the zomb-apocalypse and get the hell out of town - but the zombies obviously have other things on their mind, and his journey is fraught with intense, life-or-death situations.
This is an action-packed book, there's very little 'down time' or intense dialogue - most conversations take place on the fly, whilst dodging zombies but the relationship building between the characters is done well considering the circumstances. I liked that Eddie wasn't super-cop, he screwed up and got scared, wasn't a crack shot with a pistol and had to rely on hard work and guts to get himself out of trouble. There is some information on the zombie-virus itself, but it's more the catalyst to the story than a part of it.
There are some slightly sexist connotations - the vast majority of the characters are male, and have some badly-disguised condescension for women, but it didn't bother me. There's also one slightly stereotypical moment involving a group of survivors that Eddie meets along the way, but again it was quite mild.
Did Dead City satisfy my zombie craving? Totally! It was everything I was hanging out for, but now that I've got a taste for it, I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Favourite Quote: ''I refuse to let a bunch of zombies ruin the end of the world for me.''
The story is centered around the struggle of Eddie Hudson, a San Antonio, low-key cop with absolutely nothing of a superhero. This anti-hero is motivated by a simple objective: get back to his loved ones, ie his 6-month old son and his woman-with-an-attitude wife through hostile territory. Read, a ruined city packed with zombies.
I guess there are actually two levels of reading for this book.
The first, lowest one, is focused on the action and the gore. That's OK, because the book will deliver plenty of this stuff to the avid reader.
The second, way more refined, focuses on the almost sociological aspect of the story. If you pay a close attention to what McKinney's is saying in his book, you will notice that he is painting a pretty accurate, although distressing and pathetic picture of our current society in which most of us are robots, quite immune to others' feelings and desires. On top of this, McKinney does not leave a single landmark of our civilization intact: religion will not be a solution for mankind to overcome the burden -maybe just a way of soothening the sarrow a bit. Churches are no sanctuary, they are in no way off-limits to the hords of mean, hungry, thought- and sensibility-deprived flesh eaters. The police is a futile illusion in containing the threat: they are just normal people, not better suited than others in ensuring their own survival. Technology is no cure. Friendship is an asset, but how can one distinguish friendship from a sense of interest? Beauty and appeal -women's, primarily- is no shield against the threat.
All these human-made boundaries that separate, classify and rank people between themselves in normal times are no longer of any use in a situation where civilization as a whole collapses onto itself.
Although there is almost no opening whatsoever onto the rest of the US in this book -or onto the world for that matter!!!-, no detailed explanation as to the nature and extents of the military-led solution put in place to eradicate the threat, I still think that McKinney's intent in his book has never been focused on providing that many rational, science & operations-based explanations to his readers, but rather share his view on how fragile the sociological and technological structures of our civilization are, as almighty as they might look.
The story follows Eddie, a San Antonio cop, as tries to survive the zombie hordes and tries to get home to his Wife and child. Along the way he has to overcome some hard decisions and at times trust people who he normally wouldn't.
Dead City scores big points for action and gore content. The action scenes are exciting; fast paced, and keeps the pages turning. Gore is frequent and vivid. I have heard others say that this would make for a great movie, I have to agree. With the amount of action, the compelling action, and the way each scene cuts away it would make for a great film. Hopefully, some day, we'll see a movie happen.
My only reservations about Dead City are that the setting is little blurry, characters beyond the Eddie are weak and it doesn't make you think. There is enough there that nothing seems out of context, but it also left me asking a lot of questions. Eddie is truly a great character, but beyond him, the rest are fairly uninteresting but serve a purpose. This is no philosophical zombie novel, that's for sure. It's not really required for a zombie novel to be a great read, but it is nice when you do read one that gets the brain ticking. These are all pretty minor issues and in fact may not bother many readers at all.
In the end Dead City is well worth a read for it's sheer master of action and gore in a zombie novel. I cannot think of a reason why a fan of zombie fiction would be disappointed with this book.
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