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Dead City Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2006
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Joe McKinney captured the true essence of what makes a good zombie tale. You have your usual substance of gore, relentless crowds of zombies, the apocalyptic world, and so on. But what truly made the book was the depth and power McKinney put behind his main character, Eddie Hudson. Eddie was just a regular guy working his late-night shift as a police officer when all hell broke lose in his life. The book tells the story of Eddie as he fights for his life, accompanies many side characters, and struggles to reach his wife and 6 month old son.
What was also interesting is the reasoning that McKinney gave to the dead coming back to life. That being that a recent string of hurricanes randomly exposing a virus to the Gulf Coast. Simple. Also, the characters in the book question the zombie genre themselves. From Eddie's first assumption of the reanimated dead being zombies, him uttering the word "zombie" for the first time, a character in the book being a zombie chatroom discussionist, and other side-notes about the existence of zombies.
One negative note about the book is its ending. It was a little too formulaic for me. Up until the last 3 chapters, McKinney didn't really go against zombie movie formula. He would introduce characters, make you get involved with them, only to have their limbs ripped off a few chapters later. When it came to the end - although what you were rooting for occurs - it becomes just a little too formulaic. But it's not really something I should gripe about when comparing it to the brilliance that is the rest of the book.
Joe McKinney has a great sense of writing and character development, and I really can't wait to see what he terrifies us with next.
Then the real horror begins as he quickly realizes this is not just a local thing. The whole town seems to be overrun with the zombies. The day, and night, becomes a fight for survival and a quest to find his wife and baby. His travels have him run into other survivors, some who continue to survive and some who don't. Intermittent cell phone service lets him know his wife is alive, but not where she is. In this time of crisis, some people band together and help while others are quite the opposite. Just how this story ends is left to the reader to discover but I will say it is not a standard ending but it works very well.
This is an interesting story. Zombies are becoming the rage again in books and this is one of the better offerings. At first it reminded me of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comics but it quickly found a voice of its own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good spin on a new type of zombies. The protagonist was wasn't someone I could relate to but he had a plethora of awful events that I couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Cazzaly
Action kept me reading but the ending did nothing for me. Overall, reminds me of a video game plot.Published 2 months ago by kraizter
Got to be a little boring...too much with the zombies, not enough character development.Published 3 months ago by dorango
Gripping and heartfelt novel that fans of the Walking Dead will love. Dead City is an excellent book that features a great cop dealing with the zombie apocalypse. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Genesse
I enjoyed the book. Some bits drug on but at least I know if I ever go to the city I should be able to get around knowing all the street names now.Published 4 months ago by David C.
I am so glad I took the deal to get my first book by Joe McKinney. I have now purchased & read 3 of his books & they are fantastic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grandma Geek
Friend told me about this years ago and i just got around to reading it. WOW it was awesomePublished 4 months ago by Jonathan S. Eldridge