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Dead Earth: The Green Dawn by [Justice, Mark, Wilbanks, David T.]
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"A thrilling, brutal apocalyptic novella - a cross between Romero, King, and the classic The Body Snatchers - this one will have you watching the skies for months to come." -- Tim Lebbon, author of Dusk and Berserk

"Marks the welcome debut of two talented new writers to the horror genre, and I look forward to their next work." -- Ray Garton, author of The Loveliest Dead

"Filled with well-crafted characters, a fast plot and enough action for a dozen novels, the story pushes past the boundaries that have been set before and rises to a new zenith. If you're tired of the same old undead, try the new improved model."-- James A. Moore, author of Blood Red

"A rich tapestry of post-apocalyptic horror, fully-realized and wonderfully written. Unique and surprising, this is sure to please readers who enjoy end-of-the-world fiction." -- Brian Keene, author of The Conqueror Worms and City of the Dead.

"Packs more dramatic power than the typical zombie novel. The characters come alive on the page--the question is: how long will they stay that way?" -- Randy Chandler, author of Bad Juju and HELLz BELLz

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  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (October 24, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00495XRCK
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When I started reading The Green Dawn, it felt like I was slipping into familiar surroundings where I knew I'd be at home. The story focuses on one individual, Deputy Jubal Slate. He's responsible, alone, for the safety of the small town of Serenity, New Mexico, after many folks have taken ill with a strange virus. Those affected include his mother, the sheriff, and his fellow deputies. But Jubal is not overly concerned, as Serenity is normally a quiet little town that can pretty much take care of itself. However, as the day moves along, Jubal becomes more and more concerned because rumors of tragedy in Nevada begin to spread.

When a mysterious car blazes into town and drops off an extremely ill stranger, things move from the realm of uncertainty to the realm of dire circumstances. To put it kindly, all hell breaks loose in the town of Serenity. And Jubal Slate, the lone remaining vestige of law and order, has to fight for the survival of the town and those he loves.

Normally, I'm a little hesitant when it comes to collaborations. I worry that styles will clash or the story will be disjointed. But there was no such thing in The Green Dawn. The writing flows wonderfully and the story moves at breakneck speed. There is a nice little twist as to the cause of the chaos, and the book leaves you wanting more.

I honestly haven't had this much fun reading a book in a good while. If you want a fast, exciting read then The Green Dawn is for you. This book is the first in a larger series, so don't expect to get all the answers at the end of it. And beware if you're squeamish; there is violence, blood, and guts in this book.
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I've never been a big fan of zombie stories which may explain why I waited so long to pick up this novella by Mark Justice and David T. Wilbanks. I've read enough other pieces from both men individually to know how talented they are, but still I waited because of my bias against zombie stories. Recently, I decided to put that aside and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
This tale takes place in the small town of Serenity, New Mexico. Police officer Jubal Slate notices a green tint to the sky on his way to work on a morning when everyone else has called in sick. Before long an illness has infected nearly everyone in Serenity, including Jubal's mother, his father figure boss, and his fiancé. Jubal soon learns other areas are dealing with the same issue and have enacted quarantine protocols. He also learns his fiancé has been experiencing the same mysterious dreams he's been having about a strange-looking, red cloaked man commanding a horde of zombies. Jubal struggles to try and save his loved ones from the horrors invading Serenity and to learn what's causing it.
This is a fast-paced read filled with great characters, eerie dreams, zombies, aliens, action and the occasional touch of humor as well. Give DEAD EARTH: THE GREEN DAWN a read even if, like me, you aren't a big fan of zombies. I think you'll find yourself swept along to the very end. Afterward, the story continues on with DEAD EARTH: THE VENGEANCE ROAD and DEAD EARTH: SANCTUARY, all from Permuted Press.
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I have a longer review going up somewhere but wanted to post one here.

This book is everything you want from a good sci-fi apocalypse story. Oh yes and I forgot the Zombies. This is a short novella that you can finish in a day or two. Give it a go!
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This book was interesting to say the least. It moved along pretty quickly, but at the same time, almost too quickly. You didn't get to know any of the characters besides the main two well enough to care whether they lived or died. And I know that this is a continued story but I don't know that I'll purchase the next in the series. The sci-fi direction that the ending is heading toward does not interest me in the slightest. It's like it thrown in there all of a sudden because the author had no other idea. It just didn't seem to mesh. Hopefully I'm wrong and things turn out differently than I'd expect. Maybe I'll find out someday!
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I'm not giving this book four or five stars. But that's not because it's not worth your time; I'm giving it three stars because it winds up being a little too conventional and a little too outlandish. I know that's a strange combination, but allow me to explain.

Dead Earth is a good zombie book. I love zombie books and you will not be disappointed by it if you do too. It was fun to read and the sense of dread is well paced as the apocalypse unfolds before our unaware main characters - a small town sheriff and his girlfriend.

The characters, however, are not unforgettable. There are not very original folks, more like stereotypes. I don't mean that they were not well-written, just that there was nothing special about them. And that's where the book falls into the "a little too conventional" for four or five-star category.

The origin of the zombie apocalypse, however, is very unconventional. The author went for something much different than the normal virus or biological origin. I won't spoil it for you by revealing the source of the zombies, but I will say that the idea struck me as a little too "out there" for my tastes. Yet I'll also say that my hat's off to Dead Earth for at least going a different and unique route. This is where the book falls into the "too outlandish" for four or five-star category.

In all, I'm glad I read this book and, while it's not a must-read, you can't go wrong spending a few dollars and getting a zombie fix here.
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