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Dead Living Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Opening with your expected zombie-induced chaos, Bullion holds nothing back in showing the initial confusion and devastation expected by the genre. The thing that really sets this book apart, is that he quickly moves past the gore and destruction into a story with real depth and human emotions. Don't be lulled into complacency, though, because there is still plenty of blood, guts and spilled brains to keep the story moving quickly.
Aaron is a main character who seems almost too good for the new world reality, but Bullion makes sure that you see even the best of us has a breaking point. And that breaking point is a doozy.
Sam, the other main character in this book, is truly a product of her environment. Her skepticism and instinct for self-preservation are the perfect foil to Aaron's ease and self-confidence. The other, more minor characters are also very well-handled and well-rounded. Their believability is what really makes this story a good read.
On the 1-5 star rating system, I give Dead Living an enthusiastic 5 stars. If you are in the market for a good read with a bit of gore on the side, this is the book for you.
I'm not familiar with Bullion's other books, though I gather from some of the reviews here he has a dedicated fan base. I do read a lot of zombie novels though, and I got a real kick out of this one, despite some flaws.
Zombie 411 - We get some interesting variations on the Romero style zombies here. The bite to reanimation time is extremely short, and while most of the zombies are "shamblers," Bullion introduces "thinkers" - zombies who can learn to some degree and lead others to prey. This made for a much more interesting (and dangerous) situation.
The good - Dead Living is a pretty standard zombie tale in a lot of ways, but it has a few things going for it that set it apart. First, in a sea of first person, journal style zombie novels, it's refreshing to see a story that breaks from that. There's also the wrinkle of how someone the zombies are almost blind to can survive and what kind of role he can/should have. It helps that Aaron (and to some extent Samantha) are compelling characters. Not overly developed, but easy to relate to. The characters' charm and their almost quaint romance are endearing, and make it easier to overlook some of the book's flaws.Read more ›
I've had my Kindle for only a short time, and realized early on I couldn't keep spending $10 a book at the rate I read. And what a surprise this one was for only $2.99!
Aaron, the hero in this story is just that unrelentingly upbeat and mostly disappointing at how mean many people have become.The author starts with one sets of characters and just when you start to become engaged in their life story they die (sorry for spoiler) But their son lives on. He meets one pocket of survivors and he needs to learn to interact with people again. But he has a secret. Keeping that secret places him in needless danger. Will he reveal his secret, die or leave?
Like all Zombie stories you have to suspend your disbelief that there are no organized pockets of resistance. Not a single military outpost or naval forces survive. No deep bunker Strategic Air Command , islands, isolated towns continue civilization. But that is a general assumption in almost all Zombie Apocalypses.
If you like a little different twist on Zombie world endings and perhaps even an upbeat ending thsi is a great book. It's light reading, but fast paced and fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this story. It was a fun quick read, but I still got to know the characters. I'm glad he didn't decide to go down the multi volume book route that so many... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer K. Duvall
Nice read for a positive spin on a zombie Apocalypse. Doesn't just have dark or sugar and spice. Some ideas I'd like to see developed in future stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kenneth Erickson
I thought the tail offered a unique perspective to a well established genre.Published 4 months ago by Shawn
This started a little slow and basic, so I was just thinking ho-hum, another zombie novel, then it got much better. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zeke
I loved the twist that Bullion put on this storyline. Characters were great and the writing made it easy to devour this story. Hated to see it end.Published 6 months ago by HappyGoLucky
This is by far my favorite Zombie apocalypse book ever. It is completely different on so many levels, at first it reads like your run of the mill zombie book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer N strohl
I enjoyed this book because, it was different from other zombie books I have read. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Betty Barron