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Dead Sea Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
With another bleak vision of the zombie apocalypse, Keene makes a triumphant return to the still-thriving subgenre he helped revive with his 2004 debut The Rising (a movie version of which is currently in the works). Trouble begins when a virus infecting the rat population of New York City begins spreading among animals and humans alike—one bite, one drop of blood or one string of saliva is all it takes to kill its victims, within minutes, and instantly revive them as mindless, flesh-eating zombies. Narrating this grim tale is gay 30-something Lamar Reed, who makes a hair-raising trip through the carnage of zombified Baltimore before he and a small group of survivors manage to commandeer a Coast Guard ship and get it out to sea. Together, the eclectic group search the coast for a safe harbor; meanwhile, an endless parade of zombies search the survivors' floating haven for a way in. Keene piles on the gory thrills as Lamar and his shipmates struggle through this diseased world, though they can be overly chatty at times (dialoging on everything from religion to Joseph Campbell). Delivering enough shudders and gore to satisfy any fan of the genre, Keene proves he's still a lead player in the zombie horror cavalcade. (Aug.)
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Brian Keene has an interesting way of subtley weaving characters from other novels of his into different books, even when their "universes" are not the same. For instance, in this book, the character Frankie from "The Rising" and "City of the Dead" is briefly mentioned, although the Zombie Apocolypse in this novel is completely different from the other two novels.
It's a little fan-service I guess, and if you hadn't read all three books, you'd never even notice it.
Personally, I prefer the Zombies in this novel over the other two books because they are NOT intelligent, and seem to be MUCH more like the "classic" Romero-style Zombie.
They walk, they shamble, but they do not run or talk, and the cause is actually a transmittable and adapting virus rather than the other novels' spiritual inhabitors. For me, this is scarier and more interesting, but you may be different.
The difference here is, that unlike Romero's classics, this virus is not confined to humans. Animals are not immune, except for a few at first, but as I mentioned, the virus mutates, and well...you get the idea.
Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this novel, and in the spirit of Keene's others, there is a distinct sense of dread and hopelessness for humanity...which again, I find scary.
Very good novel...I'm looking forward to his next book "Dark Hollow". He claims on his blog that it's some of his best work, so that's got my interest peaked.
I was not disappointed! I have Dead Rising sitting on my shelf but I hadn't read it yet. That's too bad for me because Brian Keene is a fantastic writer. He captured my attention from the first page and never let go. It's so refreshing to read and absorb a well written piece of fiction. I have already downloaded another of his titles and Dead Rising will be the next.
The characters are well developed and original. Keene seems to enjoy weaving God and sexuality into his characters and his overall themes. Whether these are his own beliefs or not, they work well to help flesh out the characters. I am still not sure whether I like that, but for now I am really enjoying Brian Keene's work.
This book his HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for zombie fans. If Dead Rising is being made into a movie, this HAS to be considered as the sequel.
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