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Dead Stop Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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in addition to creating engaging characters, hilliard manages to actually add to and build upon zombie lore. not only are his descriptions of these ghouls unique, he ties in some basic information about modern burial practices that are often ignored in other zombie fiction. hilliard also provides some explanation for this zombie armageddon, at least for the mechanics of it.
additionally, what i really liked, was the thought process of many of the characters. it is readily apparent that hilliard is tired of sitting through the same tired horror cliches, and has sought to address and undermine many of them, making for a really fresh and interesting read, one where i rarely found myself thinking "that was stupid," or "nobody does that." treating his main characters as intelligent human beings makes their efforts more believable, and their welfare more concerning. somehow, hilliard is able to give all members of this colorful band of survivors a decently embellished back story, which makes their attempted survival all the more meaningful.
totally gory (hilliard revels in descriptive grue), laugh out loud funny, and definitely pulse-pounding, dead stop is a wonderful addition to the zombie genre, and continues to put d. nathan hilliard's prodigious writing ability and imaginative talents on display. keep em coming, mr. hilliard.
The cast of character in this zombie novel are typical but not cookie cutter stereotypes. You have Deke and Harley, friends, set out on a romantic dare. Stacey, Marisa, Benny, and several other patrons at the truck stop. There's budding romance, gore, and a bit of comedy as well.
The author's use of description is the key and really helped sell the book for me, also the science behind the plot is plausible and interesting. I got a kick out of the 'Buddha Boy' character as well, very menacing.
In closing, "Dead Stop" is a great read that kept me on the edge waiting for whatever would come.
Some observations that others have not pointed out for those that are interested. Minimal profanity, if any. No sex scenes or anything vulgar. Attention to detail regarding the procedures performed and experiences of the veterinarian character, both before and after the uprising. (My veterinarian girlfriend loved that aspect and hopes there is more of that in a sequel.)
Somewhat traditional zombies that can be fast. There are some other twists that I liked about the zombies that I won't spoil. No grammar problems that tend to be so rampant in this genre.
No involvement of a gun until 80% through and then only in a minor way. Now I find that very interesting since I like guns in a zombie book and, frankly, they only make sense. I can't stand it when a group of people run around for 200 pages with golf clubs during a zombie uprising. This is America for Pete's sake, there are 75 million guns to be had. Pick one up! Surprisingly, this author was able to sell me on the "no guns" storyline because this book covers a short period time and the people all happen to be in a diner at the time of the uprising. (Let's face it, your options would be extremely limited.) Additionally, the author wrote such a great story I actually did not end up missing the firearms. That is saying something.
This author knows how to write a zombie novel. I would definitely read the sequel.