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Dead Town Paperback – March 2, 2012
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About the Author
Mike Chinakos, is the author of the dark urban fantasy, HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS. His follow-up novel, KISS OF THE TRAITOR is due out early in 2012. His short story collections can be found on Kindle. He has short stories published in various publications including the Spec-Fic Anthology, MAGIC TO MAYHEM. He is the Co-Founder of Northwest Independent Writers Association and a member of various writers groups on Facebook. Mike is the proud father of two beautiful children, and has called the Pacific Northwest his home for most of his life. For more about Mike Chinakos and his works of fiction please visit his website: www.mikechinakosauthor.com
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I did find Maggie's powers to be difficult to comprehend the limits of. At points, it seemed like she could do anything, which made some of the moments of peril seem a tiny bit contrived.
The characters embark on a Save The World quest which seems a tiny bit rushed in a few places, but overall is a wild, quick ride through an entertaining take on the whole undead/shapeshifter thing. It embraces cliches while mercilessly tickling them until they gasp and beg for mercy. However, be warned that it's not laugh-out-loud funny; I smirked and grinned through much of it.
I recommend this story for folks who like a twist on their undead, and a little humor with their horror.
Dead Town is a Whedon-esque tale of the near future when the "Coming" has opened the Gates of Hell on Earth, disgorging all the monsters of legend: vampires, demons, zombies, and shape-shifters. Before they can bring about the End of Days, however, the Masters of the Watch come out of obscurity to stop them and seal the Gate with powerful magic.
Flash forward thirty years, the Masters of the Watch have gone from antiquated charlatans to the most influential people on Earth. And with the Gates closed, the monsters are stranded in our world, but over time they've integrated enough with society to be at least seen as second class citizens regulated to the slums of all the major cities of the world. Neighborhoods called "Dead Towns" where the rules are different. Tread there at your own risk, especially thrill seekers and losers chasing immortality of the undead variety
But the winds of change shift in ironic directions, leaving the salvation of the world in the hands of a heart broken Dead Town nightclub bouncer, a zombie seeking redemption, and a transfigured Voodoo-dust snorting addict.
When the world is turned upside down, is it still worth saving? Perhaps, but first "humanity" will have to be redefined.
When reading this book, I forgot it was a story and I felt I was there in Dead Town. It is well written, and I tended to root for the Zombie...
It's not for Children. It does have strong language. But because of where the story takes place, it is expected. I just skipped over those words and enjoyed the story that unfolded.
I have both the Kindle Version and the paperback.
This book rocked! I was so afraid DEAD TOWN was going to be another mindless effort to see who could be the most emotionally and physically gruesome. I have never been so happy to be wrong! Chinakos found the perfect balance between unapologetic grit and raw heart. And the preview of HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS in the back...can't wait!
(The Kindle version I got had some cranky formatting, but I'm sure that has been/will be repaired, so don't let it throw you. It is NOT a sign of the quality of the storytelling.)
It is left up to Magnolia, a Voodoo Dust addict, Doug, a zombie afraid to die, but loathes eating brains to stay immortal, and Roadhouse, Club Ju Ju's bouncer, to stop the destruction that is about to be unleashed onto the Earth by the Masters of the Watch. They are not the most likely trio you would want to save both the human and undead race.
Mike Chinakos is a genius with words. He gives extremely vivid descriptions and lets you peek inside the thoughts of each characters heads. The story is completely captivating. I couldn't put it down. It has everything you could want in horror story. Action, suspense, rock star look a likes, vampires, shape shifters, and a sarcastic zombie you can't help but love. Out of all the books I have read this year and will read I know Dead Town will remain in my top five.