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Play Dead Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 4, 2010
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- Romantic Times, 4 1/2 stars (Top Pick!)
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"Play Dead" is unsure whether to stake a claim as a sports fiction book, a satirical look at small town American life or an unrepentant genre piece (presumably to ride the multi-year popularity wave zombies and vampires are enjoying in print and movies).
This lack of focus is potentially forgivable. Less forgivable is the lack of craft in Ryan Brown's writing, which is awkward and often hackneyed from the first pages to the last. Examples abound:
-When the protagonist is being assaulted early in the story, the taste of his blood is "coppery".
-A newspaper in the rain is "puffed like a sponge".
-The air of a cold morning "seeped into his bones like acid".
-At a pep rally, the scents include "popcorn and teenage sweat (that) hung thick in the air", and a cheerleader "sank seductively to the floor in a full split, pom-poms raised high." Ouch...on many levels.
Banal and cliched usage continue unabated to the book's conclusion, when news of the paranormal happenings surrounding a high school football team's big game is "traveling like wildfire".
Much of the simile and metaphor in this book wouldn't make it past the first-draft group feedback session in an undergraduate creative writing class. That this is in print as a hardbound first novel is something of a surprise.Read more ›
High School football in Texas is a major event. So when the Jackrabbits, an underdog team with a new coach and a rebellious loner of a quarterback, ascend closer and closer to the playoffs--it threatens their most hated rival. When a prank goes too far, the Jackrabbit team bus plunges into the river taking the boys to a watery grave. QB Cole and the coach's intrepid daughter, with the help black magic, manage to revive the players to face one last challenge. But the players aren't just dazed from the accident, they're dead--and the longer they're kept in this world, the more they deteriorate into ravenous monsters. Only winning the championship game can restore the balance and save their souls. Naturally. Makes sense to me! The first third of "Play Dead," before any zombies rise, is super fun. Cole is a terrific lead and I wished I was allowed to follow him without knowing where I was headed.Read more ›
The author mentioned that he wanted to write a story about the possible effects of steroids,when he saw what was going on with steroids in sports. In this story, he certainly succeeds.
Set in Texas, the story is also a satire about the fanatical following of high school football and the manner in which football can almost take over small town life. This seems particularly true in Texas but is often seen elsewhere.
In this story, the local high school football team, the Killington Jackrabbits, are having their best year and are only one win away from going to the district championships.
The key to the team is quarterback Cole Logan. He's attacked one morning by three steroid using members of the rival team, the hated Elmwood Heights Badgers. Cole ends up having two of his fingers cut off when he refuses to agree to throw the game. However, not thinking clearly, they cut the fingers off of the wrong hand and Cole is still able to throw the ball.
When this doesn't succeed in stopping the Jackrabbits, the members of the Badgers devise a new scheme. The result is that the school bus carrying the Jackribbits has an accident where the bus plunges off a bridge into the water below, killing the entire team, or maybe not.
Both Cole and the coaches daughter, Savanna Hickman are entertaining characters. These high schoolers are drawn to each other in a love-hate relationship that is interesting to see and humorous in the situations in which they find themselves.
Cole's neighbor is Mona, a crazy witch-lady who can do black magic. With her participation in the story there were elements that were very visual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Go big or go home, that's what Texas is known for and this book doesn't fall short of that.
I honestly didn't know what I was getting myself into when I found this book... Read more
Got to say, bought this at D-tree for $1 and it was worth every penny. Wasn't really sure what to expect except zombies & football (I don't judge a book by it's cover - but I often... Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by heathcliff13
Cole Logan is the star quarterback of the Killington Jackrabbits, the high school football team. And for the first time in their history, they have a real shot at taking the... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
I am just wondering how an older published Kindle book with only an average 3.5 stars warrants a price tag of $11.99? Wow! I would probably pay at most $4.oo for this. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Robin M.
This book is awsome! I got it from my library and i found a piece of paper stuck behind the book cover. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Chris J Sporleder
While I can't say I loved this book I did get some enjoyment as a huge Zombie fan. For those into these kinda books I would recommend giving it a shotPublished on March 15, 2012 by Dave. K
Yes, zombies are all the rage, but it takes a lot to make a great zombie novel. Why? Because the terror of zombies are often hard to convert to the written word. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Navy Sailor
I've found a lot of variations on the zombie theme recently. Some real gems stand out like Mark Henry's trilogy, S.G. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer
I picked up this book after a friend of mine brought it back from a thriller writer's conference. This was the first I decided to check out after sorting through the stack of books... Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by J. Roberts