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"The zombie genre has exploded in recent years, and unfortunately, so many similar stories have begun to run together, making it less of a desirable avenue for both writers and readers. However, there is still hope for this genre niche in the form of Tell Me When I'm Dead by Steven Ramirez. The first book in a trilogy, this slow-burning thriller does far more than simply promote an everyman into a zombie-killing hero, introducing readers to a uniquely compelling protagonist." -- Self-Publishing Review
"As Dave's life slowly starts to unravel, and the body count continues to grow higher through the help of an unknown virus, he is left with a gruesome choice: either wallow in his sorrows or stay alive. In this thrilling novel, Ramirez details an antihero's struggles for family and love, and to find beauty in a world ruled by the dead." -- Readers' Favorite
"The sense of pace in Tell Me When I'm Dead is impressive, Ramirez building the suspense and stakes with skill, and ensuring that you care about the characters at the heart of events. As a lead character, Dave is layered, with a compelling backstory and an admirably drawn humanity. He's not your run-of-the-mill horror hero, and his decisions are believable yet at times unexpected, keeping the reader on their toes and ensuring that this isn't a predictable tale in the slightest. Chilling, pulse racing, and hugely compelling, Ramirez has brought something new to a popular genre." -- The Bookbag
From the Author
Sarah Greene Mysteries (Supernatural Suspense)
The Girl in the Mirror
House of the Shrieking Woman
The Blood She Wore
Tell Me When I'm Dead (Zombie Horror)
Tell Me When I'm Dead
Dead Is All You Get
Even The Dead Will Bleed
Chainsaw Honeymoon (Teen)
Come As You Are (Short Story Collection)
- ASIN : B00ESNCNG4
- Publisher : Glass Highway; 2nd edition (August 25, 2013)
- Publication date : August 25, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 4372 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,678 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This is a book about a zombie apocalypse centered on one town in northern California. It follows an unreliable main character who is fighting alcoholism and marriage problems all while zombies are slowly appearing. This book is kind of an odd duck. There are very few grammatical mistakes, which I appreciate.
It opens on a scene where the MC is in a situation that seems hopeless and flashes back to the beginning of the plague and the events leading up to this penultimate scene. It doesn’t flow well. Seems like the author wrote the story and figured he would vary the format by starting with an action scene to give the book a hook. It doesn’t add anything and is confusing to the reader. There are too many names and events referenced in the opening that need exposition to work.
There’s also an odd religious aspect that I couldn’t quite figure out. These sections seemed as though they were added later for flavor. The motivations of the characters seem suspect and don’t reflect the actions presented. There are a couple of minor plot points that fizzle out and some foreshadowing that fails to materialize.
This book was ok. Not great but not too bad. I will not be following this up with the next one in the series if there is one.
I FINALLY forced myself to turn off my Kindle and go to bed. The next day, I'm back at it. "Just a little more..." "One more chapter." "After the skating rink, then I'll go to bed."
Next thing I know, it's 1AM and I've finished the book. BUT I WANT TO KNOW MORE! Where's the next book!
Holy cow, what a great page turner this was. I thoroughly enjoyed a hero that had issues, and was working through problems- definitely someone I could relate to. All the other character in the book- well written and also fun to read and learn about. Until you lost one. Then it's "NO!! NOT HIM!" I tell you, Steven Ramirez kills more people than all the Whedon brothers combined!!
When people read my books, I hope they get a few laughs- that's what I get out of them. After reading this, I was exhausted (and not just because I had been up until the wee hours) as if I'd been the one fighting those nasty Draggers- the story pulls you in.
Whew! I'm glad it's over and I can go to sleep at a decent hour. Now I just need the sequel to come out...
Top reviews from other countries
Just one more chapter i kept telling myself but on and on i read.SO.... ive dloaded the rest of the series cause its a fantastic story with plenty of action that leaves the reader wanting to know more.Well it left me wanting more anyway. Now ive got more and am one happy reader :-)
Throughout the book i kept rooting for the main characters hoping theres a light at the end of their tunne. lI would NOT want to meet any of the undead i can tell you that.
Kudos to the author. A story well written. A story of hope. A story of determination.
Brilliant and would definitely recommend if you like action packed horror/suspense this is the book for you . Happy reading.....
This book is a bit of a conundrum. I loved reading it, BUT found the main character totally unbelievable - he had no substance. For example, early on he's involved in a major car crash & his best buddy ends up head first through the windscreen (blood, glass, flesh, all described in detail i.e. it's a nasty accident). If this happened to me, I'd be distraught & would need to locate my friend to a) get them medical help or b) start making arrangements to deal with the recovery of the body, etc. What I wouldn't do is hitch a ride back to my house immediately after totalling my car and probably killing my best friend, and then resume the daily routine without a second thought for my missing & seriously injured/dead best mate. This, almost psychopathic, characteristic is again displayed when he discovers his mother-in-law is a zombie. There's no shock, horror or distress, just a happy reunion with the chap who's in the process of capturing his MIL to study her? However, he does show empathy when his boss is turned and subsequently wiped out?!
Another dodgy plot line, is there is only one local reporter broadcasting about the zombies (although for goodness sake don't use the 'Z' word EVER in a book about zombies - has this word been trademarked or something?). It's clearly set in the present so where's the social media coverage & 24/7 news reporting?
The author describes how almost the whole town is now undead, yet our hero is still pitching up for work at Staples. There is a major security force in the town, but residents are still permitted to drive to neighbouring town's?
Plus, a real bug bear of mine is Zombies who can think & plan - grrrrrrr. That's like describing vampires who can go out in sunlight, eat a normal omnivore diet & don't mind wearing a crucifix infused with garlic!
The writing style is great - very easy to jog along with, but the actual plot & characters are weak beyond belief.