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Tooth and Nail Paperback – April 1, 2010
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This book does for the zombie genre what Black Hawk Down did for modern war journalism, and that is high praise indeed ... This one is a spectacular achievement. -Joe McKinney, author of Dead City
A fast-paced story with enough bloody action to satisfy even the most jaded of zombie fans. -Horror Bound Magazine
The zombie action is intense ... I highly recommend the read! -Rhonny Reaper of Dollar Bin Horror
Tooth and Nail is one of the best zombie novels of 2010 if not one of the best zombie novels ever written ... In both its premise and its execution, Tooth and Nail will put your heart through a meat grinder. -The Zed Word Zombie Blog
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Here's what is so cool about this novel:
1. Very realistic -- this may be about zombies, but it's not some supernatural gore-dripper -- it's about soldiers and a very scary what-if...
2. Non-stop action -- this book will never make Oprah's Book of the Month club, but I would like to name a roller coaster after it -- from the get-go, the action and tension are unrelenting and the doggone book feels glued to your hands. (NOTE: Thanks, Mr. DiLouie -- on my first reading, I finally finished your book at 4 am with sweaty palms and had trouble getting to work on time the next day -- on the second reading, I still couldn't take my time and finished it again in one marathon Saturday reading session.)
3. Better & better -- I've read some of DiLouie's past work and this is by far his best work -- the writing is tight, descriptive without being florid & puffy, and believable -- again, not a book that will draw people together on a Tuesday evening for white wine and canapes, but a kick-ass story that is well-written and doesn't stop til you get back in the station and the lap-bars retract as you put the book down for the final time.
Rock on, DiLouie -- hope you've got more in the pipeline!
With Tooth and Nail, DiLouie manages to combine military action and horror fiction into a realistic and believable storyline. He consulted with a veteran of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division throughout the writing of the book and the military action in the book reflects that knowledge, making you feel as if you are an embedded civilian amongst the platoon. Soldiers vary in character, drive, and emotion, and DiLouie has captured a broad variety of types of soldier actions that one would expect - some soldiers will desert, some will breach the rules of engagement, some will sacrifice themselves, and many question themselves as they struggle with the horror of fighting against their own country's people, infected or not.
The book uses a lot of military acronyms, and there is a handy acronym definition page at the beginning of the book in case you aren't familiar with terms like RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) or SAW (squad automatic weapon).Read more ›
The military jargon is thick at times, but the author does a great job of either explaining it for us non-military folks or writing in such a way that you don't really need to understand every word to follow the action. The end product is something that felt more real to me than most other "zombie" tales, and I appreciated the care with language that was taken to make it so.
For instance, there are no pretty girls tripping over and over again while being chased by "undead" monsters. There is no romance forged from the fires of death and destruction. There are no obligatory child/teen characters hanging around to create humor and/or false empathy. There is no dashing, yet super-intelligent professor with a magical cure who saves the day at the end. There are only soldiers and some scientists, all painted with realism and pathos, braving horrible and surreal circumstances in a very familiar setting.
Based on its premise alone, one should realize that this novel is not for the squeamish. But in case you don't, let me repeat: this novel is not for the squeamish. It is highly graphic throughout, on a par with any R-rated movie you'd watch in this genre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books in this genre. I just wish this was a series...How about it Mr. Dilouie can we get another one. If not, well that's just a bag of $&@#%Published 24 days ago by Stan Waddell
Just really well written from a squad viewpoint often
Realistic brutal hard to put down
What could u possibly do for a sequel though?
Not for people who have not been in the military. Most people find the military boring
It was OK. An easy read but left a lot to be desired relative to plot and character development. I guess there will be a sequel because it just ended without a real conclusion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Happy Shopper
Many of these novels seek to bring the reader a sense of closure by the end with favorite or main characters surviving to the end and making an escape by the skin of their teeth. Read morePublished 6 months ago by captainwinters