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Twilight of the Dead Paperback – October 9, 2007
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Upon arrival the first thing I noticed once I began perusing the first few pages was the size of the font. I'm sure I'm being nit-picky but it seemed to me that a larger size font was chosen to maximize the number of pages - slim still at just over 200 pages. This, coupled with the actual dimensions of the book and the heretofore cited simplistic cover art just gave me the feeling I was holding something aimed at a much younger audience. Don't get me wrong, I fully realize this is a book about the Zombie Apocalypse, but I guess I expected something a little more literary after seeing reviews calling it the "best book I ever read" and throwing out phrases like "metaphysical subjectivism." I have to wonder what other "books" these reviewers tend to read.
As for the story, I will admit it is enjoyable for what it offers. However, some things had me wondering "wait, didn't they just say.." and "that doesn't seem right, wouldn't they have..." a little too often. I felt like I was reading a second or third draft where the plot hadn't been cemented nor the holes filled in. And my god, please use a proofreader in future. I can forgive an overlooked comma but there were too many instances where something that should have been caught actually took me out of the story wondering if maybe I had read it wrong. The biggest offender being a cliffhanger-type situation closing out a chapter - "But he had been bitten!" instead was printed "But he had bitten!Read more ›
Horror factor is minimal. To be quite honest, except the last few chapters (which are somewhat silly and far-fetched, even for a zombie novel) the walking dead are in the background, treated as props and scenery for the story.
Definitely not recommended to anyone looking for a good zombie read.
The book's pacing is very uneven also. The first portion plods along very slowly and seems largely to exist only for the purpose of telling how the main character got from the end of the world to the walled community. The latter portion occurs so quickly that it seems the author realized he needed to slap an ending onto the first entry in what he was already planning to be an entire series of novels.
The climax of the main story is not particularly compelling. Like much of the rest of the book, the author shies away from describing any significant amount of combat.
After the main story's conclusion, the author spends several pages on backup stories. Frankly, while these short stories are a bit more interesting, I couldn't help but feel these pages should have been spent to flesh out the latter portions and maybe given the main storyline that bit more oomph it needed.
On a side note, while characters make snide remarks about various groups of people throughout the book, the author only makes a gross caricature out of a religious leader. Think of the most offensive portrayal you've ever seen of a religious person on TV or in a movie, and that's the person they have in here. Being a religious person myself, this bothered me a bit, despite the shortness of the debate he was involved in. I don't think it would have bothered me as much if he hadn't been the only such exaggeration.
Ultimately, while there are some entertaining bits here and there, there are much better zombie books you could spend your money on.
While competently written and character-focused, there was a level of naiveté emanating from the text. Sure, this springs from the protagonist, but the writing lent itself more toward something you'd expect to find in the Young Adult section (also exemplified by the comic-bookie Lara Croft-type cover art of the special edition). The protagonist was a whiny, juvenile brat. I appreciate Adkins's willingness to take a risk and cast a young 20's female lead, but I simply did not care about her -- ditto the rest of the characters, except maybe her bartender friend, who exits as quickly as she arrives. I expected to dislike Leon more, but his character struck me as more believable and less irritating than Courtney. (Let's hate on the jock-types, folks. After all, we're the nerds writing and reading zombie fiction, right?)
For a zombie novel, there really weren't a heckuva lot of zombie appearances either, opening up more space for Courtney's moodiness and Beverly Hills 90210-ish drama.
Villain's character was flat as a pancake and predictable. Definitely expected more there.
But enough of the negativity. There were a few bright spots. Although a whole lot of nothing happens in the book's middle section, I did feel the story as a whole was well-paced. The between-the-chapters notes were a fantastic addition as well, outlaying military documents, maps, and manual excerpts of the Black Beret creation. Filler?Read more ›
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Others have noted some faults with the book: The complete misrepresentation of military as a force for evil (really? Not a single redeeming quality? Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Robert Douthett
If you have any respect or appreciation for the Military, remove this book from your list. The author has an obvious low regard for our military and used this story to highlight... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by AS
I loved this book. Courtney was wonderfully written. She wasn't the happy go lucky type. She seemed real. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Five stars. Got the item expected and the item shipped very fast. I would use this shipper again in the future.Published on December 28, 2012 by David Willis
Loved the characters, the story was great. Top notch but the third book never came out. What happened to this guy? Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Jasonr
This book *would* have gotten 5 stars, but being the Zombie purist that I am, there were some basic rules that were broken, hence losing a star.
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I found Travis' website and read Twilight for free. I enjoyed it so much that bought it. I also purchase part 2 After Twilight. and I am eagerly awaiting part 3Published on January 24, 2010 by David A. Long
I started out not liking the book, but after i got past the beginning i found it quite enjoyable. Look forward to the next part. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by David Bernstein