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Twilight of the Dead Paperback – October 9, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Twilight Dead Series

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Adkins remains absolutely faithful to the zombie genre while offering an exciting new twist of horror and human perserverance. -- Christine Filipak, Dark Realms Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976555964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976555964
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian J. Dworak on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a fan of all-things-zombie for over twenty years I had never experienced "zombie fiction" before, and eagerly scoured the Amazon reviews of probably the exact same books you have already looked at. After reading the glowing reviews of this book I discounted the amateurish cover art and immediately ordered it.

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!
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Adkins book reads less like a horror story than it does a tale of a young woman maturing to acknowledge the world as it exists and learning to deal with it.

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.
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The problem with Twilight is that it gets caught up in the banality and drama of life instead of watching the world fall apart, desperate struggles to survive, or intense moments of fighting / escaping zombies (the things people usually want to see in zombie fiction).

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.
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I really wanted to like this short novel, especially after reading many of the reviews here. I plowed through it pretty quickly, but my enthusiasm flamed out early on. I don't want to trash Adkins here; on the contrary, I give him props -- hey, he wrote a novel, right? -- and I will keep an eye out for his future work.

HOWEVER--

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?
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