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When Graveyards Yawn (The Apocalypse Trilogy Book 1) by [Taylor, G. Wells]
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"...Alice in Wonderland meets Night of the Living Dead meets Humphrey Bogart dystopian roller-coaster." ~ Albert Berg - Unsanity Files

"an engaging story that will keep you reading late into the night and beyond." - Mark Cantrell - The Word on the Wall
 
"...this book is outstanding. It defies classification." - Blackat Studios Review

"G. Wells Taylor has taken the detective/mystery genre to new and horrific territory here." - Creature-Corner.com

About the Author

G. Wells Taylor divides his time between promoting his books and writing the final installment of The Apocalypse Trilogy: The Fifth Horseman. Taylor lives in Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1885 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054GLEZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,485 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Jerry D. Mohrlang on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Imagine for a moment a world following "The Change" in which the living never age, the dead rise from their graves, procreation is only a memory and the sun never shines. Toss in a first-class mystery and a cynical detective with a propensity for adult beverages by the name of Wildclown and you have a plot mix that makes a witches brew seem passé. Oh, and did I mention that Wildclown, appropriately enough, wears clown garb and
makeup, is often possessed by a disembodied entity and has a partner whose dead? Not many writers could pull so many diverse story-elements into one story and have it hold
together, but G. Wells Taylor has done it superbly. Not only is Graveyards believable, but Taylor's prose is impeccable. Wildclown, with his flawed personality, is a character
you may not like, but you will love his cynically humorous repartee and you'll be rooting for him all the way through this imaginatively clever novel.
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This is the novel that taught me that POD books could be just as good, just as well-written, and just as entertaining as any contemporary fiction. I know that inspiration is a personal matter, and Graveyards may not have the same impact on you as it did on me. Nonetheless, there is much here to enjoy for anyone who appreciates hard-boiled mysteries (especially ones infused with apocalyptic overtones). The narrative pulses with real tension and menace. The violence is abrupt, brutal, and convincing. The mystery that drives the plot, although essentially a MacGuffin, is well-handled to the very end. And the more subtle enigma of the protagonist -- a man with two souls -- gives the novel the emotional heft of a true noir classic.
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At the start, I wasn't too impressed with this. A hard-boiled detective story with an insane clown, the spirit who possesses him and their dead sidekick. But the story and background just did a great job of sucking me in. It's clear the author has thought about what the world would be like if the dead start moving, and how it would impact society. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading, and the more I cared about the characters. Especially Fatso - just really love him, for some reason. The quiet dignity of a dead man, but willing to risk everything for his boss.

Definitely recommend.
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By A Customer on March 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was amazed. When Graveyards Yawn takes some familiar ideas from detective and horror stories and ties them into a book that's totally unique, creepy and entertaining. Wildclown is a one of a kind detective, and Greasetown is just like its name. The writing is thought provoking and fun. And to help you get a feel for the novel Taylor also produced a huge, official web site dedicated to the story and its setting and characters. There are pictures and animations of the detective, characters from the book and an ongoing book launch party inside the book. Lots of stuff to keep you entertained for hours. This is one fantastic package. I can't wait for the movie!
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This is bizarro fiction, with a master's stroke of the brush!
I was playing Russian Book Roulette on Amazon and took a chance on this one, without reading the full synopsis.
This is one of the most rewarding chances that I've ever taken.
Read it, hug it, squeeze it and name it George!
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A really unique book. I really enjoyed it. It's definitely is it's own thing. What happens when the dead stop dying? And no they don't try to eat you, the just become second class citizens. I guess the book would get classified as urban fantasy, but it really is very different from anything by Jim Butcher, etc. and it's clearly not your typical apocalypse. What it is is a lot of fun.

I don't write a ton of reviews (you can probably tell) but this book was so enjoyable and the setting so unique that I thought I should write one.
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This is a remarkably original and well-done book.

The title and thumbnail plot synopsis may make you think this is a zombie book, but it is not. It's about a world where the dead don't really die (but they do experience slow deterioration) and the racial divide has been superseded by the alive/dead divide. Huge companies make their profit off selling services to the dead. In addition, everybody alive when the dead came back to life stopped aging and reproduction has stopped. Your guide through this weird world is Tommy Wildclown, a hard-drinking private eye. Tommy likes to dress as a clown, complete with full face makeup. And he isn't always Tommy - sometimes this disembodied soul enters him and takes over. To be technical, he's the actual narrator.

Sound crazy? It is, but it somehow all works. It's a post-apocalyptic noir that manages to be both gritty and pleasantly cartoony. The city is "Greasetown," the name it took after the political and social disruptions that shook the world when the dead came back to life. The pre-change name isn't specified, but I pictured it as Los Angeles.

This book is incredibly enjoyable and I doubt you've ever read anything like it. If you hang out on the Amazon forums for books, you may see people frequently protesting that indie books can be just as good as traditionally published books. While that hasn't been my general experience, this is the book that proves it CAN be true. I can't wait to check out more books by this author.
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