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Army Versus Zombies: TOOTH AND NAIL by Craig DiLouie

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Initial post: Nov 10, 2010, 8:56:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2011, 3:08:44 PM PDT
Following the lead of other authors contributing to this forum, I would like to introduce my novel Tooth And Nail, a novel of the zombie apocalypse.

The book has been positively reviewed by numerous horror, PA and zombie blogs, websites and magazines.

This is the way the world ends.
Not with a bang,
Not with a whimper,

Tooth And Nail tells the story of the soldiers who tried to save it.

Here's the synopsis:

"As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled-that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease.

"Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit through the horrors of combat in Iraq. Now he must lead his men across New York through a storm of violence to secure a research facility that may hold a cure.

"To succeed in this mission to help save what's left, the men of Second Platoon will face a terrifying battle of survival against the very people they have sworn to protect-people turned into a fearless, endless horde armed solely with tooth and nail."

For the soldiers of Charlie Company, the zombie apocalypse gives new meaning to the phrase WAR IS HELL.

I hope you'll check it out! You can get it in paperback (Tooth And Nail), popular eBook formats such as Kindle (Tooth And Nail)and audio book (Tooth N Nail) here at

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the book!

I also hope you'll check out my other novel of the zombie apocalypse, The Infection (, recently published by Permuted Press (also available for Kindle here: The Infection).

Posted on Nov 10, 2010, 8:57:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2011, 11:57:20 AM PDT
Reviews for Tooth and Nail by Craig DiLouie:

"I can't recommend Tooth and Nail highly enough. It's a truly unique and refreshingly different approach to a familiar story which works on many levels."

-David Moody, author of Hater and Autumn

"This book does for the zombie genre what Black Hawk Down did for modern war journalism, and that is high praise indeed. Tooth and Nail kept me reading all night long, and I think it'll keep you glued to the page as well. This one is a spectacular achievement."

-Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead 

"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

"Can someone please explain to me why Craig DiLouie isn't more of a household name? ... Tooth and Nail, his story of an Army platoon stranded in New York City as a virus that turns ordinary citizens into mindless killing machines, is gritty, violent, addictive and utterly realistic ... a thrill ride that grows in intensity with each page up to the shattering climax."


"A real action-packed, tension-building ride that refuses to let you put the book down ... I cannot recommend Tooth and Nail highly enough and it's one of those rare books I will read again and again. Go out and get a copy now. You won't regret it."

-Garry Charles for the UK's Shock Horror Magazine (issue #4)

"PLATOON meets OUTBREAK with a little end of the world as an icing. The book had a breakneck pace and a crisis around every corner ... TOOTH AND NAIL is a very skillfully written, suspenseful and thrilling novel."

"You'll feel as if you're an embedded part of the platoon ... This book should be on the bookshelf of any zombie or military action fan ..."

"TOOTH AND NAIL is a brilliant little novel."

"Tooth and Nail is a blistering fast military-focused thrill ride into the apocalypse."

-Patrick D'Orazio, author of Comes The Dark

"A fast-paced story with enough bloody action to satisfy even the most jaded of zombie fans ... It's also a story which successfully captures the best and worst of war."

-Chuck Gould's review for Horror Bound Magazine

"There is something magical that happens while reading Craig DiLouie's Tooth and Nail. Worries fall by the wayside, the trigger finger begins to twitch, the heart races, and the imagination focuses on a darker, more exciting, rage-filled world."

"By this time next year, another dozen zombie novels will have been published, but none will probably be as good and ultmately satisfying as Craig DiLouie's new novel Tooth and Nail. It's the Black Hawk Down of the zombie genre. It's that good."

-Kyle Mizokami's review for

"To those who do not like to read zombie-like books on the basis that they are not tautly written, not well researched, or have poor character development, I would say to read Tooth and Nail and prepare to eat your words."

-Deirdre Crimmins for Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review

"This book ... makes you feel like you are in the middle of the action ... The zombie action is intense ... It's a great novel and I highly recommend the read!"

-Rhonny Reaper's review on Dollar Bin Horror

"The story is fantastically gritty, emotionally charged, and brings up many of those oh so fascinating psychological implications of people trying to survive an event of this nature."

"Take the outbreak stage of The Stand, but tweak the super flu to act more like the Rage virus from 28 Days Later and extend the incubation period of the virus to a few hours. Then shrink the perspective down to a single company of U.S. Army infantry, and place them in the center of New York City ... What follows makes for a very, very good book ... I fully enjoyed almost everything about this book." and

"I was pretty much hooked from the get-go. I couldn't put it down ... The story is superbly written, fast-paced and very engaging ... I highly suggest picking it up if you're a fan of horror. It's a great apocalyptic tale that kept me reading ..."

-Zombie Apocalypse Preparation

"Craig DiLouie is an impressive storyteller ... Craig grabbed my attention on page one and never let me get away ... Every page of his story seems completely real. Every confrontation seems both immediate and critical to the reader."

-Author Rick Moore for The Writer and the White Cat

"It quickly become a favorite ... The action scenes were also amazingly written. When the military first fired on a group of infected, my heart raced. I really fell into the moment. This book does come very close to being perfect..."

-Lyle Perez for Undead In The Head

"DiLouie's Army is detailed and believable. The reader feels as if she is there with the soldiers, often with grim humor, as they struggle to fulfill their orders amid chaos and panic. I won't be surprised when I hear this book has been picked up for a movie ..."

-Pris Sears for Brautigan's Toothbrush

"What a great rush ... Tooth and Nail is a very effective story of humanity toppling over the edge and falling toward an uncertain future. Gritty and violent, it molds itself to the zombie apocalypse well and makes for a great read."

-A Life in the Day

"I found myself totally wrapped up in the story, and putting it down was harder than with most books I've read of late ... I really didn't want to put the book down. 'Just one more chapter ...'"

-Thomas Duff for Duffbert's Random Musings

"DiLouie's thoughtful and unusual approach to the material had me turning pages ... Fans of zombie fiction will find Tooth and Nail to be a satisfying read with plenty of action. Recommended."

-The Monster Librarian

"The book is very realistic in its approach to the life of the foot soldier ... Check this one if you are a fan of ... gritty military zombie fiction."

-Mihir Wanchoo for The Fantasy Book Critic

"Fans of apocalyptic-like stories such as 28 Days Later and The Stand will find a story that satisfies their craving for horror in this novel."

-Book Noise

"DiLouie attempts to show an oft-neglected side of the men who serve and protect by making them the focal point of the plot by exploring their emotional and psychological struggles ... As an otherwise negatively represented character in zombie stories, the military-centric approach gives DiLouie's story a unique edge ..."

"Instead of just being the guys who make things difficult for the survivors in other books, DiLouie's soldiers are the ones trying to fight their way out of a hell of epic proportions."

"I have no problem recommending this one."

-Brian King for Armchair General Magazine

"Tooth and Nail is an intense and disturbing read ... an apocalypse that is suitably dark and bloody."

-Graeme's Fantasy Book Reviews

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, 5:45:01 PM PST
OpheliasOwn says:
Mr. DiLouie, I picked up your book after seeing it recommended here and loved it! Got another copy for my BIL for Christmas (what says holiday cheer more than zombies?!). I like the review that says it is the Black Hawk Down of the zombie genre- very well put. My only criticism? I wanted more!

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, 7:18:10 PM PST
Hi OpheliasOwn, thank you for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed TOOTH AND NAIL. I'm glad you did! (I hope you will review the book at its page here: Tooth And Nail.) There's more coming ... THE INFECTION, to be published by Permuted Press next year. The official website is or find me on Facebook. Thanks again for reading TOOTH AND NAIL! Cheers, Craig

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, 7:31:00 PM PST
OpheliasOwn says:
Craig, I am so excited about the new book- it is about time! Read the excerpt on the website. February is too long to wait!

Posted on Nov 12, 2010, 8:18:54 AM PST
Ryan says:

I just received Tooth and Nail and started reading it yesterday. Im a bit more used to reading 600+ page books, or long series... or long series of 600+ page books.. (Peter Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, E.E. Knight, S.M. Stirling) and changing down to a shorter book that Ill probably read in a day or two was kind of daunting. But wow am I glad I did! Im on about page 100 and I absolutely love this book. I think this would make an excellent movie adaptation. (in fact, i very much want it to.. kinda imagining Black Hawk Down meets 28 Days Later). Ive read a number of different writing styles and perspectives, but Ive got to say this is the first Ive read that was written in "present tense" (if thats the right term). I like the story progression of the virus, its a fresh take on the "zombie apocalypse" scenario, and seems a lot more believable in many ways. Keep up the good work! Ill definitely be picking up the next one.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010, 12:01:19 PM PST
Thanks, Ryan, I'm glad you're enjoying the book! As for a movie adaptation, from your lips to God's ears!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2010, 7:27:40 AM PST
Ryan says:
Finished the book last night.. Read right through all the football games yesterday. ha! This is one of, if not the most, exciting book Ive read recently. Edge of my seat feeling the whole way through. I am doubling my request for a movie adaptation of Tooth and Nail. Cant wait for the next installment.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2010, 9:34:55 AM PST
Thank you, Ryan! I appreciate it! I hope you'll leave a review here: Tooth And Nail.

My next novel of the apocalypse, The Infection (not a sequel to Tooth and Nail, but set in a similar universe), is coming out from Permuted Press next year--you can get preview it at

Thanks again!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2010, 8:57:09 PM PST
dian napier says:
Loved this book, I got it on kindle
was worried that it was too military...
Great book..PA people enjoy!

Posted on Nov 28, 2010, 12:17:05 AM PST
Thanks, Dian! I'm glad you liked it! I hope you'll leave a review here (Tooth And Nail) and find me on Facebook.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011, 1:18:03 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 18, 2011, 12:03:35 PM PST
If you like Tooth and Nail, be sure to check out The Infection, coming out from Permuted Press in February 2011. Thanks!


Teaser videos:

Trailer #1: "Who do you miss the most?"

Trailer #2: "This is the way the world ends"

Early reviews:

"Not just another zombie story ... DiLouie takes everything you know and love about the world and turns it into something else entirely. Unflinching horror and surreal, almost dream-like imagery combine to make THE INFECTION a disturbing, nightmarish read."

- David Moody, author of HATER and AUTUMN

"With THE INFECTION, Craig DiLouie takes readers on a wild ride into the darkest regions of zombie territory. Brilliant and terrifying!"

- New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, author of ROT & RUIN and PATIENT ZERO

"Just when you think you've got THE INFECTION figured out, Craig DiLouie takes things to a whole new level. It's a satisfyingly nail-biting ride from start to finish."

- Tony Schaab,

Posted on Apr 11, 2011, 7:45:55 PM PDT
Cube says:
Not everyone is a zombie hater. Check out this guy, who's so into zombies he covered him self with zombie tattoos! It's a bit much, even for those that don't hate zombies, but worth a look see. Artists are some times difficult to understand:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 7:51:45 PM PDT
Dave says:
I really enjoyed Tooth and Nail and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys both Zombie and Post apocalyptic reads..
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