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David Moody
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12 April 2012 AUTUMN
One day in September a virulent plague spread throughout the world, killing billions in one day. Even now the full horror of the plague is just beginning, for the dead are not just dead . . . One small group of survivors is imprisoned in an underground base, trapped between the door to the outside world and the sealed entrance to the airtight cocoon where hundreds of soldiers sit and wait for rescue. On the surface the crowd of bodies is growing in size every day, drawn there by the heat and the noise of the people hiding underground beneath their rotting feet. The sheer mass of decaying flesh above begins to cause problems for the military when vents become blocked, but a mission to clear the dead starts a vicious battle between the living and the dead. And there are far more of the dead . . .

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575091398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575091399
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Moody grew up on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction. He worked as a bank manager before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a million times since publication in 2001 and spawned a series of sequels and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Film rights to HATER were snapped up by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad). Moody lives with his wife and a houseful of daughters and stepdaughters, which may explain his pre-occupation with Armageddon. His latest novel, TRUST, is currently available free online at Visit Moody at

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Days pass...the world decays...purification begins.

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The Autumn trilogy reaches its dark and dramatic conclusion.

Trapped between the military and the dead, the survivors carve out a fragile and uncertain existence. In a moment of madness their safety and security is jeapordised. Surrounded by relentless hordes of bodies they run blindly through a harsh and lifeless world.

All hope is gone, but in the rotting shadows of the past they find the key to what remains of their future... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Autumn and still running 16 Dec 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
The characters in the first book ran and hid from zombies. They met a some more characters in the second book who were running and hiding, and together they ran and hid. Purification (mis-labelled the last in the trilogy) offers little in the way of conclusion either. In fact the content is still composed of running and hiding, rinse and repeat. There is little in the way of character development from the survivors, a clear division exists between runners and fodder. That all said, Purification doesn't set out to be different, it's niche in the genre is to fulfil a bleak zombie-infested Britain and it does just that. Straight-forward and unsurprising Purification is an easy time-filler and stays true to the two previous entries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet 17 July 2013
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Having read the first two in the Autumn series I was hooked and Purification enhanced that. An excellent read from start to finish. David Moody has an angle on the zombie genre like no other, raising issues and psychological problems with the survivors to bring a horrific but realistic approach to his books.

I recommend everyone interested in horror to read this fabulous series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
“Autumn: Purification” is the third book of David Moody’s four part post-apocalyptic zombie saga. Following on directly from where “Autumn: The City” left off, the reader should already be aware of all the main characters. Bursting with action from the start, the survivors are thrown once again into the dangerous rotting world of the undead, mixing horrific tension with the dark mental anguish that the survivors feel daily.
Influenced heavily but Romero’s zombie films, the book takes on many of the ideas and situations tackled in his “Dead” series. We meet another set of survivors who have access to a helicopter and a plane. And we finally see the survivors pulling together (well, not all of them) to try and make a future for themselves.
Perhaps the best written of the ‘Autumn’ books, ‘Purification’ uses many styles and techniques to encapsulate the harrowing experiences that the survivors go through. The book often jumps to an almost diary-like first person view-point for a chapter, to then go back to the standard third-person style. The author spends a large amount of the time submerging the reader into the emotions and mental stress of each character producing some beautiful characterization that draws you into this almost believable scenario.
The zombies take on new and interesting changes, which are detailed throughout the book. It’s almost as if they are evolving, which brings a nice twist on the classic zombie genre. The book ends in a hopeful, yet still with a dark and slightly negative tone, that concludes the books nicely. The final book of the series is “Autumn: The Human Condition”, that is a companion book which brings to an end the Autumn saga.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After having loved David Moody's Autumn and its sequel Autumn: The City, I was eager to get started on the third title in the series, Autumn: Purification.

Autumn: Purification opens with a brief recap leading to the events narrated herein and thereafter, picks up almost immediately from where Autumn: The City left off. This had me ever so slightly worried since it would have been incredibly easy for Moody to take the path of least resistance and created a clone of the plot from Romero's Day of the Dead from this point. Thankfully, this is far from the case with Purification.

Moody continues to develop not only his characters and the undead in this third instalment of the Autumn series but the universe which they occupy also. The tone of the book, as with its predecessors, is suitably bleak and the focus is very much on the plight of the characters, the daily trials they suffer, how they cope with their own emotions and despair; and how much they have changed despite less than six weeks having passed since the cataclysmic event which wiped out the majority of the planet's population and the dead started to rise. At the same time, Moody pays attention to the degradation of the physical states of the walking dead, but Purification, as with the previous instalments in the Autumn series, sees the shambling corpses continue to evolve in a fashion that I can only imagine that other authors wish they had thought of first...

Although there is plenty of action, death and decaying flesh in this book and it is undoubtedly at home in the horror genre, it will leave those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled mindless zombie tale unsatisifed. I would submit to you that this is no bad thing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again! amazing! 30 Oct 2012
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David Moody has done it again, would rather read this then watch any zombie movie, and their not your average zombies, not your typical dumb idiot zombie. He always manages to get you hooked into these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book..Just Wait..You Will See! 4 Dec 2011
Im giving it five stars for the author's great talent. He is a real find in the "Zombie author" genre.

Also, not to be obnoxious (probably too late) they have released Autumn: Disintegration in the USA and its very good---with an apology from the author for all the time between the last book and the new one. I will give no spoilers--in fairness.

The UK is so lucky to have so much Horror writing talent, these days.

I know I'm grateful..these are the best Zombie books that Im aware of. (Autumn books)
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