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Autumn: The City [Paperback]

David Moody
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6 Jan 2005
Everything that means anything to you is taken away in seconds. No warning. No explanation. Nothing. AUTUMN: THE CITY is the first sequel to the acclaimed horror novel AUTUMN (now available as a free download from A virulent disease rips across the face of the planet, killing billions of people in less than twenty-four hours. A small group of survivors cower in fear in the desolate remains of a silent city. As the full extent of the devastation caused by the disease is revealed the desperate people fight to keep thousands upon thousands of plague victims at bay and to continue to survive from day to day. They fight to stay alive. The unexpected appearance of a company of soldiers again threatens the survivor's fragile existence. Do they trust this sudden military presence? Will the military bring them hope and answers, or just more fear, pain and destruction? Far more than an ordinary sequel, AUTUMN: THE CITY expands on the nightmare of the first novel and takes the reader closer to discovering what caused the death of billions of people on a single inauspicious September day.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Infected Books; paperback / softback edition (6 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955005116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955005114
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,444 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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With his latest gripping novel, Moody has proven that he is not a one-trick pony - his tales stand well as individual works, or as part of the wider series'. (British Fantasy Society ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The nightmare continues in the first sequel to AUTUMN . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Zombie Epic with Babylon-5 Sized Story Arc 23 Nov 2013
This book was picked up by the Ministry of Zombies at an author signing in November 2013.

Although this book can be enjoyed as a standalone novel - it works best at the second instalment of the blistering Autumn set.

We are introduced to a new set of characters, many only just about holding on, as the dead emerge from every side street in ever growing numbers. What's more, they are growing more aggressive by the day.

This is well-paced & thoughtful horror. As with the first book, it's not a slasher. The tension builds like a pressure cooker - should they make a run for it? should the group stay where they are?

The reader is re-introduced to several characters from the first novel & we see how they have survived up now.
Then, out of the chaos, the military arrive. Not quite as you expect. Also, what they hell can they do against such a plague?

There are real heart-breaking moments in this second book of the series in addition to some characters you'd rather not be trapped with. Desperation, fear & hopelessness permeate the survivors as they huddle & try to keep quiet.

As you read this book, you realise that the author is setting a Babylon 5 style story arc out - one that you can enjoy through the series. We meet more of the characters & learn more about the plague. The strength of this book is that most of the characters are normal folks thrown into the end of humanity. There aren't really any clichés & it wouldn't surprise me if the author based them on real people.

A superb second volume to the series & one that I pretty guarantee will have you reaching for the next. I'm 2 books in so far & this is possibly the best zombie series out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch undead sequel from David Moody 10 Jun 2012
Taking into account how much I enjoyed David Moody's Autumn, a post-apocalyptic tale of the walking dead in the UK, I was genuinely concerned about whether its sequel Autumn: The City, would measure up, especially in the knowledge that after this sequel, there are still a number of titles remaining in the Autumn series...

Although a sequel, Autumn: The City runs almost concurrently to the timeline of Autumn and introduces us to further characters within the universe that Moody has created as well as some familiar survivors from the first instalment in the series. This is not to say that this work is simply a recap or indeed treading old ground; in fact, I would suggest that Autumn: The City is quite different to its predecessor. This difference is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination and to my mind, is akin to the difference between Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens; the former being a claustrophobic, atmospheric horror and the latter being an action horror of superior calibre. That is not to say that Autumn: The City can simply be pigeon-holed as such.

Again, Moody is in no rush to tell his story; and this addition to his Autumn universe sees a larger group and how they are coping with the undead menace baying at their doors...

As in Autumn, Moody's undead continue to evolve much to the alarm of his protagonists. Along with their evolution comes the inevitable degradation of their physical state, which the author narrates incredibly effectively with his compelling prose which is quite graphic when describing decaying, diseased flesh. As opposed to Autumn, Moody does not spend as much time in The City dealing with the immediate aftermath of the unspecified pandemic and moves his story along from the time period occupied by Autumn.
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I read the first Autumn book while on holiday last year at Centreparcs, a deserted woodland that was just about the perfect place to read it. I enjoyed it, perhaps not as much as I was hoping, but the way that David Moody told a bleak and eerie tale struck a chord with me and I knew that I would have to get around to the sequel when it came out. Well, out it came in January and here I am a few months down the line finally getting around to it! I may not have been in the same surrounding to read Autumn: The City, but not only did I enjoy it more than the first book, I found that it gave me more chills too. Not good while reading it during the early hours of the morning at home, alone...

Autumn: The City starts in much the same way as the first book, Autumn, although a short prologue shows that at least some people knew that it was coming as an army unit is ordered to move to a secure bunker, just making it inside in time. From there we follow a handful of people as others around them die suddenly and the world changes in an instant, with very few surviving the event. We see these individuals dealing with life in the aftermath, trying to survive and seek out other survivors, and finally grouping together at the local university. But the cadavers have changed and are no longer simply stumbling around, the new aggression they show can mean nothing good for the survivors. And then there is the army, coming out from its bunker to see what state the world is in, and finding it worse than even they imagined.

Unlike the first novel Moody doesn't take his time in exploring the death event and the immediate aftermath, from mass death to the re-animation of the corpses, in too great detail, but instead does all of this in a smoother and quicker fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars zombies !
You can't beat a good zombie apocalypse story ! I am loving this series. Time to buy the next episode. I will be sad when I finish the whole series.
Published 2 months ago by Meena S
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love the walking dead
i met this author by chance a couple of weeks ago through my job,he inspired me to buy autumn,and autumn the city,it took me 3 nights to read autumn and im half way through autumn... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. L. Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just an excellent sequel
Absolute gem of a book to follow on the Autumn series. The author has an excellent writing style that forces you to read on.

Now for book 3!!
Published 14 months ago by WOW Impro
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
A decent enough read but the slow pace may put people off! Seems to me that the first two books could have been combined and cut down a little!
Published 18 months ago by Goddard1981 Goddard1981
5.0 out of 5 stars Great zombie novel
I have just loved reading this series of David Moodys books. The storyline is excellent and holds some really good twists and turns. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by ettaariane
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read.
After reading 'Autumn' i just couldn't wait for the 2nd installment..and i wasn't disappointed. I read this book within a day. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by justine
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Another amazing book from David Moody. Having read "Autumn" first in the series, I didnt think that it would get any better, but then "Autumn - The City" came along. WOW! Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Victoria Watts
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New and pretty much more of the same from this author
Having read David Moody's work before I was hoping that this one would be different, as it featured Zombies rather than altered humans but alas it was pretty much the same as all... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad there is no 6 star rating!
As always, David Moody paints the picture of the end of humanity more vividly and clearly than anyone else dares attempt. His iconic visions never cease to amaze me. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 MOODY'S DONE IT YET AGAIN !!
AUTUMN, THE CITY, takes us back to the City in AUTUMN and introduces us to not only new characters but explains the outbreak from their perspective. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Clack
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