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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099571560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099571568
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lebbon takes zombie apocalypse to new levels. Science and gore are leavened by a compelling interweaving of engaging characters and some wonderfully poignant moments: a scientist who pauses from meticulously picking off the zombies to wonder if he might just be mad and slaughtering innocents; an engineer torn between love for his family and the awful knowledge of what he has done; a disease-ridden young woman who loses everything and yet may offer humankind's only hope. Compelling, humane horror from one of the genre's leading exponents." (Guardian)

"Lebbon’s prose is cold, lean and ruthlessly efficient... Where the book excels is in the scenes on the parallel world. There’s a dislocating sense of the uncanny here – the differences subtle, but powerful. It’s here, and in the book’s smaller, scarier moments, rather than the widescreen scenes of apocalyptic carnage, where Coldbrook finds its true power." (SFX Magazine)

"Coldbrook is a heart pounding, blood drenched, yet intelligent and original take on the undead. It successfully blends the horror, fantasy and science fiction elements into an utterly compelling and satisfying story that stays with you after the book is finished. Zombie stories don't get much better than this." (Starburst)

"I had no notion of what to expect when I cracked this open at page one but I’m glad to say I was very impressed. I’ve read a lot of apocalyptic fiction and Coldbrook is right up there with the best. I’m always on the lookout for a fresh interpretation of the end of the world, and with this novel I think I may have just found it. All we need to do now is find a movie company who are willing to bring this striking vision to life on the big screen ... Highly recommended." (The Eloquent Page)

"The apocalyptic visions and survivors fights are vicious and gripping ... Lebbon creates vivid characters through an ensemble ‘cast’, which breathes life and individuality into the book. In fact, as mentioned earlier, through its brutal imagery, plot construction and strong characterisation, I felt as though I were almost reading a middle period Stephen King book, if it were not for Lebbon’s distinctive authorial voice. A truly breathtaking horror fantasy that had me reading into the wee hours of the morning in order to reach the end. Well done Mr Lebbon. " (Terrortree.co.uk)

"It’s time to turn on the nightlight and read long into the night with the latest offering from Tim Lebbon demonstrating why as a horror hound he’s one of the best to run you to ground and gnaw on your leg whilst the zombie horde approaches as here within this book is a story that has not only a lot of original elements but brings the best of the Zombie Genre to the reader with enough grotesquery to bring the most ardent horror fans retching to their knees. Add to this top notch genre defying prose, some wonderful forward thinking and overall a book that feels cinematic throughout its pages as the revelations will have you glued to the final page. Back that up with an authorly style that’s identifiable alongside some cracking characters and all in I was more than sated. Great stuff." (Falcata Times)

"Fans of the current undead craze will revel in vividly rendered tropes, violent and gory scenes reminiscent of Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later … it is a heady mix of sci-fi and fantasy, that make Coldbrook so enjoyable, revealing an author in command of his material and not afraid to push things forward … This is a fast-paced and often nail-biting ride. There are excellent set-pieces thrown in along the way … Questions of science and faith are intelligent, heartfelt and provoke thought. There is an aching humanity in amongst all the blood-splattered twists and turns. Make no mistake, this novel is a gripping read and builds from the start into something fresh, thrilling and ultimately memorable … With Coldbrook, Lebbon proves that there is life in the undead yet." (www.thisishorror.co.uk)

"A real page turner." (Iwillreadbooks.com)

"Satisfying and thought-provoking... In a welcome return to pure horror, Tim Lebbon has put a fresh twist on an old trope, and come up with Coldbrook. Fast-paced, blood-soaked and zombie-filled, it still manages a coherent and engaging storyline with an unsettling edge... Whether you’re new to the genre, or suffering zombie fatigue, I can’t recommend Coldbrook highly enough to you. Read it, enjoy it and, while you’re at it, hunt down some of Lebbon’s older horror novels." (Readerdad.co.uk)

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The award-winning Tim Lebbon gets hearts racing with this terrifying post-apocalyptic thriller

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth on 21 Nov 2013
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There really should be a law against toying with the fabric of spacetime and jeopardising the very nature of reality. When the scientists at a Top Secret underground facility in the Appalachian mountains do just that, you know beyond a shadow of doubt that it will all end in tears... well, in a zombie apocalypse, to be more accurate.

The market seems to be awash with zombie fiction at the moment. The reading public's taste for vampires and werewolves appears to be waning somewhat (thank goodness), but you can't swing a chainsaw in your local bookshop without hitting a new zombapoc offering. I can't claim to be any sort of expert in the genre but, like all literary phenomena, there are good and bad entrants to the competition.

Coldbrook ranks among the good, I am pleased to report. There may be better out there (I have a few more of the type on my Kindle awaiting my attention, so I shall report back eventually) but there are definitely many worse. Faint praise? Not really. It ain't literature, but Lebbon writes a tidy, strong and technically accomplished story and populates it with a cast of diverse, believable and sympathetic characters. There's nothing particularly original to the story itself and many or all of the plot elements will be familiar to readers of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and of course zombiefic. However, Lebbon makes effective use of his well-stocked sci-fi toolbox to construct an interesting narrative. There is a slight disconnect as Lebbon, a Brit, puts a Welshman as one of the main protagonists into an American setting. It's not a big killer, but Brits should very careful when writing novels about America and Americans, just as Yank novellists should be careful when writing about Brits and Britain.

Good fun, well written and easy to read. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moddyman123 on 3 April 2013
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Found this book really interesting, engaging and happy it was a stand alone novel and not part of a series. The science fiction (or is it?) linked with the zombie action was cool and a something not done since Brian Keene's 'The Rising'. Well worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathat on 23 Nov 2012
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Well worth reading, for any zombie/post-apocalyptic fan....the usual good story from Tim Lebbon. Hopefully a sequal to follow? Let's hope so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Jeffrey on 22 Nov 2012
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Coldbrook is a seamless blend of science fiction and horror that for the most part works brilliantly (I had a couple of niggles, but nothing that detracted too much from the story). A group of scientists lift the lid on a Pandora's box when they open a gateway to a parallel universe, but what comes through is not what they are expecting.

The characters in the novel are brought to life on the page, and they become people you root for and care about as they try to cope with the end of the world as we know it. They seem like very real people trying to manage with a very unreal situation. This is an inventive and thrilling addition to the shambling zombie genre, and it goes to show that there are still some authors out there who can push the boundaries and take it to the next level.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2012
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Author Tim Lebbon has been on my radar for a while, I keep hearing good things about his books. I was therefore delighted to be provided with a review copy of Coldbrook and further interested to realise it was branded with the old Hammer (horror) branding.

Coldbrook is a scientific facility where scientists have created a breach into a parallel Earth and are studying what they can see through their limited opening. This is a zombie/apocalypse novel, so as you might suspect, something nasty lumbers through the portal and creates havoc in our earth. It would be easy to dismiss this as a typical guts and gore novel, but that would be wrong, this is an intelligent and thoughtful novel. With zombies.

Tim Lebbon blends horror, science fiction and strong characterisation to provide a long and very entertaining novel. No Special Forces heroes here, no running gun battles with lurching zombies, but real people acting like real people. We have the elderly scientist still at Coldbrook, we have the guy who ran away (and let the contagion out of Coldbrook) and tries to redeem himself, we have the scientist who escapes into the portal only to find what seemed idyllic, isn't! And we have the potential saviour who is hampered by a debilitating illness. So, real people in a nasty world and it works very well.

All that would have worked brilliantly on its own, but the author throws in a curve ball, an evil presence that ups the ante even more.

Really enjoyed this and it appears that Mr Lebbon's reputation is well deserved and I need to be digging into his back catalogue. Recommended.
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Original ideas for starting (and ending) a zombie apocalypse! Just a shame the characters are so unoriginal, especially the women; also the author's attempt at a 'midlantic' feel was irritating to the British reader. This made for hard work at times, when both narrative and dialogue seemed to drag like a sea lion's rear end. Very original ending, though. Brilliant ideas, indifferently executed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CaroleHeidi on 6 Feb 2013
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I've read a few zombie books, they frighten me in the same sort of way that roller-coasters do - I enjoy it but shake like a fool for twenty minutes afterwards and have the occasional issue with walking to the toilet on my own in the night for a couple of days.

Coldbrook blew them all out of the water.

As far as zombies go, Lebbon created the scariest ones I have encountered. Which is impressive because until now I would have replied to a statement like that with 'but surely a zombie is just a zombie?' Apparently not.

Combining quantum physics and multi-universe discoveries with Stephen King-esque road-trip horror, Coldbrook takes you on a journey across an America ravaged by something from another world.

There's plenty of stereotypical 'shoot the zombies in the head' action mixed in with loyalty and love and bucket loads of desperation when there's a whisper of the word 'immunity'.

I liked the ferocity of love in the book, sometimes it is easy for horror novels to fall into the trap of killing everyone off apart from maybe one character, and I always find those a bit numbing - by the end I really don't care - but Coldbrook doesn't do that. There is the love of friendship, family and illicit affairs running through the story, buoying you through the gore and terror of it all and stopping it from becoming too mindless - there was a reason for all the destruction you witness through the character's eyes. (Admittedly though, if Vic had called his daughter 'beautiful' one more time I may have screamed. I understand the contrast of innocent child versus relentless death-bringing zombie hoard but, seriously, there are other words than 'beautiful'.)

Possibly the scariest thing about Coldbrook was the human-ness of it.
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