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Dead City [Mass Market Paperback]

Joe McKinney
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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13 Nov 2006
Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh...Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family...There's no place to run. No place to hide. The Zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors...but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (13 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786017813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786017812
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly fast paced zombie fest! 4 Feb 2007
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This book starts in the thick of action and never lets up until the end. It's all about one cop's journey from one end of an infection, zombie ridden city, to the other to find his family. The zombies are the classic 'Romero' type.

I was disappointed with the ending as there was no surprise but the rest of the book is totally action orientated and as you finish one chapter, you have to start the next. Good page burner.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead City (they won't stay dead) 18 Dec 2009
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Considering the good reviews listed, and the 4 stars this book has received in the past, I was expecting a well written, well rounded book with characters that I could be easily relate to.

It's true, you start the book in the thick of the action, following a cop that really wants to find his family whist struggling to understand the world, ethics and behaviours of a zombie infested city. It's also true that the action is constant and bloody with the perpetual night that just doesn't seem to end, ever! For these reasons, I didn't score the book at one star.

But as I read this book I struggled to understand the authors points of reference. He uses language, descriptions and metaphors that I find hard and strange to follow. The grammar is sometimes poor and the author seems to get excited with the current story line which has the feeling of being caught up in the moment and leads to him adding in sentences at the end of paragraphs to explain the text, just incase you got lost? All being said this is still not the worst book I've read on this subject but very close.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like The Walking Dead... 4 April 2012
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The story is about Eddie Hudson, a San Antonio cop trying to find his wife and son among a city infested with the dead.

The action takes off from the first chapter without any real character development but enough interest to keep the pages turning. Unfortunately at chapter 13 the story descends into nonsense. The main character seems to lose focus on his main objective of finding his family. He meets up with his ex partner (too coincidental) and the amount of zombies they escape from and shoot is quite unbelievable.

At 288 pages long, the action comes thick and fast however the scenes in the second half of the book are quite repetitive - the road ahead blocked, back up, crowd of zombies, fight with zombies, escape and that type of scene. It sort of turned into a black comedy.

The ending was appalling, by far the worst ending to a book I have ever read, there is no room for a happy ending in a zombie world.

The really unfortunate part is that there are two sequels both of which I bought before reading the first, I am hopeful there will be an improvement.

Overall - great fun and action to begin with but became tedious half way through.

Two stars for the first half of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Zombies may be cool, bad writing is not 31 Mar 2012
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Most of these new self-published ebook authors are exactly like those kinds of people you see on X-Factor. You know, the kind who truly believe they can sing, and then when we get to hear them, they sound like a cat being strangled; and you wonder to yourself: do they ever listen to themselves back? Well, I often wonder if these people ever objectively read themselves back, because if they did, they would realize their work if below acceptable par and save us poor readers the time and effort of wading through these virtual pages they've foisted upon us.

What we have here is lots of zombies and even more dialogue. And lots of action to complement it all. There's no real cohesion here, no proper narrative structure; the prose is rubbish. The author simply doesn't know how.

As another reviewer correctly pointed out, the sentences are often very strange. To be a little clearer: there are often sentences and references made which need not have been made. The whole thing is stuffed to the gills with bad form. It's overwritten in some places, and woefully underwritten in others.

Anyway, there's a zombie outbreak and cliched things happen. The main character says and does stuff, and you don't really care what happens to him. He has a buddy who's like something out of a cartoon; doesn't seem to take any of it seriously at all (probably because he knows he's part of a made-up World within a novel). And the action? It's ill-constructed and completely devoid of tension; it merely exists as a means to an end. There's no passion here.

I gave this two stars. It's a complete waste of your time, but, I regret to say, I've come across amateur ebooks which make this look like Shakespeare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Zombie novel 17 Nov 2011
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The only good thing about this book was that the story got going quickly. I never really felt any affinity to the main character, the character with the next biggest part, was just plain awful and I dont know what the author was thinking.

The book was short and never stopped moving, but I still found myself skipping pages, as I was just uninterested.

I do not recommend this book, read jl bourne Day By Day Armageddon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proper zombies - just the way I like 'em 27 May 2012
By Kat
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You know how clothing addicts have those 'I've nothing to wear!!!' tantrums whilst standing in front of an overflowing wardrobe? Well the other day I had a similar moment, replacing the wardrobe with my bookshelf, stamping my feet and saying 'I've nothing to read - I want zombies!!!!'. So I picked up my trusty e-reader and Dead City caught my eye.

Dead City is what I call a proper zombie book. Why? Because its action packed, gory, scary and creepy, the main characters are tough but flawed and people die. A lot.

Eddie is a cop, and whilst trying to deal with some problems at home, receives a call to investigate a disturbance in a local neighbourhood. When arriving he finds a whole bunch of people acting strangely....but within minutes the true cause of the disturbance becomes apparent - it's zombie time!

While he struggles to survive and move through the city he meets a bunch of different people who are also trying to ride out the zomb-apocalypse and get the hell out of town - but the zombies obviously have other things on their mind, and his journey is fraught with intense, life-or-death situations.

This is an action-packed book, there's very little 'down time' or intense dialogue - most conversations take place on the fly, whilst dodging zombies but the relationship building between the characters is done well considering the circumstances. I liked that Eddie wasn't super-cop, he screwed up and got scared, wasn't a crack shot with a pistol and had to rely on hard work and guts to get himself out of trouble. There is some information on the zombie-virus itself, but it's more the catalyst to the story than a part of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smarter than your average bea-.... zombie book
Jumping from suspenseful and action-packed scene to scene this book doesn't loosen it's grip on you (kinda like the zombies). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oliver J.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
The first zombie book from Joe had me hooked,could not put down .I think this is his best book so far
Published 6 months ago by the reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Furious & Flawed
So! Where to begin with this novel.

I hate writing negative reviews, but ladies & gents, this review has more negative than positive :(

The book starts off... Read more
Published 7 months ago by I W C
3.0 out of 5 stars B Movie Zombie Novel
Dead City is not a bad read however one character is highly annoying and comes across like a bad B Movie character. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kittybuzz
5.0 out of 5 stars McKinney's impressive debut novel
Over the last year or so, I have read and enjoyed a number of novels and short stories from American author Joe McKinney. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed this
I bought this after reading Quarantined, & because I love a good zombie yarn..! I read the most recent reviews on Goodreads & was a little dubious, it seemed people either loved or... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Boxie
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead City
A really enjoyable zombie story. It's not mind-blowingly original but the characters are really well developed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new horror writer for the zombie genre
Excellent read. Just finished the sequel apocalypse of the dead which was also excellent and now reading mutated. Couldn't put them down. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Satzen
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
Novels like 'Dead City' remind me why Stephen King is a great writer. King loves people enough to describe them intimately in prose, letting readers come to know his fictional folk... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by English Teacher
1.0 out of 5 stars Awfull!!! A total waist!
Don't waist any time or money on this book. ANY, ABSOLUTELY ANY OTHER ZOMBIE NOVEL IS FAR WORTHIER THAN THIS ONE. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Moira
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