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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: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKG on 31 Mar. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Brien on 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 By Kat on 27 May 2012
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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