Something bad has happened in Nevada. No one knows what it is for sure. Rumors fly about plagues and secret government experiments. And the President isn't talking. In Serenity, New Mexico, Deputy Sheriff Jubal Slate has his hands full. It seems that half the town, including his mother and his boss, are sick from an unusual malady. Even more worrisome is the oddly-colored dawn sky. Then a stranger crashes through town, a woman with a nightmarish story about what really happened in the Nevada desert. Soon, the towns people of Serenity start dying. And they won't stay dead.
Dead Earth: The Green Dawn is a rather good if not wholly original zombie story. It fails as a stand alone novella as it reads like the opening few chapters of a longer book. It is a taster of work to come and as such it would be rather irritating to pay for it.
An interesting take on the zombie apocalypse with a few differences to set it apart from the average story (differences like a bite doesn't necessarily 'turn' the victim into a zombie; and the inclusion of an alien menace makes a nice twist at the end I feel).
Well written and good characterisation of the protagonist, setting up a good background for the full length novel Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road. A couple of things in the story were reminiscent of Stephen King's "The Stand", especially the shared dreams between characters.
One of the better short stories I've read in this genre.