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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861561
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,602,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By des on 19 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a page turner.
I have also read
Dead Earth: The Green Dawn
Dead Earth Sanctuary
All of the books in this series are great.
Let me know if there are more.
Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not your typical zombie tale, but still well worth reading 17 Nov. 2010
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dead Earth: Vengeance Road is the second (and final?) book in Mark Justice and David Wilbanks' zombie series, which tells the story of Earth in the not too distant future. A military experiment has accidentally opened a gateway to an alien world, and the aliens have wreaked havoc on Earth by unleashing a plague that changes the infected into ravenous zombies.

Zombie 411: These are your basic Romero-style zombies. They're slow, rotting, mindless, and have an insatiable appetite for human flesh. There are some differences that may turn off some traditionalists, such as the fact that a zombie bite can, but doesn't necessarily have to, turn the victim into a zombie. There's also the fact that the zombies can be controlled by alien technology. That right there is typically a deal-breaker for me, but in this case it really did add to the story.

In Vengeance Road, we meet two groups of survivors. One is a gang of thugs and bikers, led by the charismatic but very unstable Luther Kemp. Kemp has been given dominion over the undead by the alien invaders, and is on a quest to make himself the master of an undead army. The other group of survivors is led by Jubal, a young man bent on vengeance for his slain family and determined to take the fight to the enemy. Naturally these two bands cross paths, fighting a bloody path to the source of the plague - the legendary Area 51.

I missed the first book in the series (Dead Earth: The Green Dawn), but there was surprisingly little catching up to do. Jubal's band obviously had a back story, but the story in Vengeance Road didn't depend on it. It's extremely easy to get drawn into these characters and lost in the story before you even realize there is some missing back story. And by that time, you pretty much know what you need to plow through to the epic finale.

It's not your typical zombie tale, but I really enjoyed Dead Earth: Vengeance Road. It had enough of the genre's trademarks to be familiar, enough innovation to keep things fresh (well, not the walking dead, of course), and the combination of vibrant characters and exciting action sequences kept my interest from start to finish.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Aliens and Zombies 2 Dec. 2010
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have not read what I understand to be a novella that started the Dead Earth Series, entitled "Dead Earth: The Green Dawn", but the authors did a commendable job bringing me up to speed with what happened in the first story through much of this novel, without any need for a prologue. What that translates to for someone who does forgo the first book is an immediate jump into the action with a story filled with zombies controlled by an alien invasion force dubbed "Necros" (short for Necromancers), by the few surviving humans who remain.

There are two groups of survivors at the outset of this tale. One group is made up of bikers running free and trying to avoid getting eaten while roaming around the Mexican desert in Baja California. Lead by Luther Kemp, there is friction between him and another member of this ragtag gang, whose nickname is Mother...and he is one big Mother, that is for sure. Mother only wants company because there is safety in numbers, while Kemp has bigger plans. The other group is led by a former sheriff's deputy from New Mexico named Jubal Slate. Jubal is bound and determined to make his way up to Area 51 in Nevada, where the aliens apparently broke through into our dimension, started changing the atmosphere, and raising the dead to help in the take over of humanity.

It seems that those who have survived have some immunity from turning into zombies-they can be bit and survive, though if allowed to die, they to turn in the end. It is an interesting slant, and allows for a few gruesome scenes where I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Not long into the story, Luther Kemp is bequeathed a gift from one of the Necros, who fly in glider-type machines, as his band of renegades is surrounded by a zombie horde. A metallic band that adheres to his head, giving him power over the undead and the ability to read the minds of the living, as long as he follows the commands of these New Lords over the Dead Earth. That is about the time that Mother realizes that he wants nothing to do with Luther or his little band of devotees, as Kemp decides that he is pretty tickled to serve his new alien masters, as long as he is given power over both the dead and the living humans.

The two groups clash throughout the rest of the story, with both sides making the trek north from Mexico up to Nevada. There is plenty of gory zombie action and interesting variations on that due to the alien influence on the story. The near future time frame add little hints about the earth technology left behind, and we get a big dose of it from one of the secondary characters, who has the ability to tap into the ever diminishing world wide web through a chip implanted in his head. I enjoyed the pacing of the story-it was a fun and easy read. My criticisms of it are mostly tied to whether or not this book is the final chapter in this saga or not. My belief is that based on a very revealing chapter near the end, when a lot of divulged about the aliens and their plans for earth, that this series will continue. Also, without providing a spoiler, I felt that one character's departure from the story was rather anticlimactic and my guess is that they will return in a future installment. If, however, this is where it all ends, I would be disappointed that there isn't more to be revealed. My guess is that isn't the case, though the authors certainly hit a dramatic stopping point which would allow them to leave things as is if that is the route they choose to go.

I felt that the three main characters in this story were all fairly well developed. Jubal taking the fight to aliens and undead was a refreshing change from what we typically see-there is rarely a main target to focus on during the zombie apocalypse, so seeing someone willing to do whatever it takes to undo the undead and the enemies of man was enjoyable to see-he was on his own personal Jihad. I liked the morphing Luther Kemp, as the necro technology he is gifted with starts changing and empowering him in twisted and devious ways. He goes from being a run of the mill sociopath to someone with an almost religious zeal and devotion to his new masters that is frightening. And my favorite character is Mother, the scarred, imperfect, reluctant hero that goes through hell and comes out of it looking for vengeance. He was the most developed and complex of the three, and also the most human of the bunch.

I do look forward to seeing where the Dead Earth series goes, and hope to hear about the promise of another installment from the authors somewhere in the not so distant future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More Characters, More Excitement 16 Jun. 2014
By S.A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Vengeance Road is the second book in the Dead Earth series by Mark Justice and David T. Wilbanks. In this installment, the main character, Jubal, takes on a lesser role as more characters are introduced. Though his role is not as prominent as it is in Dead Earth: The Green Dawn, Jubal's determination to avenge those responsible for the death of his friends and family is stronger than ever. Jubal journeys back to the United States with other survivors who have the same objective: to do all they can to hinder the aliens and their undead army, no matter the cost.

Jubal and his group are not the only ones making their way north to Nevada-- a vile group of bikers led by a twisted individual named Luther Kemp is also making the journey. This group is not seeking revenge, however. Kemp's objective is to gain followers and soldiers for the alien lords. Those who refuse to follow as one of the living are forced into service as one of the walking dead. Kemp's ability to control the dead allows him to add more "soldiers" with each town he and his group encounter.

There is a lot to like about The Vengeance Road. I'm glad the authors added more characters to the story line as compared to the first book in the series. The characters are well-developed and believable. I found the protagonists to be endearing and the bad guys to be especially scary. There is plenty of action and some very tense moments in the story, making it an exciting read. There were a couple missing paragraphs in my copy of the book, which may be due to the format in which I received it. Aside from a couple minor errors, the editing is well-done.

There are a few things I did not like about The Vengeance Road. My biggest issue with this book has to do with inconsistencies in the story line. During a couple of the zombie attacks, one character is surrounded by the undead, engaged in the fight of his/her life. Meanwhile, the other characters in the immediate area are left alone by the hordes. How does that happen?!

The biggest inconsistency in the book involves the character, Mike. At one point, it's implied he is hiding a big secret from the rest of his group. I kept waiting to find out what this secret was, but by the end of the book, it was still a secret. I know there is a third book, but for reasons I won't get into, I doubt this character will be part of that story. It will be interesting to see if the third book addresses Mike's secret. If it does, I will revisit this review and remove this paragraph. If the paragraph is still here, well...

Overall, I liked Dead Earth: The Vengeance Road. I gave it four stars because it is well-written, exciting, somewhat original, and the characters are well-developed. The reason I did not give the book five stars is because of its inconsistencies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Read 15 May 2013
By Sara A. Bellanti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'd like to see more from Jubal Slate's point of view, which is what I was expecting after the first book, but I really liked this one as well. Hard to put down!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good read 2 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Good read. Love zombie stories but some can be cheesy. Pleasently supprised! I would read other books from this author!
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