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Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy: Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Mira Grant
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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'This book is fast-paced and so well written it makes you check your doors and windows are locked and peer into the dark corners looking for zombies... I really would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes the supernatural/fantasy gene; it's just a fantastic read that I found hard to put down with a really twisted ending leaving the reader wanting more.' (DARK MATTER)

[An] adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem ... Deft cultural touches, intriguing science and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

'This was an absolutely excellent continuation of this series. Things that happen in this book will absolutely take your breath away; it is absolutely engaging and really makes you think... Personally, I think this is the best zombie-themed writing since World War Z' (FRINGE)

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'This book is fast-paced and so well written it makes you check your doors and windows are locked and peer into the dark corners looking for zombies... I really would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes the supernatural/fantasy gene; it's just a fantastic read that I found hard to put down with a really twisted ending leaving the reader wanting more.' (DARK MATTER )

[An] adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem ... Deft cultural touches, intriguing science and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY )

'This was an absolutely excellent continuation of this series. Things that happen in this book will absolutely take your breath away; it is absolutely engaging and really makes you think... Personally, I think this is the best zombie-themed writing since World War Z' (FRINGE )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1149 KB
  • Print Length: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XCFHOA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's several months after FEED and Shaun still hasn't recovered from the murder of his sister Georgia - to the extent that he now hears her voice in his head. He's retired as an Irwin but still runs After The End Times with the considerable help of Mahir from his base in London. When Dr Kelly Connolly from the CDC suddenly arrives on his doorstep it's troubling for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that she's been reported on the blogsphere as having died.

Kelly's brought news of a troubling conspiracy within CDC relating to data on the spread of the Kellis-Ambrose virus (the virus that led to the zombie apocalypse). Shaun almost immediately gets an idea of how powerful a conspiracy this is when the powers that be call down a firestorm on the headquarters of his blog. Soon he and his team are on the trail to get to the bottom of the mystery, which will see them go cross-country, encounter underground labs and meet lots and lots of zombies ...

Mira Grant's sequel to FEED develops the overall conspiracy story arc and widens the scope of the action while giving Shaun a more central role.

Depressed by Georgia's death, Shaun's getting used to the responsibility that comes with leadership. His conversations with Georgia worked well and Grant does well at showing how his attachment to her harms his relationship with others, especially new Irwin head, Rebecca, who's emotional interest Shaun remains oblivious to.

You don't need to have read FEED to follow DEADLINE, but you get more from it if you do. Although I'm a little tired of shadowy government conspiracies and games within games, Grant keeps it going well and it's interesting to get a new slant on familiar characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing certain crucial ingredients 2 Jan. 2012
By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Feed and was looking forward to the sequel. However, possible spoilers ahead, Deadline was missing a few key ingredients that made Feed so good. It also included stuff that really wasn't necessary. If you liked Feed for all the action and fighting, you really might not enjoy the sequel.

As a read, its pretty good. Its just as accessible and believable as Feed and Mira Grant paints an engaging picture of post-apocalypse. The characters are not great - we really only learn anything about Sean Mason as a personality, everyone else just exists in his world. Or head. The development of the plot from Feed works well enough for Deadline to feel planned, as opposed to just tacked onto an unexpectedly successful original story. But it is overly long - around 600 pages - largely due to way too many explanations that Sean is crazy and doesn't care what anyone thinks of this and far far too many descriptions of blood tests. Blood tests to get into buildings. Blood tests to get out. Blood tests to get into cars and into shops. Blood tests to go houses, garages, and the toilet. Yeah, technically that last one comes in the sneak preview of the final book in the trilogy, but you get my meaning.

If you enjoyed Feed, you'll probably have that 'what happened next?' kind of feeling. You have to know how deep the conspiracy goes and who was really behind Tate. In which case you'll get something out of this sequel. Go ahead and buy it.

But, here's the big problem with Deadline - this is a possible spoiler, but I doubt it. Anyway:

Deadline is not a zombie novel, it is a thriller. I say this because there are next to no zombies in the whole book. Seriously: there are almost zero undead in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Deadline by Mira Grant 31 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
What's Good About It

After being blown away by the first instalment of this trilogy, I was excited to get my hands on Deadline for ages. And it didn't disappoint. Unlike so many second parts of trilogies which are flabby around the edges, stalling for time, and with no real sense of threat, Deadline only escalates the tension. Shaun's deteriorating mental state only makes him more of a loose cannon, and in a world populated by the reanimated dead, being a loose cannon is a very very dangerous thing to be.

With the conspiracy going even deeper, there's plenty of mystery to unravel. Once again, Grant's world building is second to none. Her story is all the more sinister for the CDC procedural details woven into the narrative. The story never seems to lose pace for the extra detail, which is a very good thing, because such a level of detail could easily bog the story down. With a lot of the heavier world building work done before in Feed, Deadline doesn't have to work as hard for its realism, giving it more space to explore the terrifying world and politics its characters live in.

And speaking of characters, the transition to Shaun's point of view is seamless. His character is very different to Georgia's cold, analytical mind, but he works just as well as a vehicle to drive the story. And as slightly creepy (a fact that Mira Grant doesn't shy away from, which pleased me) as Shaun and Georgia's mind sharing relationship becomes, it's a fantastic way of keeping Georgia in the story, in a way that never feels forced or twee.

What's Not So Good

Once again, if you're looking for a cheap thrills zombie apocalypse, this isn't really what you're looking for.

Rating: 5/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The Newsflesh Trilogy is good for a quick, simple read.

If you like zombies and technology, these are the books for you!
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved the first book, but found the second one a bit like a Coke commercial.
Published 4 months ago by Lurian
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Brilliant much more of a page turner than the first book and the first one was gripping, can't wait for the next one
Published 9 months ago by claire moir
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read by Mira Grant
Second book in The Newsflesh Trilogy well written with Zombies, Politics and Conspiracies. Not you usual Zombie storyline if you're a fan of Max Brooks World War Z the book, this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up
Not as good as Feed, but still a good read. Fast paced conspiracy from start to finish. I maybe be biased because I absolutely adore this particular author, but it's money well... Read more
Published 12 months ago by G O'Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead good
A fitting sequel well paced and thorough, perfectly balanced between psychotic and factual content to keep the reader entertained and always wanting to read one more page
Published 13 months ago by miss laura murray
4.0 out of 5 stars the blogging continues
back into the adventures of the staff of after the end times, with a boss who's sanity is straining under the pressure of the loss of his sister. good stuff, like the first
Published 16 months ago by Damon
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get this done
I'm quickly writing so I can carry on with the final installment of this trilogy. This is what these books do, I'm not giving any spoilers just take a chance and read the books. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephanie Yeomans
4.0 out of 5 stars Be patient and persevere
Deadline does not have the grab and go as did feed. It is however, a good read if you can persevere and you will enjoy it immensely. Read more
Published 19 months ago by rattyratbag
4.0 out of 5 stars cracking sequel
Really enjoyed this take on the zombie thing
Lets hope the final one is as good cant wait to get stuck in
Published 21 months ago by j
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