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Necropolis Rising [Paperback]

Dave Jeffery
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Book Description

28 April 2011
It took thirty minutes for the city to die. But for the inhabitants of Birmingham City, UK the hunger will last forever. The military has sealed the city. No one is getting in. No one is getting out. But Kevin O'Connell and his team of cyber-criminals have a job to do. A job that will see them receiving a huge payout if they succeed. Or a bullet if they don't. Once inside the confines of the city O'Connell and his team are about to find out that staying alive will prove to be just as difficult as staying dead ...

Product details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Continents (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977448193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977448197
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dave Jeffery is perhaps best known for his zombie novel Necropolis Rising which has gone on to be a UK #1 Bestseller. His Young Adult work includes the critically acclaimed Beatrice Beecham Series, BBC: Headroom endorsed Finding Jericho and the 2012 Edge Hill Prize Long-listed Campfire Chillers short story collection. His short story, Masquerade was nominated for The Horror Society's IGOR Award and features in the society's forthcoming Best of Horror, 2013 Anthology.

Dave has contributed to several anthologies from a variety of publishers including Dark Continents Publishing, Inc., Wild Wolf Publishing, Imprint Phoenix, Hersham Horror Books, Wicked East Press and Hidden Thoughts Press. His work has featured alongside many zombie impresarios including John Russo (Night of the Living Dead), Tony Burgess (Pontypool) and Joe McKinney (Flesh Eaters). His short story Daddy Dearest features in the award-winning Holiday of the Dead anthology (This is Horror Awards, Best Anthology, 2012.

Necromancer: Necropolis Rising II is slated for release through Dark Continents Publishing, Inc. in October, 2013. His short story Ascension (featured in ALT-ZOMBIE, Hersham Horror)has been filmed by Venomous Little Man Productions and will be screened at the following festivals:

Feratum Horror Film Festival, Mexico, October 2-4th, 2013
Bram Stoker International Film Festival, Whitby, UK, October 24th, 2013
Scardiff Expo., Cardiff, Wales, October 27th, 2013.

More festival news is expected over the coming months. Exodus, s spin-off TV show based on Ascension, is currently in development.

Dave's website can be found at:

The ASCENSION trailer can be found by following this link:

Necropolis Rising Reviews

"If the undead ever needed a shot of life, this is it!" Shock Horror Magazine.

"One hell of a zombie book!" Horror

"Colossally enjoyable!" Alasdair Stuart, British Fantasy Society Journal

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Zombie Novel 18 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Nowadays zombie books, like zombie movies, are ten a penny, so something really special has to come along before it stands knee head to the rest of the crowd, never mind head and shoulders above. The good news is Necropolis Rising, does indeed stand head and shoulders above the rest of the zombie fare. It's like the zombie film you wish Romeo would make. Fingers crossed he, or someone else, one day will make a film of this one. Until then enjoy the class read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie-Tastic 17 Jan 2011
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As the other reviewer points out, zombie books are very thick on the ground, and lets face it the majority are just pure trash pulp. It makes a change then to come across something that has been thought out, and indeed this tale would make a great movie.

With a plot to infect and manipulate a government computer things would seem bad enough for a gang of cyber criminals, they can't just send a virus over the internet, they have to get themselves inside the building. However this has all been planned for, and there is a very large payoff when they complete it. Things alas go wrong, when at the last minute, the city they need to go to, Birmingham, is sealed off. With the army in control of Birmingham, the gang have to change their plans somewhat. But what is happening in Birmingham, and why is it closed off?

At the same time, a special ops unit is sent into the area, to find a person and extract them, as the city has become plagued with the un-dead. Will either group be able to complete their separate tasks as the zombie horde marches through the city, mindlessly killing anything still alive?

This is more than an average zombie horror, there is lots of action as well as being a thriller.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good ;) 30 Jun 2011
By M. Hill
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You guessed it, this book is about Zombies, living it up in Birmingham. The usual rules apply, a virus is released or germ....causing the entire population of Birmingham to die....well, almost. The army have sealed off the area and sent in a crack team to find one rather important person. The people and zombies want out and the army want to keep them in. Add to this mixture a group of criminals wanting to get into Birmingham, and it all boils down to the knitty gritty of blood guts and a chorus of moans. Did the criminals take on to much to chew? Its worth the read, and rather refreshing in parts!
Worth four stars ;) If you like zombies/horror and a few twists in the story, this book is calling out to be read ;) Rather good ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Twist on the Zombie Genre 20 April 2013
By Gavin
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I think the first thing to say is that, for me, this novel had real potential. As a few other reviewers have mentioned, this is an interesting twist in the Zombie genre.

The basic premise of experimental science gone wrong, infection and then containment is a popular idea, but then having a group wanting in to the exclusion zone adds something extra. Certainly the author has a talent for good plot ideas, storylines and twists. Especially prevalent in the way two of the main storyline strands came together near the end. The pace of the novel felt about right, and most of the action scenes were very well written.

There were a few things that didn't quite sit well for me. I have to disagree with the one star brigade, there are some grammatical, spelling and continuity errors, but certainly not enough to really distract from the story at hand.
The one thing, however, that did distract me was inappropriately timed insertion of backstory. Of course it is vital to slip in details from the main protagonists earlier life but I only want to know in detail about the main cast, and I don't want it to interrupt action. I think an example would be, when the group are being surrounded in the Mastiff by Zombies, and Tanaka can't drive away, because he's haunted by something that happened in his past. It may be important, but if it is, slip it in earlier in the story somehow, at a point more appropriate for reflection, not in the middle of a life and death battle to escape Zombies, and then just make one of the characters reference it briefly, if needed. It takes readers away from the action at hand. In addition some of the exposition of backstory was very long; multiple pages in places. It was a little too much for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ruler coaster ride 23 Mar 2013
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A wonderful escapism joy. Looking forward to the next
Recommended to anyone. If you've not read a zombie novel before this is a good place to start
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Love zombie films so having bought a kindle thought I would give a book a try. I thought it was a good read and I liked the characters well worth 77p
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different 4 Jan 2012
By J. Hart
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book I have read by Dave Jeffery and I would definitely read more. I will leave out the synopsis, as the one available does the job, but it was so refreshing to read a book set in a city other than a capital.
The story is fast paced and the action sharp, with sections that urge you to read at a frenetic pace. Its a Zombie story with a difference and so treads its own path, developing imperfect yet engaging characters and staying clear of the 'Hollywood' esque formula.
An enjoyable and entertaining read that's more than worth its price tag. Cant wait for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking zombie fun! 28 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When two members of the Animal Activist League blow up the penthouse apartment of Dr James Whittington, they believe they're striking a blow against a notorious vivisectionist. What they don't realise is that Whittington is actually working on a gas which creates zombies and he's just got a whiff of it - and their explosion is going to introduce the toxin to the good citizens of Birmingham. Once the action kicks off, the book takes in a crack squad of cyber-criminals, military officials determined to wipe England's second city off the face of the earth and plenty of zombies (including marauding football fans) and barely pauses for breath. Jeffery writes in a brisk, easy style and is a dab hand at action scenes (of which there are several), throwing in some nice exchanges (especially between O'Connell, who's leading the criminals and his gang) and some good gore set pieces. All in all, this is a solid novella that's a real hark back to the pulpy, gory-glory of the Seventies (you could imagine James Herbert tackling this after "The Fog") and it makes no apologies for that. If you like your horror as a straight-forward rollercoaster ride that's a great deal of fun, this is the book for you and as such, I'd very much recommend it.

I should, however, add the caveat that the print edition has a fair sprinkling of typoes, which can get distracting at times.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Necropolis Rising
Necropolis Rising has some unique points for a zombie book - mad scientists, bio-terrorism, bounty hunters, all in one book - should be any zombiephile's fantasy, right? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well liked, couldn't put it down. This book should be made into a movie. Can't wait for the second one to come out.
Published 15 months ago by Peter barker
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice local horror
An interesting book based around my local areas. Highly recommended. A promising new horror author to keep an eye on
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Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Sean T. Page
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't see past all the errors!
I read this after a recommendation from a friend. The same friend had recommended Amanda Hocking's Hollowland, which I had really enjoyed. Read more
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Whilst the couple of 1 star reviews cover the grammar, spelling and punctuation problems, I personally managed to ignore most of them (aside from the few too glaring to miss),... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Longshot
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly presented
I gave this the benefit of the doubt but can't continue. It reads as if it was written using voice recognition software, then run through a US English spellcheck but not properly... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love At First Bite
This story is fast, frantic and frightening. It stands like a solid tombstone in a writhing sea of zombie pulp fiction. Read more
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