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Pyramid of the Dead: A Zombie Novel [Kindle Edition]

John McCuaig
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In the 16th century a few hundred Spanish Conquistadors, led by the great Francisco Pizarro, landed on the shores of the Incan Empire in search of gold. Just a few months later the mightiest realm in the world lies in ruins, its once beautiful cities destroyed and its citizens butchered. Greed and lies, betrayal and vengeance mix with the black magic of the High Priests to set free an ancient evil from the underworld. As these lands descend into a deadly chaos an uneasy alliance is formed between the last of the Spanish soldiers and the Incan warriors, led by Minco, the Protector of the capital city Cuzco. Setting aside their well earned mistrust and hatred, together they must venture deep into the jungle to find the Forbidden City, to strike at the very heart of evil itself, the Pyramid of the Dead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480220485
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press (22 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VOFVB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Scotland in 1968 and moved to London, England when I was about 20. I love writing horror and especially the baddest boys of the lot- zombies. More recently I've been trying my had at supernatural thrillers.

Been with my partner Pam for 25 years, but only recently married, and now that the kids are gone its just us and our two mad dogs. I work in the railway industry as a manager to engineers who maintain and repair commuter trains.

Please feel free to contact me if you wish- jmccuaig@googlemail.com

Blog- johnmccuaig@blogspot.com


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient evil unleashed in Pyramid of the Dead! 3 Mar 2013
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In my opinion, tales of fiction can often be greatly enhanced with the inclusion of a bit of historical fact. Stories such as Vlad by C.C. Humphries, Anno Dracula from Kim Newman and Shadows in the Mist by Brian Moreland are prime examples of horror tales that have twisted historical fact to create truly worthwhile reads.
Scottish author John McCuaig is no stranger to taking events from the past and letting his imagination seize on an idea and weaving a story around memorable events of the past. Having sampled McCuaig's work before and been impressed by his short story The Demons of Glencoe which featured in Children of the Plague, I was drawn to the author's 2012 novel, Pyramid of the Dead.

With my love of history and horror; and familiarity with McCuaig's work, I had no hesitation in picking up Pyramid of the Dead after reading the synopsis. Additionally, I was impressed with the cover art which for me, was evocative of an old-school movie poster; a feeling which recurred as I read the book.
To my mind, taking events and figures from history is a formula for success, when done correctly, since much of the story and the characters themselves have already been created and depth within the lead players is already present since their backstory is already set in stone. Such a foundation serves Pyramid of the Dead well since this tale is very much an action-driven horror with Spanish conquistadors and Incan warriors facing off against a zombie army marching on the command of an ancient demon. For me, the whole story conjured up memories of Hammer Horror films such as She and Plague of the Zombies; which is no bad thing!

There are no real surprises or twists contained within this tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars he just keeps writing 24 Nov 2012
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step back in time with this book,starts fast paced and continues all the way through.I ,found this book different as its set in the inca period,not the normal experiment gone wrong,but a tale of revenege and greed.Not many zombie books are written in the past ,this takes you back to a time when there was no nuclear bombs,so the fighting is close combat.Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 24 Nov 2012
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wow this book starts fasted paced and continues all the way through,set in the inca period,were there are no tanks or bombs,so the fighting is close combat.The story is about revenege and greed[how spain could do with the gold now].Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient evil unleashed in Pyramid of the Dead! 29 Sep 2013
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In my opinion, tales of fiction can often be greatly enhanced with the inclusion of a bit of historical fact. Stories such as Vlad by C.C. Humphries, Anno Dracula from Kim Newman and Shadows in the Mist by Brian Moreland are prime examples of horror tales that have twisted historical fact to create truly worthwhile reads.
Scottish author John McCuaig is no stranger to taking events from the past and letting his imagination seize on an idea and weaving a story around memorable events of the past. Having sampled McCuaig's work before and been impressed by his short story The Demons of Glencoe which featured in Children of the Plague, I was drawn to the author's 2012 novel, Pyramid of the Dead.

With my love of history and horror; and familiarity with McCuaig's work, I had no hesitation in picking up Pyramid of the Dead after reading the synopsis. Additionally, I was impressed with the cover art which for me, was evocative of an old-school movie poster; a feeling which recurred as I read the book.
To my mind, taking events and figures from history is a formula for success, when done correctly, since much of the story and the characters themselves have already been created and depth within the lead players is already present since their backstory is already set in stone. Such a foundation serves Pyramid of the Dead well since this tale is very much an action-driven horror with Spanish conquistadors and Incan warriors facing off against a zombie army marching on the command of an ancient demon. For me, the whole story conjured up memories of Hammer Horror films such as She and Plague of the Zombies; which is no bad thing!

There are no real surprises or twists contained within this tale. Pyramid of the Dead is full of stoic heroes, greedy conquistadors, maidens in distress all facing off against an army of the undead led by the villain of the piece, who the reader is set against from his introduction. The fairly linear nature of the plot is no criticism since Pyramid of the Dead is a robust action-horror that delivers with ancient cities plagued by the undead, massive set-pieces that a Hollywood budget would fail to do justice to; all bathed in buckets of gore.

Critically, the book is a little on the short side at under 200 pages. However, it doesn't feel rushed or under-developed, perhaps in part to the pre-existing backgrounds to some of the main players.
Refreshingly, with this book being set around 500 years ago, there's certainly no semi-automatic weapons or chainsaws for despatching zombies. Setting aside the handful of muskets present, this is all very much hand-to-hand combat and as such, there's some pretty brutal scenes involved.

Pyramid of the Dead is a quick, bloody, satisfying read and I sincerely hope that the author continues to deliver high quality historical horror in the future.
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