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The Killing Moon [Kindle Edition]

Rod Glenn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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An intelligent, violent and disturbing post
apocalyptic vision. Realistic and gritty and yet still manages to purvey a sense of hope laced
with down-to-earth northern humour. -- The Chronicle, September, 2009

An intelligent, violent and disturbing post-apocalyptic vision. Realistic and gritty and yet still manages to purvey a sense of hope laced with earthy northern humour. --The Chronicle, September 2009

Testosterone and cordite waft off the pages of this post-apocalyptic tale from the very start. It's set in the near future, when escalating conflicts have led to the accidental release of a manufactured virus. The infection has wiped out most of the population, spreading panic and leading to the collapse of civilisation as we know it.

Most of the action takes place 20 years after the cataclysm, and it centres on a group of young people living in a small settlement in northern England. Nature has reclaimed the cities and roads, and the survivors have had to adjust to life without modern conveniences or communications. Their rural community is slowly picking up the threads of life when three newcomers arrive. Their appearance soon shatters the peaceful scene, and the friends undertake a nightmarish journey to the Black City.

Descriptions of the Black City aka Middlesbrough, and the decaying wastelands of the north are detailed and atmospheric. The importance of friendship is brought to the fore as the characters endure separation and hardship

Rod Glenn doesn't hold anything back. It's full of the kind of casual violence that the prudish, the easily offended, very young children and those with high blood pressure or a heart condition should avoid. Consult your doctor before reading this novel. --Warpcore SF, February 2010

Taking current events to a logical hyperbole, the author weaves an immediately grabbing, absolutely terrifying soon-to-be future. Without giving too much away (because this is one I firmly recommend reading) a cocktail of Iraq, China, Swine-flu, and all around poor human decisions bring about the collapse of society as we know it.

But the book's broad-scope beginnings merely set the stage for a coming of age tale that is something of a mix between Mad Max and Stephen King's The Body. It is the characters in this story that really capture the reader and keep you turning pages well into the night. Let me put it this way; at 322 pages, the book is a respectable length and I took it with me to be my reading material on a three day trip - I was done with it in a day and a half.

The boys the novel centres around are a charming mix of battered, world-weary angst, fun-loving immortals, and quietly introspective naïveté, and the perilous journey they make across post-cataclysmic Northern England is just the right mixture of suspense, humour, and characterization. The setting, like many of the characters, is gritty and hopeful at the same time. If you are a fan of Mad Max, or the recent video games Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2, you'll find this book enormously enjoyable.

In all, The Killing Moon is a fast-paced thrill ride with a pack of guys who could be anyone's best
friends. --Orion's Child Magazine, February 2010

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FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF SINEMA: THE NORTHUMBERLAND MASSACRE

A series of cataclysmic events bring about the global collapse of civilisation. The few remaining survivors must fight for their survival in a world plunged back into the dark ages.

Twenty years on, a new generation grow up out of the ashes and, after their idyllic life is destroyed, five friends must leave their childhood home in rural Northumberland and embark on a perilous journey to Middlesbrough, a city gripped with gang violence and sectarian killings.

Tragedy, lies and deceit mar their every step as they are cast into a dark and twisted world that is itself on the brink of destruction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (3 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XMQY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rod Glenn was brought up in the north east of England and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with wife, Vanessa. His writing is of a dark nature with darkly humorous undertones. He also an actor, some roles include World War Z, Broken England, The Bad Samaritan Must Die, Run, Vera, Inspector George Gently, The Monuments Men, Fury, Macbeth, Bill, The Fairy Flag, Dolls and Ripper Street.

Novels:
The King of America
Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre
The King of America: Epic Edition
The Killing Moon
Sinema 2: Sympathy for the Devil
Holiday of the Dead (contributor)
Radgepacket Vol. 1 (contributor)
P.O.W. Wartime Log of F/Sgt T D Glenn (contributor)
Sinema 3: The Troy Consortium
Wild Wolf's Twisted Tails (contributor)
Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volume 2 (contributor)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Animal Farm, just better! What a ride! 10 Feb. 2013
By Mal
Format:Paperback
I started this book not knowing what to expect other than action. What I got instead was a surprise. The first few chapters are chaos and carnage. At first it's disconcerting until I realized it's a working metaphor for the global mentality and the sheer scale of disorder and tragedy.

Despite the first few chapters starting slowly, giving the reader no indication of what's coming, you are falsely lulled into a pocket of safety in an isolated haven in a world turned black. At some points the atmosphere is so bleak and despairing you find yourself struggling to see the point to it all, but hold tight because just around the bend the book suddenly launches into dramatic action, personal (and grueling) hardships, and you have the rug pulled out from under you.

By the time I hit chapter ten I for one couldn't put this book down. I read voraciously, devouring this novel. The pace is hectic, the twists and turns piling up like a car crash, and I absolutely loved some characters who totally gave the second half of the book a distinct anchor of humanity. The contrast is probably needed to appreciate these seasoned warriors willing to fight for their corner of the planet despite the sheer amount of savagery gripping the world.

The writing is fantastic! I loved the descriptions, I loved the overall atmosphere, I found myself solidly 'inside' every scene, and the plot unfolded in a blur as I sped through to the end. All the pace missing from the beginning grabs you by the throat and hauls you behind the carnage in the second half and you barely have time to catch your breath. I was so invested in the outcome and so was very happy with the ending, I sagged in relief and thought 'thank heavens for that!'

What a ride!! This is like Animal Farm, just better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 28 Days Later in England's North East 20 Feb. 2013
By SiCorbz
Format:Kindle Edition
The Killing Moon is a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy that is (unusually) set in the North East of England after humanity has been reduced to warring factions of survivors (including the zombie-like `crazies') and in which whoever controls the last remaining power supply holds all the cards. The back story is scarily convincing but somewhat over-long, damaging the initial flow of the narrative and largely creating a book of two halves. I suspect a seasoned editor would have taken a scalpel to Chapters 1-6. However, if you persist - or even begin at Chapter 7 - you will uncover an action-filled adventure with a narrative that truly zips along. Thrills and spills come quickly as a gang of friends, bonded by tragedy, embark on a revenge (and rescue) mission facing danger at every turn while never quite knowing who to trust. The precise identifications of army hardware/weaponry will satisfy military anoraks and several set-piece skirmishes do set the pulse racing. Some of the violent action (as described) is uncomfortably sadistic so this book is definitely not for the squeamish. If action-filled (post chapter 6!) dystopian fantasy (and the movie 28 Days Later) is your preferred genre, then this is definitely a book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim up North 12 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Killing Moon produces a post apocalyptic world in which a group of survivors welcome some newcomers into their settlement only to have their hospitality repaid with their murders. The story then moves to a hunting party of the young men of the settlement who return to find the carnage and seeing nothing left to stay for go off to the Black City (Middlesbrough) to survive and avenge.

The novel is a good if not overly challenging read which suffers from occasional silliness but is worth a read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining 24 Jan. 2011
By D Heff
Format:Paperback
The Killing Moon is a fantastic read. I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what would happen next. After the near destruction of civilisation twenty years later a group of survivors have created an idyllic life for themselves. This doesn't however last for long when their village is attacked, the inhabitants slain and a couple kidnapped. The children who have survived want to put things right and start an epic journey which becomes the stuff of nightmares. To fully enjoy this book you do need to suspend your disbelief, as with all good science fiction/horror absolutely anything can happen. You can not predict what is going to happen at all in a world that is totally unrecognisable and this really keeps your attention. Horrific violent things happen and not just to the bad guys which makes a refreshing change. You are really behind the boys and are willing them on the whole time. I would strongly recommend giving it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 31 Aug. 2013
By ron
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Set in my part of the country and as this was free I thought I would give it a go and I can say a was not disappointed. It's a fairly typical after the apocalypse story but is well written and you want to know what happens to the characters in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary post apocalyptic tale!! 8 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When starting this book I could not understand what was happening. It was chosen by my book club and it wasn't my type of read. I was on the verge of giving up when I was told it is worth sticking with and WOW!! Am I glad I finished it! This book is exciting beyond belief. It is very well written and the details make you feel as if you are right there in the midst of the action . It has a hint of Mad Max but on a much more epic scale . And it takes adventure to a new level! It has mutants , blood , gore and many, many other details I suggest you read to find out about. Well done Rod Glenn !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ? Never ordered this book, never recieved it, Never read it
never read it...don't know why I am asked to review it
Published 1 month ago by Franklin D Crawford Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars grim up north
A very enjoyable violent horror book,set in England up north ,five friends face the apocalypse and even worse other humans,a good book highly recommended
Published 9 months ago by the reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Just finished the book today. What a story! The book was gripping from start to finish.
Good use of description throughout. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bainesy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Whether is is because I come from the north east I do not know, but this book gripped me from start to finish. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. C Cowey
2.0 out of 5 stars If this can get published, anything can
Well, I bought this book based upon the synopsis of the plot. Post apocalyptic, set in the UK and in an unorthodox setting (the North East) made it sound an interesting concept but... Read more
Published 23 months ago by SciFiGuy
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book, the author creates a convincing post-apocalyptic world. But the first half is better than the second and I didn't rate it higher because I felt it got silly,... Read more
Published on 20 Sept. 2012 by lola
5.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff by Rod Glenn.
Having discovered Rod's work thru reading Sinema/Sinena 2 on kindle I was really looking forward to this book and it didn#t let me down. Read more
Published on 4 Sept. 2012 by Foxexile
5.0 out of 5 stars READ ALL OF HIS STUFF
I can't stand the clicky keyboad on my ancient kindle so don't usually leave reviews..... Mr. Glenn's work is worth the sore thumb!
Published on 2 Sept. 2012 by Jed Walsh
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