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Tomes of the Dead: Hungry Hearts [Paperback]

Gary McMahon
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15 Nov 2009 Tomes of the Dead
Rick Nutman is a rookie policeman. When the city of Leeds erupts into blood-spattered chaos he must fight through hungry hordes of the undead to return home and protect Sally, his new wife - the only woman he has ever loved. Daryl lives with his terminally ill mother and views the current apocalypse as the perfect opportunity to put his plans into action. He has always wanted to be a serial killer - and tonight he will achieve that dream. Sally will be his first victim. Murder, obsession and desire collide in this dark tale of love, death and the things that lie beyond.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ABADDON (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906735263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906735265
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary McMahon was born in Sunderland in 1969 and has a lifelong love of genre fiction. His critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. His first mass market novel was "Hungry Hearts", which was then followed by the Thomas Usher books ("Pretty Little Dead Things" and "Dead Bad Things") and the "Concrete Grove" series of horror/urban fantasy novels.

His work has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award on seven seperate occassions. When reminded that he is still to win one of these, he gives a wry smile.

Website: www.garymcmahon.com

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About the Author

Gary McMahon's fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.K. and U.S and has been reprinted in both THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR and THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR. He is the British-Fantasy-Award-nominated author of Rough Cut, All Your Gods Are Dead, Dirty Prayers, How to Make Monsters, Rain Dogs, and has edited an anthology of original novelettes titled We Fade to Grey. Hungry Hearts is Gary's first mass market novel. Forthcoming are the collections Different Skins, Pieces of Midnight and To Usher, the Dead.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff 15 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
(point of interest - I know and like Gary McMahon and have worked with him in the past)
Rick Nutman is an ex-soldier, now a policeman in Leeds who is one of the first to witness a zombie uprising. Attempting to get home to his wife Sally, he is beaten there by Daryl - a young man spoiled and made psychopathic by a domineering, religious Mother - who kills her. Nutman waits for his wife to reanimate, bandages up her terrible wounds and leaves. Along the way, he meets up with Stan Rohmer and his grand-daughter Tabby, who tells him about a sanctuary, out on the Ferne Islands. Unfortunately, Daryl is now following them, wanting to kill Sally all over again. Not as melodramatic as that précis would suggest, this is as gritty as we've come to expect from McMahon, filled with a weary, bleak world-view, but willing to accept that love - in one form or another - can actually make a difference. A long book (at least 105k words) this reads quickly, with a small, well characterised cast and uses locations skilfully. Apart from Daryl and his transformation, nobody does anything that doesn't seem natural to the plot and the way each character reacts to set-pieces is beautifully conveyed. What's more, McMahon is so confident of his tale and characters, some of the broader set-pieces - the pit of zombies, to whom the unlucky Claire is introduced; the kid in the old cottage - move by so quickly you're not aware of the power you've just read until you realise you're reeling from them. And that follows too with the darker elements of the plot - the gore is quick and brutal, but McMahon always goes for the human angle, to make the reader wince (where Sally gets injected, for instance) without becoming gratuitous or exploitative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Love Triangle 7 Jan 2010
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Hungry Hearts is the first book I've read in the 'Tomes of the Dead' series from Abaddon. If the others are as good as this, I'll definitely be picking up the rest of the titles.
It starts with a cop, Rick, who is involved in a bizarre incident during a raid on a Leeds council towerblock. All Hell breaks loose (literally) and it soon becomes apparent that Rick must fight his way across the city towards his wife, Sally. The dead have returned, the city is amok with death and gore. Meanwhile, Daryl, a fledgling serial killer, decides to embark on his spiral of murder. And he has his sights on Sally...
Hungry Hearts is a fast read, appearing almost cinematic at times. The pace is flawless, with the various plot strands threaded with action and emotion in equal parts. The backdrop of the novel - Britain in the grip of a zombie apocalypse - is almost secondary; it is, at heart (no pun intended), a love story of the highest magnitude. McMahon's writing is vivid and fresh, and there are many scenes that linger long after you've read them. This is the first mass market book from this writer (although he has written several in the independent press), but it's an assured debut, and worthy of your time.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book. There is a degree of honesty in the author's work which resonates with me, and I suspect he'll soon be making waves in the mass market. Top stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Loving 21 Sep 2012
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If you enjoy zombie apocalyptic themes in your stories this will be right up your street. Not for the faint hearted if necrophilia turns your stomach this one. Very fast paced, gory fun. The scenes mentioned by other reviewers are clearly intentionally taken from Romero's Dawn of the dead. McMahon is clearly a fan boy of horror films and I actually enjoyed reading his take on these scenes. This book comes highly recommended to fans of the living dead and I can't wait to check out the rest of his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp 13 April 2010
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Hungry Hearts was the second Tomes of the Dead story I read. Not in the same class as my current favourites in the series (I, Zombie and The Words of Their Roaring) but a fun read. Many scenes seem taken almost directly from Dawn of the Dead, the opening sequence for example but it is a quick paced read and was heading for a 4 star review until the end. I was rolling my eyes by then, it just got too silly unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 20 Dec 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
Let me start this review by saying Gary McMahon is a literary god. Hungry Hearts is more then just a zombie novel. It is a beautiful, brutal piece of dark fiction; a character study of broken individuals trying desperately to survive the wreckage of their new world. Desperation is the truly the theme here, folks. A husband desperate for his dead wife' s love; a serial killer desperate to quench his insatiable blood-lust; a grandfather desperate to save his granddaughter, no matter the cost. McMahon writes with poetic insight, and though the story is not jump- out- of- your- seat scary, it is suspenseful in the way the characters act, and the hard decisions they must make.

It is shameful that Gary McMahon is not that well known here in the States, and that my review is only the first for this book. He should be recognized for the masterful writer he is. Like the zombies he writes about here, I will gladly devour all he has to offer from now on!

Read this book. Now. The highest recommendation possible!
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