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Wet Work

Wet Work [Kindle Edition]

Philip Nutman
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[316 Pages in Printed Book]
"The Genre is much enriched by his insight and creativity." --Clive Barker.
"What you have here is the literary equivalent of a Lucio Fulchi movie which races along like early George Romero" --Jack Ketchum --author of The Girl Next Door, Red and Off Season.
"Before "Resident Evil, before "28 Days Later, there was Philip Nutman. And there was Wet Work." --Tim Sullivan, Screenwriter and director. THE STORY: Dominic Corvino covert assassin, the CIA s top "wet work" specialist.
Nick Packard a rookie cop about to undergo his baptism of fire on the Washington DC mean streets. Two different men whose destinies are about to collide as Armageddon unfolds... When a routine hit on a pair of rogue DEA agents goes horribly wrong in Panama, Corvino discovers not only has his team been betrayed from within, but he, too, is marked for death. For Packard, his first day on the job rapidly descends into Hell on Earth when a domestic disturbance turns into a blood-soaked nightmare. As a plague sweeps across the globe, turning normally non-lethal diseases fatal, the dead begin to revive. Violence-crazed and hungry for flesh, they are everywhere. And as their troops increase in size and appetite a new order is steadily established from coast to coast... A new order that leaves no room for the living.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Connection Press (18 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056U4BSQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars eulogy for the dead alive--us 29 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Wet Work has a stately, elegiac grace to it. There is such deep, soulful writing, on the order of indeed the songs of Billy Holiday, as Nutman includes in the tapestry, festooned in this place. With gore and blood given a kind of beauty.

The bitter fruit is had by us all really, as we have the need to cling to somebody who will get us out of this mess, and that would be Corvino, the walking dead who can think, is still a vestige of a person. It's fascinating to read the resurrection of the zombie mind, how it rebuilds itself and stops deconstructing in certain places and holds still.

I think we have always wondered what happened if we could not age or could not die, if the body said wait, the pineal gland said no, and the body repelled the radical elements to destroy it. But what if this happened after you're dead and you can't help but be brought to life again. What would that be like? Nutman goes a long way in telling us. `

I think, above the great storytelling, the almost nostalgic splatterpunk passages, the bravura descriptions and characters, and that ability to tread the line between life and death in an almost Matheson/Romero like way, but in the author's own style, own world, is cause for celebration.

There is a melancholy conscience here. It's not a violence for violence sake novel. Some of it is funny. All of it is gripping. But it has this late Saturday afternoon feel to it, like in Autumn, the sun going down early on, in the field of dead grass through which a child runs fast to home.

With that thought in his head, maybe, home is not there any longer, but dead, and he only left alive. But that's wrong, Wet Work said the child running home is dead too. It is one of the most profoundly moving novels I have ever had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Armageddon 3 Feb 2006
By Henry W. Wagner - Published on
As Wet Work opens, Dominic Corvino, leader of Spiral, a crack U.S. Black Ops hit team, is in Panama City, Panama, preparing to initiate an operation against four members of the Cali Cartel, main suppliers of cocaine to the states. Assessing his situation, he once again takes notice of the spectacular show presented by the comet Saracen in the night sky.

Corvino doesn't know it yet, but his life is about to get very complicated. First, the operation goes awry, resulting in the deaths of his entire team. Later, he's shot dead by a traitorous colleague, only to rise again as a zombie due to the strange radiation generated by Saracen. He wakes up in a world where humanity is on the verge of extinction due to the presence of sentient zombies who, enjoying near invulnerability, are rounding up those not affected for food. Corvino, one of the "lucky" zombies who can think for themselves, struggles with a gnawing hunger for human flesh even as he seeks vengeance against those who betrayed him. His vendetta against his ex-colleagues propels him towards a meeting with the book's other lead character, Washington DC policeman Nick Packard, an encounter sure to resonate with readers long after they finish the book.

It's always reassuring to find that a book you enjoyed many years ago still holds up upon a subsequent rereading, which I'm pleased to report is the case with Wet Work, Philip Nutman's accomplished 1993 debut novel. Written in homage to Richard Matheson's masterpiece I am Legend, the novel is still, as my friends from New England might say, a "wicked good" read--one of the more readable, well crafted and innovative splatterpunk novels of the era, its plentiful action and "pedal to the metal" approach to gore and violence would make it memorable even if you didn't care about its cast so much. My only problem with this whole project is that it raises the question, what's Nutman been doing for thirteen years that's kept him from delivering other novels? Yes, he's written some comics, and he's been involved in various film projects, but it's a shame he never got around to publishing another novel--it certainly would have been interesting to see what he did next. Hopefully, this welcome reissue will spur some activity in this area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An edge of your seat thriller! 14 Nov 2009
By T. Kane - Published on
A special ops team in Panama, who are on assignment against a cocaine cartel, have their mission go terribly wrong and many of them die. Corvino, the leader of the team is shot and killed by a shiftless team member. The situation seems bad, but then it gets worse.

Corvino doesn't stay dead, due to the radiation form a comet called Saracen, he is becomes the walking dead. While world soon gets over populated with these Ravenous and unstoppable meat eaters. Corvino is a rare type of walking dead that can think, so he battles his natural "zombie" instincts while seeking revenge.

Philip Nutman is not afraid to tell this story in raw and gory detail. This book is not the usual horror or tired old Zombie novel. He holds nothing back. His readers are witnesses to uncensored sexuality and intense scenes of violence, written in such graphic detail that they may actually wince at some of the things you "see". It is like looking at a terrible accident, you can't stand to look but you can't turn away.

Philip really knows how to write a suspenseful scene. I have read many horror novels and seen hundreds of horror movies but this is the first book I have ever read, that had my heart beating in suspense and pulled me so deeply into the story. I was physically scared, of what was going to happen to a character at times, while I was reading it.

I have not found many "horror" novels out there anymore than do more than just engage me in a good read. This one is one of the best I have read in more than a decade. His scene and character detail, paint such a realistic picture that you get absorbed into the story, sometimes you forget you are reading a book.

His book will pull you in, and keep you on the edge of your seat while reading. There is enough action for adventure fans and enough suspense and gore to keep any hard core horror reader satisfied.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Zombie Apocalypse novels EVER, from a dear, departed Friend of mine. R.I.P., "Uncle" Phil... 24 May 2014
By D.D. Wookie - Published on
I first read the short story this is based on in 1989 in a killer anthology called Book of the Dead, edited by the splatterpunk duo john Skipp and Craig Spector. The short story gave me chills and nightmares for weeks. In 1993 when the novel was first published, I ran right out and picked it up, and read it in one glorious sitting on the way up to Minnesota for a vacation, where I passed it along to my cousin and aunt to read while we were there. Now, almost twenty years later, my dog-eared copy has been replaced by this amazing version, which also features the original story.
Needless to say, the chills are two hundred fold in the novel. Nutman simply makes you believe (much like George A. Romero) that the dead walk (and run, and drive and shoot guns; this one was one of the first to feature hyper advanced zombies) in this gloriously horrific apocalyptic drama. From start to finish, you're involved in the characters' plight; so many 'horror' novels feature such crummy cardboard characters that you just can't wait to see them chopped to bits, torn apart, etc. Not with Wet Work. Through the drama of Nick and Sandy Packard, separated by tragic circumstances, finally reunited, through Dominic Corvino's anguished post mortal half life search for the truth behind his team's betrayal from the inside. You feel for these people, you pray that they can find solace in a world gone mad, over run by the hordes of zombies.
Nutman's writing is white hot, tight, and concise. Some books wander into overblown, epic territory, and ultimately end up going nowhere. This is epic in scale and grandeur, but still tight as a snare drum and is utter perfection. One can only guess where Nutman's writing would lead if he were still with us.
Four Skulls. 10 on the Gore Score.
5.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P Phillip Nutman. (Oct 2013) You will be sorely missed. This was one of the few books that Kept me on edge while reading. 20 Dec 2013
By Tammy Kane - Published on
This book was really well written and had me in its grip and wouldn't let go. I always hoped that he would get a movie deal to produce this on film but alas he died before he ever was able to see that. So sad! It would have been an awesome movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great twenty years later 2 Oct 2013
By Kim O'Hair - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I first read this as the story in The Book of the Dead series over 20 years ago while on bed rest with my second son. He is 22 now and still thinks Mom had very weird taste in books, though he's a fan as well. The story still shocks with the scary idea that zombies might think and act together and work toward some rational goal. I liked the end to the first story better but they both work. I hope to read more by Mr. Norman in t future.
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