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dEaDINBURGH: Vantage (Din Eidyn Corpus Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Wilson , Paul McGuigan
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Book Description

2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.

dEaDINBURGH is a bold first step into a new genre by Mark Wilson, author of Amazon bestseller, The Man Who Sold His Son.

Praise for dEaDINBURGH:
“dEaDINBURGH is an intriguing read, and a breathtakingly assured and fearless foray into Horror writing by an author who literally takes it up a gear with every new release he unleashes into the world.”- Ryan Bracha, author of Tomorrow's Chip Paper and Paul Carter is a Dead Man.

Edinburgh, 1645:
The bubonic plague rages. In a desperate attempt to quarantine the infected, the city leaders seal the residents of Mary King's Close in their underground homes.

Mary King's Close is reopened, unleashing a mutated plague upon the city residents.
The UK government seals the entire city. Declaring it a dead zone they seal the survivors inside alongside the infected. dEaDINBURGH is declared a no man's land, its residents left for dead and to the dead.

Joseph MacLeod, born onto the cobbles of the Royal Mile and stolen from the clutches of the infected is determined to escape the quarantined city. Under the guidance of former –marine Padre Jock, he leaves the confines of the city centre and learns how to survive the dead city.

Alys Shephard, born into an all-women farming community, believes a cure lies in the south of the quarantined zone. The finest combatant in the dead city, Alys burns with anger. The anger of an abandoned child.

Something much worse than the infected waits for them in the south, in the form of a religious cult led by a madman named Somna who collects gruesome trophies and worships the dead body of a former celebrity. Added to this, the enigmatic Bracha, a supreme survivalist and sadistic former-Royal with his own agenda stalks the teenagers.

A self-contained story, dEaDINBURGH is a character-driven Dystopian/Horror novel, exploring the human capacity for good, evil and for survival. Inspired by George A Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead', the works of Robert Kirkman and Jonahan Maberry's 'Rot and Ruin' series.

What the Readers say:
“Wilson has created a story of horror, yes, definitely, but it's also one of friendship, loyalty, betrayal and intrigue with a good dash of humour.”

“Throughout this novel, the reader is given tantalising pieces of information which ratchets up the tension.”

“The plot had me screaming out loud, normally I see the plot coming from a mile away. Boy, this one had me surprised.”

“For a book that's considered young adult, I found it very realistic, harsh, and mature in its themes of friendship, survival and family. There is no fluff in this story. Oh, and did I mention the twist at the end? Never saw that coming.”

“I think I liked this better than Rot and Ruin...just don't tell Jonathan Mayberry.”

“This book for me was more than just another zombie story it was a story of how humankind adapts and changes in order to survive.”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paddy's Daddy Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (26 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOD634C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edinburgh and Zombies 1 Aug. 2014
By Wendy
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Just finished reading this book and it's excellent. Not read a similar storyline. This book is set in the future after a bubonic plague has spread throughout Edinburgh and the city is quarantined. Did not expect the ending but don't want to spoil the reading of this book for you so I can't say more. Suitable for all not just young adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down. 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mark Wilson is proving to be a very talented and natural writer and this book shows more of his skills as a story teller and narrator. It is a book that works on many levels and has many layers. The first level is simply a good tale of zombies, apocalypse in Edinburgh, and human survival. It is also a story of friendship and trust. Yet another level holds a mirror to the society we are and the society we could be. Within this we see references to mass media, reliance on technology and the selfishness of consumerism. Yet it goes deeper again with examples of sexism, feminism, reigion and dogma, matriarchal societies and manipulation by authority and government. It poses some interesting questions and I feel, subconsciously, allows us to explore or own opinions on questions such as how to understand consciousness. Does a zombie have consciousness and is that consciousness valid?
I am looking forward to reading it again and certainly for book two. So read it however you wish; as a damn good adventure story or as a critique of the human condition. But do read it!
I have read Mark Wilson’s previous books where his writing was almost Irvine Welsh-esqe. In dEadinburgh, he seems more like a malevolent Margaret Atwood. His writing is becoming more confident with each book and I look forward to reading more from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies, but more... 12 Sept. 2014
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This is basically the story of Alys and Joey, a coming of age tale with a difference. Whereas most of us come of age through a nightmare of bad hair, acne and failed fumbling, the two protagonists have to struggle with a reality of isolation, mistrust, and of course flesh eating zombies…as you do. It's difficult to say to say too much without giving the game away. It's well written, polished without being bland, has good attention to detail without interrupting the flow, and has plenty of twists to keep you interested. I'll be reading part 2. Nuff said.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilson - The gift that keeps on giving... 28 Feb. 2014
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I'll tell you what I look for in an author, whether you like it or not. I like diversity. I like curve balls. I like an ever evolving, ever growing force of a catalogue that gives you something different every time. That's what I like. So that, my friends, is why I like Mark Wilson. Bobby's Boy gave us melodrama with a great taste in music, Naebody's Hero gave us a post modern alternate reality in a superhero tale with a difference, Head Boy was a violent and dark trip into the twisted mind of a drug pushing sociopath. And in dEaDINBURGH, once again he takes us in a completely new direction, down a nasty little YA path filled with the undead, eyelid stealing ganglords, and a ginger, golf club swinging maniac.

So this is the tale of Alys and Joey's trials and tribulations in the quarantined city that used to be known as Edinburgh. Inside the walls of the city roam the infected, or `Zoms' to give them their Sunday name. The uninfected fight for survival in whichever way they see fit. Some create communities, others roam alone, feeding off the desperation of others. Alys has been raised in a community of women, self-sufficient and more than equipped to deal with any threat to their way of living. Joey was raised, to a degree, by a brotherhood who worship and feed the Zoms that wander among them. Both of them are skilled in combat, Alys has learned close combat talents from her protective mother, and Joey has been groomed from afar to be skilled with a bow by the mysterious Padre Jock. Their paths cross only very occasionally, until one day they find themselves as a formidable team on a mission for a cure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wowwowwow! So much to love! 1 May 2015
By 'chelle
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I love the subcultures that formed in the aftermath of the zombie plague. I especially delighted in the religious concepts behind The Brotherhood and The Exalted. I though those were brilliant.

I'm thrilled to see genuinely strong female characters. Characters that do some saving and sometimes need some saving right alongside their male counterpoints. It's great that toughness wasn't a trait reserved for only main characters either.

Mark Wilson also has a nice descriptive style that pulls you right in to the action and make his world so easy to visualize.

And the end! Oh. Nicely done, sir, nicely done.

I didn't care for the romance because I am that reader whose eyes autonomically roll back into their skull when a love story pops up. With that said, it was tolerable and inoffensive. It did not overwhelm the story or even rear its mushy little head too often.

On a somewhat less subjective note, in chapter 19 as Joey and Alys are reacting to descriptions of pre-zombie life, the author hits the zombie to modern man metaphor a bit too hard. Great analogy, but I think a more subtle presentation would have been preferable. It just sort of screamed METAPHOR for a brief moment.

The biggest criticism I have is regarding one scene which just didn't read emotionally true for me. I've left that out of my review here (it's in the one on Goodreads) because I don't like posting unmasked spoilers.

With all the animadversion above, the 5 star rating might seem in err. However, the book was overall a thrill to read and difficult to put down to do other stupid things such as work or eat or sleep. The end was a powerhouse and I want more story NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great book Great twist I didn't expect. can't wait to read the next ones, I have pre ordered them :)
Published 2 months ago by vicky cormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read from start to finish
Published 3 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars ... in places (even if intended for teenagers) but a brilliant plot...
Rather gory in places (even if intended for teenagers) but a brilliant plot even though I found the ending slightly disappointing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story and characters, can't wait for more in the series
Published 3 months ago by PHILIPPA HIGGINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this, I read it twice
Ooh, I enjoyed this, I read it twice. 'Nuff said.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Dave.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately Worth A Read
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the sequel. Liked the characters, felt real empathy with hero Joey and his love interest Alys. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scottish Gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Next part soon please.
Well I think I've read all of Mark Wilson's books now. I can't see the plot two chapters before and want the follow on books to be written to most of them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lindads
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
can't wait til the next book. need to find out what happens. fantastic from start to finish. didn't want it to finish
Published 8 months ago by Arlene Whitelaw
5.0 out of 5 stars dEaDINBURGH
Although I love this genre I was slightly put off at first by the YA tag. This wasn't an issue as, I would say, this was a great read for any age. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan G
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing new life to the zombie horror genre
A refreshingly different take on zombies with a once beautiful city as the back drop. Once again mark keeps us guessing at whats about to happen and its not usually the expcted! Read more
Published 9 months ago by kitkat
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