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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in adrenaline-pumping zombie fiction...
First published back in January of 2005, British author David Moody's third instalment into his signature `Autumn' zombie series was entitled `Autumn: Purification'.

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Having reached the secret military underground bunker, Michael Collins and Emma Mitchell along with Donna, Bernard, Jack, Doc, Ellis, Cooper and a handful of other survivors find...
Published on 8 Feb 2006 by Chris Hall

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3.0 out of 5 stars Still Autumn and still running
The characters in the first book ran and hid from zombies. They met a some more characters in the second book who were running and hiding, and together they ran and hid. Purification (mis-labelled the last in the trilogy) offers little in the way of conclusion either. In fact the content is still composed of running and hiding, rinse and repeat. There is little in the way...
Published on 16 Dec 2008 by Mr. G. Battle


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Autumn and still running, 16 Dec 2008
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Mr. G. Battle (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Autumn: Purification (Paperback)
The characters in the first book ran and hid from zombies. They met a some more characters in the second book who were running and hiding, and together they ran and hid. Purification (mis-labelled the last in the trilogy) offers little in the way of conclusion either. In fact the content is still composed of running and hiding, rinse and repeat. There is little in the way of character development from the survivors, a clear division exists between runners and fodder. That all said, Purification doesn't set out to be different, it's niche in the genre is to fulfil a bleak zombie-infested Britain and it does just that. Straight-forward and unsurprising Purification is an easy time-filler and stays true to the two previous entries.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in adrenaline-pumping zombie fiction..., 8 Feb 2006
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Autumn: Purification (Paperback)
First published back in January of 2005, British author David Moody's third instalment into his signature `Autumn' zombie series was entitled `Autumn: Purification'.

DLS Synopsis:
Having reached the secret military underground bunker, Michael Collins and Emma Mitchell along with Donna, Bernard, Jack, Doc, Ellis, Cooper and a handful of other survivors find themselves amongst a small gathering of what remains of a military presence. Locked away inside a highly-secure underground facility, the small band of survivors find that those hiding out down there aren't that much better off than those above the ground.

Outside, in the large field where the bunker's only entrance breaks the surface of the ground, the undead have been gradually converging. Attracted by the brief lights and sounds of the military coming and going in their protective suits, the numbers of the undead within their immediate vicinity are beginning to cause a problem for those hiding away in the bunker. With the increase in rotting corpses outside, the few air vents located sporadically around the bunker's position have become blocked by the dead.

Now the military are forced into taking immediate action. Their plan is one massive assault upon the hording dead outside. The numbers may have swelled dramatically, but the military still have their immense firepower. And so, with one giant push, the military tear their way out through the bunker's entrance, using the full force of their hefty arsenal.

At first the sheer strength of their weaponry seems unstoppable, as they rip through vast swathes of the walking dead. But soon enough the unrelenting surge of the undead overwhelms the military, and the remaining few are forced into a desperate retreat.

Fleeing from the scene of mass slaughter, the handful of survivors make their way to an out-of-town retail estate where they decide to hole-up in a warehouse. With the vast majority of the undead population in the surrounding area having been drawn to the underground bunker, the group feel somewhat safe for the time being. And then the helicopter arrives.

With the arrival of the helicopter, the newcomers Richard Lawrence and Karen Chase, inform the group that they have come from another community living in a secured airfield not too far away. Escorted by the helicopter, the survivors from the underground bunker decide to make their way to the airfield to meet with the others.

Although safe for the time being within the fenced-off expanse of the airfield, the expanding group of survivors know that they can't remain there forever. On the other side of the fences, vast hordes of the undead have been gathering; kept at bay by frequent purges of fire from those within the airfield. But they have a plan to escape the horrors of this rotting world. A small offshore island where they can finally live, away from the threat of the undead. Slowly but surely they can move over to the island, a few at a time, and there they can make it their final place to live. But nothing is ever that simple in the land of the undead...

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For the third instalment into his now signature `Autumn' series, Moody sets off the tale with a phenomenal piece of high-adrenaline-action that instantly catapults the novel into the realms of an absolute masterclass in high-impact zombie fiction. From the claustrophobic confines of the underground bunker, Moody bursts forth with a gargantuan fire-fight against the swelling undead hordes, as the military soldiers attempt to clear the area surrounding the bunker. The sheer edge-of-the-seat mayhem of this massive battle is delivered with such a bone-jarring intensity, the likes of which I can only think have being since replicated in Max Brooks' novel `World War Z' (2006). We are talking nothing short of utterly mesmerising action here. And when the tables turn, so the heart-pounding tension suddenly erupts.

Like with the previous two instalments, Moody dedicates much of the novel to setting out an incredibly real atmosphere that clings to absolutely everything. Moody utilises a number of styles and techniques in order to fully encapsulate the harrowing experiences that the various survivors are being subjected to. Incorporating chapters in the first-person-perspective that are vaguely diary-like in their delivery, Moody is able to insert an additional wealth of emotional responses to the various dilemmas, as a direct result of this unique perspective.

Characterisation is once again an integral element to the progression of the tale. Here we see a new set of survivors orchestrating a whole new feeling of hope for the characters we have come to know and love so much over the previous two novels. Pulling together and moving away from the every-man-for-himself mentality is pushed to the absolute forefront of the novel. Indeed, those that refuse to become such dedicated team players become the starkly contrasting characters that begin to slip towards the murky area of becoming an antagonist (outside of the undead threat that is).

Where `Purification' differs the most from the previous two instalments is with the ramped-up action and the sheer intensity of the survivors struggles to survive. That's not to say that the previous two novels haven't crammed in many scenes of desperate fighting to survive. But what we have within `Purification' is an unbelievably magnified version. The hordes of the undead are on a much larger scale. The violence and gore is projected in a more vivid fashion. The chaos and mayhem that often results in a surprise undead attack is so much sharper and starker - pouncing on the reader and throwing the characters into heart-pumping disarray.

Intense is certainly the best word to describe `Purification'. From the moment the tale begins (directly proceeding on from the end of `Autumn: The City' (2003)), the intensity of the action, the rawness of the numerous characters' emotions, the magnitude of the undead threat, and the vivid bleakness of what the world has become, is like no other post-apocalyptic zombie novel I have read. Quite frankly this is nothing short of a masterpiece in adrenaline-pumping zombie fiction, and very possibly the highlight of the whole `Autumn' series.

The novel runs for a total of 288 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 17 July 2013
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Having read the first two in the Autumn series I was hooked and Purification enhanced that. An excellent read from start to finish. David Moody has an angle on the zombie genre like no other, raising issues and psychological problems with the survivors to bring a horrific but realistic approach to his books.

I recommend everyone interested in horror to read this fabulous series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody continues to impress with another instalment in the Autumn series, 15 Aug 2012
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After having loved David Moody's Autumn and its sequel Autumn: The City, I was eager to get started on the third title in the series, Autumn: Purification.

Autumn: Purification opens with a brief recap leading to the events narrated herein and thereafter, picks up almost immediately from where Autumn: The City left off. This had me ever so slightly worried since it would have been incredibly easy for Moody to take the path of least resistance and created a clone of the plot from Romero's Day of the Dead from this point. Thankfully, this is far from the case with Purification.

Moody continues to develop not only his characters and the undead in this third instalment of the Autumn series but the universe which they occupy also. The tone of the book, as with its predecessors, is suitably bleak and the focus is very much on the plight of the characters, the daily trials they suffer, how they cope with their own emotions and despair; and how much they have changed despite less than six weeks having passed since the cataclysmic event which wiped out the majority of the planet's population and the dead started to rise. At the same time, Moody pays attention to the degradation of the physical states of the walking dead, but Purification, as with the previous instalments in the Autumn series, sees the shambling corpses continue to evolve in a fashion that I can only imagine that other authors wish they had thought of first...

Although there is plenty of action, death and decaying flesh in this book and it is undoubtedly at home in the horror genre, it will leave those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled mindless zombie tale unsatisifed. I would submit to you that this is no bad thing. Autumn: Purification continues to flesh out Moody's Autumn universe admirably and although this book only runs to 260 or so pages and could be read as a stand alone title, I would suggest to any potential reader to do as I have done and read the series from the start since it has greatly enhanced my enjoyment of each of the books by taking them in sequence.
There's no need to take my word for it either, award-winning author Jonathan Maberry said of Autumn that: "This is smart fiction, written with style and insight. Not for the gore-hounds who can't think past a pile of entrails, but the rest of the readers in the world."

Taking into account my love of post-apocalyptica and how many books concering the sub-genre that I read, I can honestly say that Autumn has, to date, seriously impressed me and consistently hits the mark where so many other books fail and simply rely on gore and decay. In short, my advice to genre fans is simple. Get involved with the Autumn series as soon as possible. You won't regret it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again! amazing!, 30 Oct 2012
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David Moody has done it again, would rather read this then watch any zombie movie, and their not your average zombies, not your typical dumb idiot zombie. He always manages to get you hooked into these books.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book..Just Wait..You Will See!, 4 Dec 2011
This review is from: Autumn: Purification (Hardcover)
Im giving it five stars for the author's great talent. He is a real find in the "Zombie author" genre.

Also, not to be obnoxious (probably too late) they have released Autumn: Disintegration in the USA and its very good---with an apology from the author for all the time between the last book and the new one. I will give no spoilers--in fairness.

The UK is so lucky to have so much Horror writing talent, these days.

I know I'm grateful..these are the best Zombie books that Im aware of. (Autumn books)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!, 30 Sep 2011
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yet another fantastic book from david moody. I waited so long to read the third installment of the 'autumn' series, and was not left disappointed.
We see the characters from book 1 and 2, and new ones too, and follow them through the undead world. Many a times i was willing everybody to survive and read the book in one day..was left wanting more.
Praise for david moody and roll on december for the 4th book!!!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third title in a refreshingly different Zombie series, 9 Jun 2005
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David Moody has taken the zombie fiction genre and given it a refreshingly different style and emphasis. His books are not populated by shotgun toting superheroes and his zombies are not flesh eating ghouls from the opening page. Instead we have ordinary believable characters in a harrowing and extraordinary situation and we are treated to walking cadavers which actually "evolve" and change through the trilogy.
In this third book in the series the action moves up by several gears. Forced to flee the relative safety of an underground military installation the survivors soon get a real idea of the future they face and how powerless even the army are to protect them from the hordes of re-animated bodies.
This is British apocalyptic fiction at its best and is reminiscent of the works of Wyndham and Christopher.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autumn Purification, 25 Dec 2012
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Fantastic must read you can not put this book down ,and start the next one.
Start with Autumn first fab
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant., 1 Aug 2012
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Didn't want to put it down, finished it within the day. A very good read, I recommend it to anyone who has started to read the Autumn series :))
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