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The Undead Day Fourteen
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
5 stars isn't enough! Far and away the best zombie series around!

Firstly if you're reading this review and you haven't read any of the Undead series stop reading this right now and go buy the previous 13 straight away then come back and thank me!

Taking off from where 13 finished the pace is relentless and this time they don't only have to deal with zombies and other survivors but now there's lions and tigers and bears thrown into the mix, oh my!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2013
I love this series of books...I am so pleased he doesn't kill off any main characters. The story is so easy to read and I find it really hard to put down. It's typical lads stuff but as a 51yr old woman its still a fantastic read, Love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2013
I have to give huge kudos to RR Haywood for what he has accomplished here. 14 books in a series that consistently gets 5 star ratings. Having read this series from Day One I feel like I have been on a journey with mr Haywood and watched him grow as a writer as the series has developed. I'm not criticising his writing in the earlier books but you could tell they were his first works. Now however his writing is on a par with anything else I've read recently. The whole series could do with being proof read and edited as minor punctuation and spelling mistakes do tend to get a bit tedious but other than that I have no complaints.
The story itself is brilliant, being English I feel that a lot of the zombie books available are aimed more towards the American market and the majority of them are written by Americans, The Undead series however is written by an Englishman and thankfully set in England making it a lot easier for me to relate to. The characters are extremely realistic (although as often happens in fiction they are caricatures) and the relationships between them and the interactions they share are often times more interesting than the zombie plot itself. There literally is not one character so far I haven't liked to some degree and if I'm honest I would quite happily have a night down the pub with these guys.
To summarise as I am beginning to ramble, the whole series is brilliant, and this latest instalment doesn't let the side down. Action packed from the very first page and set at a pace that will leave you dizzy, RR Haywood has done it again. I can't wait for day fifteen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 7 December 2013
The weather finally breaks in 14, along with any notion for the readers that only the good and the strong survive. Day 14 contains some truly horrific acts and some utterly reprehensible characters. Sustained threat and deeply unsavoury human evil makes this, at times an uncomfortable but sadly realistic read. The greatest battles to come in this story world will not just be with zombies but with fellow survivors whose vision of a new world order is startlingly different from Howie's own.

I love this instalment in the Undead Saga. Proving again that this serial drama has more legs than a horde of undead, RR Haywood walks off with yet another cult hit. How does he keep doing it? I don't know but I'm so glad he does. This is now, without question, my favourite series. In recent months I've swerved Lee Child and Joe Hill, both firm favourites with new releases and chosen to read segments of the Undead first- the series is that good.

Without becoming even remotely formulaic, we have a pattern emerging with the tales- we have ongoing, rip snorting engagement with the main storyline but we also have individual story arcs that deepen our understanding, feelings and interest in the individuals that make up the cast of characters. This is firmly Nick's book.

I've found Nick one of the more engaging and interesting of Howie's crew so I was delighted that he got the chance to shine. It speaks to the strength of the writing that every single character is intriguing, fascinating and individual, contributing to the stunning mosaic that forms the backdrop to the action.

The monumental battle at the end of Day 13 which led to separation of our main gang, gives opportunity for individuals to once again speak in their own voices. Nick dominates this narrative with a thrilling adventure all his own. Strong moral purpose, heart-in-mouth set pieces and ample evidence that a soldiers best weapon is his brain makes this a tour de force. I applaud the author for challenging stereotypes with Nick too, proving that intellect and literary prowess are not remotely linked. A dyslexic hero for our times.

I've been thinking long and hard about someone new coming to this series and having that reaction of "Oh my word, there's 14 of them?! How can it be any good?!" I'd refer you to an alternate medium, the kind of storytelling most of us engage with without even thinking of it as such- consider strong, quality TV like Breaking Bad, 24, Sons Of Anarchy. The Undead saga is a new breed of entertainment, like those in book form. Superb set-up; complex characters; amazing writing; some episodic resolutions but an overarching story that briskly and surely carries the action on through the series. And every single one ends with possibilities or cliff-hangers, making the reader long for more.

The quality of writing only gets stronger as the series continues and a rich linguistic playfulness comes to the fore in 14. The quality of story only gets richer with innovation and humour aplenty. The yanking of ephemera front and centre to give innovative action possibilities continues... For example, what on earth happens to safari parks in the zombie apocalypse? You'll find out with more lions, tigers and bears than you can shake a stick (or an axe) at!

This is a sure-fire, cult hit of a series that those of us discovering it now will one day, surely, if there is any justice in this world, be able to say we were there at the start when this is finally optioned for traditional publication, TV or film serialisation and the name of RR Haywood becomes as justly renowned as it should be. Thanks Mr Haywood- another classy, funny, exciting, moving hit. We love you, even if the publishing world doesn't-yet. But as surely as Dave can wield a knife, they will- oh yes they will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this book, and indeed the entire series? Well, it just keeps getting better with every day, not only the story, characters, plot twists, but also the writing. I assure you, if you haven't tried Day 1 yet, you'll come to love the characters!

Haywood excels at combining gritty realism with humour and lots of emotion too, which is refreshing from a zombie story, and a welcome sight too. All too often zombie novels steer toward the blood, guts, and mechanics of an apocalypse, rather than showing what ordinary people do in such intense and heartbreaking times.

Haywood's characters are realistic and alive, even when they're close to death. There's a raw human element which is often missing with other similar novels. And the banter keeps on coming too, and why not? It's human nature to force a joke in dark times, or perhaps that's a British thing. Either way it works very well.

Day Fourteen doesn't let up from the first page to the last. With every instalment I wonder what Haywood is going to do to keep me up late at night once again. Surely there has to be a drop off point where it starts to feel stale, right?

No chance. He still has me riveted, turning the pages long after my bed time alarm has gone off. I'm very pleased to see Nick has a shining role to play in Day Fourteen, long overdue and well worth the wait, especially as I feel I've watching Nick grow up throughout the series, and deserves his chance to show his worth.

I've enjoyed this series so much, and after reaching the end of Day Fourteen I was compelled to write a piece about it on my blog:

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When I reached the last page it suddenly occurred to me that The Undead series would make an excellent TV show, I'm thinking a blend of the darkness of The Walking Dead, the humour of Skins (UK version) and Misfits, with the production value of Game of Thrones.

Can you imagine if Channel 4 picked this up? It would make for edge of your seat viewing over more than a few seasons.

Haywood, feed me your words so my eyes and brain can continue enjoying every last morsel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
The last 13 books were fantastic but this one I haven't been able to put down so Mr Haywood unless you want me to hunt you down with the full fury of Dave I suggest you get the next adventure published.
Brilliant read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2013
This series just keeps getting better and better. Highlight of Day Fourteen (or more appropriately lowlife!) has to be The Doc.

Mr Haywood you are a genius.

Roll on Day Fifteen.

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
Having read and loved days 1-13, I awaited day 14 with baited breath, started reading and , had every piece of air sucked out of my lungs! This book explodes off the page like it's being chased by, lions & tigers & bears. Oh my! The crescendo that has been building from day 1 comes crashing down like a tsunami, 5 stars Mr haywood best work yet!
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on 5 December 2013
After reading the previous 13 days worth of books of The Undead series I was hooked and can't believe how much I was looking forward to this book considering the cliffhanger left from the previous book.
The story is well written and very engrossing, not been able to put it down since I bought it, as with the entire series, Love the character developments and new people being introduced especially Milly with her "Lions and Tigers and Bears... Oh My" excellent humour and horror combined.
A Must buy series
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on 13 December 2013
Once again an amazing read. I'm from the US and came over to Amazon.com UK to read some reviews and to give my review. Every book of MR Haywood's has been a true pleasure to read. So glad I found them. Pure gold! One question. Do the British people love The Wizard of Oz or what? Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my? Ha!
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