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Brutal Planet: A Zombie Novel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
A gripping story of a group's struggle to survive not only the rapid onset of the zombie plague but also their fellow humans who, in some cases are simply trying to do the same thing, and in others actively seeking to ambush and prey on whatever comes their way, including other survivors.
The Group's learning curve is steep as is their rate of attrition, which is sometimes personally very painful, until they at last meet up with surviving authority in the shape of the U.S Navy. As it turns out they are also on a couple of steep learning curves with potentially terminal consequences for mankind!
This well written book feels like a 'stand alone' rather than the beginning of a series. I recommend that you buy it and form your own opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2014
I bought this without expecting great things, however i was pleasently surprised by the pace and structure of the story. I found that i did become involved with the charactors and that there was just the right balance between action and development to mean that this was more than just a quick disposable read. I am a big fan of the zombie genre and this catered to my tastes well however there were a couple of things that really bothered me, firstly the end was to my mind incredibly weak, no spoilers here but i just did not think it related to the rest of the book particularly well, secondly i would say that the author has probably tried to put in too many charactors that add little to the story, there is one section at a lighthouse that really was guilty of that and had me scratching my head about the relevence.
overall i think it is great value for money and good escapism for a couple of hours (if being chased around by unending undead hordes is your thing) and i would definately read more by this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2014
For the first time in around 10 books in the genre, this one had me absolutely riveted to the end....I wanted to know what happened but didn't want the book to finish! Come the end of days, I want to go out like this guy....I found his sense of humour very akin to my own so totally did not understand why other people thought he was crazy...food for thought there?!!

I don't usually write reviews, mainly because I lose interest in the writing long before the end and feel that it is unfair to comment when, in truth, I can't be a"""d to finish the work. This one worked on every level for me and I would highly recommend it...the writing flows to the extent that irritating typo's didn't bother me, the "hero's" real and the take a new twist on an old subject. Now off to hunt for anything else by this author..I would put it up there (IMHO) with 100 Days in Deadland, the Hanging Tree and Left Alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
There is no warning with this book , there should be , so here it is .make sure your comfortable , plenty of snacks near at hand and your fluids at the ready.be it a selection of cold drinks , or your kettle forever on the go ! Believe me ,you will need these extras .
Can you read between the lines?
In short : this book is a readable drug! ENJOY then read the rest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
Probably the best zombie book I've read so far. Witty humour, fast paced and realistic. I would recommend this book to all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is not a book from my review list; Brutal Planet is a selection from my personal reading list, and I wasn't disappointed with my choice. Told mostly from the POV of an anthropologist named John, this novel is full of incredible action scenes, and some great dialogue between characters. I think making the main character someone who is able to make professional observations about the zombies was a superb decision by the author Sean P. Murphy. It provides an interesting angle to the story which I think zombiephiles will enjoy.

I personally enjoyed the way Murphy mixes up the storyline with a major flashback about halfway through, instead of dumping all of John's survival experiences on the readers at the beginning. It felt as if I was getting to know John as a person, and not just a character. But, for the life of me, I don't understand why the other characters kept calling John an [a-hole], when he kept saving their lives.

Even though I found the story incredibly entertaining, a couple of things bothered me as both a reviewer and reader:

1) I thought it was insulting that "WTF" is included in the glossary, as if readers wouldn't know, especially when the author apparently does not know the difference between "hoard" and "horde"...not to mention the constant stream of typos throughout the book...which brings me to...

2) There is a lack of proper editing, which is going to turn away some readers who might otherwise love this novel. Normally, I wouldn't give five stars to a book published in this condition, but I would hate to see Mr. Murphy passed over by readers, when he obviously put a lot of work into the plot. (I guess his publisher didn't offer the services of an editor.)

I hope Sean P. Murphy continues to write more stories with the same formula: lots of action and solid character development, as well as the help of a professional editor. In the meantime, I encourage my fellow zombie fans to overlook the editing issue, and add Brutal Planet to their reading lists.
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on 27 May 2014
I enjoyed this book. It was your typical apocalypse kind of zombie book to begin with but I felt that it had more depth than a lot of them and more zombie behavioural observation which I enjoyed. I wondered for a while if it was going to be the first in a series but now I don't think it is......although I would be interested to see how things pan out if he did write another, later version. Someone mentioned editing and there are quite a few typos in it, but it's still a good book and worth a read by anyone who likes a good zombie story.
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on 11 June 2014
This is a very good story, well written with the main character being both believable and likeable. The writing style is easy to follow with some of this being in a retrospective manner. However, all the good work that Mr Murphy put into the main body of the novel seems to be forgotten as he appeared to rush the ending as if he had something better to do. Shame really as this was an excellent book otherwise.
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on 20 November 2014
I have read a lot of zombie fiction and can hand on heart say this is one of the best novels I have experienced.

It's a good length with a number of characters I felt a real empathy for. Sean Murphy combines humor, sadness, great descriptive work and an easy reading style with a great plot. I rate this alongside the Arisen series and thoroughly recommend it to any fan of the zombie genre.
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on 18 April 2014
Despite being a big fan of the genre in film, I had never read a zombie novel. Reading reviews of other books, there seems to be many dogs out there , this is not one of them. Liked tge characters and the story was excellent .
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