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Apocalypse of the Dead (Dead World) Kindle Edition
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In the first book it was mainly about one main character where this one centres around numerous groups who are all trying to get to the same zombie free place. It wasn't as fast paced as Dead City but I did find it more interesting having different groups of characters to focus on.
Another 3 stars for Joe McKinney.
The pace doesn't stop in this novel, it has it all, suspense, horror and humanity all thrown into the mix. This novel is a thousand kilometre an hour ride that you just don't want to stop, as the wind whips your hair and the violence seems never ending, real emotions and people are popped into the equation, loss and suffering is never far from the mix.
We meet retired US Marshall Ed Moore attempting to lead survivors to safety. Whilst with the ability McKinney has to explore different people, on the flipside a preacher who has found more than just god after the rising. A fantastic array of characters, realism and just the right amount of suspense, horror and gore, make this novel a worthy addition to any horror fans bookshelf.
Look out for his other novels Flesh Eaters and Dead City.
Dead City Flesh Eaters
Apocalypse of the Dead is the second in the ‘Dead World’ series from award winning author Joe McKinney and sees not only McKinney’s home state of Texas fighting the walking dead but the remainder of the United States succumbing to the zombie menace.
The events of AOTD are not exactly a direct sequel to Dead City but set two years later when Texan cities have been quarantined and those alive within are left to fend for themselves against the increasingly intelligent zombies. However, the quarantine is unsuccessful, leading to the events foretold in the book’s title...
AOTD is far from standard zombie fodder. McKinney develops his story well, populating it with an array of diverse characters including some truly deplorable individuals who you just know are going to come to a grisly end. The plot is fairly straightforward but McKinney brings it to life admirably with subplots concerning not only attempting to survive but efforts to find a cure and one man perverting the faith of others to meet his own ends.
On a negative note, AOTD is incredibly busy. From the outset, there are a number of different threads to the story to follow and with such a frenetic pace, it was difficult at times to keep track of it all.
The real strength of AOTD comes from the author, drawing on his own experience as a time served law enforcement officer and thus, imbuing many of his characters and situations with a sense of realism which is often absent in contemporary stories.
Although part of the Dead World series, AOTD stands perfectly well alone and the uninitiated reader will not be left feeling adrift if choosing to begin their journey into McKinney’s work here with an action filled zombie tale that leaves America in ruins...
Several groups make their way to the safety of the Grasslands, each progressing through a series of near misses and losses. Some of the coincidences in the story were less believable than a Zombie Apocalypse but I'll let the reader work those out.
Without trying to spoil the book, the last 100 pages were a let down. Michael Barnes who struck me as independent and sceptical was brainwashed in a sentence. It sort of lost its way a bit.
Overall it was better than Dead City and hopefully Flesheaters will improve the story again. Not great but not bad either.
All of Joe McKinney's novels are very well written and easy to understand, there's nothing in his novels that would alienate his readers over something some readers would understand, and the other half having to research it. He explains everything in detail, from how the zombies interact and how they respond to survivors as well as the overall effect of the zombie apocalypse in mainland USA. As Brit reading this book, I can't fault it and I enjoyed every page of it imagining certain scenes played out in The Walking Dead style.
Again if you've read one of Joe McKinney's other zombie novels, there are four of them in total you need to read Apocalypse of The Dead as it simply expands on the situation perfectly. Since finishing Apocalypse of the Dead, I've read Flesh Eaters and now I have ordered from Amazon the first novel of the series; Dead City, and his fourth and latest installment Mutated and I cannot wait to get started on these two novels next. Joe McKinney I would recommend to any horror fan, and especially fans of zombie literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written book. It kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend reading it.Published 18 months ago by andrew gowdy
AMAZING. Did not want to put this book down. You Don't need to worry about the zombies. Watch out for the twists and turns.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by Miss S. Fraser
I listened to this as an audiobook in my car while working. It was so good i used to drive longer routes to listen more. The characters are deep, and realistic. Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by Darren-ZombieKebab-Dilnott
Good read and follow up to previous book, looking forward to reading the third edition and seeing how it all plays out.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by MR A NAVEED
Sequel to dead city is excellent. Loved the wider story arc with the various characters. Reading mutated which is next in series chronologically.Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Satzen
Wonderful take on a zombie apocolypse.
I enjoyed this book very much. Non stop from start to finish !!!
More like this please !!!!