- Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: ACE; Reissue edition (25 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441018130
- ISBN-13: 978-0441018130
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" -- Karen Chance
"full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" -- Ilona Andrews
"A spunky protagonist with a dark side, woven together with fast-paced action, emotional reveals and engaging plot twists make Deadtown a Must Read!" -- Phaedra Weldon
"Fast, fun, and feisty." -- Devon Monk
"An incredibly realized world and a cast of vivid characters." -- Chris Marie Green
About the Author
Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a no reading at the dinner table rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a Ph.D.
She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she's worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer.
Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve, where they both work from home without getting on each others nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read."
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Deadtown is the nickname for Designated Area 1. This is the part of Boston where all Paranormal Americans (PAs) have to live without a permit. All PAs, including the zombies...ahem, previously deceased humans...reside and pretty much get along like the humans do. Those in Deadtown consider themselves fortunate. Though they do not have many legal rights, there are states, such as New Hampshire, where PAs have none.
Victory "Vicky" Vaughn can shapeshift at will up to three times each month. She is Boston's only professional demon slayer. Her on-again, off-again boyfriend is a werewolf and lawyer, Alexander Kane. While Kane keeps busy campaigning for full legal equity at the federal level for humans and PAs, Vicky is trying to simply get some much needed sleep. Her vampire roommate, Juliet, is not the problem. Vicky is dealing with the multiple problems in her private life during the day and slaying demons for her clients at night. Usually demon slaying can be accomplished in one night, while in her client's dream, but a blast from Vicky's past has returned. The ultra powerful Hellion that killed her father and marker her ten years ago is back. Vicky's teen zombie apprentice and the sinfully-hot homicide investigator Daniel Costello, must help Vicky find out who is controlling the Hellion before all of Boston is destroyed.
***** FIVE STARS! If you only read the description on the back cover of the book, then you have a pretty good idea of the story.Read more ›
The plucky heroine of the story is Victory Vaughn, a Cerddorion, a race of shapeshifters who can pretty much shift into anything. With a legacy stretching back to ancient Wales, Victory Vaughn's destiny is to eradicate demons despite being marked by one, while dating a werewolf PA (Paranormal American) rights lawyer and fighting her attraction to a golden haired cop. Now if she could only get her sword back from her zombie sidekick, then she could do some damage!
Deadtown was a dead refreshing read (pardon the pun!), with plenty of laughs and animated secondary characters. A pleasure to read and I look forward to seeing more of Holzner in the future.
There are various other stupid things too, like a sanctimonious sister who signs a contract without reading it, that leads to her daughter being legally kidnapped. Our heroine saves her niece, having to do some fairly violent and unpleasant things in the process, as you might imagine, which freaks the girl out. The mother uses that opportunity to keep them separated once she has her daughter back, and instead of encouraging her daughter to see and thank her heroic aunt who saved her from being experimented on and being locked up, encourages her to be weak, stupid and hypocrtical. And our heroine not only accepts this, but ends up agreeing with her!!! I'm all for the girl needing to get over her scare, but I'd never put up with her treating the person who saved her like that - especially when it was her own moronic mother who put her at risk...Read more ›
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Please excuse my spelling. I am distraught. I have lost good money I could have spent on a good book, as this was a bad book! BAD! I don't mean bad as in 'naughty' either! Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2011 by Nell
I would agree with some of the other reviews - this could have been an excellent book, but unfortunately isn't. Read morePublished on 5 April 2011 by omnivore
Book One in new urban fantasy.
Ok, I read the first few chapters & yes I could of just put it back down again,( only because the relationship with the zombie teenager irked),... Read more
I had such high hopes for this book. At last, I thought, werewolves and vampires (not to mention zombies) written for adults. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by N Foster
Other reviewers have given an adequate plot summary, so I'll spare you that.
To be honest, this isn't that much different from all the other paranormal... Read more