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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935b71bc) out of 5 stars Mobsters and Zombies! 18 Jun. 2010
By J. Krall - Published on
Format: Paperback
That's a pretty freaking cool combination. But with any cool combination (or mash-up, if you will) it can be a real hit-or-miss situation. Luckily with DON OF THE DEAD, it's a hit.

What this book has going for it the most is the humor. The author doesn't take his subject so serious as to be stuffy but he also doesn't bring his humor into goofy territory. He knows just went to hold back and when to go for the laughs. Writing a humorous zombie book could have easily turned into a parody but Cato has such a respect for the source material, DON OF THE DEAD ends up having a really strong backbone to hold up the funny stuff.

There is also a good amount of zombie violence which, if you are a fan of the genre, you have to come to expect. But Cato makes sure the gore is never boring.

One of the most intriguing things about zombie books (and movies) is learning about the origin of the outbreak. In DON OF THE DEAD, the source of the zombies is both hilarious and interesting.

It's evident that Cato is a big fan of horror/zombie movies and so he keeps the book moving swiftly with short scenes. The only downside is that sometimes it moves a little too fast but that doesn't deter from the enjoyment and I'd much rather it go too fast than too slow.

DON OF THE DEAD is the type of book that is just begging for a film adaptation. It'd sort of be a cross between the Sopranos, Street Trash, Dawn of the Dead, and a few Italian zombie flicks. What would that add up to? Pure awesomeness!

This will please fans of the zombie genre especially those who have a good sense of humor about the genre.
HASH(0x937a860c) out of 5 stars Puzo Meets Romero in a literary deathmatch. 7 May 2014
By Wednesday Lee Friday: writer of scarybooks - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nick Cato def shows reverence to Mario Puzo in this book about the, it's about, family loyalty...and religion...and zombies, and the mafia. It's hard to simplify this wild story by distilling it down to one genre. If you like suspense and surprise, and don't mind a little gore and calamari, by all means give this one a read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935d1e88) out of 5 stars A handshake between Puzo and Romero 1 Oct. 2009
By Lorne Dixon - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nick Cato's DON OF THE DEAD doesn't exist in a vacuum. This story lives and breathes in the hearts and minds of everyone who has a deep affinity for '70s cinema. The benchmarks here- as the title suggests- are The Godfather and Dawn of the Dead. Cato rips into the story with admirable vigor, setting up the conflict in a few smart, quick strokes. This is a novel full of steam. It never slows down, instead pushing forward with every sentence, spiraling into stranger and stranger territory... but without ever losing its way.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c1cfd8) out of 5 stars Can't wait for the film version. 13 July 2009
By CHRIS RAMONE - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's often been said that the best books are the type which read like a film treatment and an excellent example would be Nick Cato's DON OF THE DEAD. Straight-forward, to the point, and loaded with an array of interesting characters, Mr. Cato has done the incredible and melded the genres of Organized Crime and Zombie/Living Dead lore into a tale that would bring a horror filled smile to the face of any fan familiar with the works of Mario Puzo or George Romero. This work should also put the Staten Island community on full alert for signs of Living Dead activity. My only question is: When can we expect the film version?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93863f54) out of 5 stars Nick Cato takes a refreshing new look at zombies and knocks 'em dead... Italian-style! 15 Oct. 2009
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Nick Cato's first full-length novel, Don of the Dead, introduces us to several of the main characters in the Barrlucio Crime Family, most notably Antonio Barrlucio (the newly assigned don) and Henry Capuzzio (nephew of the recently deceased don). Soon, it is made quite clear that Capuzzio has turned against his family and has joined forces with the other mob in town, the Piranzza family. With their assistance, he abducts Barrlucio, drags him to a construction site, and turns him into the latest part of the landscape by pouring cement over his still living body, causing him to lose oxygen quickly. Who could survive that, right? Later that day Barrlucio's corpse starts slowly digging his way out of his rock solid grave. That can't be be possible, can it? This is the point in the book where things really take off and also the start of the zombie outbreak.

Don of the Dead is a quirky read from a hot new author. Nick Cato takes a refreshing new look at zombies and knocks 'em dead... Italian-style! Cato mixes humor in throughout the book in order to give his readers more than they might expect from a typical zombie novel. In particular, he uses some very catchy nicknames for some of his characters in the book. I probably missed some of the jokes within as there are a lot of Italian references within the book, but you could tell that Cato knows his stuff. The approach he took on zombies was very unique from what I've seen from other authors as well and I love how he also was able to connect it to the whole Italian theme. This is a great first novel from Cato. I am definitely looking forward to checking out more by this author in the future. Highly Recommended!

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