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The Killing Moon by [Glenn, Rod]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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An intelligent, violent and disturbing post
apocalyptic vision. Realistic and gritty and yet still manages to purvey a sense of hope laced
with down-to-earth northern humour. -- The Chronicle, September, 2009

An intelligent, violent and disturbing post-apocalyptic vision. Realistic and gritty and yet still manages to purvey a sense of hope laced with earthy northern humour. --The Chronicle, September 2009

Testosterone and cordite waft off the pages of this post-apocalyptic tale from the very start. It's set in the near future, when escalating conflicts have led to the accidental release of a manufactured virus. The infection has wiped out most of the population, spreading panic and leading to the collapse of civilisation as we know it.

Most of the action takes place 20 years after the cataclysm, and it centres on a group of young people living in a small settlement in northern England. Nature has reclaimed the cities and roads, and the survivors have had to adjust to life without modern conveniences or communications. Their rural community is slowly picking up the threads of life when three newcomers arrive. Their appearance soon shatters the peaceful scene, and the friends undertake a nightmarish journey to the Black City.

Descriptions of the Black City aka Middlesbrough, and the decaying wastelands of the north are detailed and atmospheric. The importance of friendship is brought to the fore as the characters endure separation and hardship

Rod Glenn doesn't hold anything back. It's full of the kind of casual violence that the prudish, the easily offended, very young children and those with high blood pressure or a heart condition should avoid. Consult your doctor before reading this novel. --Warpcore SF, February 2010

Taking current events to a logical hyperbole, the author weaves an immediately grabbing, absolutely terrifying soon-to-be future. Without giving too much away (because this is one I firmly recommend reading) a cocktail of Iraq, China, Swine-flu, and all around poor human decisions bring about the collapse of society as we know it.

But the book's broad-scope beginnings merely set the stage for a coming of age tale that is something of a mix between Mad Max and Stephen King's The Body. It is the characters in this story that really capture the reader and keep you turning pages well into the night. Let me put it this way; at 322 pages, the book is a respectable length and I took it with me to be my reading material on a three day trip - I was done with it in a day and a half.

The boys the novel centres around are a charming mix of battered, world-weary angst, fun-loving immortals, and quietly introspective naïveté, and the perilous journey they make across post-cataclysmic Northern England is just the right mixture of suspense, humour, and characterization. The setting, like many of the characters, is gritty and hopeful at the same time. If you are a fan of Mad Max, or the recent video games Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2, you'll find this book enormously enjoyable.

In all, The Killing Moon is a fast-paced thrill ride with a pack of guys who could be anyone's best
friends. --Orion's Child Magazine, February 2010

About the Author

The Killing Moon is Rod Glenn's third novel. His previous novels include the critically aclaimed contemporary thriller, Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (3 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XMQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Killing Moon produces a post apocalyptic world in which a group of survivors welcome some newcomers into their settlement only to have their hospitality repaid with their murders. The story then moves to a hunting party of the young men of the settlement who return to find the carnage and seeing nothing left to stay for go off to the Black City (Middlesbrough) to survive and avenge.

The novel is a good if not overly challenging read which suffers from occasional silliness but is worth a read.
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The Killing Moon is a post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy that is (unusually) set in the North East of England after humanity has been reduced to warring factions of survivors (including the zombie-like `crazies') and in which whoever controls the last remaining power supply holds all the cards. The back story is scarily convincing but somewhat over-long, damaging the initial flow of the narrative and largely creating a book of two halves. I suspect a seasoned editor would have taken a scalpel to Chapters 1-6. However, if you persist - or even begin at Chapter 7 - you will uncover an action-filled adventure with a narrative that truly zips along. Thrills and spills come quickly as a gang of friends, bonded by tragedy, embark on a revenge (and rescue) mission facing danger at every turn while never quite knowing who to trust. The precise identifications of army hardware/weaponry will satisfy military anoraks and several set-piece skirmishes do set the pulse racing. Some of the violent action (as described) is uncomfortably sadistic so this book is definitely not for the squeamish. If action-filled (post chapter 6!) dystopian fantasy (and the movie 28 Days Later) is your preferred genre, then this is definitely a book for you.
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Set in my part of the country and as this was free I thought I would give it a go and I can say a was not disappointed. It's a fairly typical after the apocalypse story but is well written and you want to know what happens to the characters in the end.
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Whether is is because I come from the north east I do not know, but this book gripped me from start to finish. I really got to care for the characters and some of the situations they have to endure are truly horrific.

I would recommend this to anyone who like this genre of books.
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I was ultimately disappointed with this book. Whilst it was certainly very fast paced, I felt that the author had tried too hard to cram as much action as possible into the pages, at the expense of descriptive narrative which would have better enabled readers to place themselves in a believable situation.

The attempts at humorous exchanges between the characters, particularly during times of stress, didn't really ring true, and much of the dialogue seemed similarly contrived. People said and did things which seemed

Some of the violence seemed gratuitous and included merely for added shock value. There wasn't enough background information on some of the lesser characters, who suddenly exploded on to the pages with little or no introduction and really they had very little reason to be there.

I kind of enjoyed it as a fast read, but it was a bit like a B movie. I would have liked to have seen the main characters more fleshed out, their thoughts and words better described, and more consistent. There was an attempt at making the characters evolve, but this was inconsistent and patchy.

It's a shame, because there are so few book set in the UK, and I was really looking forward to it.
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The Killing Moon is a fantastic read. I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what would happen next. After the near destruction of civilisation twenty years later a group of survivors have created an idyllic life for themselves. This doesn't however last for long when their village is attacked, the inhabitants slain and a couple kidnapped. The children who have survived want to put things right and start an epic journey which becomes the stuff of nightmares. To fully enjoy this book you do need to suspend your disbelief, as with all good science fiction/horror absolutely anything can happen. You can not predict what is going to happen at all in a world that is totally unrecognisable and this really keeps your attention. Horrific violent things happen and not just to the bad guys which makes a refreshing change. You are really behind the boys and are willing them on the whole time. I would strongly recommend giving it a go.
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When starting this book I could not understand what was happening. It was chosen by my book club and it wasn't my type of read. I was on the verge of giving up when I was told it is worth sticking with and WOW!! Am I glad I finished it! This book is exciting beyond belief. It is very well written and the details make you feel as if you are right there in the midst of the action . It has a hint of Mad Max but on a much more epic scale . And it takes adventure to a new level! It has mutants , blood , gore and many, many other details I suggest you read to find out about. Well done Rod Glenn !!
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As an avid reader of anything Post-apocalyptic and as someone who is from the North East, I couldn't wait for this book to arrive. Overall I was disappointed, I was also disheartened to find a number of silly mistakes in the text. All of which would have been avoided if the book had been thoroughly proof read!

Without giving too much of the plot away, the story basically follows a group of friends on their adventures as they search for one of the member's parents. All set 20 years into a Post-apocalyptic setting.

The story has all the usual Post-apocalyptic features, such as madmen, people not being who they say they are and zombie type creatures. I would have liked many elements of the story to be built upon, such as the characters (as they were mostly lacking any depth) and the day to day survival of mankind.

To begin with, I found the book difficult to get into. Once the main story had begun I did start to enjoy the story. This was soon ruined by the quality of writing.

I know that it has been mentioned by other reviewers that Rod's sentences and descriptions where a little long winded and possibly too descriptive! I have to agree with this and I was disappointed to find a number of spelling errors during my reading as well as a number of grammatical mistakes.

In my opinion this novel had the potential to be a brilliant read! Unfortunately it seems it was rushed and therefore the writing and content were not up to the standard that I'm used to.
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