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Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

All you expect from Maberry

am a huge Maberry fan & haved loved everything I've read by him so far. Dead of Night does not dissapoint. Zombie lovers will be very pleased with this one. Dead of Night is a slightly different take on the Zombie creation. This time a doctor hoping to dish out the ult...
am a huge Maberry fan & haved loved everything I've read by him so far. Dead of Night does not dissapoint. Zombie lovers will be very pleased with this one. Dead of Night is a slightly different take on the Zombie creation. This time a doctor hoping to dish out the ultimate punishment to a sadistic serial killer is on the hook for causing this Zombie Apocolypse. These kinds of "scientist playing God" stories really scare me as I find them unbelievable but plausible that some stupid doctor or lab geek could one day come up with something to screw up the world.
I also really enjoyed that at least at this point this is set to be a stand-alone novel instead of a series.
Another great horror novel by Maberry that was everything I expected.

posted by beaglezrock on November 12, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Thrilling but not too special

If Jonathan Maberry has proven anything, it is that he is the master of all things zombies – and he never tells the same story twice! Dead Of Night will scare and delight you in all its zombie glory. I may have been a little paranoid before about walking into a garage f...
If Jonathan Maberry has proven anything, it is that he is the master of all things zombies – and he never tells the same story twice! Dead Of Night will scare and delight you in all its zombie glory. I may have been a little paranoid before about walking into a garage full of zombies in the morning, I am now MORE than scared to open my garage door to a driveway of zombies!

THE GOOD BITS

{What a bang of beginning!} This “patient zero” story demonstrates how easily the zombie outbreak can spin out of control, even when the right sort of people discover it first. I cannot fault the law enforcement for not believing when the dead seem to be coming back to life or blinking twice when they find someone chowing down on some intestines, but holy brainz, if that is what makes or breaks the world from turning zombie, perhaps the civilians are so very, very screwed. Perhaps the CDC is onto something with their zombie preparedness action plan.

{Sentient zombies?} Now I am not sure if ALL zombies had sentience, but readers get to lurk inside the minds of certain zombies who seemed conscious enough to form coherent thoughts, but did not have control of their movements or hunger. Which makes turning zombie even more terrifying! Does that mean there is hope for a cure? Well, let’s put it this way: Is there any way for someone to recover post-zombie after feasting on another person’s brain? I seriously think not, but I will let you draw your own conclusions with Dead Of Night.

THE BAD BITS

{No attachment to the characters} Unlike ROT & RUIN, I did not form any strong sympathies for the characters this time. I liked how Jonathan Maberry gave us different viewpoints of how this new zombocalypse went down from the foolish and arrogant government to the unsuspecting mortician who became “patient one.” However, I wished there had been time to make the characters come more alive. Don’t get me wrong: I rooted for the heroes, but it was more out of reflex than a heartfelt desire to want them to survive.

THE OVERALL

If Dead Of Night has a message to deliver, it is that there is no hope for the uninfected. You may survive the first wave of zombies like the first few levels of Tetris, but you better hope you are prepared as the speed starts to pick up! Jonathan Maberry delivers another food-for-thought zombie book that will be a welcome addition to zombie die-hards.

posted by epicrat on January 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Ok, to much explanation, not enough action

    Wont be reading the second book if there is one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Thrilling but not too special

    If Jonathan Maberry has proven anything, it is that he is the master of all things zombies – and he never tells the same story twice! Dead Of Night will scare and delight you in all its zombie glory. I may have been a little paranoid before about walking into a garage full of zombies in the morning, I am now MORE than scared to open my garage door to a driveway of zombies!

    THE GOOD BITS

    {What a bang of beginning!} This “patient zero” story demonstrates how easily the zombie outbreak can spin out of control, even when the right sort of people discover it first. I cannot fault the law enforcement for not believing when the dead seem to be coming back to life or blinking twice when they find someone chowing down on some intestines, but holy brainz, if that is what makes or breaks the world from turning zombie, perhaps the civilians are so very, very screwed. Perhaps the CDC is onto something with their zombie preparedness action plan.

    {Sentient zombies?} Now I am not sure if ALL zombies had sentience, but readers get to lurk inside the minds of certain zombies who seemed conscious enough to form coherent thoughts, but did not have control of their movements or hunger. Which makes turning zombie even more terrifying! Does that mean there is hope for a cure? Well, let’s put it this way: Is there any way for someone to recover post-zombie after feasting on another person’s brain? I seriously think not, but I will let you draw your own conclusions with Dead Of Night.

    THE BAD BITS

    {No attachment to the characters} Unlike ROT & RUIN, I did not form any strong sympathies for the characters this time. I liked how Jonathan Maberry gave us different viewpoints of how this new zombocalypse went down from the foolish and arrogant government to the unsuspecting mortician who became “patient one.” However, I wished there had been time to make the characters come more alive. Don’t get me wrong: I rooted for the heroes, but it was more out of reflex than a heartfelt desire to want them to survive.

    THE OVERALL

    If Dead Of Night has a message to deliver, it is that there is no hope for the uninfected. You may survive the first wave of zombies like the first few levels of Tetris, but you better hope you are prepared as the speed starts to pick up! Jonathan Maberry delivers another food-for-thought zombie book that will be a welcome addition to zombie die-hards.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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