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Dying to Live: A Novel of Life among the Undead

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This is an intriguing intelligent zombie thriller

Almost one year ago, the dead began to reanimate. The zombie infestation spread and soon few humans are left to choose fight or flight. Jonah Caine, a former English Lit professor, has been alone for most of this time. He prays that he find other humans, but so far h...
Almost one year ago, the dead began to reanimate. The zombie infestation spread and soon few humans are left to choose fight or flight. Jonah Caine, a former English Lit professor, has been alone for most of this time. He prays that he find other humans, but so far has not met anyone except the undead.

Needing food, he enters a dead urban center in which the abandoned jewelry store is stocked but the liquor store has one bottle of bad bourbon left. Jonah knows how dangerous the urban centers are so hr hopes to leave soon. At a convenience store he hits the jackpot with Twinkies and snow ball cakes until zombies attack him. He kills some and flees with the zombies in chase when a man with a bullhorn calls to him. His first human he has mot seen in weeks, perhaps months. They rescue him. Their leader is Jack Lawson who welcomes Jonah into the group staying inside the Museum of Science and History. He meets Doc a former dental hygienist turned medical practitioner and the odd Milton who is different yet obsessed with rebuilding civilization; it is the latter he finds stimulating as they intellectually discuss philosophy.

This is an intriguing intelligent zombie thriller that hooks the audience from the opening when Jonah kills from a tree house. Kim Paffenroth effortlessly intertwines plenty of action with literary commentary and philosophy. Besides obvious names like Jonah and Milton, there are references from the bible, Dante's Inferno and works of the Bard. Yet with all that the story line is loaded with action. However, it is the optimism of Milton contrasted to the grim description of a dead America especially the small Midwest city that keeps the reader's interest in a strong fresh zombie tale.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 12, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Seems familiar....

Any zombie fan ever read day by day armegeddon? If not read it because this book is pretty much an exact copy of it and is much better than this pile of rotting crap.

posted by 6408752 on March 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Interesting

    Pretty good writing, interesting, kinda slow at times.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    The author admits his main influnces are the Bible and Dante's I

    The author admits his main influnces are the Bible and Dante's Inferno and you can tell because he quotes them about every other page, a little annoying. The story pulled me in right away but came to an aprupt ending, but what can you expect for 180 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Hmm

    What is up with these reviews? I read all of the and it seems like they are for ten different books!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    SOLID - IT FOLLOWS THE RULES

    Not bad - at least it seemed to stick to the rules.
    It had a few themes that I could have done without but for the most part I enjoyed it.

    I'm not sorry that I read it and may even read it again at some time in the future.

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