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Play Dead

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    An Interesting Combination

    I know what you're thinking. Football and zombies? A fantastic and energetic sport combined with the gruesome and not so energetic undead? Well.yeah! When you think about it they're actually pretty similar. In football, players try to kill each other to get control of the ball; zombies.well, they may try to rekill each other to get control of your brains. Stick them together and you've got a winning combination.

    PLAY DEAD by Ryan Brown was fascinating mainly because I wasn't expecting it, yet it combined two of my favorite things. I love football and I love zombies. I've read a number of stories where the paranormal has been thrown into something pretty well known but this is the first time I personally have seen football hit with the paranormal bug. I'm loving it.

    The plot for this is pretty straightforward. The Killington High School football team ends up drowning in a river after their bus decided it needed a little bath. Cole, the quarterback and star of the team is the only survivor. Something just isn't right though. Cole has a feeling the accident wasn't truly an accident and he believes that their rivals, Elmwood Heights, is behind the tragedy. So what's a quarterback to do when a major game is coming up and his entire team is dead? Turn to black magic of course!

    That is some serious commitment to football! The football scholarship on the line may have influenced Cole a bit as well.

    Successfully risen from the dead, the football team must not only hide their secret from their parents and rest of the town, but fight to actually claim victory in their beloved game as well. There's more than reputation at stake here - their very souls are on the line. Add in a little romantic touch with the coach's daughter, Savannah and Mr. Brown has created a fantastic read.

    For those readers out there who may be shying away because the book involves football, I'll tell you up front that there are football references within the story. Plays and penalties are explained; famous players are described. I understand the references so I can't make too much of a judgment call as to how easily someone unfamiliar with the sport would be able to understand these references. What I can say, however, is that the general plot of the book will not be lost if you simply skip over the technical passages within the story.

    Aside from the awesome idea behind this story, my favorite aspect of PLAY DEAD was the writing. The game scenes were described in such a way that it was easy to visualize what was going on. The main characters were developed well and there were even a few side characters that became pretty memorable.

    Fair warning time: There is a decent amount of cussing throughout the book. Normally that bothers me in a story but oddly enough, it actually flowed well in PLAY DEAD. Who knows, perhaps I'm just predisposed to accepting cussing in football or from the undead.

    I would recommend this book to any thriller fans out there (and no, I don't mean Michael Jackson's Thriller), football fans, or zombie fans. This is a great book for lovers of the game or those who get a certain tingly thrill from reading about decomposing undead.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    An Entertaining Zombie Book!

    This is one entertaining book. I quickly became interested even in the football aspects of this book, mainly because he referenced two good QB players. Elway (hey, I am a die-hard Bronco's fan!) and Flutie (my second fave team is the Patriots). So, right there, I knew I would enjoy this book. I also love the cover of this book. Zombie football players. Heh... 101 jokes here people! Oh, and for those not that into football, do not worry. There really is a story around football more than the football game itself. So, yes, this book could have fallen flat and become something that tried to be too serious or too scary, but Ryan Brown pulls it off and gives us a very smart, funny, and interesting book. It also has a strong female lead in Savannah and a small bit of romance thrown into the mix. ;)

    For those into the fear aspects of the book, yes there are some scary bits, but surprisingly I did not feel that it came from the zombies (aside from a wayward kitty) but from the rival team, the Badgers. It wasn't so scary it kept me up at night, but it was enough that I wouldn't want to drive into Elmwood at night. For those interested in the funny aspects of the story you are introduced to Mona. Mona, the rare gypsy lady who performs the magic, was one of those eccentric ladies who has a million cats. She is the scary lady everyone in town is afraid of, but in this case, she is the comic relief of the story. You'll just have to read the story to find out how. :D

    So, do I recommend this book? Yes, I do. I give it 4 stars. It is even being made into a movie.

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