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Dead of Night

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by Jonathan Maberry

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A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…but a bite.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MamaMouse More than 1 year ago
I listened to this story as an AudioBook, narrated by William Dufris. Do not even think of opening this book if you are even the slightest bit squeamish. There is brain eating, rotting bodies, skin crawling, and worm-eating flesh. It will affect everyone men, women, and children, with equal gruesomeness. This book tells a story of one man's journey to revenge leading to biological experimentation gone bad and gives you a glimpse of what would happen if an unknown disease were to strike in some small town USA. Actually I think the experimental drug worked as it was designed to do, but not the way the good doctor had planned. This story had pulse pounding action to the very last word! I am going to have to add Jonathan Maberry to my favorite authors list because I just love his style. I absolutely loved the ending! The Narration Review William Dufris narrated this book. He has great character voices and you can always tell the difference in the characters when they speak. He put a lot of effort into making the emotions come to life. When he starts to describe some of the gruesome scenes you get the feeling he is actually looking at it and can hear the disgust building in his voice. ** Note ** I received this audiobook as a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) from Darlene over at Darlene's Book Nook. If you haven't heard about RAKs for books, then feel free to click on the link up on my Alaskan Bookie Blog and visit the Book Soulmates website. It is an awesome way to share the love of reading!
JerseyAngel More than 1 year ago
Dead of Night was a new look at a zombie apocalypse. Maberry brings a realistic explanation of how zombies could be created by parasites. The military creating a bio-weapon that gets into the wrong hands, infecting a serial killer and then a small town & how the government would react to such a thing happening. The characters are well developed. As you read, you truly form an attachment to each one. You feel their despair as they are forced to kill people with faces they recognize, as they fight for their lives and not just against the zombies. You are even given a view of what it would be like to be turned into a zombie. For zombie purists, nothing was changed. They still lumber along, moaning, and the only way to kill them is to shoot them in the head. Only one slight change, they can spit black mucus infested with the parasites that can turn you. So not only must the people try not to get bit but they have to avoid getting blood or spit on them as well. Amidst the horror & reality of a zombie plague taking over, there is human emotion that will pull at your heart. The closer I got to the end, the faster I read, wanting to know what will come of the characters I grew to like so much. One of the best zombie books I have read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's easy to fall headfirst into Maberry's books and forget the outside world. He draws you in with a story you can really sink your teeth into (or vice versa). These characters are great, tough, heartfelt survivors and champions to save their small town from both the infected that want to eat them and the army ordered to destroy them. Just like potato chips and m&m's...with Maberry's books one is never enough. Warning...read with lights on! Jp
ED-in-NJ More than 1 year ago
Great read, fast and keeps you interested! The ending leaves you to believe there may be a sequal. Hopefully there is, I would like to find out what happens to some of the surviving characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this may be the best zombie book I have ever read. The characters are very believable. Jonathan Maberry created a novel that I will have to re-read again and again. I just hope the writes a sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Award winning bestselling novelist, Jonathan Maberry, pulls out all the stops in this gut-wrenching, intensely brutal, and very plausible horror novel about a virus unwittingly released into a small town in rural Pennsylvania. And the source of the deadly virus is a serial killer recently put to death, but the truth of it is even more horrifying. Town police officers, Dez Fox and JT Hammond, are caught up in a horrible slaughter at the town mortuary, where the unthinkable has happened, and continues to happen, and the body count rises, along with the dead. Aided by journalist and former boyfriend, Billy Trout, Dez attempts to find answers and survive the growing horror, even while the military surrounds the town of Stebbins, not just to keep the hungry infected from getting out...but to ensure no one in Stebbins survives! Arguably, one the best zombie horror novels written, with a sequel, Fall of Night, forthcoming. Definite must read!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Unlike typical Zombie Books by OBS Staff member Rose Dead of Night, by New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry, is a rock solid zombie thriller that will change the way you view stories about the walking undead. The first chapter, which is all of six words long…“This is how the world ends.”…is poignantly simplistic. What follows next is anything but. Maberry, in his typical nail-biting ferocity, weaves an intricate tale of human suffering, anxiety, death, medical monstrosities and all out warfare, from a simple bite from a dead death row inmate, Homer Gibbons, who is set to be buried in the ground in a small town in Stebbins County, Pennsylvania. The first to be bitten is Doc Hartnup, a mortician at the local funeral home, and what makes his new acquired state different than your “normal” zombie is that he realizes he is mercilessly trapped in his own body and is aware of EVERYTHING. Maberry states he gave Harnup this voice to become a point-of-view character that allows us to see into the heart of the tragedy. Unlike the typical zombie fare that we are used to, Dead of Night deals with many other issues besides the looming threat of all the characters becoming something as simple as a McZombie meal. There is deadly mutating worm-like virus coursing through the blood of a fully functioning undead a death row inmate on the loose, whose only desire is to infect others, and it’s clear a full-blown epidemic has descended upon this rural Pennsylvania town. Having to deal with this newfound horror in Stebbins County is a plethora of interesting characters such as Desdemona Fox, a tough as nails cop, with a military background, who is described as “Genghis Khan with ample boobs”. She lands herself in the hot seat as a murder suspect when no one believes her story about what is happening in town. Billy Trout, Dez’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, whose nose for news leads him to track down the story behind Homer Gibbons and Doctor Herman Voker, the German scientist, the man behind the unspeakable cocktail of death bestowed upon Gibbons. What makes this novel special is if you replaced Maberry’s “zombies” with any other foreign entity the story works. Why? Because it is about the human condition when dealing with outside forces that are beyond our control. It is how people treat each other, try to save one another, or use each other for self-preservation. This is not to say horror fans will be disappointed. Au contraire, Dead of Night is the best type of zombie novel, for not only is it filled with suspense and horrific concoctions of death, it begs many questions such as …How do you describe what you see to others who doubt you? How do you contain the spread of disease? How do you stay alive? Whom can you trust? What is right and just and what is merciful? It is impossible to walk away from this book and not have felt something for every scenario and character presented to us. Take stories such as George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, to which Maberry dedicated the novel; mix it with the film Contagion, 28 Days Later and the series The Walking Dead and you have an idea of what to expect from Dead of Night..... Full review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts at Hartnup’s Transition Estate, the local funeral home. The body of recently executed murderer Homer Gibbons has just arrived. A last minute change of plans has Homer coming to his aunt instead of the usual prison grave. But Homer is not really dead, and he is very hungry. Dez, Desdemona Fox, and her partner JT Hammond are called out to check out the funeral home. When they get there, they find the mortician and the housekeeper chewed on and dead and an empty body bag. When backup arrives, that’s when everything goes bonkers when the mortician and housekeeper start snacking on the local police. At the same time, reporter Billy Trout has hear about the mysterious aunt that wants Homer Gibbons buried with family. There he stumbles upon Dr. Herman Volker. He used to experiment on people during the war. He was sent to the states, under supervision, to keep versions of those experiments going. When he stumbled upon Homer Gibbons crimes, he felt he must act. He injects Homer with Lucifer 113, a concoction that will keep him alive as he rots in his grave at the prison. Unfortunately, with Homer being moved elsewhere, Lucifer 113 has broke out. Now Dez, JT, and Trout are trying their best to stop the spread of Lucifer 113. But when the government steps up, help is the furthest thing going to be offered. I loved this story. It has elements of possibilities that could come true. There is a great concept for the zombies and I loved the interaction with the government. If you are a zombie lover, you will want to read this book. I’m sad to admit that it was the first Jonathan Maberry story but I’m sure to hunt down his other books and catch up.
krisskross29 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters and their back stories were very cliche but the main story line was creative and incredibly suspenseful. The ending was pretty heartbreaking but that's what made it so good and it ended in a way that it would be possible to come out with a sequel. I don't think it needs one though. Definitely a good read for anyone who loves suspense, zombies, and gore!
KatZombie More than 1 year ago
Dead of Night is pretty much exactly what I expected ¿ instant action, great characters, government conspiracy and zombies by the truck-load. I was instantly drawn in, for the reasons above, but also due to the inclusion of a serial killer which added a chilling twist, and the relationship between the characters of Dez, JT and Billy. The science behind the infection is well laid out and easy to understand whilst being an integral part of the story. There is a military/government influence in the book, but it is an important part of the story and doesn¿t become overwhelming if it isn¿t really your thing. Dez is a great character, with baggage, attitude and brains, which makes her a little hard to like to begin with but as the book progresses more of her past is revealed and gives insight into the way she behaves and the choices she makes. Her interaction with the other major and minor characters is believable and the dialogue is well-written. Dead of Night is a full on zombie book ¿ there¿s no holding back on the descriptions of zombie attacks, and the atmosphere is truly dark and terrifying. This is a book for zombie lovers, action lovers, horror lovers and a fantastic introduction to the genre for new readers. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maberry goes with the mind of the zombie along with your typical heroes. Action packed and a nice begining to a zombie series im hoping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good entertaining book. Fast paced and lots of action. Similar in style to other books of his, only with a zombie theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed everything zombie, if you are like me you know there is the typical "getting run after" junk out there. This book is not one of them, i enjoyed the story and the thought Mr. Maberry put into it. If your a fan of good zombie stories this is the book to get. If you have never read a zombie story, this is a great one to break in with. Enjoy!
PnJ_Dreaming More than 1 year ago
Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry Reviewed by: PnJsBookReviews 02/18/2016 Serial killers. Who likes them? Killing men, women, and children as if they are inconsequential while causing fear, and chaos to reign over the mass populous. Then if our police are lucky, diligent, maybe both, and they are arrested, we house and feed them while they navigate the legal system. While they strangle more life out of our countries budget and now can control that chaos and fear, even while “off the street.” The public resumes its status quo existence until the next big story breaks on the news, giving less and less thought to that serial killer, while they are living and breathing behind prison walls. Back to the safety of our own individual lives and that thin veil of “safety” we each believe we have. What about the family of the victim? Do they resume normality, just in a new state? Or do they sit and brood about what they would do if they could get their hands on the killer of their loved one? What about the officers and staff in the prisons that deal with those serial killers every day? What if after the 10th, 50th, or 300th time as you continued to watch the tsunami of destruction that one person’s actions can cause, you start thinking about how death is easy, it’s the living that’s hard. What if you have found a way to preserve someone’s thoughts, feelings, and rationality all past the sentence of “death” that they are given, would you use that power to “even the score” just a bit? To allow the prisoner’s brain to remain intact, thus feeling the body as it dies, but consciousness remains. To feel every bug and worm consuming the shell that was your body. To exist in darkness but unable to move even a finger to do anything about it. Would that “even the score?” Could you do it if you were given the syringe and told to inject it just before lethal injection occurred? Would you want to? Would you think about the potential consequences of that single action? What if the same agency funding your research on how to perform this very feat assure you the body will be buried in a box on the prison grounds, always within watch and will be maintain public safety? Could you do it then? For all the senseless brutality forced upon an innocent child, a kind of “revenge” for the heinous crimes committed. No one would know. Would you do it? Could you? This is the exact morality position we find ourselves in the suspenseful Dead of Night novel by zombie master Jonathan Maberry. One injection from the prison doctor, Dr. Volker, on the day of the execution of Homer Gibbons, a heinous killer, given and the start of the worlds demise. This tale is told by many perspectives of many of the characters in this small town, and how each one reacts, or is reacting to the rapid spread of “violence,” was the “icing on the cake,” as they say for me. Learning of the transfer of the body of Homer Gibbons to a local mortuary, as well as how the zombie wave starts its modest ascent, and then its building to a crest throughout the novel kept me turning pages well into the night. Seeing the world collapse around this small town, starting with “Doc” Hartnup, the local mortician, and his transition event, through his own thought bubbles on his journey to becoming a “Hollowman” was truly frightening. A consciousness and rational thought process, trapped in a Hollowman’s body, (one that used to be who was known as “Doc” Hartnup), and the driving force to kill made me cringe that on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maberry fans will easily recognize the fast pace and spot on dialogue. Zombie fans will get exactly what they came for - the slow burn of law enforcement figuring out they're in the zombie apocalypse, hazy science, government thuggery - the works. The excellent characterization, the very real people Maberry creates - even for someone who is going to die on the same page they are introduced - keeps this yarn above the crowded field of this genre. Buy this book. Even if you think you know what's coming, it is a fantastic read.
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Despite an engaging start, the story fell flat halfway through before picking itself up again toward the end. A good read nonetheless. However, a number of noticeable typo errors; editors should have a better job. Looking forward to the sequel, Fall of Night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course harriet klausner ruins another book. Bn please get rid of this plot spoiler and delete all her plot spoiling posts, pkease?
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Audrey_Coots More than 1 year ago
I read this book in less than 48 hours and would have read it faster had I not had other obligations.  Fast paced, detail oriented, EXCEPTIONALLY written work. Kept me on my toes and gave the zombie outbreak a believable, scientific background WITHOUT being hard to understand for us laymen.  I think I've found a new favorite author. 
ag009 More than 1 year ago
I coulf not put this book down. action packed fast paced. Maberry doesn't disappoint again.