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In 2003, Brian Keene's The Rising revived horror literature's dormant obsession with zombies.

In 2007, Brian Keene's Dead Sea knocked that obsession on its ass...

The city streets are no longer safe. They are filled instead with the living dead, rotting predators driven only by a need to kill and eat.
Some of the living still struggle to survive, but with each passing day, their odds grow worse. Some survivors...

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Overview

In 2003, Brian Keene's The Rising revived horror literature's dormant obsession with zombies.

In 2007, Brian Keene's Dead Sea knocked that obsession on its ass...

The city streets are no longer safe. They are filled instead with the living dead, rotting predators driven only by a need to kill and eat.
Some of the living still struggle to survive, but with each passing day, their odds grow worse. Some survivors have fled, frantically searching for a place to escape, even briefly, the slaughter around them. For Lamar Reed and a handful of others, that safe haven is an old Coast Guard ship out at sea, with plenty of water between them and the zombies. These desperate survivors are completely isolated from the dangers of the mainland. But their haven will soon become a deathtrap, and they'll learn that isolation can also mean no escape!

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With another bleak vision of the zombie apocalypse, Keene makes a triumphant return to the still-thriving subgenre he helped revive with his 2004 debut The Rising (a movie version of which is currently in the works). Trouble begins when a virus infecting the rat population of New York City begins spreading among animals and humans alike-one bite, one drop of blood or one string of saliva is all it takes to kill its victims, within minutes, and instantly revive them as mindless, flesh-eating zombies. Narrating this grim tale is gay 30-something Lamar Reed, who makes a hair-raising trip through the carnage of zombified Baltimore before he and a small group of survivors manage to commandeer a Coast Guard ship and get it out to sea. Together, the eclectic group search the coast for a safe harbor; meanwhile, an endless parade of zombies search the survivors' floating haven for a way in. Keene piles on the gory thrills as Lamar and his shipmates struggle through this diseased world, though they can be overly chatty at times (dialoging on everything from religion to Joseph Campbell). Delivering enough shudders and gore to satisfy any fan of the genre, Keene proves he's still a lead player in the zombie horror cavalcade. (Aug.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780843958607
  • Publisher: Leisure Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Dead Sea


By Brian Keene

Dorchester Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Brian Keene
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8439-5860-7


Chapter One

I didn't shoot the bitch until she started eating Alan's face. Before this whole thing began, I'd never shot anyone in my life. Not once. I never held a gun until a few weeks before Hamelin's Revenge started. Hell, I never even referred to women as bitches. But that's what she was. And I had the pistol in my hand.

And I shot her.

Cue "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix.

This thing ... this plague; it changed people. Not just the dead ones, either. It changed everyone. Changed me. I'm a different person now. Listen ... you never know what you'll do until you find yourself in an impossible situation, so don't ever say never. Survival instinct is a real motherfucker, and when your back is against the wall, everything changes. Everything. I know. It did for me. It all changed for me.

My name is Lamar Reed and this is the way the world ended.

It started with the rats. They swarmed out of the sewers about a month ago. Well, maybe swarmed isn't the right word. Swarm indicates speed, and the rats were anything but fast. The first attack took place in New York City during the evening rush hour. Imagine it. Sidewalks bustling with activity, crowds of people rushing to catch subways and trains and buses, streetschoked with gridlock, taxicabs weaving in and out of traffic, horns blaring, manhole covers clanging as trucks drive over them. And then, in the middle of all this chaos, the rats slowly crawled out of a sewer grate on Thirty-first Street and attacked people-climbed up legs, raked at stomachs with their sharp little claws, sank their yellowed incisors into cheeks and thighs and necks; anywhere they could find a soft morsel. The rats fed.

And the rats were dead. I should mention that. Wasn't weird enough that rats attacked commuters en masse. They were dead rats-guts hanging out, limbs and tails falling off, and big, ulcerated wounds on their sides, infested with maggots. Rotting meat on the run.

Oh, we didn't know it at first. I remember watching it on the news that evening. Sitting on my couch in East Baltimore, eating bologna straight from the package and ignoring the stack of overdue bills. Watching the news, wondering when the cable would get shut off for nonpayment. Wondering where the hell my unemployment check was. The mail lady hadn't brought it yet, and things were tight. I'd come up with some cash a few weeks before, but it all went to my mortgage. Like sticking one finger in the dam while three dozen more leaks sprang up.

The news caught my attention because of the fucked-up factor. Rats attacking pedestrians? Crazy shit. But when the first reports started trickling in that they were dead rats-not dead as in some frantic stockbroker flung one to the ground and stomped it-but dead as in the living dead? That shit was off the hook. People scoffed, the media pundits argued, and the authorities refused comment. The cable news channels carried live footage. MSNBC called it a riot. CNN speculated about a possible terrorist attack. I don't know what Fox News called it because nobody I know watched Fox News. One thing that appeared clear was that nobody knew what the fuck was going on. New York's hospitals filled up with wounded pedestrians. Most of them suffered from bites, and others had been injured in the chaos that followed-trampled on as people fled. A few suffered heart attacks brought on by the stress. The people who'd been bitten got real sick. Then died.

Then came back. Just like the rats.

They were dead, but they still came back. The media called it Hamelin's Revenge. They came up with the name almost immediately. Hamelin's Revenge: the return of the rats the Pied Piper was hired to get rid of. But in that old story, when the mayor refused to pay, Hamelin-the Pied Piper-came up with another plan. That's how they spun it, anyway. Seems nobody bothered to tell the media that Hamelin was the name of the town, not the Piper himself. But that didn't matter. In their version, Hamelin's Revenge was when the Piper decided to get even. He took all the kids away and returned the rats to the village. Now the fairy tale had come true. The rats returned all right. And hell followed with them. Just like the Bible verse or the song. Hell.

By midnight, New York City's hospitals became slaughterhouses. Like I said, the infected died, and then came back. And they came back hungry, man. Zombies. The White House press secretary actually used the word during a news conference. Until then, the media were calling the attackers cannibals. But after the government confirmed it, zombie was the buzzword. They attacked the living just like the rats had done. They bit and clawed and fed, gorging themselves on the flesh of the living. The victims who managed to escape got sick with Hamelin's Revenge a few hours later, just like their attackers had. Then they died and came back. And the ones that got ripped to pieces, the ones who ended up (for the most part) inside the zombie's bellies? What was left of them came back, too. They didn't need arms or legs or internal organs. As long as there was a brain left attached, something to control the motor function and impulses, the remains came back. A CNN anchor actually walked away from the news desk after they showed footage of an armless corpse wandering the streets, trailing intestines behind it like a dog leash. You could hear her sobbing off camera, and some producer or technician begging her to go back on the air. She never did.

The chaos spread throughout the five boroughs. By dawn, the National Guard locked down New York City and quarantined everything. Blockaded the bridges and tunnels and left folks to die. A few soldiers even fired on civilians as they were trying to escape. Gunned them down in the dawn's early light. It was for the good of the country, the media assured us. New York was a biohazard area. Nobody could get in or out. But Hamelin's Revenge managed to escape. Hamelin's Revenge said "Fuck you" to the barricades and armed guardsmen and quarantine signs. The disease raced like a California brushfire. Cases popped up in Newark, Delaware; then Trenton, New Jersey; and then on to Philadelphia. By the next evening, it had arrived here in Baltimore. Martial law was declared nationwide and the army was mobilized. That was like pouring perfume on a pig. The troops were good at killing zombies, but they couldn't shoot a disease. All it took was one bite from an infected mouth. And you could get it even if you weren't bitten. One drop of blood sprayed from a bullet's exit wound. Pus from an open sore splattering on you as a zombie attacked. Inhale it or ingest it; get it on your lips or in your eye and that was it. Say good-bye. You got sick. You died. You returned. Folks that died from heart attacks or cancer or stabbings or car wrecks-they stayed dead. But anyone who came into direct contact with the zombies-anyone who managed to get infected-joined the ranks of the living dead.

And those ranks swelled quickly. First the rats. Then people. The disease jumped to dogs and cats in the second week. Other animals, too. They said on television that a cow attacked an Amish farmer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It sounds kind of funny until you think about it for too long. Then it just becomes a mind-fuck. Zombie cattle ... this time the hamburger eats you-starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Mr. T. Sounded like a really bad Sci-Fi Channel movie.

Elsewhere, a pack of dead coyotes ripped a mother and her baby to shreds in the Hollywood hills. Gruesome shit. A herd of zombie goats devoured ranch hands in Montana. An undead bear caused chaos on the Ohio turnpike. At least the disease didn't spread to the birds. If it had, well ... for years we'd worried about the avian flu. The idea of birds spreading Hamelin's Revenge was terrifying, because birds are everywhere. No matter where you go, there are birds. Ain't anywhere you can run where a bird can't find your ass. The birds didn't catch it, at least that we'd seen, but many other animals did. Not all of them, but enough. Sheep caught it, but not pigs. Horses were immune, but cattle were not. Apes-death equaled zombie. Deer-their deaths were old school.

And of course, some species that seemed immune at first later became vulnerable. Squirrels didn't seem affected at first, which was weird, since they're just rats with fluffy tails. But later, they caught it, too. With all the cross-species jumps, there was no stopping the disease. It happened very quickly. America fell. South America. Canada. Then Hamelin's Revenge made it overseas and infected Europe and Asia and the African continent. Then it traveled down to Australia. Last thing I saw before the power went out for good was grainy footage of a million zombie rats swarming over a million humans in Mumbai, India.

Suddenly, I didn't have to worry about past-due utility bills or if the cops had figured out that I was the one who robbed the Ford dealership during that test-drive. I didn't have to think about whether or not I had the balls to do it again. I had more important things to focus on, like staying alive and not getting eaten by my neighbors-or shot by some stupid motherfucker.

See, it wasn't just the zombies that we had to watch out for. If it was, and if the president and Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and the rest of our government had acted quickly enough, then maybe none of this would have happened. But they didn't. Just like Pearl Harbor and 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina and all the other national disasters. When faced with an unimaginable crisis, the government failed to respond in an effective and timely manner. Maybe they couldn't. I mean, there's probably no FEMA playbook for what to do when dead folks start running around eating people. It's not the sort of thing the government plans for. It's an unimaginable scenario.

But it wasn't imagination. It was real.

In the weeks that followed there were dangers other than just the zombies. Looters and gangs of armed thugs roamed the streets. Cops and National Guardsmen who'd gone off the deep end shot the dead and living indiscriminately. America returned to the glory days of the Old West. Things like innocence and guilt didn't matter. The only law that mattered was the law of the gun. They evacuated Washington, D.C., and sent the president, his cabinet, and all the king's horses and men who worked in the House and the Senate off to secure underground bunkers in Virginia and Maryland and Pennsylvania. They were supposed to be able to run the country from there. They didn't. Things fell apart.

Our cities and towns resembled Somalia or Beirut. Well, to be honest, my neighborhood had been like that even before Hamelin's Revenge. Only difference was now the rest of the country got a taste of what it was like to live in the ghetto. Instead of drug gangs and tweaked-out freaks on crystal meth or crack, we now had vigilantes and zombies. Not much of a change, and in either case, the cops still didn't show up when you called them.

I remember a press conference with the secretary of state. He was sweating like a pig. Looked nervous. He assured the reporters that President Tyler, the vice president, and cabinet members were all fine-and that the crisis was passing. Things would soon be under control, and society would return to normal. Until then, martial law would remain in effect as a cautionary measure.

Except that nobody was calling the shots. The person in charge was the guy with the most firepower, and that changed from moment to moment. People didn't aspire to cure the disease or stop it from spreading. They only aspired to not get eaten by a zombie. They'd always worried about their careers and homes and favorite television shows and what their most-loved Hollywood starlet had done. Now the only thing they worried about was staying alive. And the worst part was that if you'd asked people, they probably couldn't tell you why they bothered resisting. Did it matter? What was the point? The zombies outnumbered the living. Why not surrender, or eat a bullet? Like I said, survival instinct is a motherfucker. You do what you have to, even if you don't understand why.

Some people had higher aspirations, of course. When there's blood on the streets, there's money to be made. That's an eternal law in the ghetto, and the rest of the world learned it soon enough. Stocks, bonds, shit like that-worthless. Cold hard cash ruled the day, and price gouging was common. Twenty bucks for a gallon of gas or a bottle of water. And when the cash became as worthless as the paper it was printed on, the barter system took over. Your wife-your daughter-in exchange for what you needed to survive.

The madness continued. Burning the dead became the law, but there weren't enough fire pits or crematories to go around. Last bit of the news I saw, in Pennsylvania, a National Guard officer had reportedly ordered the death of civilians by firing squad. They were accused of looting. In Miami, zombies overran the airport. A popular television preacher committed suicide, believing that the Rapture had occurred and he'd missed it. In China, a nuclear reactor went into meltdown. Chicago and Phoenix were on fire. The military finally retreated from New York City after losing control and admitting defeat.

More people died every day. Then they came back. And every day there were less of us. It was a cruel, cruel summer.

I stayed inside. Didn't have any family. My mama died years ago. Breast cancer. Our health insurance sucked. There wasn't much they could do, in any case. Found a lump during a routine exam. Three months later, she was gone. I never knew my old man. Heard he was useless. That's all I knew of him. "Mama, tell me about my dad." "He was useless." I had a brother, Marcus, who lived in California. Hadn't seen him in years, and when the phones went down, I had no way of contacting him. I hadn't been in a serious relationship in a long time-not since my last partner, Louis, moved to New Orleans. I had no one to worry about. So I hid. I was safe inside my home, and had no reason to leave.

The big thing I had to deal with was the passage of time. Trapped inside the house all day and all night with no television or Xbox or shit like that. I had to find things to occupy my mind, because otherwise I'd get very depressed and start thinking about walking outside, finding the nearest zombie, and letting him have a bite. The loneliness was the worst part, and that's why I was glad when I found out Alan was alive and he joined me (even if he was hopelessly straight). Alan was my neighbor. Nice enough guy. He'd worked at the plant too, and got laid off the same time as me. Alan took a gig with a temp agency. Did odd jobs like flagging traffic and loading trucks. Some days they had work for him. Some days they didn't. He barely scraped by. But he'd never once let his spirits get down. He was a funny, jovial person. After he'd moved in (because his house wasn't as secure) my loneliness vanished.

But eventually, with his added presence, supplies went quicker than I'd imagined. With the power out, the food in the fridge had spoiled and the kitchen smelled like the zombies. I still had plenty of beer, canned goods, and packaged foods. Had plenty of water, too. We pissed in empty beer bottles so the toilet water would remain untainted. I figured we could drink from the commode if necessary.

When we ran out of food, we had to venture out. That was when I participated in looting the Safeway. I know what you're thinking. Black man, late-twenties ... of course he looted the grocery store. Well fuck you. It wasn't like that. I grew up hard. Lived in an old row house in the middle of Druid Hill Park. Place was a fucking dump. We had rags stuffed in the cracks in the walls and plastic over the windows in the wintertime to keep out the cold. My childhood pets were all cockroaches. The neighborhood was filthy-garbage on the sidewalks and dead grass and broken glass covering the vacant lots. I saw my friends get gunned down in the streets. Saw their dried blood on the sidewalks. Saw the cops and the preachers shrug in resigned consignation. They didn't care. Neither did anybody else. Only time people gave a fuck was during an election year-or if somebody white and wealthy got killed. I spent my childhood in shit. I stepped on crack vials every time I went outside to play. Drugs were all around me. So was crime. It was a way of life. But I didn't buy into that shit. I lived my life differently. Stayed in school. Worked a job. Never did drugs. Never boozed. Never robbed anybody. Like I said, until the stickup at the dealership, I'd never held a gun in my life. And I ain't proud of that incident. But shove your stereotypes up your ass. I'm educated. No college, but I graduated high school. Not that GED shit, either. I actually went to class and got my diploma the old-fashioned way. I read a lot and watched Discovery Channel. I didn't talk like a thug. Didn't feel the need to emulate a rapper. Ground my teeth every time some well-meaning white acquaintance deferred to me at a party when the conversation turned to basketball or slave reparations or Colin Powell's run for president or hip-hop. I didn't flash the bling. I respected women. Didn't view them as hos. Didn't hang out in front of the liquor store. Thought P. Diddy was a douche bag. Vote or die? Fuck you, you stupid, conceited, fronting motherfucker. I felt the same way about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, too. They were supposed to identify with what I'd been through? Please. None of them spoke for me. I didn't feel the need to respect them just because we shared the same skin color. Didn't drape myself in gold jewelry. Didn't let my pants sag around my fucking ankles. I refused to let a media-inspired culture influence how I dressed, talked, walked, thought, or behaved.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    WHY?!!!

    This is a good book and keene is the master of zombie fiction but this is the third of a trilogy of books start with the rising and city of the dead. So.......why arent those two anywhere on the nook? This must be fixed

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Very Disappointing

    This book opens with our main character having to shoot his friend in the head after a zombie ripped part of his face off. Very chillingly the friend poorly forms the words "shoot me" to our character. For Horror lovers, this sounds like a great begining to a great book, But it's not true.

    There are very good point in this book that I wish was put into other books. Over all, the book was a horrible read. I was so mad that wasted me time reading this book (and the fact that a bought it). Our main charater is very dull and boring. there is a hiden (not really) them of the book of what makes a hero.

    Over view of the book
    Our main character locks himself in his apartment when the out break happens. a fire happens with drives him out, escaping the fire his joins forces with two orphans and a military man. the four, running away from fire and zombies get on a old boat with other survivers. at sea, they try to go back to land for suplies. Here leaves the reader tingleing. a horrific site happens leaving the group with less people. This, scares the rest away from going back to land again. The survivers fish to survive bad one day a sick fish bites one person. is it found that the outbreak has went into the water life and fishing is not an option. when they figure this out, hafe the boat is infected. The few survivers after the boat out break escape to a life boat as the main boat sinks form a garnade. in the life boat zombie sharks attack the group. They out run the fish and get to a oil ridge. As they tie up the boat another person is losted because of a zombie whale. upon the rigde there is no sign of life (or death) they survive of sealguls until one day a zombie seagual appears. after that day they stay inside shelter, straving themself to death.

    Good parts:
    The scene where the survivers get on the boat
    the weapon master character
    the discreptions of zombies
    other types of characters (they didnt match)

    Bad Parts:
    action would stop for long periods.
    the character would have too much self worry
    main character didnt seem real when he talk to the children he saved
    the children didnt react realistically.
    the author keeps bringing up the main characters sexuality, it makes an odd air with the rest of the book.

    I recommend another book by the author. here in this book serious, is much better action and characters.

    a side note to the author: he repeats alot of sayings, names and traits in his book. but city of the dead is a good read

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    This is one of my all time favorite books about zombies.  

    This is one of my all time favorite books about zombies.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Great stuff

    Mr. Keene does an outstanding job of creating a zombie hellscape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    This was the first Brian Keene book I had read. After reading ev

    This was the first Brian Keene book I had read. After reading everything by Richard Laymon and Bentley Little, I stumbled upon this author and Dead Sea was the book I chose. I loved it and his style of writing. It kept me reading many of his other novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Best zombie book ive ever read.

    Dont pass this one up. From first to last page... this just kept getting better

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    Not a bad book at all just gets a little predictable and boring in the middle.

    This book I will not lie had a amazing first 100 pages. I was captivated by the book and the only book to this day give me shivers and made me afraid of zombies crawling around my house in the dark. Yet after those 100 pages and you get to the middle the book seems to drag on a bit. Also some characters are rarely fleshed out so when something happens to them (good or bad) you don't seem to care. Towards the end you basically figure out what happens, but its a lot better than the middle.

    Overall the book is great its a decent read with a amazing beginning, meh middle and a decent ending.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Good enough

    While this isn't my favorite of Keene's, it's good enough to kill a dull Sunday if you're a fast reader with some time on your hands. While The Rising and City of the Dead were absolutely engaging, this one sort of wasn't for me. At least the setting was a little different, going out to sea and all, but the stuff with all sea life being infected and that scene with the whale, well....I just couldn't buy any of that so it almost ruined the ending for me. Not that I expected anyone to get out alive. What would be the fun in that? But I'll still say I loved it just because I adored the other 2.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    AWESOME JUST AWESOME

    I love Brian Keenes books. His book Dead Sea has me hooked on Zombies!!!!! We love you - Keep Up the GOOD work!!!

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Excellent!

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The kind of book you don't want to put down. Great story and I only wish there were a continuing story for these characters. I look forward to more great stuff from Brian Keene. Check it out for the price you can't beat it!

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Engaging read, but depressingly nihilistic

    I've read 3 of Keene's books now--this one and its cousins, "Rising" and "City of the Dead." While I admire Keene's writing in many ways, I ultimately found all 3 books to be rather pointless in terms of having any meaning beyond being prime examples of post-9/11 nihilism. To make my own meaning clear: at their core, these books virtually cry out the nihilistic mantra of "life is without meaning, purpose, or value." The world ends. That's it. Lots of well-conceived words to get there, but that's it--you're dead. All of the values that used to be embodied in books, movies, and TV stories (i.e., in pre-9/11 art) about the value of human life, the noble aspects of sacrifice, the redemptive power of love, the basic urge towards growth, and even the existence of God are all summed up by Keene's zombie books as ultimately meaningless. And while Keene isn't the only author to convey this root meaning in writing since September 11, 2001, he is one of the most adept at burying a nihilistic message in "zombie art." And, so while I often enjoyed the journey (i.e., the author's writing ability is usually impressive), his "message" is one that I hope gets left behind with the closing of this decade. I long for stories that have some meaning other than to say that life has no meaning and that we're all going to die no matter what we do or how hard we try. If anyone doubts my analysis here, I will point to the part in "Dead Sea" where Keene has one of the characters (the professor) describe the protagonist's role (the young, gay black man) as the "hero." When I read that passage I understood how cynically Keene plays with his readers--he blatantly points out (in the middle of his nihilistic story) that there used to be heroes in literature! When I got to the end (where everything and everyone including our black, gay hero dies), Keene's cynicism in having a wise, scholarly character point out the hero/warrior/etc. roles simply astounded me (and not in a good way). That said, I will say that "Dead Sea" is better written and more engaging than the author's "Rising/City" duo. Oh, and I applauded Keene's "bold" move of having a gay protagonist (albeit a doomed-to-die "reluctant hero"). This one twist on the genre was refreshing. The author did a good job of giving this black, gay, male character multiple dimensions and some past and present emotional attachments with which the reader can empathize (which can be hard for some writers who only know how to use parent-child or husband-wife attachments for character motivation and reader empathy connections). There's even a gay character (a small role) in the author's "City of the Dead" who isn't evil, too flawed, too 2-dimensional, or just plain unbelievable. Bravo, Keene. Bravo.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ITS A GOOD READ. FAST.

    THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY GOOD. SEVERAL TIMES I FOUND THE CHARACTERS IN SUCH A MESS THAT I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. WELL WRITTEN. THE ENDING COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, BUT IS PROB HOW IT WOULD GO DOWN IN REAL LIFE. IN ALL THE ZOMBIE MOVIES, THE VIRUS ONLY AFFECT HUMANS. I'VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY ANIMALS WERENT AFFECTED AND BRIAN KEENE DID INFECT THE CRITTERS IN THIS STORY. J.L. BOURNE HAS SPOILED ME WITH "HIS DAY BY DAY ARMEGEDON" SERIES.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Great book

    This is a must read like most of Brian Keene's books. His books play out like a zombie movie in you head. you dont want to put the book down till you've finished it. The only problem i have with his books is that the ending are so sudden but other that if you enjoy zombie books its a must have.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    Stormy seas teem with new breed of hunger

    This was such a delightful book to breeze through, well delightful if you like icky zombies laced into an apocalyptic theme with no signs of victory. Fast paced and exciting, the novel was a fun break from anything else on my mind, I liked the characters and feared for their safety as the author took charge in making them run for their lives. I haven't read Keene's previous zombie books but I didn't feel that it took away from this story, on the contrary it makes me want to revisit his older books for more of this gruesome but oh so entertaining theme. I was never a hardcore zombie fan, but slowly they are growing on me and now I enjoy them more than ever. The more I get to read about them the more fearful I grow for any well fleshed out character in their path and with no safety in sight it makes for a spine tingling theme for horror novels.<BR/><BR/>With no hope of escape what's the point of running? That is the dilemma this book faces. The main hero, Lamar Reed, is simply trying to stay low and keep quiet as his beautiful city of Baltimore has succumbed to the zombie plague. Carried through and spread to animals, it's more deadly than ever and his apartment is no longer safe with the fires raging through the city. He decides to make a run for it and abandons the last of what has been his home; making his way through he ravaged city and trying to escape hordes of never stopping zombies. They are gross and nasty; Keene does a fantastic job in describing all their missing organs and what grows and feeds on them, making it very realistic. Pretty soon his only option is the sea, and along with few survivors he boards a boat, hoping that they can sail to safety. What starts as a secluded spot of freedom pretty soon turns into a trap with no way out and the sea is teeming with more zombies, what kind, oh you have to read to believe it! Through out the novel the characters discuss the point of escaping, debating how much easier would be to just give up, yet their future is simply too horrific even for cowards who no longer have the will to run, it seems that the second someone wants to live they get bitten and their life if over in a flash and this novel had non stop snacking, yum...<BR/><BR/>I loved the ending, despite reading reviews saying that it's left in the open, that it doesn't have an ending...I liked it, it was perfect and left you with hope and a sadness and it gave me nightmares that night after reading and I adored it. Lamar was a really great character and the author did a splendid job of bringing him to life, he was a really strong anchor of the novel and he helped it sail into glory in my mind. Overall very well done and can't wait for more!<BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    Loved this book!

    The main character teams up with other survivors in Maryland and they head to a boat thinking they are safe from the zombies on land. They soon learn that everything from people to animals to marine life can die and come back to life! And they are all out to get them! This is such a realistic "end of the world" type of book if you are into zombies! It reminded me of the movie "Dawn of the Dead," except no living form is exempt from becoming a zombie! I like the way it ends because it leaves your mind wandering about the characters.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    This was my first book by Brian Keene, but it definitely won't be my last! I have always loved books about zombies, and this one is great! Mr. Keene has a great writing style that draws you right into the action from page one. Actually, the very first sentence had me laughing so hard that I couldn't wait to read the rest: "I didn't shoot the b***h until she started eating Alan's face." <BR/><BR/>How can you resist a book that starts like that??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Great Book

    Loved this book, wish there would be a part two.

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