Drop Dead Gorgeous

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As tattoo artist Star begins to ink her first client on a spring Sunday morning, something goes horribly wrong with the world... Belfast's hungover lapse into a deeper sleep than normal, their sudden deaths causing an unholy mess of crashing cars, smoldering televisions and falling aircraft.

In the chaotic aftermath a group of post-apocalyptic survivors search for purpose in a devastated city. Ageing DJ Sean Magee and shifty-eyed Barry Rogan find drunken solace in a hotel bar. ...

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Overview

As tattoo artist Star begins to ink her first client on a spring Sunday morning, something goes horribly wrong with the world... Belfast's hungover lapse into a deeper sleep than normal, their sudden deaths causing an unholy mess of crashing cars, smoldering televisions and falling aircraft.

In the chaotic aftermath a group of post-apocalyptic survivors search for purpose in a devastated city. Ageing DJ Sean Magee and shifty-eyed Barry Rogan find drunken solace in a hotel bar. Ex-IRA operative Mairead Burns and RIR soldier Roy Beggs form an uneasy alliance to rebuild community life. Elsewhere, a mysterious Preacher Man lures shivering survivors out of the shadows with a promise of redemption.

Choked by the smell of death, Ireland's remaining few begin the journey toward a new life, fear and desperation giving rise to new tensions and dark old habits. But a new threat--as gorgeous as it is deadly--creeps slowly out of life's wreckage. Fueled by feral hunger and a thirst for chaos, the corpses of the beautiful are rising...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906727987
  • Publisher: Snowbooks
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    There's going to be re-release, in an extended form

    Turns out that fans of Wayne's work are in for a treat. He's done a re-write of DDG and it has been picked up by Snowbooks. It will be part of the "Dolls Saga"- so not only will we get a "director's cut" of DDG, we'll get sequels!

    I wrote a review of this version when I read it and I'm eagerly awaiting the re-release.

    **original review**
    Drop Dead Gorgeous is classified as a "horror novel". Sure, at first glance, the world is devastated by some massive Thing that renders thousands (millions?) dead (or seemingly dead?) and it seems that the typical zombie fare would come soon. But I say it is much more than that. Wayne Simmons spins a tale full of characters that you love, hate, pity... Unlike most "zombie" stories, in DDG, you're never sure who is going to make the final round of survivors. I'm reminded of the newer version of "Dawn of the Dead". In the first twenty minutes of the movie, you sussed out who was going to live and die before the climactic scene. Oh, and of course- in the movie world, there's a nurse (first aid experience), the cop (someone has to hold it all together!), the reluctant hero, the innocent, the not-so-innocent... They become so generic that you just don't give a damn who makes it to the final round. Not so with these characters. (let me just say that the summary we can read does not do this book justice).

    I don't want to spoil anything by naming names. But this book kept me turning pages with the possibilities. Wayne Simmons built up the characters with enough background for you to become interested in them, but without a heavy hand. Do I really care if Character X is married with a kid? Not really, but dammit if Simmons doesn't make me care. With every turned page, I waited for the zombies to pop out and start tearing flesh off the survivors. There are enough twists to keep the reader interested. The dead are even interesting in this story.
    ****
    To add to my original review- My favorite characters changed throughout the story. And when the re-release comes, I can't wait to see what Wayne Simmons has added to them. He tells a genuinely terrific story and his characters are alive and three-dimensional.

    If you liked this book, you will like Wayne's second book- "FLU".

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