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The Road of the Dead
     

The Road of the Dead

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by Kevin Brooks
 

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From Kevin Brooks, a "thrilling, gritty story" (Kirkus) that "grabs and holds readers' attention from its very first chapter" (PW, starred review), now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks paperback look. On a storm-ravaged night, a 19-year-old girl is kidnapped, raped, and killed. Three days later, her two younger brothers set out in search of her murderer. Cole, 17, is a

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From Kevin Brooks, a "thrilling, gritty story" (Kirkus) that "grabs and holds readers' attention from its very first chapter" (PW, starred review), now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks paperback look. On a storm-ravaged night, a 19-year-old girl is kidnapped, raped, and killed. Three days later, her two younger brothers set out in search of her murderer. Cole, 17, is a dark-eyed devil who doesn't care if he lives or dies, while Ruben, 14, is a strange child who sometimes, inexplicably, experiences sensations above and beyond his own. This is the story of the boys' journey from their half-gypsy home on a London junk lot to the ghostly moors of Devon, where they hope and fear to find the truth about their sister's death. It's a long road, cold and hard and violent. It's THE ROAD OF THE DEAD.

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For two teenage brothers, life comes to a terrifying stop when their older sister is kidnapped, raped, and slaughtered. Three days later, 17-year-old Cole and 14-year-old Ruben leave their London home to retrieve her body and begin their lonely search for her killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545231954
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
782 KB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels DAWN; BLACK RABBIT SUMMER; BEING; THE ROAD OF THE DEAD, a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" nominee; CANDY; KISSING THE RAIN; LUCAS; and MARTYN PIG, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 30, 1959
Place of Birth:
Exeter, Devon, England
Education:
B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983

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Road of the Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ruben knew exactly when it happened. He was sitting in the backseat of an old Mercedes in his family's salvage yard when the feeling came over him. Ruben often left his own body and could attach himself to others. He could sense their thoughts and emotions. This is what happened when he felt his sister, Rachel, get attacked and murdered. He knew exactly the moment Rachel's life was taken from her.

Even though he knew it had happened and knew that the Dead Man killed her, Ruben didn't say anything to his family. He hoped he might be wrong. He realized he wasn't when the police contacted the family. The details were simple: Rachel, nineteen years old, was visiting an old school friend in the small village of Lychcombe on Dartmoor. After her visit was over, she left and made her way toward London to return home, but never made it. Her body was found the following morning, strangled, raped, and battered.

The most important thing to the family was to get her back. They wanted to bury her and put her to rest. After a trip to the police station to find out how long her body would be held, the family found out that the police would keep her until the case was closed; meaning the murderer had to be caught. The problem with that was, Ruben knew the murderer was already dead and buried and the case wouldn't be solved anytime soon.

Ruben's older brother, Cole, wasn't going to sit around and wait. He planned to go to the village to find out what happened himself and he planned to go alone. He didn't want his younger brother going along to worry about. Ruben knew what Cole was thinking, though, and his mother wanted him to go along to make sure Cole didn't get himself hurt. Cole's temper tended to get him in trouble. He took after his gypsy, bare-knuckle fighter father who was sentenced to a prison term for killing someone.

Even though their mother was worried about Ruben and Cole going away to look into the murder, no one could foresee the trouble in store for them once they started digging into Rachel's murder. As soon as they arrived in the village they knew they weren't welcome. Secrets were everywhere and no one wanted them to be dug up. Secrets that involved the entire village. Secrets that would lead them to pain, torture, death, and eventually the truth.

Kevin Brooks doesn't let us down. He has provided another heart-pounding, deeply emotional story with strong characters. THE ROAD OF THE DEAD is a great place to start if you haven't read any other books by this creative and unique author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would say this would have to be one of my top ten favourite books because it has a alot of excitment and is very suspenceful so it ' always keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more'. The main reason i really enjoyed this book was because it was about two brothers who didn't seem to get along, until their older sister Racheal was murdered. This was when the two brothers set out to find what really happened to their sister and doing so they seem to become tangled up with the people who harmed their sister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man I loved that book, especailly when Cole tries to find out who killed Rachel. Just when I read this book I can feel what Cloe feels in the book and that the beautiful imagery in that book is imspiring, and that it just takes your breath away when you read this book!!!!! :):):):):):):):)
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Read this twice thus us by far ine if the best books i every read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome... it leads you on. The whole time your wonndering whats going to happen next until your at the end of tje book. It was confusing at time but very misterious! I would recommend this book:)
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kiki8194 More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing...the plot everything! and rite in the first 4 pgs how rubens sista dies unbelieveable but that rlly sets up the rest of the book. so in sort rd the book to find out wat happens! you'll b amazed i promise! cuz i no i was!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Being by Kevin Brooks and absolutely loved it and I was excited to read more from him. I decided to start with Road of the Dead. I didn't finish the book, I probably got about half way though. It was alright, but I thought it moved along too slowly and was kind of boring. However, I'm willing to reread/finish the book because of all the positive reviews on here. Hopefully I'll find it more interesting this time around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read road of the dead recently and was pleased with it. IT wasnt the greatest book i ever read but it wasn't painful or anyhting. the story in the middle was well writtin but the begining was kind of slow. The end also wraped it all up to fast like the author was in a rush or had a limit on the number of wors he could use.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall I thought this was a fairly good book. It was kinda hard for me to get into in the begging because it started so slow. It also didn't fully explain the power the rueben had, so that got confusing for me. It also didn't seem realistic to me what they were doing taking the investigation into their own hands. It was really caught my attention, however from the middle of the book on. The author was very decriptive in the ways he portrayed the events that happened to the characters during the course of the story. The story also kept you in your seat all the way to the very end of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone that can survive through an almost unbearably boring beggining.