Zombies of Byzantium

Zombies of Byzantium

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by Sean Munger
     
 

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The dead have been alive for centuries!

It's the 8th century A.D., and the Byzantine Empire has got problems. A ruthless schemer has just overthrown the emperor and taken the crown for himself. The Saracen army is attacking Constantinople. Only one thing could make these problems look petty by comparison: an invasion of undead, flesh-eating zombies.

One young

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The dead have been alive for centuries!

It's the 8th century A.D., and the Byzantine Empire has got problems. A ruthless schemer has just overthrown the emperor and taken the crown for himself. The Saracen army is attacking Constantinople. Only one thing could make these problems look petty by comparison: an invasion of undead, flesh-eating zombies.

One young monk has witnessed the horror of the zombies and lived to tell the tale. When the new emperor hears of the danger, he hatches a wild plan. He puts the young monk in charge of creating an army of zombies to defeat the invaders. But it's not that easy to control the living dead...

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An ambitious usurper holds the Byzantine throne in the eighth century. Immediately the new Emperor Leo faces fresh attacks on Constantinople by the Saracens. A young monk witnesses the onset of a plague of walking dead, and Leo conceives of creating an army of undead to wreak havoc among the Saracens. When the plan becomes too successful, the monk responsible (albeit reluctantly) for creating the zombie soldiers must find a way to destroy them. VERDICT Munger (Giamotti in Winter) transports the popular "zombie plague outbreak" to an unusual time and place for a darkly humorous, undeniably quirky tale that should please fans of zombie fiction and alternate history. The author, who has a talent for telling strange but memorable stories, deserves a following among fans of eccentric fiction and "weird" storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619212299
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Sean Munger is a former attorney, now pursuing a Ph.D. in history. He has taught classes on the history of Byzantium, but his lectures did not include zombies. He now lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Zombies of Byzantium 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sense I first read Pride Prejudice and Zombies, have I ever read such a unique period accounting of a possible historical zombie plague having occured. Not only was the author imaginative i time period placement, he also knew the history as the terms and such were spot on. Very cleverly done. Very nice twist on the zombie genre, afterall it gets a bit dull reading about the present day world constantly getting overrun all the time. So this is a refreshing take on what is starting to become a bit stale.
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
Munger’s plotting and pacing were extremely well thought out. First he engages us with the characters, eases us into the concept and then engages us with additional key characters. None of the characters have seen zombies before or heard the lore so within the context of the storyline, that terminology is never used. The setting of the story is the ancient world but Munger gives us a very relatable feel to today within the dialogue. He uses actual historical facts with the idea that the winners write history and the winners aren’t telling us the full story. There are no special effect moments. What these characters accomplish is what characters of the time would do. One of my favourite characters is Emperor Leo. Our first impression is of a silly, vain man and as the story progresses he seems cunning and conniving and before long we realize that this man didn’t get where he is by some accident. He has brilliance and a cunning worthy of any ruler. Munger could have very easily used this character for comic relief alone but instead chose to build a very real person under all of the pistachios and flatulence. Micheal Camytzes is another of the many well-constructed characters. He’s brave, clever and caring. He is the first to recognize early on that the zombies will spread. That they are not a punishment from God but a plague. He tells Brother Stephen in a bit of non-sequiter that he is smart enough to serve whatever God will best ensure that he continues to live to serve a God. I truly enjoyed Zombies of Byzantium. Munger’s crafting is flawless. The twists and turns that the author makes within the story-line are simply genius.