Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

by Jonathan Maberry


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ISBN-13: 9780312552190
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Dead of Night Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 552,867
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU and They Bite. His work for Marvel Comics includes the Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return and Black Panther. His Joe Ledger series has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures.

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This is how the world ends.
He was sure that he was dying. It was how he imagined death would be.
Darkness flowed slowly into the edges of everything. As if the shadows under tables and behind cabinets were leaking out to fill the room. Soft. Not painful.
That part was odd. In his dreams—and Lee Hartnup often dreamed of death—there was pain. Broken bones. Bullet wounds. Deep knife cuts.
But this … this wasn’t painful.
Not anymore. Not after that first bite.
There had been that one flash of pain, but even that was beautiful in its way. So intensely painful that it possessed purity. It was beyond anything in his personal experience, though Hartnup had imagined it so many times. With the quiet people with whom he worked. The hollow people, empty of life.
The police and the paramedics brought him demonstrations of every kind of pain. Brutalized and beaten. Crushed in car wrecks. Suicides and murders. Even the old people from the nursing homes, the ones everyone believed died peacefully in their sleep. Hartnup knew that they had experienced pain, too. For some it was the rat-hungry gnawing of cancer; for others it was the mind pain that came with having memories carved out of their brains by the ugly scalpel of Alzheimer’s. Pain for all. Pain was the coin that paid the ferryman.
Even now Hartnup smiled at that thought. It was something his father once said, back in the days when Lee Hartnup was the assistant and his father was the funeral director and mortician. Old John Hartnup had been a poetic man. Humorless but given to metaphor and simile. It was he who had started calling the bodies in their cold room the “hollow men.” Well, hollow people, to be PC. People from whom the sacred wind of life had fled through whatever crack the pain had chipped into them.
And now Hartnup felt his own sacred wind trying to blow free. The wind—the breath—was the only heat left in him. A small ball of dying air in his lungs that had nowhere to go. There wasn’t enough left of his throat for Hartnup to exhale that breath. There would be no death rattle, which amused the professional in him. He knew that some other mortician would hear it when preparing his body.
Of course, it would not be a mortician right away. First it would be a coroner. He had, after all, been murdered.
If you could call it murder.
Hartnup watched the liquid darkness fill up the room.
Was it murder?
The man … his killer … could never be charged with murder.
Could he?
If so … how?
It was a puzzle.
Hartnup wanted to cry out for warmth, but of course he could not do that. Not with what was left of his throat.
It was a shame. He was sure that he could manage at least one really good scream. Like the ones in his dreams. Most of his dreams ended in a scream. That’s what usually woke him up in the night. It’s what finally drove his wife into leaving him. She could take the fact that he worked with the dead all day, and she was sympathetic to the fact that his work gave him nightmares. But after eight years she couldn’t take the interruptions to her sleep two or three times a week. First it was earplugs, then separate rooms, and finally separate lives.
He wondered what she would think about this.
Not just his death, but his murder.
He heard a noise and wanted to turn his head. Could not.
The muscles of his neck were torn. Teeth and nails. He couldn’t feel the wounds anymore. Even the coldness was fading. His body was a remote island, separated from his mind by a million miles.
The noise again. A clatter of metal, then the singsong of tools dropping to the tiled floor. Retractors and needles and other items. Things that he wouldn’t need any longer.
Things that would be used on him in a few days.
He wondered who would prepare his body for the box? Probably that schmuck Lester Sevoy over in Bordentown.
Another crash. Then a sound. Like footsteps, but wrong somehow. Awkward. Disjointed. Like a drunk trying to stagger slowly across a barroom floor.
Lee Hartnup knew that it wasn’t a drunk, though.
He didn’t have a name for what it was.
Well … that was not exactly true.
It was a hollow man.
The room was darker now. Shadows were closing around him like a body bag being zipped up with him inside.
A simile. Dad would have liked that one.
Hartnup felt his body shivering. He felt the vibration of it but not the actual sensation. It was hard to understand. He knew that his flesh was trembling because his vision was shaking, but he felt no puckering of goose bumps on his flesh, no actual intensification of cold as his skin tried to retreat from it. And yet the vibration was there. The shaking.
He wondered at it. It was so violent that for a moment he thought that his body was going into convulsions. But that would have affected his eyesight, and he could still see as normally as the darkness allowed.
His head lolled on his ruined throat and he marveled that there was enough structural integrity left in his neck muscles to move his head so violently.
Then all at once Lee Hartnup realized what was happening.
It wasn’t a wave of cold shivers. The cold, in fact, was nearly gone. It seemed to flee as the darkness grew. It wasn’t convulsions either. The movement was not caused by any muscular action or nervous flutter anywhere in his body. This was purely external.
He was being shaken.
No … “worried” was the word. The way a terrier worries a rat.
That’s what was happening.
And yet not … This wasn’t a hunting dog trying to break the neck of a rodent. No … This was something else. Even down there in the darkness, Hartnup realized how wrong it all was. He could not feel the teeth that clamped onto him. He was beyond the sensation of pressure or pain. All that was left to him was the savage movement of his body, and the uncontrollable lolling of his head as the hollow man bit at him and tore him to pieces.
The cold was gone now. The darkness closed over him, shutting out all light. Even the trembling vision faded into nothingness. Hartnup could feel himself die.
He knew that he was dead.
And that terrified him more than anything. More than the man on the gurney. More than when that man had opened his eyes. More than that first terrible bite. More than the cold and the darkness. More than the knowledge that he was being eaten.
He knew that he was dead.
He knew.
God almighty.
How could he be dead … and know? He should be a corpse. Just that. Empty of life, devoid of all awareness and sensation.
This was something he had never imagined, never dreamed. The wrongness of it howled in his head.
He waited in the darkness for the nothingness to come. It would be a release.
He waited.
He prayed.
He screamed in a voiceless voice.
But he did not become a corpse.
He became a hollow man instead.

Copyright © 2011 by Jonathan Maberry

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Dead of Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
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. 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!
thejohnsmith on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A doctor who defected to the West during the Cold War is now working as a prison doctor. Tasked with administering the lethal injection to a prisoner on death row, he instead injects something of his own making and inadvertently brings about a Zombie Plague and the destruction of a small USA town. Despite the abundance of Zombie novels, movies and TV shows, this tale provides characters, plenty of thrills and spills, plus plot twists that keep it fresh. I found it difficult to put down.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Jonathan Maberry is by far my favorite author of zombie stories. I loved Patient Zero and Rot and Ruin and currently have Dust & Decay sitting on my desk to read next. His book isn't just about gore, death and mayhem and instead I am always amazed at how he makes you care so much about the characters. I'll even admit as I finished this book up during my lunch hour I was tearing up at work.Every character was riveting from Des, who is a police officer in Stebbins who is a great cop but a real PITA, to JT, her older partner and closest friend. Des has such a mouth on her it is amazing she has managed to keep her badge and I can only guess that it is because there are several references to her being one of the top cops on their small police force. But she does have a soft side that makes her determined to make it to the school serving as an evacuation center during the hurricane to try and defend the town's children from the onslaught of walking dead. The only problem I had with her character is that she is often described as damaged and I did not really get why she was so messed up. Yes, it was tragic that her father was KIA and her mother died not long after but that didn't really convince me as enough to develop this complex she had of everyone always abandoning her.I loved JT because he was such a rock steady friend to Des and his character was painted so realistically you can't help but love him. Many of the main characters in zombie books turn out to be kick as with weapons or miraculously fast learners but it's openly stated that JT has never had to shoot his gun or has ever been shot at. So the shock and reactions to everything on around him seemed so much more realistic and you have to cheer him on for being a regular guy trying to survive and help those around him.The story itself is pretty much non-stop action and brings up some interesting issues like how other countries utilized research from the Nazis that came from experimenting on prisoners in the camps, what governments would do to keep some of these scientists happy and the lengths the government is willing to go to protect their secrets. I honestly would not want to be in the President's shoes when faced with the decision to wipe out an entire town or risk allowing such a horrifying "illness" spread outside the town.Let me just say again how much I loved this book! The only thing that kept me from giving it a solid 5 was my question about why Des was so "damaged" and the ending. I can't state that question here because I don't want to ruin anything but I don't get how that end came about. I really need to write a separate spoilers post or find someone to talk to about the ending!
JechtShot on LibraryThing 28 days ago
"This is how the world ends." These words literally are the first chapter of the book. With a kickoff like that, I was literally hooked from the first page. The novel starts out with two small town cops investigating a breaking and entering call at the local funeral home. The door is jimmied, an empty car is in the driveway and there is a sense of wrongness at the scene. Upon entering the preparation room, the two officers, JT and Dez, are confronted with the mutilated corpses of the funeral director, a housekeeper with a missing throat and an empty body bag. Things really take a turn for the worse when Officer Dez is attacked by the "dead" housekeeper. My friends, Stebbins has got itself a zombie problem.Having just finished reading Brian Keene's "The Rising" I wasn't sure that I was ready for yet another zombie thrill ride. However, Maberry's zombies are a bit different. They are a result of a bio-weapon that is in fact a genetically engineered parasite that consumes the host, but keeps them in a near death state. The frightening element here is that the consciousness is still present, the host knows what is going on, but the hunger for flesh is insatiable and the parasite is in charge of the dinner menu.For those of you have not had the opportunity to read Jonathan Maberry before you are missing out on a real treat. His writing style flows well, his characters are realistically flawed and his pacing his spot on. If you are in the mood for a seasonal scare, pick up Dead of Night and enjoy.
spotzzzgirl on LibraryThing 28 days ago
With this novel, Jonathan Maberry made not only the uninfected survivors of the localized zombiepocalypse interesting, but by giving us some POV from the infected, he kept me interested in the actual zombies themselves. Blending elements of small town life, dysfunctional main characters, government conspiracy, a dead serial killer, and of course zombies, this novel really goes above and beyond with description to make the horror, fear, and terror feel real. Definitely something I'd recommend for anyone looking for a zombie fix!
thehistorychic on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Received from Library Thing Early ReviewersOverall Rating: 4.75Story Rating: 5.00Character Rating: 4.50Note: This is the first Jonathan Maberry book that I have read and it certainly won't be the last! What an amazing story teller/weaver J.M. turned out to be.What I Loved: Dead of Night was a horrifically fantastic ride that gave me goosebumps and some wicked dreams! I enjoyed every minute of the story as it played out through all the characters eyes. I have to admit my favorite story-telling device was the view of what was happening through "docs" eyes. It was chilling that he could be a zombie, not be able to stop what he needed to do, and yet feel his terror down to your toes. Seriously, it was just brilliant to use that POV!What I Liked: The characters in Dead of Night were done very well and as a reader I had a connection to them all. Jonathan Maberry managed to couple every day issues: being a female cop on the police force, being a journalist needing the next big story no matter what the cost, a doctor doing experiments that he is afraid of getting cost doing, an old lady trying to right a wrong after the fact, and finally the sane man in the center trying to do what is right under extreme pressure! However, all of these characters deal with these issues while being hit with something they have never seen and aren't sure how it is going to play out. You have to read it to believe it but the whole story unfolded in a very organic way through each and every one of them!Complaints: NoneWhy I gave it a 4.75: This was just a brilliantly written story that had me on the edge of my seat!
spammie1 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
"Dead of Night" takes place over a 24-hour period in a small rural town. The story picks up quickly as the zombie "disease" spreads and the federal government soon steps in with a heavy hand to try and keep the contagion within the town. Two of the towns police, Dez, a young woman and her older partner, JT, try to protect the town against the zombies and the government. There is also a reporter who is trying to get the story out to the world and is the ex-boyfriend of Dez. I'm not a big zombie book reader, but this book really kept my interest. Everything that happens makes logical sense and it was interesting to see a few glimpses from the zombie's view. This is a quick paced story with great characters. I really enjoyed Mayberry's writing, he is top notch! The only other zombie book I've read is also by Mayberry, titled "Rot and Ruin", that is also a really good story, and the second book in that series just came out, titled "Dust and Decay".I can easily recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast paced, exciting read. Zombie reader or no.
JessiAdams on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Dead of Night is a zombie story that takes place in rural Pennsylvania. The background to the story is a little different than your standard. A government scientist working at a prison hospital decides that the lethal injection is too good for a particularly bad serial killer, so he decides to inject him with genetically engineered parasites, which will keep his mind aware while his body rots in the coffin. Things start to go awry when instead of being buried in a government cemetery, an elderly aunt comes forward to claim the body. The body, newly infected with zombie parasites gets transported to a funeral home in Pennsylvania, and your standard zombie infection scenario ensues. I liked a few things about this story. I felt like the back story was a twist on the plain old tired zombie virus story, which was nice. I think that adding the twist that the zombies are still inhabited by the consciousness of the person they used to be adds a level of creepiness, although it adds nothing to the overall plot. There was a lot of action, and most of it wasn't completely implausible, so that's a good thing. I even liked most of the characters, although I felt like the only thing Mayberry did to keep the character of Dez interesting was to make her female. If it was an obnoxious male cop who shoots everything and sleeps around, I'm not sure anyone would care. The one thing that kept this book from a 4 or 5 star review was the cliches. (Oh...My...God, Maberry, lets use the phrase ¿damaged goods,¿ just one more time, it wasn't quite tired enough.) It also annoyed me a little bit that the characters didn't catch on to the zombie infestation sooner. The word ¿zombie¿ wasn't even used until the 80-90 pages range. Seriously? One character even suggested they might be vampires before anyone said the word zombie. The dead people are getting up and biting other people. Mayberry paints a disaster story in the times of YouTube, FB and Twitter, but the characters don't have the cultural reference to think that these dead things are zombies? It made me roll my eyes a few times. Overall, a solid zombie book that's a lot of fun to read for those who enjoy the horror genre.
norabelle414 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
All in all, not too bad. It's a cop drama, which is not my kind of thing. And the science tries way too hard to be correct and ends up just being confusing. But at least it tries!And there are zombies! The action sequences and descriptive passages are excellent. I'd totally recommend this to people who like zombie books (especially if they like cop dramas, too), but only after they've read all the really really good ones.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 28 days ago
If Jonathan Maberry has proven anything, it is that he is the master of all things zombies ¿ and he never tells the same story twice! Dead Of Night will scare and delight you in all its zombie glory. I may have been a little paranoid before about walking into a garage full of zombies in the morning, I am now MORE than scared to open my garage door to a driveway of zombies!THE GOOD BITS{What a bang of beginning!} This ¿patient zero¿ story demonstrates how easily the zombie outbreak can spin out of control, even when the right sort of people discover it first. I cannot fault the law enforcement for not believing when the dead seem to be coming back to life or blinking twice when they find someone chowing down on some intestines, but holy brainz, if that is what makes or breaks the world from turning zombie, perhaps the civilians are so very, very screwed. Perhaps the CDC is onto something with their zombie preparedness action plan.{Sentient zombies?} Now I am not sure if ALL zombies had sentience, but readers get to lurk inside the minds of certain zombies who seemed conscious enough to form coherent thoughts, but did not have control of their movements or hunger. Which makes turning zombie even more terrifying! Does that mean there is hope for a cure? Well, let¿s put it this way: Is there any way for someone to recover post-zombie after feasting on another person¿s brain? I seriously think not, but I will let you draw your own conclusions with Dead Of Night.THE BAD BITS{No attachment to the characters} Unlike ROT & RUIN, I did not form any strong sympathies for the characters this time. I liked how Jonathan Maberry gave us different viewpoints of how this new zombocalypse went down from the foolish and arrogant government to the unsuspecting mortician who became ¿patient one.¿ However, I wished there had been time to make the characters come more alive. Don¿t get me wrong: I rooted for the heroes, but it was more out of reflex than a heartfelt desire to want them to survive.THE OVERALLIf Dead Of Night has a message to deliver, it is that there is no hope for the uninfected. You may survive the first wave of zombies like the first few levels of Tetris, but you better hope you are prepared as the speed starts to pick up! Jonathan Maberry delivers another food-for-thought zombie book that will be a welcome addition to zombie die-hards.
kayceel on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A small-town sheriff and a washed up reporter are a town's only hope of surviving a zombie plague that begins at a mortuary. As things spin out of control and the government moves in to eliminate the threat by any means possible, Officer Desdemona Fox and her partner JT try to save the people in their town, while Billy Trout tracks down the man behind the virus, while trying to get the word of the threat out to the rest of the world...all while a hurricane settles in.This was intense and exciting, and I always love a strong woman taking charge (part of my gripe with The Walking Dead women, all so comfortable with doing laundry while the MEN handle the heavy work). I was unable to sit still while reading - the peril facing the characters was very anxiety provoking!Recommended for zombie story fans!
katlb82 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Jonathan Maberry has a fair bit to answer for ¿ his Joe Ledger novels Patient Zero and The Dragon Factory were some of the first books I read that featured zombies, and from then on, I was hooked. 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!