Play Dead

Play Dead

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Play Dead by Ryan Brown, MacLeod Andrews

A darkly humorous, rich, and pungent zombie shocker that melds our national obsession with football and the newest wave of fascination with the undead.

For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’ bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation.

Boundlessly imaginative and thrillingly satisfying, Play Dead gives small-town Texas an electrifying jolt of the supernatural.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441853189
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs. 26 min.
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ryan Brown is a former actor who has appeared on The Young and The Restless, Law & Order, and numerous feature films. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Play Dead is his first novel.

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Play Dead 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore the editorial review, it's a joke. This book was awesome. Well written from cover to cover. Total page turner. Likeable characters. Had a bit of everything.
Mr. Ahmed Sabree More than 1 year ago
Its great for teens
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Jacob Simpson More than 1 year ago
Not normally a fan of zombies, but this book drew me in. The book was like watching a movie, with a nice mix of humor and creepy and a villain you can't help but hate, and love to do so. Would definitely recommend it to others.
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AJourneyOfBooks More than 1 year ago
I know what you're thinking. Football and zombies? A fantastic and energetic sport combined with the gruesome and not so energetic undead? Well.yeah! When you think about it they're actually pretty similar. In football, players try to kill each other to get control of the ball; zombies.well, they may try to rekill each other to get control of your brains. Stick them together and you've got a winning combination. PLAY DEAD by Ryan Brown was fascinating mainly because I wasn't expecting it, yet it combined two of my favorite things. I love football and I love zombies. I've read a number of stories where the paranormal has been thrown into something pretty well known but this is the first time I personally have seen football hit with the paranormal bug. I'm loving it. The plot for this is pretty straightforward. The Killington High School football team ends up drowning in a river after their bus decided it needed a little bath. Cole, the quarterback and star of the team is the only survivor. Something just isn't right though. Cole has a feeling the accident wasn't truly an accident and he believes that their rivals, Elmwood Heights, is behind the tragedy. So what's a quarterback to do when a major game is coming up and his entire team is dead? Turn to black magic of course! That is some serious commitment to football! The football scholarship on the line may have influenced Cole a bit as well. Successfully risen from the dead, the football team must not only hide their secret from their parents and rest of the town, but fight to actually claim victory in their beloved game as well. There's more than reputation at stake here - their very souls are on the line. Add in a little romantic touch with the coach's daughter, Savannah and Mr. Brown has created a fantastic read. For those readers out there who may be shying away because the book involves football, I'll tell you up front that there are football references within the story. Plays and penalties are explained; famous players are described. I understand the references so I can't make too much of a judgment call as to how easily someone unfamiliar with the sport would be able to understand these references. What I can say, however, is that the general plot of the book will not be lost if you simply skip over the technical passages within the story. Aside from the awesome idea behind this story, my favorite aspect of PLAY DEAD was the writing. The game scenes were described in such a way that it was easy to visualize what was going on. The main characters were developed well and there were even a few side characters that became pretty memorable. Fair warning time: There is a decent amount of cussing throughout the book. Normally that bothers me in a story but oddly enough, it actually flowed well in PLAY DEAD. Who knows, perhaps I'm just predisposed to accepting cussing in football or from the undead. I would recommend this book to any thriller fans out there (and no, I don't mean Michael Jackson's Thriller), football fans, or zombie fans. This is a great book for lovers of the game or those who get a certain tingly thrill from reading about decomposing undead.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
When a fatal school bus kills everyone on board except for the school quarterback, Cole, he knows deep in his bones that it was no accident. His team, the Jackrabbit's were determined to beat the Elmwood Heights Badgers and win the district championship. Their dreams were cut short in this tragedy but Cole isn't ready to give up. With a little help thanks to black magic, Cole resurrects his teammates. This is where the story gets really interesting. I read a bunch of rave reviews about this book and I have to say that I agree with every one of them. Zombie fans everywhere will enjoy this fresh look at the undead.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
This is one entertaining book. I quickly became interested even in the football aspects of this book, mainly because he referenced two good QB players. Elway (hey, I am a die-hard Bronco's fan!) and Flutie (my second fave team is the Patriots). So, right there, I knew I would enjoy this book. I also love the cover of this book. Zombie football players. Heh... 101 jokes here people! Oh, and for those not that into football, do not worry. There really is a story around football more than the football game itself. So, yes, this book could have fallen flat and become something that tried to be too serious or too scary, but Ryan Brown pulls it off and gives us a very smart, funny, and interesting book. It also has a strong female lead in Savannah and a small bit of romance thrown into the mix. ;) For those into the fear aspects of the book, yes there are some scary bits, but surprisingly I did not feel that it came from the zombies (aside from a wayward kitty) but from the rival team, the Badgers. It wasn't so scary it kept me up at night, but it was enough that I wouldn't want to drive into Elmwood at night. For those interested in the funny aspects of the story you are introduced to Mona. Mona, the rare gypsy lady who performs the magic, was one of those eccentric ladies who has a million cats. She is the scary lady everyone in town is afraid of, but in this case, she is the comic relief of the story. You'll just have to read the story to find out how. :D So, do I recommend this book? Yes, I do. I give it 4 stars. It is even being made into a movie.
metfan More than 1 year ago
Two high school football teams are about to play for their local championship.But the working-class Killington Jackrabbits and spoiled 'roid-boy punks Elmwood Badgers hate each other.The Badgers will do anything to win,even murder almost the entire Killington team by sending their bus off a bridge on its way to the game.They also savage attack star Jackrabbits quarterback Cole Logan on game day.Cole and head coach Jimmy Hickman are the only ones to survive.Cole seeks revenge for his teammates,and turns to witch/Jackrabbits fan Black Mona for help.But something goes horribly wrong.Now Cole and coach's daughter Savannah Hickman must save his friends and the town.Former actor Ryan Brown makes an excellent debut with a terrific and wildy entertaining thriller. He keeps the story moving swiftly and works up quite a head of suspense. He also creates solid,well-developed characters(Cole and Savaanah make a nicely rebellious hero/heroine)and features some deliciously gory humor. Guys and teens will love this.Great fun!
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nightoutxx More than 1 year ago
Friday Night Lights meets Evils Dead. In his first novel, actor Ryan Brown (The Young and the Restless) delivers a zombie novel about high school football in Texas. While cliche at times, the book makes for a fun read, and if not taken too seriously can at times be funny. As a matter of fact, during my reading of "Play Dead" I often thought that this concept could work better as a movie, given the current climate of zombies in modern day culture. The story centers around the rivalry between the Killington Jack Rabbits, their starting QB, Cole Logan, is the main character, and the Elmwood Badgers. The bad blood turns really bad when the Badgers take a hatchet to the fingers of Logan, and accidentally but semi-purposely send the Jack Rabbits bus off a bridge and into the bottom of a lake during a flashflood. However there's one problem Logan himself wasn't on the bus and neither was Killington's Black Mona, a woman who is known to have "magical powers". Long story short after sacrificing an Armadillo, some toe nail clippings and what not Black Mona, along with the Head Coach's daughter, Savanah and Cole, end up raising the team from the dead. Once raised their transformation doesn't take 100% and you're left with a team full of zombies. Bound to get revenge for his fingers being cut off and for his team being "killed" Logan leads the boys into battle against the Badgers, breaking the Badgers out of jail in the process. Can you see how awesomely badly amazing this book gets? It's a good enough summer read, something to keep you entertained if you're into zombies or football, or both.