Tooth And Nail

Tooth And Nail

by Craig DiLouie


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ISBN-13: 9781930486980
Publisher: Start SF LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2009
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Tooth And Nail 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
RandyCT More than 1 year ago
This novel is a brutally realistic depiction of how things might go down for a group of soldiers who try to save NYC from itself when faced with an aggressive pandemic that is turning people into something like zombies. The focus of the story is tight -- dealing only with the point of view of the stranded soldiers and a few other key players in Manhattan. And while this creates a kind of desperate claustrophobia for the reader at times, it only served to heighten my sense of empathy for characters who are trapped in a no-win situation. The military jargon is thick at times, but the author does a great job of either explaining it for us non-military folks or writing in such a way that you don't really need to understand every word to follow the action. The end product is something that felt more real to me than most other "zombie" tales, and I appreciated the care with language that was taken to make it so. For instance, there are no pretty girls tripping over and over again while being chased by "undead" monsters. There is no romance forged from the fires of death and destruction. There are no obligatory child/teen characters hanging around to create humor and/or false empathy. There is no dashing, yet super-intelligent professor with a magical cure who saves the day at the end. There are only soldiers and some scientists, all painted with realism and pathos, braving horrible and surreal circumstances in a very familiar setting. Based on its premise alone, one should realize that this novel is not for the squeamish. But in case you don't, let me repeat: this novel is not for the squeamish. It is highly graphic throughout, on a par with any R-rated movie you'd watch in this genre. At times, you will wish you were wearing a hazard suit while reading it, and you may feel the urge to go take a shower from time to time. But that's just because the author is doing it right. After all, there shouldn't be anything pink and fluffy about the apocalypse.
paterno More than 1 year ago
One word 'Wow'. Tooth and Nail is not your typical good versus evil, were everyone lives happily ever after. A plague has hit the United States and the military is called home to help defend the nation. Over night the rules of engagement have changed, soldiers must now make the hard choice to shoot the very people they swore to defend. The action was so packed from cover to cover I had to check the spine of the book to see if it was cracked at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Craig DiLouie is my new favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a chance on this book having never read the Author before and I was not disappointed. I loved this book. Mr. DiLouie did an awesome job with the characters, plot, setting and pace of the book. I have a lot of friends in the military and he did a very realistic job with how they talk and the wide range of personalities. His use and discription of the weapons and tactics was very good. I was impressed enough with this book that I immediately bought two more books by Mr. DiLouie the day I finished Tooth & Nail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should make a movie out of this.
Gunrunr More than 1 year ago
If you have any military experience at all, you will really love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like zombie books, this one reigns supreme. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre, you have to read this book... like yesterday. -wcs
BookNut2010 More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover of all things zombie and found Craig Dilouie's newest book among the best of the best. I felt a real connection to Todd Bowman because his character was so tangible and was truly well-developed. Those in the military will love Tooth and Nail because the author knows his stuff or must have done a lot of research to make it as authentic as possible. Unlike many other zombie stories, Tooth and Nail provides a plausible and well-thought-out origin for the Mad Dog virus. If you have a chance I highly recommend putting this on the top of your reading list!
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
PFC John Mooney and his fellow troops of Charlie Company are recalled from Afghanistan to confront a new challenge on its home ground: a new disease known as Hong Kong Lyssa which gives the victims flu-like symptoms but in some cases turns them violent, almost rabid. The problem is that Lyssa spreads faster than the government thought possible. PFC Mooney and the other soldiers find themselves in New York, guarding hospitals and medical facilities for the ill and those ready to go "Mad Dog" -- what the extremely violent are called. The Mad Dogs are an odd lot - their throats swell, they drip saliva, they grunt and growl rather than talk, and they produce a sickly, sour odor.What the soldiers learn is that their bite is far worse than their smell. PFC Mooney and the rest follow new orders to find a specific hospital somewhere in the city where scientists have created a possible cure and secure the scientists. The problem is the soldiers need to fight their way across the city to find it, through an ever-growing army of Mad Dogs, who live only to infect others."Tooth and Nail" takes the struggle of man vs. zombie-like creatures down to the battle field, showing the fight from the soldiers on the front line. Already tired from the war overseas and being thrown headfirst against a possibly unstoppable foe, author Craig DiLouie manages to describe the toll that the strain and fatigue places on the soldiers and throws the reader right into the thick of things. I liked that about this book, the feeling that I was with them as they cautiously moved along the darkened streets wearing night-vision goggles or running along a hospital hallway chased by hundreds of salivating Mad Dogs. What a great rush, and using the present tense added to the immediacy of events. Sometimes, the military lingo became a bit frustrating and having to flip to the front of the book for the glossary of abbreviations dragged the pacing a bit.The Mad Dogs themselves, while reminiscent of the infected in "28 Days Later", were still unique in their looks and actions: swollen throats, sometimes with body parts missing or torn to shreds, sniffing and threatening like rabid dogs, "hunting" in packs."Tooth and Nail" is a very effective story of humanity toppling over the edge and falling toward an uncertain future. Gritty and violent, it molds itself to the zombie apocalypse well and makes for a great read.
magnumpigg on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Last night I finished "Tooth and Nail" and, simply put, it blew me away. I have read quite a few zombie books and many, many military books -- this story excelled at both -- and in the zombie genre is the best I have read. With clear, concise, unbogged-down (is that a word?) prose Dilouie created some very memorable characters that evoked in me genuine empathy. What interested me most was there was no single character exuding that cock-sure "I am the hero here" attitude that defines so many action, thriller, mystery, war, etc, books. In those stories, you just know that character is going to survive until and beyond the end -- and that the plot will return to its stasis.In Dlouie's story, though, all were heros in their own way -- not always sure of themselves...making the hard decisions, both right and wrong -- all of which made them feel real...human. I am glad that by the end of the story, of all those who die fighting, who survive the escape, and who are left wandering the city, no one stands out as the singular, solitary hero. They stood as a group.
sbordage on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Very pleasurable book, well written and fast paced. I loved it till the end which has kind of spoiled me from a very good read : It felt like it was a trailer for the next opus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a zombie novels, you probably know just how difficult it is to find a genuinely good one. This one definitely fits the bill. Told from the vantage of Soldiers in the US Army, you get a true sense of the bravery, loyalty and camaraderie of the troops who protect our rights and freedoms every day. That’s also rare. Most stories in this genre seem to portray Soldiers as the “bad guys” which never made a lot of sense to me. The realistic storytelling makes you feel like like you’re there and that’s enough to cause more than a few nightmares. This is definitely an author I’ll check out in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this.
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
This story reminds me a lot of "World War Z" only better. I am not usually into war/zombie books but this one kept me turning the pages. This one would make one great movie, no doubt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, precise author. And the the story ... why is it not a movie! Fast paced, gritty, emotional realism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Truly an amazing book showing American soldiers fighting a desperate battle against mindlessly aggressive pandemic stricken civilians. Set in New York city, the odds of success was unlikely at best, yet these brave soldiers fought to save the few survivors left giving up their own lives. Shocking, realistic and terrifying. Brilliantly written. I felt this was a true portrayal of how our military would respond. Jp
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I couldn't put it down. If you know anything about the army, you'll enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the good ones, dont let it go bye without a look see. It has it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the grittiest, hardest hitting books i have ever read. Couldnt stop reading. Hoping for a follow up book.
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RenLovesScary More than 1 year ago
Must read! Good scary fun!