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City of the Dead | [Brian Keene]

City of the Dead

Where can you go when the dead are everywhere? Cities have become overrun with legions of the dead, all of them intent on destroying what's left of the living. Trapped inside a fortified skyscraper, a handful of survivors prepare to make their last stand against an unstoppable, undying enemy. With every hour their chances diminish and their numbers dwindle, while the numbers of the dead can only rise. Because sooner or later, everything dies. And then it comes back, ready to kill.
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Where can you go when the dead are everywhere? Cities have become overrun with legions of the dead, all of them intent on destroying what's left of the living. Trapped inside a fortified skyscraper, a handful of survivors prepare to make their last stand against an unstoppable, undying enemy. With every hour, their chances diminish and their numbers dwindle, while the numbers of the dead can only rise. Because sooner or later, everything dies. And then it comes back, ready to kill.

©2005 Brian Keene (P)2010 Audio Realms, Inc.

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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-26-11
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story, Bad Narrator"

    While the story was good and a good follow-up to The Rising, The narrator was NOT up to the job! It was irritating and just plain unnerving when this deep-voiced man tried to immitate a scared young boy. He also fails to properly emulate characters' emotion that he was going for throughout the story. At times he reads too fast, failing to adaquately pause to facilitate character and scene changes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RODERICK South Amboy, NJ, United States 01-10-11
    RODERICK South Amboy, NJ, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Very disappointing..."

    This is really the second in a two book series with 'The Rising' being the first.
    I found the first book interesting because it was different from the typical zombie story.
    The zombies aren't really zombies but more like a 'Evil Dead' style creatures that possess the bodies of the dead.
    I was alright with this since I like the Evil Dead movies and the book had decent character development with characters you cared about. Book one leaves you with a big cliffhanger the almost insures that if you made it to the end of book one, your going to buy book two.
    Book two continues to engage with the characters and story.
    So what's my problem? The ending is possibly the worst ending I've ever read or heard.
    It trashes everything you as a reader has invested in throughout both books.
    I've head of sacrificing characters to further the story, but this is ridiculous.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Far Rockaway, NY, United States 06-02-11
    Ray Far Rockaway, NY, United States 06-02-11

    Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).

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    "Not a fan"

    I LOVE zombie novels. But the zombies must be "Romero" zombies: slow, stupid and silent except for their signature moan. These "zombies" are really demons. Thanks, but no thanks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Hampton, NH, United States 02-03-11
    Jeffrey Hampton, NH, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Save Your Money and or Credits!"

    Gave this 3 hours to develop.... never did. The narration of the book was more horrible then the development of this book. I felt like some strange uncle at summer camp is telling me “a story”.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dexter Saskatoon, SK, Canada 03-09-14
    Dexter Saskatoon, SK, Canada 03-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Probably not what you were expecting"
    Any additional comments?

    This isn't your standard zombie horror story. At times, it appears to be somewhat of a parody because of the black comedy that the zombies rant about constantly. It has a Nightmare of Elm Street type flair to it in that regard. Not only does this break the tension, it seems out of place in a grisly horror about cannibalistic monsters.
    The biggest problem, however, comes from the overall message the story has. Under normal circumstances, a zombie story is about survival in one form or another. This book does just the opposite. Instead, the punchline is that life is terrible on Earth, so it would be better to go somewhere else. The book's religious overtones hang over it like the Sword of Damocles, which clash with traditional zombie storytelling. While this issue doesn't crop up nearly as much in the book's prequel The Rising, by the time one reaches City of the Dead, it definitely leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. The author seems to buy into Silenus' line from Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy, which states that "it would be better to die soon." It is somewhat disconcerting that the author seems to take this at face value while ignoring Nietzsche's message about this particular question regarding human existence. The point goes even further because of the fact that the author quotes that very line from Silenus in The Rising. For these reasons, I can't recommend this book to anyone used to the usual themes of the zombie horror franchise. Instead, it would be more comfortable to those who believe that, when we die, we'll go to a better place than this. The silver lining of debacle is, I suppose, that if that is true, then perhaps there won't be books like these in that better place either.

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    Sharpshooter9x19 Pa, USA 04-24-11
    Sharpshooter9x19 Pa, USA 04-24-11 Member Since 2010

    "Jamais Arriere"

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    "Meh..."

    If you listened to "The Rising" and were taken with the cliffhanger ending then this is absolutely required listening. I feel it couldn't have ended any other way, HOWEVER part of me wanted it to. I won't say any more than that as to not give anything away. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have already familiarized yourself with "The Rising," but the first chapter does a good job of recapping the previous events of the series.

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    dennis LAMBERTVILLE, MI, United States 03-31-11
    dennis LAMBERTVILLE, MI, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I liked it."

    I thought it was well written and entertaining all the way through. The action was none stop. The ending may not be for everyone but it was a nice change from other books. This is not for younger readers by any means, some really messed up sexual stuff going on in this one.
    I'd give this book 5 stars but the production for the reader was so so. It sounded like he used a voice activated recorder. At some point in the book I actually heard a plane flying by as he was recording. His voice did kinda sound like the guy from A Christmas Story which made me kinda laugh at first be he does read well. I'd also suggest the first book. They are both really good and worth the credit in my opinion. If you like Zombies and the Evil Dead films you will most likley like this book and The Rise as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    decembergrit Texas 01-06-11
    decembergrit Texas 01-06-11 Member Since 2004

    decembergrit

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    "Unique Twist on Zombies"

    This is the 2nd Book in the series, but he gives enough background in this book that there is no problem getting into the story. At first I thought the reader was bland, but as the story goes forward he gets into the different characters and gets better. It's not your normal Zombie story because they are not just Zombies. I don't want to give it away, so I'll leave it at that. There are lots of characters and lots of action scenes. It's a very good scary story and worth the read.

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    P Chastant Mesa, AZ, United States 09-07-11
    P Chastant Mesa, AZ, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2005

    Constant Reader

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    "Waste of your money"

    I'm something of a veteran of the zombie genre, and I was interested in the concept of zombies that were demons that inhabited the dead. However, the longer I listened to this book, the more disappointed I grew. People under siege by ravening monsters somehow take the time to have drawn-out conversations. A kid who's dealt with the demonizing of his parents somehow seems to come across as annoying, not sympathetic--maybe because half his dialogue involves screaming for his daddy.

    I think the part that turned me off was a point where the zombies were assaulting an armory. After saying how the occupants were trained police and combat veterans, they send about 5-6 suicide bombers at the armory. You'd expect one or two to get through to make the zombie raid possible, even though the defenders have their own fields of fire and are trained for crowd control and urban warfare...

    No. All except for one get through, because ALL THE DEFENDERS SHOOT AT THE SAME ZOMBIE. They stop one, because they seem to have taken double their daily dose of stupid, and the rest get through.

    Apologies to the author, but I lost all sympathy for Jim and his son and his friends. Let the zombies have them. If I could get my money back, I would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Abel Illinois 08-14-11
    M. Abel Illinois 08-14-11
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    "Not your typical zombies"

    Call me old fashioned when it comes to zombies but I like either the slow moving stupid ones or the new and impoved fast but reckless ones.
    The zombies in this book did not appeal to me in the least. Come on, outer space beings taking over humans and turning them into talking, somewhat smart zombies with a purpose that is not soley the munching down on living flesh?? It may appeal to a younger crowd but not me. Not to mention that the description was outright decieving. Not one of my favorites but can't really blame B.K. for having variety. I loved Castaways!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Good premise, but for me, failed to deliver"

    This book started so well. A good premise of zombies being the possessed dead was quite original compared to the more traditional chemically/viral reanimated corpses, this gave them intelligence and made for a more menacing enemy. But it was mostly downhill from there.

    Not the most original storyline (“group of survivors on the run”) but that is quite forgiveable in this style of book, but has been done in far more engaging ways in books like “Day by Day Armageddon” and the Morningstar series.

    For me, Peter Delloro’s delivery was also quite flat, whilst being well read, he failed to bring the different characters alive (no pun intended), a skill which many other narrators excel at. Plus by the end of the book, if I heard the whining voice of one of the main characters say “daddy” one more time, my iPhone was in danger of getting thrown out the window.

    Glad I read it.....but just not that glad.

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