Texas? Toast. Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The nightmare begins....
Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family.
Hell on Earth. There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs more rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors... but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay.
©2006, 2010 Joe McKinney (P)2011 Tantor
"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." (Brian Keene)
A very well written story for someone new to this zombie genre it is perfect. To the seasoned Zombie reader you will find the pace a bit slow and drawn out. Is it worth the credit , sure but you've been warned :)
I was very disappointed, and about 2/3 of the way through decided it wasn't worth my time to finish it...better things out there to listen to. There is just no depth to the story. Also, I was expecting an interesting weather-disaster story up front, but there is barely a mention of the 5 hurricanes and none of the action even takes place in Houston. The story starts with some zombies fighting a cop in front of a house in San Antonio and goes downhill from there. This very much felt like reading a zombie video game.
Already listening to Apocalypse of the Dead.
This was an ok zombie novel. I kind of nodded off in a couple of spots. It had its great thriller spots and then started going off in to left field for a moment or two.
I have had quite a few cop friends and you could tell this was written by a police officer. Everyone is out to get the main character or he thought that was the case. Granted during this time of crisis you would only try to trust a select few but to me in an end of times scenerio I would want some one watching my back.
I'm going to listen to Apocalypse of the Dead (the next novel) and give this author another shot. Hopefully he will earn another star or two from me.
The reader was terrible and the story wa borig. Hard to do with a zombie story. This book never connected with me on any level. Sorry to say it was a waste of time.
I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.
Good read…With the zombie craze in full swing I found this book entertaining but a little redundant. It was a bit slow to start and then seemed to switch gears and even seemed like a different author had written the last half of the book, but it a good way, both halves were good. The ending took me by surprise it seemed to just end and I feel a little more time could have been taken in it, but it would have had to be considerably longer to continue at the pace he was going. All in all I was satisfied
Climax, story, plot, character development, story development.
Eddie (the progtagonist)
I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking of how I want to describe, as well as define this book. This is the second book I’ve read by this author, the first being “Apocalypse of the Dead”, and I didn’t give that one a good review either. The book was plagued with irrationality and illogical performances. There was absolutely no character development so you don’t understand why Eddie is doing the things he is doing, they make no sense. Character development and a plot would really give context and meaning to this story. I always note the length of the book, this gives me an idea of what to expect. If it is broken into two downloads the book may be interesting, or at least have time to make up for its shortfalls. This book was only 7hrs 35mins 30 secs long, and there is a reason. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I wouldn’t recommend it if you were stuck in a tunnel covered by snow on both sides of your exit. I don’t think this book would justify wasting battery life on whatever you are reading it on. I wouldn’t even recommend this book on a long plane or train ride, save your money.
Good story-tellers paint the scene with words. This ability allows the reader to visit the story through imagination. Authors like Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz, Steven King, or J. L. Bourne (just to name a few) are really good at this. This story lacked that. Also, I wasn’t scared at all. I’ve listened to Z. A. Recht’s “Morningstar Strain” series and J.L. Bourne’s “Day by Day Armageddon” series and they are very good. So good, that I’m reluctant to listen to these stories at night. There were climatic moments that had me on edge, wanting to yell out to the character to warn him. In this story I wanted it to be over with and for Eddie to just go on and become a zombie. I don’t like starting a book and not finishing it, which is terrible when I have a story this lacking.
Yes, it's about zombies, and there just can't be enough books on the matter.
Audiobooks are just better in general. You get more of the book into your head with someone actually reading it to you.
The zombie apocalypse was a very brief one... probably close to how a real one would play out.
It's worth the listen
Dead City is a very good zombie story. It contains everything you want from a story like this. Its full of action and suspense, but its tempered with adept character building and introspective musing.
This story starts off on a raw foot. It jumps right into melee. It follows a cop, 'Eddie' through a night where he first responds to calls for help and then as civilization falls, it follows Eddie through a series of adventures as he struggles to find his family and a means to cope with what is going on around him.
The narration by Kramer is great. I think telling stories in the first person often create limitations, but McKinney does a fine job here with this structure. McKinney shows his strength as an author by jumping from deep thoughts to quick violent passages and back. It took a little while for this book to grow on me, but after an hour or so, it clicked and flowed in a fine fashion.
Bad. This book is so bad I felt I had to write a review to warn others. You know what. I wrote a bunch of stuff but even you reading a review of this book is a waste of time. Some zombies can sprint some cant walk without constantly losing balance. No concept of time. Author has no idea of how big San Antonio is. End of book answers all the questions you have as you listen but none of make sense and you should have questions that last till the end until some "author" makes stuff up.
Its the opposite of every other book Ive read in this genre. Closer to a 80s action movie plot than anything else.
Michael Kramer should have said no to this train wreck. MY BABY!!
Confusion. after the talk about zombies having souls it didnt take him long to start being a badass killing them.
One scene. Main guy is trying to call his wife, finally reachs her while shes driving. He hears her blood curding scream. He drops phone then looks up and there she is driving. Then another car hits hers. She gets out shooting a gun at him. She screams how does she not know hes "one of those". He grabs her, they hug. Then a zombie gets out of the car it was driving (yes that happens) and trys to eat their baby. They take off running, get 2 houses down. A different zombie takes the baby out of the mothers hands. Mother runs away. Main guy tries to get baby back. Then a car hits the zombie herd. Mother gets out of car and takes baby. It was the main guys car. Yes they ran down a street full of zombies before they remembered he had a car he was sitting in when she crashed, but waited to use it until a zombie took a 3 month old out of mothers hands. somehow the main guy got the baby at the same second as mother plowed into the zombie holding her baby. Do books not get read by editors before they go to print anymore?
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