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Dead City | [Joe McKinney]

Dead City

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...
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." (Brian Keene)

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    Scott Melbourne, FL, United States 10-16-11
    Scott Melbourne, FL, United States 10-16-11
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    "Very shallow - feels like reading a video game"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph plymouth, MA, United States 07-06-11
    Joseph plymouth, MA, United States 07-06-11
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    "Excellent, but....."

    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 :)

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-24-11
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok but I've listened to better."
    Would you try another book from Joe McKinney and/or Michael Kramer?

    Already listening to Apocalypse of the Dead.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 03-19-12
    Matt 03-19-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not bad but not great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it wasn't among the better of the zombie genre.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It seemed to end too abruptly, as though the writer was still in the middle of the story but then just decided to end it.


    Did Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narrator did a good job.


    Was Dead City worth the listening time?

    Yes, but only if your really a fan of the zombie genre


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Chronowski 07-05-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Monotonal Reader"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 04-23-12
    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2005

    I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.

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    "A Willie K Review"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A.C. LORTON, VA, United States 02-15-12
    A.C. LORTON, VA, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lacking!!"
    What could Joe McKinney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Climax, story, plot, character development, story development.


    What character would you cut from Dead City?

    Eddie (the progtagonist)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pittsboro, NC, United States 12-19-11
    Andrew Pittsboro, NC, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining, but not the best zombie book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's about zombies, and there just can't be enough books on the matter.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe McKinney before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audiobooks are just better in general. You get more of the book into your head with someone actually reading it to you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The zombie apocalypse was a very brief one... probably close to how a real one would play out.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 07-05-11
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 07-05-11
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    "A welcome twist to a zombie book"

    The book was well written, great narration. Very good story, very different from most of the zombie books I've listen to.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse 10-17-14
    Jesse 10-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad. I wish there was a better word"
    What disappointed you about Dead City?

    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.


    Has Dead City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Its the opposite of every other book Ive read in this genre. Closer to a 80s action movie plot than anything else.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Michael Kramer should have said no to this train wreck. MY BABY!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion. after the talk about zombies having souls it didnt take him long to start being a badass killing them.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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