David Devries switches seamlessly between different characters’ points of view in a performance of post-apocalyptic, comic, zombie fiction that begins with a "gas leak" forcing the National Guard to clear Seattle. But not everyone leaves. Among those struggling for survival in this other "Emerald City" (envisioned by Timothy W. Long, whose other works include The Zombie Wilson Diaries) are a troubled journalist, serial killer, death rock singer, and dealer, who adapts his business to a new clientele demanding lead instead of dope. Each living Seattleite is seeking hope and salvation as a spreading virus returns the dead to upright positions.
The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.
Mike, a newspaper reporter, suspects a conspiracy lies behind the chaos. He’s driven to find the truth, even if it means dragging his beautiful co-worker into danger. Kate has a dark secret: she’s a budding young serial killer. As society collapses, her skill in dealing death may be the one thing that can keep her alive. These survivors, along with others, are drawn together in their quest to find not only the truth behind the spreading apocalypse, but also to escape the madness they face at every turn.
©2009, 2011 Timothy W. Long (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Mr. Long is defiantly a writer to watch and Among the Living is definitely a zombie novel to check out." (HorrorNews.net)
In the top 5%
Night of the Undead, it is also one of the best "Beginning of the Plague" books out there.
I have read a lot of Zombie fiction over the years and this one sits near the very type. Among the Living is without a doubt one of the three best zombie stories that chronicle the initial rise of the dead that I have ever read. I can't say which is the best because they are all damn good. The characters are the thing that I love best about the book, both the primary and the secondary players resonate as true.
I have zero compunction recommending this book to any zombie fan.
Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.
I found the story and characters to be much more solid than one of Wong's other books "Beyond the Barrier" but it wasn't as strong as some of the other zombie books I've read. The main issue I had, without giving any spoilers, was that the end was very abrupt and extremely anticlimactic. I felt a little cheated. The main characters were reasonably likable and the story flow was decent. The narrator's performance was solid. Overall I'd rate it average. Not my favorite but definitely not the worst.
I didn't like the way this was put together. The way it keeps changing prose is something I do not like. I didn't connect with most of the characters and they spend a lot of time not realizing what danger they are in despite what they are seeing with their own eyes and hearing around them. I didn't really connect with the majority of the characters and overall, it was just unsatisfying.
Zombie books are a guilty pleasure for me. The characters are interesting and keep you involved. If you like the "ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE" storyline, you should enjoy this
The reading was pretty good except one thing: The voice he did for Angela was AWFUL. It was grating, annoying, and REALLY didn't seem to fit the character at all.
The story is told as vignettes of characters during the zombie apocalypse breakout in Seattle. Each is well drawn and interesting, especially when one of the most sympathetic is the local pot dealer. Go Lester!
I am most definitely continuing onto part 2. This is too good to not, as well as the team was left facing certain doom, or at least a butt-load of deaders.
Lester and Angela were my favorite, followed by Kate. Gotta love good swordplay. They were played well, with the females not all coming across falsetto as some readers do. I found them believable.
Almost one sitting. I would have listened to another 6 to 8 hours without a problem.
This might be a bit of a spoiler, so read on at your peril! I'm a bit disappointed in that two of the interesting female characters, that we spent much of the story developing and investing in, were killed off. Now I understand that we need to have emotional investment and have the peril be real, but really. That seemed a bit excessive for both, when I'd have been happy with one or the other. Well, not happy, but at least not feeling cheated. This is why I gave the Story only 3 stars. Otherwise a worthy entry in the Zom canon.
this book might be acceptable for someone new to the genre.
Yes, but I would try to sample before buying.
The story was over drawn and over extended with so many characters that I needed a notepad to track.
some of the things that happen in this book are just not even needed and just seem to drag along...there is only one character that i even wanted to hear about and that was kate the rest are just mindless and boring parts of the book
i think a book just about kate would make a good book :)
Some of the characters voices are really bad and get annoying....
i see every zombie movie...but liking it or not ......
needed more action and character development.
Another zombie story that is a little ho-hum. Nothing really new to add to the Genre. I liked the story as I like most zombie stories, but not so different.
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
i realy liked his other book beyind barriers. this book is not even much of a zombie story. a lot of x rated moments thrown in for some reason.more focus on the pot smokeing drug dealers and how much sex they have. then detail on the zombies and there is bondage in there as well the parts where they do talk about zombies does very little to intrest. i am sad that the author went from a good book. to this i wont be geting any more Timothy Long titles again.
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