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Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Book 1 | [Kevin J. Anderson]

Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Book 1

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival". But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business.
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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective — especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival".

But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he’s back from the dead and back in business — with a caseload that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question — Who killed him?

For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P…. with a vengeance.

©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Wickedly funny, deviously twisted and enormously satisfying. This is a big juicy bite of zombie goodness. Two decaying thumbs up!” (Jonathan Maberry)

"The Dan Shamble books are great fun." (Simon R. Green)

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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-22-13
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Meh"

    "Meh" sums it up. Not bad, not great. Narrator's female characterizations were annoying. Not much of a mystery, villain is pretty obvious, as was the ending. Overall, it was ok but I can't recommend it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-10-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "An interesting idea, just not well written."
    What would have made Death Warmed Over better?

    The story needed a lot of punching up. This seemed like something written by a high school student. The concept is cool but the execution is weak at best.


    Has Death Warmed Over turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Thre really is no other genre quite like this. The idea of a zombie PI in New Orleans seems like a can't miss, but it does. I'd still read a similar novel as the concept is great.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s voice?

    Fun, average, tight. I have heard other books narrarated by Mr. Gigante and he is excellent. He just didn't have much to work with on this novel.


    What character would you cut from Death Warmed Over?

    Most of the characters are not particularly memorable, so I couldn't say.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author works on his technical skills as he has a great concept here. I'd pass on this one and save your credits for another book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Ewing, NJ, United States 11-20-12
    Andrew Ewing, NJ, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sure where to start"

    I've listened to a number of books, but I've never quit one in the middle. This time I did. All the silly monster cliches were there, but made sillier. Plus the ridiculous PC-ness of the whole thing. White (living) males are the clear bad/immoral/icky people. The monsters, all ethnicities but caucasian, and anyone dead hold the moral high ground. Can you be preachier?
    Save yourself and your monthly credit. Skip this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. F. Merriam Fremont, CA USA 06-05-13
    A. F. Merriam Fremont, CA USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever word play does not make something funny"

    Very clever wording. Each line stands alone but they don't mesh together. Overall this is a formula book, nothing special.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Bragg Creek, AB, Canada 11-29-12
    Gordon Bragg Creek, AB, Canada 11-29-12
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    "Imaginative and enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Warmed Over the most enjoyable?

    The acting brought the words to life.


    What other book might you compare Death Warmed Over to and why?

    The only other series that comes to mind is the one "One Foot in the Grave", again a comedy and mystery with a supernatural character.


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

    His vocal changes and accents put you right in the South and the story.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-07-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "What goes ha ha plop?"

    A zombie laughing his head off. Do ghouls eat popcorn with their fingers? No they eat their fingers separate. (spoiler alert) Those were the two best jokes in the entire book.

    This is cute and sometimes silly. You will often crack a smile, but you will not LOL. I thought it was ok, just not real good. I am always routing for Anderson. He has written over forty novels, and most people don't know who he is. His problem to me is that he is always writing in other peoples' universes. His Seven Suns saga which I like is probably his best work. I have read the first five novels in that saga and plan on reading them all. Even though this was ok, I will not continue the series. With great writers like Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz and Christopher Moore, why waste my time with a pretender.

    My advice to Anderson is to return to Science Fiction and come up with something original.

    Narrator was pretty good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pam United States 01-08-13
    Pam United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I Loved This Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Warmed Over the most enjoyable?

    I gave this book a chance and i loved it. The story was fun for any zombie lover looking for something a little different. I really cant with for the next one.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LadyDucayn@aol.com Illinois 12-02-12
    LadyDucayn@aol.com Illinois 12-02-12 Member Since 2012

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.

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    "Yay for zombies!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Warmed Over to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know, I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the uniqueness of the world Kevin Anderson created.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He really helped me see through the eyes of the main character and now I might have a hard time hearing a Dan Shamble story without Peter doing the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm always terrible with questions like this so no tag line offerings from me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like detective/private investigator stories this one is for you! Granted it is definitely urban fantasy so if you don't like zombies, ghosts, vampires or any of the other awesome supernatural critters then stay away from this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    High Priestess Enoch 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Witty Thriller"
    Would you listen to Death Warmed Over again? Why?

    Entertaining with details and humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor was witty- smart. Being a psychic-medium, I am really into the metaphysical/mystical side that this book offers. But the smart humor and plot twists satisfy my 39 year old side. My web site is PsychicSpellCaster . com


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

    He is great in-fluxing his voice as he changes character dialog. He also knows how to deliver the jokes/humor the author gives.


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

    There were particular characters that I really could 'feel' because Phil Gigante /the reader gave emotion to his voice as he read their dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it was not so short as 8 hours. I could listen to at least 16 hours in one book (I'm glad this is a series and has multiple audiobooks)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg east wenatchee, WA, United States 12-08-13
    Greg east wenatchee, WA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Antoher Great Title"

    I feel in love with Phil Gigante during my listening of The Stainless Steel Rat series and was desperately waiting for another good series to come around that would combine a good book with a good narrator.

    Imagine my pleasure when I found Kevin Anderson's Dan Shamble series.

    I look forward to many more books to come in the series. Already anxiously awaiting the next books release.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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