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New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry returns to the world of Rot & Ruin with this first novel in a brand new series that's more thrilling and filled with exceptionally terrifying adventures. 

Ever since her mother's death, Gabriella "Gutsy" Gomez has spent her days flying under the radar. But when her mother's undead body is returned to her doorstep from the grave and Gutsy witnesses a pack of ravagers digging up Los Muertos - her mother's name for the undead - she realizes that life finds you no matter how hard you try to hide from it. 

Meanwhile, Benny Imura and his gang set out on a journey to finish what Captain Joe Ledger started: They're going to find a cure. After what they went through in the Rot and Ruin, they think they've seen it all, but as they venture into new and unexplored territory, they soon learn that the zombies they fought before were nothing compared to what they'll face in the wild beyond the peace and safety of their fortified town.

©2018 Jonathan Maberry (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Karen
  • Scottsdale , AZ
  • 01-01-19

Benny Imura and Joe Ledger are back!!

ALL the stars to Jonathan Maberry's return to the Rot & Ruin world in book 1 of his brand new series, Broken Lands! I'm so happy he chose to return to this world and to return to some of my favorite characters ever, Benny Imura, Nix, The Lost Girl, Chong, and especially Joe Ledger!!

Broken Lands opens with a brand new character, Gutsy Gomez, who lives in New Alamo, Texas, in the part of the U.S. they call the Broken Lands.

The book opens with Gutsy burying her Mama, twice, first on Wednesday and again on Friday. Her Mama died of tuberculosis, as many of the old illnesses are back in this post-apocalyptic world of zombies. Gutsy and her new rescue dog, and her best friends Spider and Alethea (and Alethea's bat, Rainbow Smite) are determined to find out how Mama came back.

This new book takes place not long after the ending of the Benny Imura series. It flips back and forth between Gutsy's story, and Benny's story. And once again, Maberry proves himself to be the King of twists as I sit here with my heart pounding and mouth hanging open after reading that very last page.

I need the next book NOW!!

I listened to this book on Audible and Ray Porter narrates. He's my favorite audiobook performer for a reason! He was brilliant! As usual!

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Great start to the story! Great narrator!

I’m pretty excited about this series. It’s got a lot of classic characters and some new promising ones. Maberry is impressive in that he can switch over to YA pretty easily and write the characters very well...as if he was recently a YA himself. I enjoyed the Rot & Ruin series but think I’m going to like this a whole lot more. And you can’t ask for a better narrator!

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Possibly Maberry's best work yet.

It is possible this may be Maberry's best work yet, but that is a rather tall order to fill. I love that Maberry brought his characteristic split narrative to the great rot and ruin. This novel beatifully merges three of Maberry's great series togeather, the Dead of Night, Rot and Ruin, and Joe Ledger series. They have been linked this entire time, but now it seems conplete. We meet up with new friends, young friends, and old friends. And as always Ray Porter's preformance is fantastic.
I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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A must read!!

I LOVE his books! This book was very entertaining and engaging right from the start. I look forward to more books from this author. I can't get enough of his books!!

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...I NEED MORE!

This was an amazing addition to the series, and I can't wait to see where the next book takes Benny, Gutsy and their crews!

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  • Peter
  • Fleming Island, FL, United States
  • 01-08-19

Done with Maberry

Had to return this. Can’t take anymore of Maberry using Joe Ledger to push the SJW version of “Socialist Realism.”

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