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Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news - he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

Listen to more in the Newsflesh Trilogy.
©2011 Mira Grant (P)2011 Hachette

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Dreadful follow-up

What would have made Deadline better?

This book lacked enough plot to justify its length. Nothing really happens, and nothing really engages the listener. The attempts at humorous quips were embarrassingly bad.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mira Grant again?

Maybe... I enjoyed the first book of the trilogy, but I have no interest in hearing the third.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer did his best with the clunky dialogue. The biggest problem was the fact that, although the narrator was male, most of the characters are female. It's much easier for female readers to perform male character than the other way around. (Sexist? Perhaps, but there it is.) For the female characters, the narrator employs either a breathy, faux-sexy voice which is beyond creepy or a clipped Valley Girl-sounding voice. (Except for the character with the last name "Garcia" which gets a squirm-inducing "Mexican" accent. The writer makes it clear she's an American born and raised, so why the accents???) Just bad.

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  • Jason
  • Hillside, IL, United States
  • 03-20-14

Fun but not quite as good as the first.

What other book might you compare Deadline to and why?

Obviously, I have to compare it to Feed, the first book in the series. Feed comes out ahead simply because the character Georgia is more compelling than her brother. Buffey is also a very strong character, so the second book loses a bit in having to make up for their loss.

What does Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think they did a great job with accents and also with injecting emotion into the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In dealing with reactions to death of loved ones there were some emotional moments. I think those were handled well; they were powerful but not overdone.

Any additional comments?

It was a fun adventure that kept moving at a good pace. Compelling characters and an interesting story.

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Good follow up to the first book

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There is a smooth transition into this book from the end of the first, good action and high tension

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Solid book but the end...

Deadline is a solid continuation of the Newsflesh trilogy. It picks up in the not too distant future after “Feed” and has plenty of zombie action as well as the overarching conspiracy of the trilogy, and leaves you with a “WTF” moment at the end. The main character shifts between stories for obvious reasons, and despite Shaun’s partial mental break and short temper, I find myself still liking him, or at least rooting for him. Even in a series I like books that can stand on its own as a story, rather than a way to get you to buy the next book. The first one was like that, but with the way this ended I really feel as if I’m missing out if I don’t read the third book, but other than that I can’t really complain.

The performance by Chris Patton was great, he really brought the characters to life.

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  • Jessica
  • Raleigh, nc, United States
  • 03-26-13

Love it!

Sequels can be disappointing, but this is a definite exception. Fun book, narration is excellent.

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Surprisingly, a great second novel in a trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Normally, second books in trilogies tend to fall flat. We already know the characters, we have an idea of where the overall story is heading, and the middle sort of sags. Well, not this one. This second novel is told from a different character's point of view, and has it's own wonderful story arc that stands well on its own. I would recommend reading Feed first, but this one is quite good.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed seeing Shaun Mason's point-of-view and his breakdown associated with a loss he faced in the first book. The way his friends helped him continue to function despite his obvious mental problems was fascinating.

My only disappointment has to do with the villain. The bad guys, in general, could have been more well-rounded and less two-dimensional. I have a hard time accepting the moral compromises that so many people were willing to make, but I think I could have accepted them more easily if they'd been explained better by more "fleshed-out" (zombie humor... sorry) villains.

Which character – as performed by Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger – was your favorite?

I really enjoyed Chris Patton's "Shaun Mason" character. The voice actors in this audio book were excellent and very well chosen.

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

(Spoiler) I particularly liked the part where Shaun first sees his sister. His response was what one would have expected from a man who has been hallucinating for a while, and very memorable.

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  • HARRISON
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 08-16-12

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse

it gets worse...

The election's over. Lots of people are dead. And someone shows up to tell the survivors why.

And then they get mad and do something about it.

Medical mystery thriller in a zombie-infested world.

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  • Nate H
  • CO, United States
  • 06-28-12

Another great book in a good series

Not your Typical Zombie Book. Nice plot with lots of great and entertaining characters. The whole series is great

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The Truth is Somewhere Else

The schizophrenic voice of the dead is a creative way to have a dual internal monologue next to the narration and keep some of the character dynamics from the first book.

However the crux of the story is uncovering a global conspiracy that doesn't make a lot of sense. The catalyst of the plot is an old friend that fakes her death to get information to a news team about a plot to murder small groups of the surviving population, but she doesn't want them to report her findings; not that there is a. possible immunity and cure for the zombie plague nor who is behind it. She goes to a crack team of reporters...to hide and keep her secrets.

It isn't that the conspiracy isn't interesting and that the characters aren't good. They are. The first book was very solid and I still look forward to the third, but this book spends less time uncovering the conspiracy than it does dealing with the baggage from Feed that wasn't resolved and setting up the events of Blackout than actually developing its own story.

At no point is it explained why the catalyst elements of the conspiracy are being executed the way they are, just that they are happening. As if saying "for power" is enough motivation to kill innocent people and keep them in fear for 27 years or that "to kill the president" is why JFK was assassinated.

Maybe it just suffers from the Act 2 Blues from a three act story. I certainly hope so.

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Dead Redundant

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you loved the first book so much and are happy with the formula that was established and you never want it to change, this is the book for you.

What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

It's second in the series, but a long winded senseless recap of book one. So if you miss Georgia and Buffy, don't worry they will never be far from the narrative.I finished the book but by the time I got to the second half I was able to skip chapters seemingly without skipping a beat in the narrative. They kept repeating what had happened anyway, perhaps Grant was trying to prove their frantic actions had some kind of point.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes, but I felt he was, for the most part, reading it in the cadence that the author would want. Shaun is an obnoxious selfish bore; and it's his book, so perhaps it couldn't be helped.

What character would you cut from Deadline?

Georgia's brother, Shaun. lol.

Any additional comments?

I hate it (especially) when a female author celebrates bullying and outright physical humiliation of a lone female character (Kelly) who enters the established group, while trying to depict it as part of the "coolness" of Shaun and the other characters. I don't think the author realizes she's written a book about a group of jerks. The fear that character must have been experiencing is all I took from that scene. And the moment was prolonged beyond any the faux 'necessity' that was claimed. It was really kind of gross and inexcusable.

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