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Shoot the Dead

Narrated by: Luke Thompson
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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For career criminals Jack and Billy Thatcher, ripping off London's most notorious gangster seems like a sure fire way to kick off their retirement plans. Unfortunately they don't bank on their bosses' underworld connections going a lot deeper than expected.

Now finding themselves on the run from undead monsters and chainsaw-wielding freaks, the Thatcher boys will have to employ every dirty trick they know if they want to live to see another dawn.

©2014 Steven Wetherell (P)2016 Steven Wetherell

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Entertaining!

This book was great. It was funny and had a good story line. I loved all the characters and want to know what happens to them. Definitely invested. The plot was a little unexpected and definitely interesting. It is also fantastically British in a very American-accessible way. The narrator was really great. The characters sound exactly how I heard them in my head when I read it in the print version. I am really pleased I spent a credit on this. For a good time pick up Shoot the Dead.

For more Steve Wetherell and other comedic fantasy writers, tune into their podcast, Authors and Dragons. It's hilarious. You're welcome.

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A badass bad guy you can’t help cheering for

I first encountered Steve Wetherell, (AKA Brandon Thighmaster) through his work on the podcast “Authors and Dragons.” The premise of the podcast is that several authors of comedic fiction play a game of D&D. I don’t listen to podcasts, I’ve never played D&D or even met someone who played (at least, no one who admits to it) but I am a fan of Robert Kroese, Drew Hayes, Rick Gualtieri and, especially, Robert Bevan. Wetherell steals the show among these well known authors and, often, is responsible for the biggest laugh of the show.
All of that to say, I had high expectations for this book; I was blown away. While you can see inexperience in Wetherell’s writing, the compelling story, creative descriptions, unique similes, and a great narrator made this one of my favorite books of the year.
There is a ton of action, violence, and gore in this one that keep the story moving. Our protagonists are fond of letting you know they are typically the villains in a story but their noble actions leave readers firmly in their support.
As soon as Wetherell puts out another audiobook, I’m snatching it up, I look forward to it.

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Guy Ritchie meets George Romero

Its the best of both worlds crime drama meets the world of the undead! simulare to the first time I watched Dusk to Dawn, I forgot I wasn't watching a hiest film and the vamps came out of nowhere!

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Quirky, Well-written, Fun

You know how there’s certain movies that you just like, even though you know they aren’t great films? My example, which is actually relevant to “Shoot the Dead”, is the movie “Army of Darkness”, a movie with little to recommend it, except that I just LIKE it, in all its campy idiotic glory.

I feel similarly about “Shoot the Dead”. On the one hand, I don’t really believe the world needs or will ever need another book, movie, tv show or anything featuring vampires or zombies. Talk about done-to-death played out themes... But I still let the occasional exception through my defenses, and in this case, I’m glad I did.

WARNING: POSSIBLE SMALL SPOILERS AHEAD. I am a sucker for the beginning sequence where some horrible thing is discovered at an archeological dig decades before the story starts. The film “The Fifth Element” and Gregory Benford’s wonderful novel “Artifact” come to mind. There are countless other examples.

And then author Wetherell flashes to present-day London, where we arrive inside the head of a gangster named Jack, who is preparing to make an extremely risky and patently immoral life-changing career move. What distinguishes this book from the noise of the genre is how incredibly well the internal monologue of this character is written. In spite of Jack’s criminally insane murderous amorality, we come very quickly, if a bit reluctantly, to like him, and his anti-social brother, Billie. To some degree, the cast of almost universally unsavory characters who populate the story also become people we care somewhat about.

Granted, these anti-heroes are set up as a lesser evil against unambiguously, unapologetically, classically evil antagonists, so we have little choice, but the whole premise of the way the vampires and zombies and other baddies, which in almost every fiction in which they appear, are always easily able to overpower solitary mere mortals when they come upon them alone in the night, or set their minds to besieging the house in which they are hiding, meet their match when trying to deal with a couple of mobbed-up low-level thugs who simply are used to fighting back and not giving in.

It’s a bit of a novelty that vampires and zombified reanimated thralls are depicted as vulnerable to mortals who are simply tenacious fighters. It is satisfying to see Jack and Billie hold their own against supernatural terrors by simply fighting back, reluctantly at first, and then with an almost gleeful violence. They are either too unimaginative and dim to appreciate the full horror of their situation, or just too practical and experienced with a way of life where showing any sign of weakness or fear is equivalent to a death sentence. Whatever it is, it makes for a very entertaining read, interspersed with internal monologues from Jack, and revolving first-person perspectives of other characters, including stoned slackers, a tough lady detective and her partner, the perspective of an archeologist in a couple of flashbacks, and a few of the evil antagonists of various types.

So, while I’m not going to call this great literature, it’s not trying to be, and if you’re looking for a fun, fairly scary, very quirky and imaginatively and convincingly written action/horror tale, this is it. Wetherell is a strong writer with a real knack for adopting convincing inner voices for a variety of characters, and an ability to write sympathetic and believable anti-heroes. These are not easy things to do, and even though the story centers on some fairly insignificant main characters, the underlying theme hinting at potentially world-shattering consequences is also present.

The narrator is also very good, from the convincing menacing inner monologues to the action and dialogue sequences.

So, if you like this sort of zombie/undead genre novel, or if you want to try one and are looking for one that is a cut above, or, in fact, if you liked the movie “Army of Darkness” better than say, “Schindler’s List” or “The English Patient”, you’ll probably like “Shoot the Dead.”

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Night of the Living East Enders

Luke Thompson's narration takes great, and makes it near perfection. I found myself being oddly reminded of Terry Pratchett's "City Watch" books by the whole thing.

Classic East End thugs, Jack and Billie Thatcher vs zombies would not have gone over half so well with me. There's just been too much of that. This is more East End thugs versus voodoo yardies, vampires, zombies, the police, and an ancient demon skull thing. Jack and Billie are outright villains. No attempt is made to redeem them and they are all the more likable for it.

Luke Thompson's narration only really misfires in a few places. Jock's accent seems to fall apart when he leaves comedy Scot to make serious threats. Leon's accent wobbles a bit too. Neither thing really takes away from the story, but it needs mentioning.

This wasn't the first of Steve Wetherell's books I was hoping would make it to Audible, but having read it, I'm even more determined to get the rest as they become available.

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  • Mel
  • 07-09-16

Crazy but great entertainment.

Gangland crooks meet the undead in this entertaining story that gives a whole new meaning to idea of a criminal underworld. Great performance and pace.

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  • ross
  • 04-01-19

Amazing

Brilliant book!!! Great on audiable. I can’t wait for more of Steve’s books to hit audiable :D

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  • D.Smith
  • 07-27-16

Fantastic narration!

This wouldn't be my usual type of book, but the narrator's skills really bring the story to life - enthralling and well paced, I enjoyed every minute of it!

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  • Angel
  • 06-13-16

Fun, fast-paced, and unexpected.

Would you listen to Shoot the Dead again? Why?

Will definitely listen again... funny, gory, and characters I'll miss! The supernatural was a great twist on the usual zombie formula, and the comedy is so perfectly British!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Billy! Great character, and very funny in his own simple way! Loved the porn star bit. XD

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