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Friday, March 23, 2012

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Genre: Science Fiction
Release: St. Martin's Griffin, October 25, 2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Buy the Book: Amazon

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave.  But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects.  Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up.  Hungry.  Infected.  Contagious.
Small town cop Dez Fox and her partner JT are caught in a wave of murder as everyone they know and love die…only to rise again as the ravenous living dead.  If Dez and JT can’t contain the plague inside the town limits, the infection will spread beyond all control.
This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang…but a bite.

The location is set on a fictional town of Stebbins, PA with a population of 7000 people. The lady protagonist Desdemona Fox is such a despicable character. She's be branded as damaged goods. Potty mouth, short tempered, bitter, stubborn, rude, promiscuous, truly horrible. Yet I love her! Her bravery, her good heart and her strong will to survive and save lives... an ace in my book.

Jonathan Maberry, maybe my favorite zombie novel writer. The transition of the scenes are fast-paced yet he still managed the element of suspense and horror only reserved when you are watching a movie and you are at the edge of your seat thinking, hurry up and tell me!

The horrifying twist about the zombies in this book is something I've always wanted to read about. It is almost like a dream come true. It has a very intricate scientific fictional explanation of the source of infestation. It was literally hell on earth and I truly wish that this type of biochemical invention is not somewhere available in real life and that no mad scientist is as sick as Dr. Volker. It has the promise of gore and graphic scenes that if you are squeamish might invoke your gag reflex. Over all, Dead of the Night is an excellent book, a must read for zombie fans. I cannot recommend it enough.


Jonathan Maberry said...

Glad you enjoyed the book and thanks for that great review!

DEAD OF NIGHT was written as a standalone, however there’s a chance I’ll pick up the story somewhere down the line. In the meantime, there’s another story coming out that takes place at the same time but with different characters. That story is “Jack and Jill” and it will be in the anthology, 21ST CENTURY DEAD, edited by Christopher Golden. The anthology also includes new zombie stories by an A-list of writers including Orson Scott Card, China Mieville, Simon R. Green, Daniel H. Wilson, Elizabeth Hand, Dan Chaon, Duane Swiercyznski, Caitlin Kittredge, Brian Keene, Amber Benson, S.G. Browne, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and—with his first published prose—Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. The anthology debuts in July.

Another short story, “Chokepoint” will be included in an online magazines, THE UNINVITED. Details about that will be posted soon.

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Thanksfor visiting my blog and commenting on this post Jonathan. I've been meaning to e-mail you to see if this is going to be a series. This answered that question. I'll check out the other titles.

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