Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry + Giveaway!
If you like a good zombie story, then you need look no further than Jonathan Maberry. His grasp on the modern zombie is phenomenal. In Dead of Night, Maberry has outdone himself with a tale that kept me turning the pages long after I should have turned out the lights and gone to sleep.
To quote St. Martin's Press:
"Dead of Night opens as a prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. The killer is aware of his own death; he experiences his last breath and feels his body rotting. Suddenly, the drug's unforeseen side-effects start to take hold. Before he can 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 fast paced novel will have you on the edge of your seat from page one..."
What I liked:
The characters that Maberry has created feel like real living, breathing people that are standing right next to you. Every time they encounter something, it feels like you are right there with them. Whether it is Dez experiencing her first zombie attack or Billy interviewing a story, you are living the story. They are as real as your neighbors next door. Sometimes, I think, even more so. I stayed up late into the night to finish reading this book. Tears were literally streaming down my face (not common with most zombie books, I assure you.) and wanting to at least see a movie deal. Or part two. Or both. I'm not greedy (well...) I just know a great story when I read it and this has everything. Plot, incredible suspense, characters you love and love to hate, zombie hordes running amok, biological warfare gone horribly wrong..need I say more?
What I didn't:
Not a thing.
Having read the Rot and Ruin books, I had an experience with Maberry writing for a teen audience. With Dead of Night, you are getting a whole new level of detail, adult situations and language. Not that I minded. It was different. Like bolder colors on two different paintings by the same artist. Maberry is an excellent writer and he can get his point across in either genre, but I think I liked this book even better than the teen series. (Again, not typical. I very often like YA books over adult because they are so plot focused.)
If you enjoy movies like Zombieland or shows like amc's The Walking Dead, then you owe it to yourself to get this book. When the publisher sent it to me, I danced. Yep. I admit it. The best part is, it is out today! Make sure you pop back here and let me know what you think.
Now for the giveaway!
5 copies are up for grabs!