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 can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.
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pretty good zombie story
first off, i'm a big mayberry fan. i've read all of his joe ledger books and enjoyed them. however, i wasn't sure about his zombie books. probably b/c of the audible samples and some of the reviews. yes, i read a lot of the reviews you guys write (thanks!). i've listened to a bunch of the zombie books on audible and needed my zombie fix. b/c of that and the strength of the joe ledger series, i decided on dof (dead of night) before dust & decay and rot & ruin.
don starts off slow building the story. dez is a female cop in a small town. she's your stereotypical hot blonde cop with an attitude. she's pissed at the world b/c she believes everybody's always left her so instead of being hurt again, she lives a reckless life, indulging in men with blonde hair and a good butt. the only person she cares about is jt, her partner. jt is an older black guy who is like her surrogate father.
the story starts with dez and jt investigating a crime at a funeral home. the doc and cleaning maid have been viciously killed, and the dead body is missing. while investigating, the cleaning lady attacks dez, and she re-kills her. at first, jt doesn't believe dez and asks her if she's still drunk. that's when they notice the body of the doc is missing. they try to come up with some plausible story as their backup arrives. the chief doesn't know what to make of their story so dez, jt, and their backup start searching the woods for the missing bodies, and this is where the action starts to pick up.
as people start to get infected, they don't know what to do with them b/c they're friends. in a small town, everybody knows each other. so at first, they're reluctant to kill someone they know. so what do they do? they handcuff an infected friend and take him to the hospital.
eventually, those killed by the infected come back to life, and infection starts to spread. the story starts off slow, but the action builds as the story progresses.
trout, dez's ex-boyfriend, is a journalist who happens to be in town when the first killings take place. they fight like hell, but trout smells a story. he realizes the missing body is that of a missing serial killer. he thinks a group of crazed fans stole his body so he follows the leads. he eventually tracks down the prison doctor who injected the serial killer. trout and his buddy, goat, learn the doc's secret and try to get the word out, but the military has encircled the small town.
i don't want to give more away, but i enjoyed the story. i enjoyed listening to what it's like being a zombie. we learn about it from the funeral home doc. what the virus does is break the link b//ween your consciousness and your body. you can see and hear everything you're doig, but you can't stop your body from craving fresh blood. this is a great take- it's sad and horrifying!
i think the biggest downside is the whining about killing all the people you know. i think i'd be too s#!tless to care at the time. how about you?
overall, i'm glad i took a chance on dead of night. it's a solid standalone zombie story. it's got everything for a good zombie story- background, characters, action, zombie carnage, and a good ending.
- Mike Naka "Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL"