The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.
Mike, a newspaper reporter, suspects a conspiracy lies behind the chaos. He’s driven to find the truth, even if it means dragging his beautiful co-worker into danger. Kate has a dark secret: she’s a budding young serial killer. As society collapses, her skill in dealing death may be the one thing that can keep her alive. These survivors, along with others, are drawn together in their quest to find not only the truth behind the spreading apocalypse, but also to escape the madness they face at every turn.
David Devries switches seamlessly between different characters’ points of view in a performance of post-apocalyptic, comic, zombie fiction that begins with a "gas leak" forcing the National Guard to clear Seattle. But not everyone leaves. Among those struggling for survival in this other "Emerald City" (envisioned by Timothy W. Long, whose other works include The Zombie Wilson Diaries) are a troubled journalist, serial killer, death rock singer, and dealer, who adapts his business to a new clientele demanding lead instead of dope. Each living Seattleite is seeking hope and salvation as a spreading virus returns the dead to upright positions.
"Mr. Long is defiantly a writer to watch and Among the Living is definitely a zombie novel to check out." (HorrorNews.net)
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lifeless in seattle - a solid zombie story
a solid zombie story that focuses on what happens the first couple of days. the story begins with a researcher giving his dying wife a shot, trying to heal her late stage cancer. the story then follows different characters as the outbreak begins.
lester is a drug dealer. he rents a house and hides with his girlfriend when the national guard come by to evacuate the neighborhood b/c of a supposed gas leak. instead of leaving, he and his girl hide b/c he has a lot of drugs. but his decision comes back to haunt him when the dead roam the neighborhood and the feds have cut all power and communication lines. lester and angela are soon surrounded by zombies after they make a dumb decision- use a gas generator. can they escape the hoard and ge by the checkpoint the national guard set up at the entrances of their neighborhood?
mike is a 37 year old newspaper man. he lost his job and now works for a small paper. as romance blossoms with his younger, colleague, the outbreak starts. naturally, a skeptic, he thinks the reports that trickle out are hoaxes. little does he know that the gov't is scrubbing web sites and pulling cutting the lines of communication.
kate was abused growing up by her father and is now a masochist and a sociopath. coming home after her 5th kill, she notices something's wrong in the air. is it the police or something worse? which personality will rule her as the zombies eat people? she needs other people, but will she be able to control her bloodlust in order to make allies with other survivors?
alice is your average mom who is attacked by her zombie husband. can she actually kill the man she loves who is the father of her child?
ken is alice's husband. how do you kill your own zombified son? what do you do after he bites you? what is it like to turn into a zombie? what thoughts go through your head? why does your wife make you hungry? the author lets you see and fell through a zombie's eyes.
grinder is the lead singer of a band. they think they're scary b/c of their satanic air- their lyrics, dress, and fans. during their concert, the infected attack their fans. what is at first thought of as part of the show quickly descends into chaos. so does grinder still think he's king of the dark after the dead start eating his fans and band mates? or does he cry for his mommy?
as these people try to escape to the football stadium, more and more people are infected and the virus only gets stronger as it evolves. at first there are only slow moving shamblers but as the virus evolves and spreads, the newly infected think more, hunt in groups, and sprint after their prey.
the story starts off slow but picks up as the virus spreads across the city until you are left breathless at the end. i've listened to a few zombie novels and have enjoyed this story and the author's other story, beyond the barriers. both books deserve a sequel.
- Mike Naka
Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint
Just finished Among the Living on audio-book and I must say it's a fantastic book which has me eagerly anticipating more from Timothy W. Long.
A Fantastic story which flows brilliantly between the individual characters and leaves you wanting a follow up book asap. Massive respect to the author for a amazing book and for all you zombie genre fans out there this is one you do not want to miss.