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Publisher's Summary

Jenny Duncan works the evening shift at the local shop in the town of Lillington in the Midlands, UK. On Guy Fawkes night, during the bonfire celebrations, a virus sweeps through the town. Jenny finds herself trapped with three customers as the infected attack anyone they can find outside.
Then the dead start to rise, the power and communications are cut off, and a fire breaks out in a building nearby. The group of survivors must find a way out if they are to reach their families and safety.
It soon becomes apparent the virus has gone global, and safety is a difficult thing to find. The group must work together if they are to survive.
Dead End is the story of ordinary people living in the UK, with no special skills, trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. This is book one in the Dead End series.
©2017 Kady Monroe (P)2017 Kady Monroe
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4 out of 5 stars
By Aquatic Kumquat on 12-30-17

Pretty Good

Since I'm listening to an audiobook, I'll start with a critique of the narration.

Narration:

Nym's voice is pleasant to listen to. She did a pretty good job, though I'm a bit surprised that a person with such a soft spoken voice was chosen for a zombie book. With that said I'd be happy to listen to other books read by her. The one thing regarding the performance that I would have liked that is no fault of Nym's is a reader with a British accent. I feel like hearing the characters speaking like people from the UK would have made the setting come more alive.

Story:

So far as zombie apocalypse novels go, this is a pretty short book, but it was well presented. If three or four installments were released together as an omnibus, I'd probably buy it. As it is, with only 5-6 hours of play time, we don't go too deep into how the end of civilization changes people in the long term. The idea that corpses are walking is still new to the characters, and even by the end of this story they don't have enough time to become jaded or desensitized to their situation which is true for protagonists in a lot of other ZA books.

This is a good read/listen for what it is. The book seems well edited, and held my attention from start to finish. I just wish there was more of it. Listening to this book is not time wasted.

A couple of times I found one of the characters to be extremely dense but then I considered that she was an addict, and saying whatever she thought she had to to deny responsibility for her addiction. I liked that the protagonists were all more or less normal people, and behaved as such as they were trying to survive. They weren't all readily willing to throw things like concept of law and order out the window at the first sign of zombies. It's only at the end of the book that the PoV protagonists accepts that sometimes they are going to have to do illegal things to survive (in this case stealing gas). When was the last time you saw someone on the Walking Dead worry about that? I like that we get to see the ZA story unfold from the first infections.

I wondering how dark the author can go in subsequent novels because, as I said, everything is still new to the characters in this book and no one seems to be in danger of losing their humanity or starvation (yet). Whether I continue with the series will really depend on how she handles things in the next book or two as the zombie apocalypse drags on, and the characters have to accept that life as they knew is is gone and dad.

Overall, I give this a solid 4 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather C on 01-31-18

Not Your Everyday Zombie Book

I was pleased to get a chance to listen to this and it to be in POV of the lead female not a male.
Starts out quick and doesn’t stop till the cliffhanger of an ending. If you get upset with a cliffhanger just keep in mind that the next one is on its way. It takes place in UK and some of the references might come accross as hard to understand but that is nothing to keep you away.
Good suspense that keeps you wanting more.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MEDY R on 01-22-18

Book 1

Any additional comments?

This audio book is a nice quick debut novel by author Kady Monroe featuring convenience store clerk Jenny caught in the midst of a zombie attack.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 02-17-18

Dead End

This is a very good first book in a series.A flu hits and zombies appear.Jacqueline Nym does a fine job narrating.I wonder though,this is obviously set in the UK,so why is the accent for everyone American?“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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