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Dead of Night

av Jonathan Maberry

Serier: Dead of Night (1)

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"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. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang...but a bite. "--… (mer)
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Jonathan Maberry did it again. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The story hums along like a freight train under full steam. I read it in two sittings. This is how a horror/adventure novel should be paced and Maberry is a pro.

More than just its technical merit, which is very important in and of itself since so many novels shake and rattle along under poor structure, Maberry takes us deeper. We get inside the heads of several of the zombies (and therefore all of them, really) and realize that the human spirit is still inside, chained to an urge that they do not understand and have no power to control. They are not your usual zombies; they are more accurately described as "infected" than undead. And that is so much worse.

When you get to the ending you will say along with me, please, this one deserves a sequel. I want to know more about what happens. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This is a solidly entertaining book with more heart and emotion than I thought it would have. On the eve of a superstorm, something weird has happened at the local mortuary of a rural county in Pennsylvania. The two officers sent to investigate find bodies missing and people who should be dead but are still moving. Meanwhile a local reporter gets tipped off to separate weird happenings at the local prison. The two events end up connected as the start of and the origin of the zombie apocalypse.

One of the things that made sense but was also a bit annoying was how long it took for the characters to admit the undead were zombies. In real-life, I'm sure it would take some time before zombies were seriously accepted even if they were biting you on the arm, but here it seemed to take even longer. Not even a semi-cliche "Zombies? Are you crazy? Those don't really exist." I did enjoy the investigative aspect taken by the reporter to find the origin of the zombies. While it might have been a bit cliche (I'm not going to say it so I don't spoil anything), it fit the story perfectly. The final thing I wanted to discuss was the main character, Dez Fox. I found her to fluctuate between being strong and barely holding on. She seemed to be dealing with the story events one moment and then nearly falling apart the next. I didn't feel that I was connecting to her throughout most of the story, but then the final sequences of the book happened. And I found them heart wrenching. I could feel the tears in my eyes. And this was mostly due to the raw emotion that Dez Fox was experiencing, her difficulty in accepting what was happening. I was feeling what she was feeling which meant I was more connected than I thought. I've already picked up and am reading the next book in the series: FALL OF NIGHT. ( )
  dagon12 | Mar 7, 2021 |
A serial killer is executed by lethal injection. But was the injection actually lethal? This is a zombie novel and contains all the things a successful zombie novel should; nasty zombies that not only bite but spew a maggot filled contagious substance; protagonists you respect and admire,and an IN YOUR FACE ending.
Can you imagine anything worse than a zombie whose conscious mind is still functioning but has no control? Totally aware of what he is doing and what has happened to him but unable to do anything to stop it? This book is that and much more.
What really makes the story successful in my opinion, is that these zombies start out as man made. As the story progresses you are left wondering who the monsters really are. Zombies or mankind? ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Interesting but depressing concept. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Definitely NOT one of his YA titles - rip roaring horror from the beginning to end, including grisly, graphic details of zombies' atrocities & -even more horrific- the secret biochemical "weapon" devised by an emigrated Communist scientist which allows the human being "killed" by one of the infected to still be alive, somewhere deep down in the pscyhe of the "undead", while new parasites (complete with black goo) instantly hatch in the victim's blood as well as create an insatiable hunger for flesh. The book opens with the "morning after" one night stand of hardbitten, foul mouthed tough cop Desdemonda ("Dez") Fox who lives & works in Stebbins, Pennsylvania. We soon meet her understanding, wiser (older) black cop co-worker, Sgt. JT Hammond alternating their routine police routine morning plot details with the details of two or three other plot strands - the shocking discovery of Lee "Doc" Hartnup when he unzips the body bag of a (supposed) deceased former criminal (serial killer) Homer Gibbon; the musings of the former Communist scientist who discovers that his "experimental" bioweapon injected into a soon to be dead criminal is now "loose"; & eventually, the plot strand of Dez's former love, Billy Trout, who works at Regional Satellite News in Stebbins with the station's cameraman & general engineer Gregory "Goat" Weinman. Masterful pacing & balancing of the various narratives, including the gov't operatives & the military leaders called in to quell the growing epidemic of infected Stebbins' inhabitants, this story keeps ratcheting up the suspense & has enough gun play/military actions/creepy descriptions of zombie attacks to satisfy the most discerning zombie-fest fans. Filled with "F" word, adult sexual references and nightmare-inducing descriptions, but also with insightful characterizations, esp of the serial killer Homer Gibbon & his doomed aunt Selma to compare to the best of Stephen King's horror classics. ( )
  BDartnall | Aug 5, 2017 |
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"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. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang...but a bite. "--

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