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A relentless thrill ride. . . Break out the popcorn, you're in for a real treat. --Harry Shannon, author of Dead and Gone

Texas? Toast.

Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying--but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life--with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. . .

The Nightmare Begins

Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family. . .

Hell On Earth

There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors. . .but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay. . .

"Hair-raising. Do yourself a favor and snag a copy. . . thank me later." --Gene O'Neill, author of Deathflash

"A merciless, fast-paced and genuinely scary read that will leave you absolutely breathless." --Brian Keene
Published: Kensington Books on Oct 1, 2010
ISBN: 9780786025978
List price: $5.59
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If you like your zombies fashioned after the slow, shambling, lurching variety and are looking for a good, plain old dead coming back to life novel, look no further. Joe McKinney knows how to spin a post apocalyptic style story. Plenty of gore and action with characters that represent your average citizen put into a dreadful situation. The author even raises a few ethical questions as to how a society should handle such creatures. Don’t worry, there’s no preaching here by the author; just something to think about.If I had a complaint it would be his use of “fast movers” from time to time. Some of the zombies have more physical strength and speed than others which gives his hero more of a challenge in various scenes. This seems to be the sole reason they appear and without a foundation for their existence it comes across as a cheap way to liven up the hero’s struggle for survival. Regardless, I read this over a couple of days (and would have read it in one sitting if my family allowed me) because I couldn’t tear myself away from finding out what happens. Hopefully McKinney will release a new novel soon.read more
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Action packed story with vivid imagery, I read these in the reverse order starting with Apocalypse of the Dead first then reading this one but enjoyed both very much.read more
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This starts off a story about the everyday life of an officer. When the dispatcher gives a call about a neighborhood disturbance. The people seem intoxicated ,that is untill the get a really good look. Quickly all hell breaks out. From hurrican disasters to the living dead. This book had me hooked like white on rice people. I couldnt place it down !!! 5 out 5 stars easily P.s Marcus really gave the book some sence of humor . I so can see this as a movie!!read more
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If you like your zombies fashioned after the slow, shambling, lurching variety and are looking for a good, plain old dead coming back to life novel, look no further. Joe McKinney knows how to spin a post apocalyptic style story. Plenty of gore and action with characters that represent your average citizen put into a dreadful situation. The author even raises a few ethical questions as to how a society should handle such creatures. Don’t worry, there’s no preaching here by the author; just something to think about.If I had a complaint it would be his use of “fast movers” from time to time. Some of the zombies have more physical strength and speed than others which gives his hero more of a challenge in various scenes. This seems to be the sole reason they appear and without a foundation for their existence it comes across as a cheap way to liven up the hero’s struggle for survival. Regardless, I read this over a couple of days (and would have read it in one sitting if my family allowed me) because I couldn’t tear myself away from finding out what happens. Hopefully McKinney will release a new novel soon.
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Action packed story with vivid imagery, I read these in the reverse order starting with Apocalypse of the Dead first then reading this one but enjoyed both very much.
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This starts off a story about the everyday life of an officer. When the dispatcher gives a call about a neighborhood disturbance. The people seem intoxicated ,that is untill the get a really good look. Quickly all hell breaks out. From hurrican disasters to the living dead. This book had me hooked like white on rice people. I couldnt place it down !!! 5 out 5 stars easily P.s Marcus really gave the book some sence of humor . I so can see this as a movie!!
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This is your typical zombie book. It was a little better than okay, but I wasn't amazed by it either. As with any book, the tone is set within the first couple of chapters. Within the first chapter of Dead City, I didn't know if I would even like the main character. Eddie is a San Antonio police officer who is introduced, in my opinion, somewhat weak. He is on the phone with his wife and she is (excuse my bluntness) a raving bitch. If I were Eddie, I would have fed that woman to the zombies. Yeah, I didn't like the wife at all. As with other zombie novels, there is total devastation and chaos. Eddie witnesses his friends and co-workers being killed. Dead City didn't lack action, but it did lack that extra little something that makes a really great book stand out amongst others of its kind. The book did pick up and interest me a little more when Marcus was introduced. He was funny and made for some interesting scenes. However, it wasn't too long before we were bidding Marcus a somber farewell. The end of the book seemed to tie up way too nicely for me (especially to be part of a series). Overall, I liked this book, but didn't love it. I doubt I will bother reading the other books in the series, but I will probably read more books authored by McKinney. *Book Hollow
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For the first time you get the story from a cops position. Zombies not just any kind of zombies but , the kind that are different fast slow, torn apart not torn apart. It all comes together in this book . You feel everything that the cop is going through and you hate it for him. Eddie goes through a night of hell while on shift. Not only does he loose his first partner but it continues on to go that almost everyone he tries to save along with him is lost eventually. While Eddie fights his way through the streets trying to save his own wife and 6 month old son. You see him torn between doing his job as a cop and trying to take care of his own. I loved how that pulled you in it put the hard decisions before him and showed what some people actually go through while in a situation of crisis. The guilt of shooting someone that may or may not be dead in order to save your own life. Deciding whether to stay or go when he arrives at several rescue moments and even when he sees that one rescue area has become compromised struggling to try and save as many of them as he can as well. Good intentions do not go to waste but not every thing goes as it is planned and sad to say that eventually by the end of the night he gets to find his wife and child but not without his own scars and scares. I look forward to reading more seeing how the author fleshes out the scene more in the other two books of this trilogy.
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The first in a trilogy Dead City tells of a zombie-like infection that arises from the flood waters around Huston, Texas. In a matter of days this infection has spread throughout Texas and along the gulf coast. In this first book, the action is set in San Antonio as in a matter of hours the city undergoes a massive infection and the risen zombies outnumber the living. The main character, Eddy Hudson is a policeman and is on his regular patrol duty, his day and night quickly shifts to horror as he fights to survive and reach his family, not knowing their fate.Most of the action takes place over the course of one night, and the action is non-stop. I class this type of thriller as a “popcorn thriller”, one that you just buckle in and go for the ride. A quick read, but a very gory and violent one, so not a book for the delicate or faint-hearted. As zombie stories go, I would class this one as about average, it hasn’t got the staying power of World War Z that lingers in mind long after reading it, neither do the characters appeal as much as the ones in The Walking Dead series.I will be continuing on with the series simply because they are already on my shelves. If I didn’t already own them I probably wouldn’t be in any hurry to continue on. Overall, a basic action thriller, long on action but short on story and character development.
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