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The journey has been a long one; and through its twists and turns, we have lost some dear friends. Who lives to see the next sunrise? There is only one way to find out.
By Shaun Rucker
For a series I started reading simply because the first novel was FREE on Kindle, I am now very sad to have finished the final installment in this GREAT series. Mr. Brown wrapped up all of the stories mostly neatly, with just a few minor threads left dangling. I agree with another review that Thalia seemed to have made real connections with former rival Kayla and with Cricket, but their exits from the story are total side-notes.
I definitely enjoyed this book more than the previous two, I think because there was a sense of finality here. However, like the last two books, there some parts that felt rushed. It felt like the entire thread with the army formerly lead by Suzi just kind of ended and didn’t anywhere, when it had a very interesting start to this book. It was very odd of the author to have left such a major development just dangling out there…then again, I’ve said it in my reviews before: this is the zombie apocalypse, so not everything will be wrapped up with a nice bow on it! I would have gone a 5th star easily if we’d had more to this tale.
While the “main” character storylines of Thalia and Catie were a little on the sappy side, I really enjoyed how the Vignettes all wrapped up; even though one of them ends in a similar way, that character deserved it! It was heart-breaking to lose one of my favorites, it was in classic TW Brown style, so I still enjoyed it immensely. I’ll deal with that last statement in time…
I haven’t read the Snapshots yet, but definitely will. Until then, to Mr. Brown: the Dead series has been one of the greatest series I’ve read in my life, and it’s been great fun seeing you grow as a writer. Keep up the great work, sir, and I’m glad you are finally living the dream:)
The days of being afraid of the walking dead are long since past. While they still prove to be a menace when they are found in massive herds numbering in the hundreds of thousands if not the millions, it is now the living that can be the most terrifying. Humanity is clawing to regain its place, and some will do anything to ensure their own survival…even at the cost of others.
The world is a wide open place and lawlessness abounds. The fate of civilization hangs in a delicate balance. With nobody looking over your shoulder, would you choose good…or evil? The choices made by a few could mean the end of hundreds of lives and reduce the chances that man will outlast the zombie in a world without order.
DEAD: Blood & Betrayal
Years have passed since the dead rose and wiped out most of the living. Many survivors have gathered in pockets around the world. Some are bent on trying to restore what once was, others with a mind to create something new and better from the ashes of civilization, and then there are those who now thrive in the hellish chaos of lawlessness.
While the undead currently roam the world in herds that can often stretch for miles and number in the millions, the zombies are no longer the biggest threat to humanity’s continued existence. That distinction has returned to mankind.
Those who are immune to the zombie infection are now either reviled or revered. Some have become human biological weapons, while others are seen as the last hope for the continued existence of the human race. They are a symbol of hope for some…fear to others.
Even though this is book ten it still seems fresh and new. The reason for this is in the way the author brings minor characters along to make them major characters and the reader gets to see the story through their eyes. Of course, some major characters are killed off in order to make room for the new ones and the beauty of this is you never know who is going to get it. I was truly shocked when this one character died and how gruesome that death was.
Everything hangs by the thinnest of threads. In a DEAD world, nothing is certain and nobody is safe. Friends have fallen, some enemies have been defeated only to be replaced by yet another. As the first year of the zombie apocalypse ends and a new year begins, can a person hope that the coming of spring can be a starting point for re-birth? If not…then what is the point of trying to survive? Fates will be sealed and destinies decided as winter finally fades, the darkness recedes and gives way to…
Winter has gone, but the world is no less inhospitable.
The survivors of this first winter now face some of the darkest and most soul-wrenching choices thus far. From the outskirts of London to an island refuge in Oregon, small groups struggle to build a new life.
Kevin recovers to a realization that shatters his dreams, yet he must stand up and take the role of leader…or die trying. His followers, now largely consisting of juvenile delinquents and society cast offs need him. Can he shake loose from his own misery to be their salvation?
Billy must decide what sort of life he wants to forge. Has he been following blindly and gone down the wrong path? And has Dr. Zahn finally discovered the mystery of the zombie children?
DEAD: Darkness Before Dawn
Thank you for this awesome saga!
(written during another bathroom break)
Winter is losing its grip. For Billy and the survivors who began the nightmare, the loss of Steve Hobart is devastating, but could they finally be finding a place to truly call home? Kevin resumes his original quest for a safe place in the Badlands of the Dakotas, but with a whole new gang. However, they stumble across another group of survivors and face a new dilemma. Do you try to save others at the risk of those you know and love? Around the world, small bands of survivors fight to carve out a place for themselves, whether it is Sauvie Island or the British Isles…the struggle is the same. More horrors await, but with it, the first children of this new world bring hope… DEAD: Reborn
Read this series. Read everything TW Brown writes. I promise, you won’t be sorry.
Several months have passed since the dead began to walk. The first winter has taken its toll in more ways than one as humanity continues to struggle to survive.
Not every threat to humanity comes form the undead as so many have discovered man’s ability to sink into depravity with the absence of law and order. Time and again survivors have fought, run. and regrouped. Yet, there seems to be no respite, and as winter draws on…things become more and more difficult to endure. A new threat seems to materialize even before the last can be dealt with. And if the physical toll was not enough, the hours of isolation and the time left with one’s thoughts can become just as destructive.
How much more can you take?
As a bonus, this book contains the full version of the short story “That Ghoul Ava: Her First Adventures” previously only available in ebook.
By Alan Wilson
TW Brown’s zombie survival death march continues to entertain and grip the imagination.
In contrast to its immediate predecessors, Confrontation closes down and snips off many of the frayed loose ends hanging around. There’s a significant cull and clean out of characters, both central and cameo, and a discernible value shift in survivor philosophy which (I imagine) is a way of setting up for the second half of what Brown says is to be a 12-part series. However knowing that the author is set against using lock-step story outlines, it’s possible to assume, more prosaically I guess, that he’s grown bored with trying to squeeze any more toothpaste out of certain characters and scenarios.
But you never quite know with Mr Brown!
1. Steve’s made his dash. Time to rest thou good and faithful servant…and make way for Big Boys playing a Big Boys Game by Big Boys Rules.
2. Kevin’s god-complex looks set to implode – his decision making is 50:50 win-loss. Not good Boss Man. Let a Strong Woman take the reins laddie-bucks.
3. Billy begins to pupate.
4. Brutal ruthlessness among all lead characters (apart from Steve). What’s a broken nose and a handful of busted fingers when you need to extract vital information? This is great and amps up the story. No more Mister Nice.
5. Vix and Emma in London…. Hmmm, I still don’t know where this going. Do you Mr Brown? (I don’t trust Vix as far as I could throw her…watch out Emma!)
6. Tight like a tigah…what on earth are we gonna do with you? (Please not another cutsie puppy dog, yuck.)
The surprise inclusion of Ava the Ghoul’s novella was a wonderful gesture and a neat way of decompressing from Confrontation’s intensity…well played whoever thought of that wee marketing/business development wheeze.