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Related games. He calls his nag of a wife--so far all women have been scolds, nags, or evil ex-wives who hopefully are dead so no more alimony. Wife answers, they get cut off. He breaks the only working phone out of anger. Such a dick move. Maybe the dying cop in the next room would want to try and call his wife. Maybe the gardeners have loved ones they would like to call. Maybe try back in 5 minutes?
Or you know, break it. When the others are understandably pissed about it, our hero "sat down in the commander's chair and simmered in rage. They destroy a huge amount of cars it seems in the process of book.
Because of the cavalier and snotty attitude, it's hard to find much sympathy with the heroes. They finally find some evidence of civilization in the presence of a news reporter, a doctor from the hospital and like 70 people. Unfortunately, these people also have a bunch of bitten folks not tied down, even though they all know what happens. They escape with the leggy blonde reporter whom his friend has eyes on.
When they go to push the car out of the way that's blocking the road, she somehow gets ripped to shreads inside the car by a crowd of ninja zombies. Here's how Dead City Daze - Durban Poison (3) character's death is handled, her severed leg still in the backseat. We're not going to have this car very much longer. Downtown's only two exits away. She really did have great legs. When he meets an angry black man and reminisces how before the zombie apocalypse he would put someone in the hospital for a look like that.
Then it turns out angry guy's mother just got killed by a zombie cop. Just a big old eh. So besides the main characters being people I actively disliked, fairly routine plot of "trying to fight out of city", soooo many zombies--swarms always upon him, no matter where, abandoned warehouse, wooded areas? Hopefully the other books are better.
I might try one more. This was fun. It's the story of a night of mindless zombie mayhem, and reads like the play-by-play transcript of one of those first-person video games where the goal is to survive by walking about and shooting zombies. There are some interesting twists along the way, and the characters are much more engaging than those in many zombie adventures I've encountered. I'm going to read the sequel now.
May 23, Alyssa rated it it was amazing. I did some research over a few books I could possibly choose from, and this one seemed to catch my eye. I wanted a book that would give me zombies, but I wanted a more traditional story about them; not a story about super-powered zombies, zombie teenagers, or anything like that.
The novel starts out with a run-of-the-mill cop named Eddie Hudson. Having a spat with his wife over the phone, he gets a call from headquarters and he and another officer speed off towards what was reported to them as a riot. Unfortunately, he finds himself in deep trouble when the "rioters" he faces can take multiple gunshots without even flinching.
The rest of the book follows Eddie as he races from various locations around San Antonio in an attempt to find his wife and 6-month old son who seemed to have gone missing, all the while fighting off the undead hoard with the other survivors.
One reason that this book is great is because Mr. Mckinney the author knows his stuff when it comes to policing, as he has actually worked as a policeman himself. So the main character, Eddie, is a truly believable representation of an officer of the law, and all of the decisions he makes seem to be what a cop would do in the situation he is thrust in.
The novel itself is a quick read and the action is paced fairly well, transitioning from situation to situation accordingly. There are some tear-jerking moments and some humor peppered throughout the book at times, giving it a sense of variety in character interactions and situations. I guess that's normal since they are in a zombie apocalypse, but characters such as the "hot" reporter lady didn't seem important enough to really need to be included in my opinion.
It also felt as though the ending was really rushed, especially since it seemed as though Eddie ironically met his wife and son again to only have everything in the world go back to normal and the zombie infection eradicated within the chapter right afterwards.
I was also a bit miffed when my favorite character, Marcus, ended up dying out of the blue. If you're a fan of the zombie genre, this book is recommended, especially if you are looking to find a fairly believable and simple portrayal of the zombie apocalypse. Be warned though; there are tons of vulgar language used between characters, a large amount of blood and gore described, and some questionable jokes exchanged. Even so, it did not turn me off from this book and it shouldn't turn you off either.
I highly enjoyed "Dead City" by Joe Mckinney and recommend it to the zombie fans at heart, or anyone looking for a fantastic horror story. Book Blurb: Texas? 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 hum Dead City is the first book in the Dead City series by Joe McKinney and a novel of Fiction from Pinnacle.
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, Dead City Daze - Durban Poison (3).
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 My thoughts: The day began as any other for officer Eddie Hudson - patrolling the streets of San Antonio, Texas - protect and serve. Then news starts coming in from other states - talking about attacks.
Hundreds of people attacking each other for no apparent reason. Eddie receives a call from dispatch to break up a fight and he and a fellow officer head out. What they find when they arrive is shocking to say the least.
A group of people have gathered and no matter what Eddie says, they will not disperse. And then they attack. Eddie is hesitant to use deadly force - but to save himself and his fellow officer he must. But his shots are brushed off - they make no difference at all. And now the crowd is growing - what was a group of ten is now thirty The Poor Choices - Dead City Split (Vinyl) and more are coming. All Eddie can think about is his wife and young son and getting them to safety.
Dead City is a fabulous read - but intense. From the moment Eddie confronts his first zombie it is non stop action. And Dead City is gory. This is no sugar coated zombie book - these critters are nasty. I loved it! Aug 02, Leslee rated it it was ok Shelves: apocalypse-dystopiazombies-like-more-than-brains.
I picked this one up because the third book in the series managed to win a Bram Stoker award. I realize that this was McKinney's first ever novel so I cut him some slack but this novel has that distinct and unsubtle scent of Eau de Video Game which was slightly annoying and exhausting to read at times so I found myself skimming a lot of pages.
You spend a lot of the first half of the book following the cop protagonist and narrator running around finding ammo for his gun or 'leveling up' by I picked this one up because the third book in the series managed to win a Bram Stoker award. You spend a lot of the first half of the book following the cop protagonist and narrator running around finding ammo for his gun or 'leveling up' by finding better guns or more ammo and somehow he also manages to always find vehicles with keys in them so that he can drive away after he's crashed the last one.
The dialog also felt a little tired, especially the banter with his 'former partner', honestly I could have been playing a Resident Evil game instead of reading this book. A lot of retreading well worn ground here, nothing new to the genre but then this did come out in Dead City Daze - Durban Poison (3), before the real post-apocalyptic zombie novel explosion began so I'm sure for the time it came out it might have been ground breaking.
I'll continue on with the next two because honestly now I'm curious as to whether or not the series improves drastically, from reading this one I'm a bit surprised that the third won a Stoker.
I'll chalk it up to first-time-author blues and see how it goes as the series progresses. Mar 05, David Church rated it liked it. If this was one of the first zombie books I had ever read, I probably would have loved it.
But unfortunately this is my umpteenth zombie book, and while really well written it is nothing ground breaking. I actually felt like it was a video game, it had a lot repetitiveness to the book.
Wash, Spin, Rinse, Repeat. Drive car run over zombies get out run some more get in cars run over more zombies repeat.
The book felt more interesting in the beginning before the first zombie attack. I enjoyed McKin If this was one of the first zombie books I had ever read, I probably would have loved it. And the book did have some gruesome scenes, I just wish it had something different than other zombie books.
I will read the rest of the series I hear they get better. Not a bad book but not a great book. View all 5 comments. Oct 30, Dan rated it did not like it. Likely the worst book I have read in 10 years. I am ashamed to admit I read the whole thing.
I guess I was expecting it to tell a story somewhere in the pages. But it never happened. This was not a book, this was a video game minus the graphics.
Some character development would have been nice, but all we got was a cop meeting up with two other cops who then traded one-liners until someone ended up dead. I will scratch this author of any future reading lists. Jun 29, William M. The first few chapters have a nice buildup as the reader experiences the outbreak through the eyes of a San Antonio police officer.
The action explodes very early on and never really stops, and while I did enjoy the intense sequences, I think the violence would have been more effective if it was balanced with more suspenseful and quiet moments. Like the ups and downs of a rollercoaster, you need to go up before you can race down and experience the full thrill of the ride. Set over the course of one long day, the protagonist races around the city looking for his wife and newborn son.
The outbreak had a fairly basic premise and was extremely light on story, but it was certainly done well. The zombies also felt too familiar in their actions, and it would have been nice to see something new added to their mythology.
Although McKinney does a better job in his other books of balancing the elements of character, story, and atmosphere, I still really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it without hesitation.
Aug 14, Chris rated it really liked it. Dead City is the first in a series of zombie horror novels by Joe McKinney. Officer Eddie Hudson, a San Antonio police officer, is working the nightshift, when suddenly violence erupts As Eddie tries to make his way home to his wife and newborn son, he soon realizes the entire city is crumbling around him, wave after wave of ravenous zombies make that effort a deadly and near impossible task.
Gritty realism coupled with true emotion makes this horror Dead City is the first in a series of zombie horror novels by Joe McKinney. Gritty realism coupled with true emotion makes this horror novel work in unexpected ways, and of course, the numerous expected tropes of zombie horror. But where McKinney's novel set itself apart is the unique plot a series of deadly hurricanes being a catalyst of sorts that started the necrosis virus and the fact that the author was also a San Antonio police officer, makes the main character resonate much more truthfully.
In the end, he is just a husband and father who wants to find his family in the midst of total chaos. Parallels to the popular TV show are inevitable, albeit pale ones, but the novels first printing was Recommended for zombie horror fans! I love when zombie novels start off with a "typical day at the office" Our main character Eddie Hudson, just wants to get home to his wife and child, after realizing just how wrong things are getting.
It is a long day and a circuitous route, just to get to the other side of the city. He loses friends, co-workers and those he was sworn to protect. Through it all, he is able to keep things in perspective and get to his ultimate goal Nothing like a good zombie book to put things in perspective Jan 02, Tim rated it it was amazing. Great book if your looking for non stop action survival book.
Feb 04, Lisa rated it it was amazing. I am not a big fan of first person stories, but it worked in this case. I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced, I read it in a day. I just could not put it down. A very good zombie story. Nov 22, Mike rated it really liked it. This is a good solid zombie book. It is told from the point of view of a San Antonio police officer, and you can tell that the author really knows his stuff.
There's a nice balance of why did this happen vs. My only real problem with the book, is that the end of the came very abruptly. It seemed like a lot of stuff was just rushed at the end to reach the end. I didn't realize that the book had a preview of the sequel at the end, so it literally ended about 25 pages before I thought it would.
One of the things I liked most about the book was all the little details and insight into the main character's thoughts and feelings. This wasn't an action hero, this was a typical blue collar cop with a wife and baby somewhere out there. A lot of the details and flavor seemed to get lost in the last 30 pages of the book in favor of wrapping it up.
So while the ending was a little disappointing, I still really liked the book and I'm very anxious to dive into the sequel. I definitely want to know "what happens next. Nov 28, Paul Brown rated it did not like it. About half way though this one. Standard zombie novel. Very weak on character development. Also, like most zombie books, the characters do such stupid stuff.
This one is going all over the place looking for a vehicle when the streets are jammed bumper to bumper with abandoned vehicles. Let's go downtown to look for a car!
Good idea! Let me just climb over the two thousand abandoned cars to get there. Update: I quit reading this. The main character and his friend spend a good third of the book drivi About half way though this one. The main character and his friend spend a good third of the book driving downtown to get a new car. On the way they get into other cars, start them, and move them out of the way. This book is stupid in the extreme.
Life is too short. Moving on. One more note: I've always wondered if I'm capable of writing a novel. This book has shown me that the answer is yes.
I could write a better novel than this with parts of my brain in seizure. So when future-me is being interviewed and asked what inspired me to write a novel, I'll have to answer "Dead City by Joe McKinney". There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. About Joe McKinney. Joe McKinney. Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist.
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