The most striking thing about this volume in the Dead series was that it occurs several years after the end of the previous book "Dead: Darkness before Dawn"
|Darkness before Dawn|
|The Dead series, Volumes 1,2 and 3|
The diversity of the main characters and the fact that you're following several different story lines adds, rather than detracts from the enjoyment of reading their stories.
|Dead, volumes, 4,5,6 and 7|
The story-lines are, from my point of view, very believable, if a little graphic, especially in the earlier books - but maybe I've become inured to it by the later books as I haven't noticed it so much.
Along with the main story lines there are a number of 'vignettes', story-lines which are dipped into from time to time, but offer glimpses into how the apocalypse is tackled elsewhere.
These 'vignettes' are maybe not to everyone's tastes as they do detract from the 'main' stories but they also give a little extra breathing space to the page turning action of the other plot-lines.
There hasn't been a single volume that has been disappointing nor one that didn't contain some surprise or shock in a storyline, the last volume I read, "Spring", being no exception.
The whole series reminds me of "Game of Thrones", you get to know and love a character, then they're gone ! The death are quite a shock whether they're killed by their own incompetence, at the hands of others or by the ever-present zombies.
I found it quite difficult to get through the first few chapters of Volume one ("Dead: The Ugly Beginning"), but once I was used to the style of writing I couldn't put the book down.
With regard to the latter statement, I should add that I really should have said "put my Kindle" down as all my books are in e-book form.
DEAD-Box-Set 1 also for the princely sum of 99p ! (so don't go buying just volume one, buy the first three for the same price !).
I've also purchase T.W. Brown's Zomblog series of books (again bought in sets). There are two series, each of three books and if, like me you like the "Dead..." series then you'll also enjoy these.
No doubt I'll be writing about these too in a future blog post.
Other than reading T.W.Brown's latest Dead volume in the series I've also managed to fit a couple of zombie games in, nothing spectacular but here's a couple of photos from the pre-game set-up (an excuse to use my recently completed and detailed yards):
|Perdition, East-Side slums from the South -East|
|as above, bu from the North-West.|