Dead of night A zombie novel

Jonathan Maberry

Book - 2011

"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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Published
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
356 p.
ISBN
9780312552190
031255219X
Main Author
Jonathan Maberry (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"The author of the Joe Ledger series sticks close to home, still writing about zombies, but this stand-alone effort is lighter than the Ledgers. Not an out-and-out comedy, it seems designed to provoke equal quantities of chuckles and screams. The set-up could have come straight from a grade-B horror flick: a rather twisted doctor injects a condemned prison inmate with a concoction that will keep the man's brain alive while his body deteriorates. After he's executed, the body is shipped off to his only living relative in a small Pennsylvania town, where the dead man proves he isn't so dead, after all. It's up to two local cops to figure out what's behind the sudden outbreak of gruesome mayhem. But even if they can wrap their heads around the truth, can they stop the evil before it speads through the country? Maberry continues his renovation of rickety old zombie themes, turning clichés into trendsetters. Fans of the genre will want—absolutely—to read this highly entertaining yarn." Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a drug intended to keep his brain animate while his body rots in the grave. But the drug malfunctions, and the result is—surprise!—a zombie who makes a snack out of the mortician servicing his corpse. Of course, he's contagious, has passed on the infection, and—voilà!—the zombie plague has begun. As it turns out, this particular infestation was orchestrated by the Reagan administration when it captured the Project Lucifer documents from the Soviet Union. Lucifer engineered the creation of "metabolically minimalized ambulatory organic hosts." Code for zombies? You bet. This is yet another government-engineered zombie plague. Maberry (Patient Zero), who has ended the world in previous novels, will not disappoint his fans with his latest mishmash of crime noir, horror, and gore. While zombie-savvy readers may become impatient at the length of time it takes the heroes to figure out that an apocalypse is in the offing—really, haven't they ever seen a George Romero film?—Maberry enthusiasts will love it. [Library marketing.] [Page 70]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a drug intended to keep his brain animate while his body rots in the grave. But the drug malfunctions, and the result is-surprise!-a zombie who makes a snack out of the mortician servicing his corpse. Of course, he's contagious, has passed on the infection, and-voilà!-the zombie plague has begun. As it turns out, this particular infestation was orchestrated by the Reagan administration when it captured the Project Lucifer documents from the Soviet Union. Lucifer engineered the creation of "metabolically minimalized ambulatory organic hosts." Code for zombies? You bet. This is yet another government-engineered zombie plague. Maberry (Patient Zero), who has ended the world in previous novels, will not disappoint his fans with his latest mishmash of crime noir, horror, and gore. While zombie-savvy readers may become impatient at the length of time it takes the heroes to figure out that an apocalypse is in the offing-really, haven't they ever seen a George Romero film?-Maberry enthusiasts will love it. [Library marketing.] - "Books with Braaains" Booksmack! 9/15/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Maberry (The King of Plagues) combines visceral horror and psychological terror in this bleak zombie thriller. When smalltown Pennsylvania police officers Dez Fox and JT Hammond respond to a break-in at a funeral home, they discover several bodies that refuse to stay dead. The bioengineered disease soon turns other locals into ravenous monsters. Meanwhile, Dez's estranged ex-boyfriend, reporter Billy Trout, investigates the strange case of the missing corpse of executed serial killer Homer Gibbon. With the National Guard under orders to maintain quarantine at all costs, Dez, JT, and Billy are the only ones who can protect those untouched by the plague. Maberry grounds the story with scientific confidence, spares no attention to detail, and presents the undead as more than faceless targets, but despite clever usage of social media and a unique take on "zombie zero," this is mostly a rehash of familiar elements. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Injected by a prison doctor with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake after death, a condemned serial killer experiences unforeseen, contagious side effects and emerges from his grave to begin a murderous rampage that is combatted by two small-town cops. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Injected by a prison doctor with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake after death, a condemned serial killer experiences unforeseen, contagious side effects and emerges from his grave to begin a murderous rampage that is combated by two small-town cops.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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. "--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Injected by a prison doctor with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake after death, a condemned serial killer experiences unforeseen, contagious side effects and emerges from his grave to begin a murderous rampage that is combatted by two small-town cops.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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.