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Among the Living [Paperback]

Timothy W. Long

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2011
The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun. When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn't going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele... the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs. Mike, a newspaper reporter, suspects a conspiracy lies behind the chaos. He's driven to find the truth, even if it means dragging his beautiful co-worker into danger. Kate has a dark secret: she's a budding young serial killer. As society collapses, her skill in dealing death may be the one thing that can keep her alive. These survivors, along with others, are drawn together in their quest to find not only the truth behind the spreading apocalypse, but also to escape the madness they face at every turn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618680064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618680068
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stories of those who walk among us...4.5 stars Aug. 28 2009
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on
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Among The Living takes place in Seattle and starts out sharing with the reading audience the lives of four different people in the city. The author uses both third and first person perspectives as we go through the routines of their days. Hints of the start of an undead uprising are sprinkled throughout the story but much of the early part of the book keeps that as background noise for most of the characters...there is a gas leak in a neighborhood, it is cordoned off, there are strange stories on the internet but the news networks are saying nothing and the stories are disappearing as quickly as they appear. As the story rolls on we are given small bits and pieces, a few attacks, there is footage found online of some shaky cell phone video, etc. but the city and the main characters, for the most part, have no real comprehension of what is going on until it is far too late.

The author slips from one character to the next with relative ease, pacing the story through their eyes, and in particular, through Mike, a journalist's eyes, who is telling us his story in first person. The other stories, about Lester, a drug dealer caught inside the neighborhood that is originally cordoned off, Kate, a serial killer who is just getting warmed up, and Grinder, the lead singer of a heavy metal band, are all told in third person. Tim does an excellent job of getting us up to speed on all his character's lives and how they act and react to everything going on around them.

I found it particularly interesting that the only person we are given first person exposure to is the journalist and likely the most normal person of the bunch. Mike is dealing with difficult issues but his burgeoning relationship with a co-worker seems a bright spot in a story filled with three other characters who are all, in my humble estimation, disturbed in their own particular ways. It would have been interesting to see the first person perspective of the serial killer, though the insights into her psychy are pretty indepth (I would especially like to see the first person perspective of the "other", which drives Kate to do the horrid things she does).

When it is finally clear that the deaders are at their full strength and their numbers are growing rapidly, the violence is in your face, visceral, and merciless. The author indiscriminantly throws us into the blender and lets us taste the agony of a city that is dying and coming back to life with the undead. A sequel would be natural and makes complete sense because in many ways, this tale has only just begun.

The story is solid and the characters real and fascinating. I kind of figure Tim decided to give us the first person perspective with the more "normal" character of the lot. Since these four barely get to interact during the book, it will be interesting if he decides to carry along with a first person view and see what perceptions Mike develops about the drug dealer, the heavy metal lead singer, and the serial killer.

The book is excellent and Tim, a first time novelist but someone who has written quite a few other works, definitely has some chops as a writer. My only true criticism is that there are some typos sprinkled throughout the book. Nothing that really detracts from the story but they are noticeable. It certainly did not keep me from enjoying the book a great deal and I am looking forward to picking up the sequel down the road when he gets around to writing it.

If you are a fan of zombies or just of apocalyptic fiction in general, this is definitely one to pick up.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Jan. 27 2012
By Star - Published on
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This story was gory, disgusting and terrifying, everything a zombie novel should be. I loved it! The descriptions painted a very vivid picture. I'll have nightmares for weeks, but I can't wait until the next installment comes out! A number of reviewers seem to have issues with the grammar and spelling. I can't say I really noticed the errors as I was reading, but I might be more forgiving than some readers. If you are someone who is offended by those type of errors, this might not be the book (or version) for you. Other reviews also talk about some of the unnecessary characters that don't add to the plot. Since this is the first in a series, I believe those characters will become important in the following books. They appeared in this book to provide their background as the events were happening. Yes, most of the characters are horrible people. Sometimes I felt the zombies were more sympathetic and easier to relate to than the live characters. However, I look forward to seeing those characters' personal growth in future installments.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay if you're into character driven drama with some zombies April 27 2012
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Went through the book, thought it was alright, but missing something major. Thinking back, it was the very, very slow build up to a full on zombie outbreak. Personally I thought the character development was pretty solid. However some of the plot seemed a bit implausible, such as the government response to an impossible to hide epidemic along with some actions the characters took when confronted by zombies, which reminded me of a B grade horror flick. But perhaps other readers enjoys that type of horror. So if you are into a book which is more about how a zombie pandemic very very slowly building up along with a fairly decent development the the major character and thier associates then this is for you. But if you're more into some action packed reading + frustrating decision making by the protagonists. Read the last third of the book only.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story Jan. 6 2014
By zgirlT - Published on
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Kept me engaged and wanting to finish the story. Looking forward to the next book. Some unrealistic things happen, but hey it's a zombie book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Living an instant classic! Feb. 24 2013
By Robert - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I for one am a huge fan of the zombie genre and Among the Living is an instant classic. Timothy W Long does a great job building this story and connecting us to each of the main characters. He also writes from the living dead perspective and puts in the mind of a monster! This is a must read for everyone and a great start to the Among trilogy!

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