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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (Nov. 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861271
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Crowder on July 18 2010
Format: Paperback
this has all the component that a great zombie novel has. it has the action, the tension and the eeriness that makes you shivver with every turn of the page. He has a well rounded writing style. But what I like the most of this book is that it shows the best example of how characters should be developed. He does not go into detail about all of the characters back story like most stories do. Now most people would say this is a bad thing because of lack of knowing the characters history. He proved you dont need to write a page long description of one character just to know his character. In 'Domain of the Dead' The characters can be seen through their dialogue and their reactions to certain things. Just by the mannerism of speech, you can determine easily which character is which and thats how it should be done. He lets you see the characters from their reactions and their mannerism of speech more than the background description of their life. Ive seen, time and time again, authors writing a page long description of a character, but when I see the dialogue of these well defined characters, they seem monotone and absent of the certain characteristics of those characters. I would read about all these different characters in some story but they would all speak in the same monotone voice with the same predictable reaction. And in 'Domain of the dead' he best exemplifies how characters should be developed through their mannerism of speech and reactions to events, more than detailed description of their previous life.

this is what a zombie novel should be, its a fast paced novel with the fear provoking elements that are just scary to even think about. I mean what scarier than zombies? And whats scarier than being stuck in a confined space with zombies?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darryl b on Sept. 20 2011
Format: Paperback
I have read quite a few zombie novels this year and this the only one thus far that will never be granted a re-read.

Things started out promising enough and guickly degraded to the point where I didn't care how the story ended.I iust wanted to be done reading it.There were far too many similarities to the film "Day of the Dead" for my liking.Anyone who's seen the film will know exactly what I mean.Having to re-read sentences due to poor grammar,structure and spelling was a huge put-off.I could go on and on but it would be better if you throw away your hard earned money and find out for yourself.Or don't and read Keene or McKinney.Seriously.Pass on this.
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A few years have gone by since a cataclysmic event leaving only 15 million humans breathing on the planet. Yet, 6 billion+ are still walking around wanting to bite this smaller number. A group of survivors have lasted by barricading themselves in a "Costco-like" warehouse. Then they hear a helicopter just when supplies are winding down. This sets off a sequence of events that makes for great zombie-fare with some entertaining twists. The cobbled together governments and forces opposing the undead are intriguing but equally are those individuals who have survived through varying means. A sequel is clear in setup and I look forward to it.
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By Y. Gendreau on May 22 2011
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It's a good book. Just as I like it! Not to long, lots of action.
For anyone who is looking for a good zombie book to read or give.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Almost a 4. Jan. 13 2012
By Grimwinder - Published on
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Perhaps I'm letting one flaw in a book bother me too much. However, one thing kept me from giving this story another star- drops. In this case the continual dropping of weapons by the characters, it became an annoying plot crutch far too often to forgive.

I mean, it's years after the zombie apocalypse, anyone dropping their weapon that often would have long been dead, duct tape the freaking thing to your hand if necessary. The author seriously needs to find another method of creating tension than having his heroes dropping their guns every time a zombie comes within a mile of their location. "Look! It's a zombie! Crap, dropped my gun....again....that's the tenth time today."

Beyond that, Domain of the Dead is a fairly solid entry in the genre.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Domain of The Dead Feb. 22 2011
By Chip Fehd - Published on
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Finding high quality Zombie literature is akin to waiting for your favorite song to come on the radio; sometimes,you have to sift through some garbage before you can find the good stuff. Iain McKinnon's DOMAIN OF THE DEAD is good stuff. It's a thunderclap of a novel, taut and lean. McKinnon's spare prose is effective in carrying the reader along at breakneck speed, while still giving you characters to care about. All killer, no filler if you will.
The story starts well after the Zombie uprising, so the characters are already weary and hardened when we first meet them. This allows for a more steamlined action narrative. The action in DOTD is tight and vicious, and doesn't skimp on the zombie goodness. Mr.McKinnon has a good ear for dialogue, giving you characters who seem like they could be your neighbors.
Any drawbacks to this zomie enchilada? Well, yes, but they were minor. The descriptions of what the World's governments looked like after the uprising were unique and some more insight into them would have been welcome. That's the only gripe I really had.
Overall, this is a novel that needs to be in your zombie library. I purchased this book based on the recommendation of a friend, and I can honestly say I was pleased with my buy. I eagerly look forward to getting my hands on more of Mr. Mckinnon's work.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wicked Fun! Oct. 23 2011
By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller - Published on
Format: Paperback
DOMAIN OF THE DEAD is one of those zombie novels that balances nail-biting action with finely-drawn characters. You care about these people. The author also has a deft hand in balancing common tropes of the zombie genre with new twists that keep the story fresh and exciting. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tale of Survivors in an Undead World! Some Spoilers at the End of the Review. Aug. 21 2010
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I downloaded the sample for my kindle and it just blew me away. I was drawn in by the story and the characters. This tale starts after the survivors have been at this for around seven years. After all of this time never encountering another alive human being, the story starts with the survivors finding people fighting the undead.
The characters were really well written. The world was very detailed and interesting.

I really enjoyed this tale. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. Without giving any of the story away, I can say that some of the action was intense. The situation that some of the people found themselves in was very scary to me. I know this is vague, but I really hate it when someone tells me everything in the review.

So why did I only give this story 3 stars which means I liked it, but I didn't love it. The ending is the reason. I hated the ending. It was not bad writing. Is it too much to ask of these authors to rap up the first story before deciding to start the sequel? I love sequels! But I want the first book to have what is happening to the characters wrapped up first. Get to a somewhat safe place before you end it. The second story should be about the next big thing that they are going through!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Romero better watch out for this guy. Dec 4 2011
By Kevin Walsh - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have reviewed this book on awhile back and I think its about time I throw up an amazon review as well for this excellent zombie novel. I have read a lot of zombie novels and not very many of them even hold a candle to Domain of the Dead.

Iain McKinnon has an excellent writing style, using a masterful control of language to bring the reader into his world. The characters are real, and the author writes their dialogue in respect to each character's personality. The zombies are classic Romero style, slow and numerous. McKinnon's descriptions of the undead is something I find admirable, he uses his strong control of language to throw some really gruesome images of the undead at the reader. One of the best aspects of this novel is that the author goes into detail about how a zombie apocalypse can actually occur, and he describes in detail about how the undead came to be and what is the cause of their behaviour. This alone makes this novel stand out from everything else in this genre. The author took the time and effort to construct a viable and solid explanation to a zombie apocalypse and how a society (left in disarray) would truly react. The plot and background to this story is elaborate and well thought of.

This novel wins big points for atmosphere. There were points in this book where I felt a chill down my spine just from the claustrophobic atmosphere that this novel can project. I can't say that very many zombie novels have actually spooked me, but this one sure did.

Are there any flaws to this intelligently written, horrifying piece of zombie terror? No, not really, unless if I were to be nit-picking.

I was a little sceptical when I saw yet another book with the "of the dead" in the title. But I see that it is suitable, because there is definitely a strong bond between this story and Romero's envisionment. Since Romero's classic 'Day of the Dead', he hasn't been able to produce anything quite as good as that and it has left zombie fans hungering for more. Well, if you are left hungry and are in need of some classic Romero-esque terror, than Domain of the Dead is the book that can definitely sate you.