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Don of the Dead: A Zombie Novel [Paperback]

Nick Cato

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Book Description

July 1 2009
Two mob families go to war after one family's main hitman switches sides--and to show his newfound loyalty, he has to whack his former boss, who also happens to be the current Don. The Don is buried alive on a mob-controlled construction site that was once the location of a church that had banned the same Don's ancestors, causing them to invent their own religion. The Barrlucio and Piranzza families battle for control of the underworld before their main henchmen find out a Don has been offed without permission. Major problems arise when a group of mysterious Sicilians arrive from Italy and manage to retrieve the Don's corpse. Well, his living corpse. Before long, the Don's undead state leads to the outbreak of reanimated dead, including a showdown at the Staten Island Mall and NYC's Central Park. Add to the mix a corrupt military general that is bent on using the outbreak to bring down the mob and the entire city and an even more corrupt Catholic priest who is responsible for the whole mess in the first place. Ah, nothing like a few bowls of scungilli, classy suits, bullets and zombies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192671203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926712031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,428,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mobsters and Zombies! June 18 2010
By J. Krall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
That's a pretty freaking cool combination. But with any cool combination (or mash-up, if you will) it can be a real hit-or-miss situation. Luckily with DON OF THE DEAD, it's a hit.

What this book has going for it the most is the humor. The author doesn't take his subject so serious as to be stuffy but he also doesn't bring his humor into goofy territory. He knows just went to hold back and when to go for the laughs. Writing a humorous zombie book could have easily turned into a parody but Cato has such a respect for the source material, DON OF THE DEAD ends up having a really strong backbone to hold up the funny stuff.

There is also a good amount of zombie violence which, if you are a fan of the genre, you have to come to expect. But Cato makes sure the gore is never boring.

One of the most intriguing things about zombie books (and movies) is learning about the origin of the outbreak. In DON OF THE DEAD, the source of the zombies is both hilarious and interesting.

It's evident that Cato is a big fan of horror/zombie movies and so he keeps the book moving swiftly with short scenes. The only downside is that sometimes it moves a little too fast but that doesn't deter from the enjoyment and I'd much rather it go too fast than too slow.

DON OF THE DEAD is the type of book that is just begging for a film adaptation. It'd sort of be a cross between the Sopranos, Street Trash, Dawn of the Dead, and a few Italian zombie flicks. What would that add up to? Pure awesomeness!

This will please fans of the zombie genre especially those who have a good sense of humor about the genre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handshake between Puzo and Romero Sept. 30 2009
By Lorne Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nick Cato's DON OF THE DEAD doesn't exist in a vacuum. This story lives and breathes in the hearts and minds of everyone who has a deep affinity for '70s cinema. The benchmarks here- as the title suggests- are The Godfather and Dawn of the Dead. Cato rips into the story with admirable vigor, setting up the conflict in a few smart, quick strokes. This is a novel full of steam. It never slows down, instead pushing forward with every sentence, spiraling into stranger and stranger territory... but without ever losing its way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's in there! Aug. 29 2009
By Patrick Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A thoroughly entertaining blend of two great genres. I laughed... I cried... It became a part of me. If there is anything bad to say about Don of the Dead, it's that it's responsible for a huge dip in the ocean's squid and whelk populations.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the film version. July 12 2009
By CHRIS RAMONES RULE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's often been said that the best books are the type which read like a film treatment and an excellent example would be Nick Cato's DON OF THE DEAD. Straight-forward, to the point, and loaded with an array of interesting characters, Mr. Cato has done the incredible and melded the genres of Organized Crime and Zombie/Living Dead lore into a tale that would bring a horror filled smile to the face of any fan familiar with the works of Mario Puzo or George Romero. This work should also put the Staten Island community on full alert for signs of Living Dead activity. My only question is: When can we expect the film version?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Oct. 11 2011
By Brian Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a great christmas gift for my wife. She who has an obsession with Zombie's. The book arrived in great packaing and very promtly!

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