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Reign of the Dead [Paperback]

Len Barnhart
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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August 2001
Jim Workman returns from a three-week wilderness retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find that the world is a vastly different place. In the few short weeks since he dropped out of civilization a bizarre plague has swept the planet. The recently dead are rising as feeding machines that feast on the warm flesh of the living. A bite from one of the creatures is ultimately fatal as one ghoul becomes two, becomes eight, becomes sixteen, until the human species is nearly extinct. Jim joins a group of about a hundred survivors who are temporarily barricaded in a local rescue center as they search for a way to make it through this waking nightmare.

In an isolated country house just miles from the rescue center the sanctimonious Reverend R.T. Peterson is leading a group of troubled teenagers. Guided by his visions and voices, the Reverend forges a twisted plan to carry out God's will now that the apocalypse is upon them.

In a nearby government installation, tucked deep beneath the mountain, scientists search for answers as the scientific, military and political forces involved battle for dominance and survival.

The story follows the lives of six main characters as they attempt to navigate through a nightmarish world of death and destruction. It is a tale of good and evil, of love and of the indomitable human spirit, leading to the climactic encounter as the three factions finally come together.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful July 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Absolutely dreadful. Where was this man's editor? The plot is the sort of thing a pre-adolescent might dream up, the characters are as dull as can be, and my 5-year-old can construct a better sentence. At first, I kept reading because I thought there had to be a reason the book was this bad -- perhaps the author was playing some kind of trick on us. When it became clear he was serious, I started actually enjoying the book's awfulness, waiting to see how bad it could possibly get. Pretty darn bad, as it turns out, culminating in an absolutely ludicrous ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old School Mayhem July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book rocked out! I give this puppy a 1 because it's numero uno. First, this guy with extensive military training somehow is camping with his guns and he pretty much hates everyone but has to go back to his business. He gets into town and blam! Action right from the beginning to the end. It's a frankenstein nightmare of the living dead. He gets together with some survivors who hook him up with an AK and meanwhile the government and church are bad and can't stop the zombies, so it's up to whoever's got guts to keep humanity going. This one preacher guy ends up leading a band of troubled teens to their final doom! In fact, a moral here is that if zombies attack you don't want to hide in a church or be a government employee, lol. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but get this book and read it, the zombies are slow but you'll read it fast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romero fans will like it July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are a fan of George Romero movies or horror in general then you'll like this book. It's a fast read. I read it in less than two days.
These aren't the new zombies either. These are the good old fashioned slow-moving zombies that creep you out. Good story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but lacking substance July 12 2004
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge fan of the zombie genre, so when I read the reviews on this book, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it. While I didn't think the book was *bad*, it seemed to lack the substance and depth that makes a good book great. It almost seems to be a work in progress or a first or second draft as opposed to the final story. There was so much potential for a really great novel; the author's writing style is interesting and the storyline jumps around, keeping the flow fresh. The character development just doesn't seem to be quite finished.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough gore July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As zombie stories go, this one was lacking in gore and action.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not awful, but not great either June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is what it is. It has a plot, a familiar premise, and kills (pardon the pun) a few hours of time. I wouldn't say it's a great novel, but it's not worth trashing either. Depends on what you like to read.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
But man this was disappointing. I figured this would be a good book to take on vacation and do some fun reading. My problem was that the guy writing it seemed to get tired of his own story toward the end. He made up some really cool ideas and then kind of let them slide or ended it with something lame. Yeah, I know, zombies are running around and stuff and that's all cool but this book made me want to go find a better zombie book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Types of Zombie fans... June 10 2004
By Daniel
Format:Paperback
You know reading through these reviews, I think that there has to exist different types of zombie fans, because I truly cannot understand anyone who calls themselves zombie fans yet can say that they did not like this book!
I am a true Zombie fan, not only because of the action or the horror, but because of the pure philosophy and fantasy of apocolyptic survival. This book is not a literary master piece... It is not a book written for people who adore Stephen King's "Pet Cemetery"... This is a zombie survival book written for people who like slow walking, dumb, easy to kill zombies...
I am not reading this to get literary enlightment, I am reading this so that I can enjoy a couple of hours of good-old Zombie fun, the way it was intended to be...
Keep on writing Len! If it is not for you, this 1980's genre will become extinct!
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