A first person account of the zombie apocalypse, from its beginning to its end.
The dead are rising. As Dallas falls, Jack and several other survivors are rescued by an Army patrol and taken by ship to a remote island off Indonesia where, under the leadership of the Colonel, they'll try to rebuild the human race.
That effort involves dangerous military forays, including an assault on an oil tanker infested with the dead, to have a generation's worth of fuel for the island; and a long train journey up the Asian continent to rescue a group of humans holed up in a women's prison.
Jack, whose life before the fall had been aimless and filled with anger, grows as a person as he tries, for the first time in his life, to make a difference. He starts to reach out to the other people on the island with him, including Sergeant Weiss, a big man with close-cropped hair, a bit of a bully, who leads the missions in which Jack participates; Lt. Hoch, a thin, cold, by-the-books army officer who only cares about results; Dr. Dannon, a medical theorist with slicked black hair who has some unusual ideas about how to rebuild the human race; Marcie, a pretty, pregnant woman who gets close to Jack; and The Colonel, a homely, near-retirement career military man and widower who has been thrown into the role of leader.
Part military novel, part adventure story, part horror tale, As Dead As Me follows a group of desperate men and women who try to be strong enough, organized enough, and brave enough, to take back the world. If they don't succeed, mankind is extinct.
What the critics are saying:
"It takes something special to interest me in a zombie novel, and this really is something special. Relentless, unsentimental, and with a plot that moves like a freight train. You want bleak? Read this...an excellent novel from an excellent writer." - Gary McMahon
"Rob Moore has done it again; turned a conventional theme of zombies and all the genre cliches that go with it into something that rises so far above the ordinary that it takes your breath away...[with] the advantage of Moore's extraordinary imagination being brought to bear, introducing characters and situations that you care passionately about. Without giving too much away, the climax to the story astounds the reader by its spectacular, heartrending audacity. A brilliant achievement." - Trevor Denyer
"By making his characters so fully rounded, Moore gives us a reason to care about them, and this in turn makes the book's resolution all the more poignant and painful... These are just ordinary human beings, acting with common decency in the face of the unacceptable...Moore has written a zombie novel, but it's not just another zombie novel. He takes the familiar and makes it heartrendingly sad, but not at the expense of the action fans of this subgenre will have come to expect from zombie fare." - Peter Tennant