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Review – “Deadline” by Mira Grant

Review – “Deadline” by Mira Grant

When I finish a book, I usually like to let it sit for a few days before I start crafting my review.  I like to let it marinate, as it were, and bounce around unencumbered in the empty bell tower of my subconscious.  Not so with “Deadline”.  I just finished it seven minutes ago and felt compelled to grab the laptop, head out to the back porch, and start writing.  Why the rush?  Quite simply, I was blown away by the story and I have to share it with you.

“Deadline” is the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy from author Mira Grant.  The first book in the series, “Feed”, came out last year and landed the fifth spot on my “Top 11 of 2010” list.  As I said about it at the time –

Mira Grant constructs a world filled with characters and zombies that allow us to see not only what the zombie apocalypse might look like, but also forces us to ask the question – in a world full of danger, loss, and fear; how important is the truth?”

With “Deadline”, Grant dives headlong back into the world of “Feed” and shows us that some truths are more true than others.

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“Deadline” by Mira Grant releases today

“Deadline” by Mira Grant releases today

One of my favorite books from last year was “Feed” by Mira Grant (it came in at #5 on my top 11 list for the year).  As I said about it at the time – “It’s that rare combination of a great story that also happens to be a great zombie story.  I really found myself invested in the characters and was emotionally affected by the ending in a manner that happens far too infrequently for me these days.” (You can read my full review of “Feed” here.)  I’m happy to say that today marks the release of “Deadline”, the sequel to “Feed”.  The back cover blurb reads:

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

This is one of the books I’ve most been looking forward to this year and, as luck would have it, I just finished my latest read last night.  Thanks to the miracles of the Kindle, “Deadline” was waiting for me this morning when I woke up.  I’ll have a review posted as soon as I finish and digest the story.  In the meantime, if you’re a zombie fan, or just a fan of good stories, do yourself a favor and pick up “Deadline”.  (You can click here to order from Amazon, and support thewordzombie.com)


Two of my favorite things – Christmas and Zombies!

Two of my favorite things – Christmas and Zombies!

Just in time for the Holidays, one of my favorite new authors – Mira Grant – combines Zombies and Christmas to great effect.  Reworking “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for the post-uprising world, Mira gives her own unique twist to this classic holiday tale.  Please visit Orbit Books where you can download either a jpeg or pdf version of the full story, and let them know what you think of it.  Happy Holiday, and Happy Hunting!


“Twas the Night Before the Uprising” by Mira Grant


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The boards had been nailed ‘cross the windows with care

In hopes that the dead would pass by, unaware.

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Review – “Feed” by Mira Grant

Review – “Feed” by Mira Grant

Just take a look at the name of my blog and you’ll see readily enough that I am a fan of zombie stories.  To me, they are the true test of an author’s skill in the horror genre.  I’ve read my fair share of them over the years – some good, some bad, and some VERY bad.  I’m happy to say in this case, though, that “Feed” is one of the best that I have come across in a very long time.

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