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Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

November 7th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Won from LibrayThing’s Early Reviewers

Publication date: October 25, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave.  But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects.  Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up.  Hungry.  Infected.  Contagious.  This is the way the world ends.  Not with a bang…but a bite.

Jonathan Maberry is by far my favorite author of zombie stories.  I loved Patient Zero and Rot and Ruin and currently have Dust & Decay sitting on my desk to read next.  His book isn’t just about gore, death and mayhem and instead I am always amazed at how he makes you care so much about the characters.  I’ll even admit as I finished this book up during my lunch hour I was tearing up at work.

Every character was riveting from Des, who is a police officer in Stebbins who is a great cop but a real PITA, to JT, her older partner and closest friend.  Des has such a mouth on her it is amazing she has managed to keep her badge and I can only guess that it is because there are several references to her being one of the top cops on their small police force.  But she does have a soft side that makes her determined to make it to the school serving as an evacuation center during the hurricane to try and defend the town’s children from the onslaught of walking dead.  The only problem I had with her character is that she is often described as damaged and I did not really get why she was so messed up.  Yes, it was tragic that her father was KIA and her mother died not long after but that didn’t really convince me as enough to develop this complex she had of everyone always abandoning her.

I loved JT because he was such a rock steady friend to Des and his character was painted so realistically you can’t help but love him.  Many of the main characters in zombie books turn out to be kick as with weapons or miraculously fast learners but it’s openly stated that JT has never had to shoot his gun or has ever been shot at.  So the shock and reactions to everything on around him seemed so much more realistic and you have to cheer him on for being a regular guy trying to survive and help those around him.

The story itself is pretty much non-stop action and brings up some interesting issues like how other countries utilized research from the Nazis that came from experimenting on prisoners in the camps, what governments would do to keep some of these scientists happy and the lengths the government is willing to go to protect their secrets.  I honestly would not want to be in the President’s shoes when faced with the decision to wipe out an entire town or risk allowing such a horrifying “illness” spread outside the town.

Let me just say again how much I loved this book!  The only thing that kept me from giving it a solid 5 was my question about why Des was so “damaged” and the ending.  I can’t state that question here because I don’t want to ruin anything but I don’t get how that end came about.  I really need to write a separate spoilers post or find someone to talk to about the ending! ETA: Thank you so much to Jonathan Maberry for answering my question!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, General Fiction, Thriller/Suspense

3 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I just heard about this author recently. I am curious, so I think I am going to read something by him soon.

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    He is awesome! You definitely should check him out.

  3. Sam West-Mensch

    If you enjoyed DEAD OF NIGHT, you can download seven free bonus scenes from Jonathan Maberry’s website. Here’s the link: http://jonathanmaberry.com/happy-holidays-from-jonathan

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