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A father's journey home through a zombie apocalypse. David was just an ordinary father, working too much and spending too little time with his family, when the apocalypse begins. Now he must fight his way home to be with the ones he loves as the world collapses around them. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 18,400
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465882202
About A.R. Wise

I am a podcaster, movie and music lover, owner of the Talkingship website, and long time secret writer. I decided to sit down and force myself to finally put together a story and get it into people's hands. That happened with the release of my first novella, Deadlocked, on November 9th, 2011.

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Reviews of Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

OldManClarky reviewed on June 29, 2018

Far better than I thought it would be. Character driven and taut. Bought and read all in one day. Enjoyed
(review of free book)
Clair Roxanna reviewed on March 17, 2015

This is an excellent story that is about much more than the Zombies that drive it. The inner action with the main character and his family give a great backdrop.
(review of free book)
chucklesthescot reviewed on May 15, 2014

Oh yes, this is how I like my zombies-traditional, scary and unstoppable. The panic that begins on the streets as the zombies appear is exactly how I imagine it to happen(I have that kind of imagination and a survival kit list written out). You fully understand David's decision to go to his family and you can see that this is going to be a long and dangerous journey right from the start. I think what makes this so good is that David could be your dad, brother, son etc, just a normal guy who loves his family and will do anything to save them. He makes a few mistakes, he isn't superman but he is very much real and you are rooting for him all the time.

This is a fast paced novella and I read it in one sitting. It sweeps you up and carries you away with it, and is full of tension filled situations that put our hero in danger. And it is not just the zombies that he has to fear. Trigger happy nervous cops and looting thugs are also around to make things more difficult. The author tells a great story and is not afraid to shock you with an event that you weren't expecting and I love that kind of uncertainty in a zombie book. You want to be afraid for the characters and scared that they might not make it because it keeps you gripped and this book certainly delivers on that score.

The ending was pretty awesome, though I know some fans of the book were not happy with it. Personally I liked it! It is a zombie book after all so expect the unexpected...

My only 'complaint' is that the books are only available in ebook format. When I like a book I like to purchase the paperback version for my collection but this is not an option which is a pity. I'll look out for the rest of the series going cheap and hope to continue the rest of the adventure.
(review of free book)
M.F. Soriano reviewed on Oct. 16, 2013

What I loved about this book is the way the author handled crowd response. The story takes place when the zombie outbreak first hits the streets, and the author does a great job of describing the chaos that ensues. I got a very vivid sense of the protagonist/narrator being at the center of frenzied, panicked, faceless mobs of people--with so much going on that his mind can't take it all in. And yet the story is peppered with striking details that give you clear images, as though you're seeing it with your own eyes. It feels grounded, real, and terrifying.
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Nancy Allen reviewed on Aug. 19, 2012

The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a copy of Deadlocked from the author for a review.

David is sitting at work thinking about the news that he received from his doctor informing him that he has cancer. Everyone else in the office is watching the news where they are reporting that people are eating each other. The reports from the tv breaks into David's thoughts and he hears what is being said about what is going on outside the office. David starts to worry about his family. He needs to get home to his wife and two daughters. Everyone is told that they can leave, go home be with your families.

David has a hard time getting across the city to his family. He ends up in the water and has to swim for a while until he reaches land. David finds out real quick that he is not in the water alone, they are zombies in the water with him. The zombies walk around in the water on the bottom because they are too heavy to float and can not swim.

David meets a couple of nice guys, a father and son when he makes it to land. They help him out by lending him their truck so that he can go get his family and bring them back to their place and then they will all escape together.
(review of free book)
Chrystal M reviewed on Aug. 6, 2012

This novella was extremely fast paced and action packed. A.R. Wise writes this story from the point of view of a father who is just trying to get home to his family during a zombie outbreak. The emotions run high as this man tries desperately to make it across the city to his family - all he wants to do is see them again and have the chance to protect them from this unimaginable onslaught of the walking dead.

David shows what a man would do to save the lives of his loved ones. Desperate times call for desperate measures. David doesn't shy away from anything - he just does what needs to be done regardless of the morals and ethics he was brought up with. All of that went out the window the minute he witnessed people eating each other in the streets. What would you do or give up to survive?

A.R. Wise writes some of the most gruesome scenes, a few made me squeamish, but honestly they set the tone for the entire story. This novella is geared towards adult audiences due to the violence and the language throughout the story. This is a great read for zombie enthusiasts. I plan to read the rest of the series and write a review for each of the novellas (I'm already done the second and loved it even more than the first).
(review of free book)
Lauren Reidy reviewed on May 24, 2012

Since this was a novella, I'm going to make this short and sweet! I don't want to give too much away.
David is the narrator in the story. The story begins with him explaining the strange influx in Emergency Room patients. As far as the news tells them, it's the result of terrorist attacks. The news is on in David's office building, informing all that the situation is getting worse. People are dying in the ER and coming back to life. The video shows children attacking each other. The disturbing part is that they are eating people's flesh. David leaves the office to get home to his family. After leaving the office, panic ensues as zombies appear in the city. David overcomes many obstacles in order to reach his family.

Will David reach his family before it's too late?

I'm going to stop there so I don't give anything away.

My thoughts...

I've seen plenty of zombie movies, but this is my very first zombie book!! I didn't know what to expect from this novella and I was pleasantly surprised. The visualizations I had while reading this book were quite creepy. There was a bit of gore, which I'm totally cool with. The events in the book kind of reminded me of Murphy's Law, what can go wrong, will go wrong. It was one thing after another, he could not catch a break! I kept wondering why this was a novella, why the author couldn't just put all of the parts into one novel. I didn't want to read the blurbs for the other books and potentially spoil this one. Now I know why! That ending was BRILLIANT! I was not expecting it and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Does that make sense to you? cause' it makes perfect sense to me :-) Keep a look out in the future for my reviews of the next 3 novellas in the series!
(review of free book)
Mandy White reviewed on Jan. 9, 2012

This zombie apocalypse story is based on a terrifying premise: bioterrorism.
Deadlocked is page after page of breathtaking suspense right from page one, where we find our main character, David, faced with a terrifying personal reality just before the rest of the world goes to pieces around him. When chaos strikes, David is at work in the heart of the city, far from his home and family. He must leave the safety of the office building, braving crushing crowds of panicked people and violent flesh-eating zombies to make the perilous journey home. His singular goal is to reach his wife and daughters and get them to safety. Will he make it? More importantly, will they still be alive when he gets there?
(review of free book)
Keith Carpenter reviewed on Jan. 7, 2012

As a zombie lover and author of the Genre myself, I always love it when I stumble upon a great zombie story. The ones that leave me wanting more and don't at all give away where they are going, are the best kind. I recently stumbled across this piece of zombie fiction by Aaron Wise and I was pleasantly surprised and completely entertained. It's the kind of story that leaves you dying to go out and get the sequel, which is exactly what I did. I would certainly recommend it to any die hard fan of the ZOMBIE HORROR genre.
-Keith Carpenter
(review of free book)
Ahmed reviewed on Jan. 4, 2012

I love how the writer doesn't believe in happy endings (not yet, at least), and how our protagonist goes from one tribulation to the next in this zopocalypse short. A bit sad to see the sequel isn't free, but hey, we're all looking to make a living.
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