Dead: The Ugly Beginning

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The unthinkable has happened. The dead are walking! Humanity's fragile thread may be reaching its bitter end. Individuals and groups struggle to survive...some at any cost. Will there be anybody left? Or, is this just...The Ugly Beginning?

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Review by: Nicole Storey on Nov. 26, 2011 :
Taken from my blog:

Now, anyone who really knows me can tell you that I am a zombie-fanatic! I love all zombie movies and shows (my current favorite T.V. show is The Walking Dead), but, I have not read many zombie-related books. I guess, in my mind, I just couldn’t see how a writer could capture all the emotions that are expressed on the big screen in a dystopian world where zombies have taken over. On T.V., you can see with your own eyes that raw emotion; the horror that the characters are faced with. Their panic is so tangible that you can almost feel it and experience it with them. I read one other “zombie” (and I use that term loosely) book and I was not impressed, so I decided to just stick to Romero films and The Walking Dead and let it go. I’m glad that I changed my mind and took another chance on Zombie-Literature!

I won’t say that I was hooked by the first page when I read this book. As a matter of fact, I was a tad disappointed. The book started out just like many other zombie movies I have seen before and was a little predictable. It was easy to see that the author is a Romero fan AND a Stephen King fan. He took many experiences from Romero’s movies and King’s book, “The Stand”, and incorporated them. He also refers to them a lot via the characters in the story.

BUT, by the third chapter, I couldn’t help myself. I could NOT put the book down. I started reading it at 10 am and finished it by 3 am. Brown did something that I didn’t think was possible; he took a zombie story and made it seem real. Of course, there is a lot of gore, blood, head-bashing, and the like. After all, this IS a zombie-related book and we all know that the only way to kill one is to disable their brains. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was a story with characters that I grew to like and care about.

Brown has many characters in the story and you get to follow them while they try to survive in this new and chaotic world where there is no law, no rules, and no hiding from the zombies. The characters were easy to follow and I never once got confused or mixed up. He made the point-of-view changes very clear and enjoyable. I came to love so many of the characters and was very upset when one didn’t make it or another was forced to leave a friend after they were bitten by the zombies. Brown’s writing made it easy for me to feel their pain, joy, horror, and hopelessness. I didn’t want the story to end!

TW Brown has the second book in this series available now; “Dead: Revelations” and a third installment ready to publish next month! After reading this book, I can now say that my faith in zombie-related stories is renewed and I cannot wait to read Brown’s next book in this amazing series. Also, thanks to Mr. Brown, I have also ordered Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead: Compendium One”. I now have to see if the comic books are as good (or better!) than the T.V. show! If Kirkman’s writing is as good as Brown’s, I have nothing to worry about! Who knows, maybe one day in the future, I’ll be watching another wonderful zombie show or movie called “Dead: The Ugly Beginning”. I wouldn’t be surprised at all!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Mjay Dakid on Nov. 23, 2011 :
The book was very good. I am just played out with Zombies. The author is skilled but the book is too predictable. I gave it 4 stars to not allow my anti-zombie bias to negatively influence any potential reader from this good writer.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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