Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school - or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they?
Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against - what? The undead?
The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking.
Fall of Night, Maberry's nail-biting sequel to Dead of Night, picks up where the first novel left off - on a wild goose chase for a madman and the missing scientist who gave him new "un"-life. Chilling, gory, and hair-raisingly scary, Maberry fans won't be able to read this fast-paced thriller with the lights off.
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Horrible characters ruin the book.
Better characters would have helped. The two main characters of Des Fox and Billy Trout are loathsome and weak in that order. There is nothing wrong with a flawed hero, but not when they are only flaws and have nothing to redeem them and make you care if they die. In fact a lot of readers might actually find them rooting for them to die.
Des Fox's bad traits include being borderline alcoholic, anti-social, borderline psychotic, verbally and physically abusive, sexually promiscuous and prone to outbursts of near insanity and any given moment. And yet apparently all this makes her a good cop. I can't think of anyone worse to be a cop. Why anyone in this book would follow her leadership is beyond me. After one crazy act she actually gives a lecture to people on them not doing stupid things and they agree with her. Never wanted a main character to die more than in this book.
Billy is just a weak character. He allows Des to beat on him and verbally abuse him constantly. Only she can engage in positive physical or emotional contact or Billy is likely to get hit. So I found him to weak to enjoy and found the idea of book that is effectively giving the ok to be an enabler to an abusive person a bit poor.
Only one and I'd forgotten what I'd thought of the first one of this series. It is just the same as before.
This narrator is a tough one. He wanders from good to bad. When he is good he is enjoyable to listen to. The problem is he has this really bad habit of delivering some of the narrative in a hyper-slow, overly dramatic manner. Maybe others won't mind it, but it really grated on me and he does it a lot. Change of pace in your voice is needed to set mood or the situation but show me one actor that would talk this slowly ever and I'll change my mind.
Yes it did have some redeeming qualities. Some of the plot was good, and I did like some of the characters. Sadly most of the ones I did like didn't make it. There were some amusing points that made me chuckle as well. So some people may enjoy this book more than I did, as it will depend on if they look for the same things I do in a book. If you want characters you care about then this won't be your cup of tea, but if not you may well like it.
If this series continues I'd wonder how he will do it, as quite frankly I wouldn't give them a snowballs chance in hell of trying to protect a large group of children without a very secure location. Think they would live longer herding them unprotected into a lion enclosure than on the road in a full scale nationwide zombie apocalypse.
- M. Paddon