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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. ...more
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Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Lucy
I haven't been reviewing books as much this year and while I want to change that this probably isn't the best book to start with. Dead of Night was written in the most effortless and trite way possible. The characters were two dimensional clichés, the dialogue was rife with overused movie lines (I seriously kept expecting someone to say 'come with me if you want to live'), and even the situations could have been Frankenstein-ed from a bunch of horror and action movies like a fan-made youtube tra ...more
Lou
I interviewed Jonathan Maberry recently here. He talks about writing, favorite books, Bram Stoker Awards and Martial arts.

A military bio-weapon could be the most dangerous weapon to us all.
Maberry takes you back through the turning process to where it all started with the first host.
Homer Gibbon was the states most notorious serial killer others watched and saw him be killed via lethal injection or did they?
There is death and then life again well kind of, the undead shall walk upon the earth a
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Timothy Ward
Jonathan Maberry is a talented writer. In a genre full of similar stories with cliche descriptions, Dead of Night was refreshing and scary. The other book I've read of his, Patient Zero, had some of the best zombie action I've read. Where that book was more of a thriller with zombies, Dead of Night is a more traditional, zombie outbreak in a small town type of story, which is more to my preference. If you like that kind of book, I recommend reading Dead of Night.

Dead of Night is about a troubled
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Rick Fisher
I have tried my hand at a few zombie novels, most of which have paled in comparision to watching "The Walking Dead", on television. But, finally, a novel that does the genre just right.
"Dead of Night" is an intense, visceral, non-stop read. And, scary in that, the premise almost makes the scenario seem possible.
There are a few drawbacks in this one. The lead character, Desdemona Fox, Dez to everyone who knows her, is not a likable character. Not in the least. She has one or two redeeming tra
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Rachel
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Jason (RawBlurb)
If you put all cultural Zombie dogma together and made a box, we would all be mewling puppies inside said box with Maberry using a nail gun to give us breathing holes to avoid suffocation.

In the publication of ‘Dead of Night’, Jonathan Maberry succeeds again in providing a Zombie novel that is not crippled by generations of genre dogma. Others are also participating in the uncrippling of the genre, (D. Wellington, S.G. Browne, M. Brooks) helping drive a resurrection to a dying and over saturated
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Nikki
I'm going to go with 5 Stars on this one. A very fast paced read that had my stomach in knots. I loved the way the undead scenario started. A fantastic read. Highly recommend for undead\zombie fans~
Jessi Adams
Dead of Night is a zombie story that takes place in rural Pennsylvania. The background to the story is a little different than your standard. A government scientist working at a prison hospital decides that the lethal injection is too good for a particularly bad serial killer, so he decides to inject him with genetically engineered parasites, which will keep his mind aware while his body rots in the coffin. Things start to go awry when instead of being buried in a government cemetery, an elderly ...more
Karla Phillips
How would you like it if the world you know it ends with a bite and not a bang? For Officer Desdemona Fox, Officer JT Hammond, and Billy Trout the reporter this is how the world they knew it ended. It ended when a doctor decided to make a bioweapon that turned people into Zombies. A very infectious disease, it was spread through a bite or even one of these creatures spitting black blood at you that was full of parasites. The parasites are little white larvae that are born pregnant that keep the ...more
Andrea Olson
I have officially given up on reading zombie books. I just wanted one good one!! Instead, I got a mediocre one about a guy in Spain willing to sacrifice the world for his stupid cat, one that's a political thriller that only said it has zombies in it, and now this book.

I don't mind profanity in a book, if it serves a purpose, no other word could possibly describe the situation better, or if it is really how a character would express his/herself. However, when it moves from those uses to "Hey, lo
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Liz
Not bad. It's very readable; good characters, good narrative. Problem is that it's all been done before and any zombie fan won't find much of anything new here. Bar one thing, and that's what makes me give this three (and a half - I really, really wish we could give half stars because this book deserves this half one) stars instead of a lower rating. We actually get to see inside the minds of the dead, learn about the people trapped inside there, and that ratchets up the horror of the whole thin ...more
Charlene
A serial killer is executed by lethal injection. But was the injection actually lethal? This is a zombie novel and contains all the things a successful zombie novel should; nasty zombies that not only bite but spew a maggot filled contagious substance; protagonists you respect and admire,and an IN YOUR FACE ending.
Can you imagine anything worse than a zombie whose conscious mind is still functioning but has no control? Totally aware of what he is doing and what has happened to him but unable to
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Neil
Good story. Some good characters didn't really like dez the main character. Gibbon and Volker my favs as they were interesting. 4 star book.
Leah
3.5 Stars

This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
Not with a bang...but a bite.



Mr. Maberry has done it again. He’s made an awesome zombie novel that has sucked me in and had me begging for the sequel so that I could continue consuming the story. Alas, I’ll have to wait until September to see how this story ends (although (view spoiler)
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Christie
Dead of Night takes place in a small Pennsylvania town that becomes infested with flesh eating zombies after a notorious serial killer, injected with a serum that would cause his conciousness to stay aware once he was buried, awakes in the local funeral home and starts feasting on the unsuspecting residents. The epidemic spreads quickly through the small town and soon even the police force have become one of the walking dead.



Over the course of Dead of Night we see the chaos through the eyes of
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Kat
Dec 23, 2011 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: zombie
Dead of Night is pretty much exactly what I expected – instant action, great characters, government conspiracy and zombies by the truck-load.

I was instantly drawn in, for the reasons above, but also due to the inclusion of a serial killer which added a chilling twist, and the relationship between the characters of Dez, JT and Billy. The science behind the infection is well laid out and easy to understand whilst being an integral part of the story. There is a military/government influence in the
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Jessica Bronder
The story starts at Hartnup’s Transition Estate, the local funeral home. The body of recently executed murderer Homer Gibbons has just arrived. A last minute change of plans has Homer coming to his aunt instead of the usual prison grave. But Homer is not really dead, and he is very hungry.

Dez, Desdemona Fox, and her partner JT Hammond are called out to check out the funeral home. When they get there, they find the mortician and the housekeeper chewed on and dead and an empty body bag. When backu
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Todd
How does the world end?

On the eve of the destruction of one of the most abysmal human monsters to ever live, Dr. Herman Volkner is finally able to put the skeletons in his closet to bed. He’s the physician in charge of administering the lethal injection to the despicable Homer Gibbon, who’s responsible for the deaths of so many men, women, and children it’s easy to lose count.

Instead of administering the triple phase cocktail of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride, Vol
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Sarah
10/6 - Fantastic! The night I started this I had a zombie nightmare. I was very happy to wake up after a reasonably scary nightmare as I haven't read a book scary enough to actually effect me all the way through to my subconcious in a very long time - possibly not since I read The Exorcist when I was 12 and I dreamed/imagined there was a Linda Blair/Jason Voorhies mash-up in my wardrobe. To be continued...

13/06 - Another reviewer mentioned something about finding this cheesy and that they were e
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Wendy F
What an interesting way for the zombie apocalypse to start. It actually reminds me a bit of a documentary my husband and I watched explaining how the zombie apocalypse is possible. A strain of disease that's aggressive... do I think it's possible, nah... but what was fun about watching it/reading this, was maybe seeing how the science of it was completely possible.

I won't get too much into it. Let's just say that this zombie is created in a lab, by a man filled with vengeance.

Dead of Night actu
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Alondra
3.5 Stars

Not too bad; but not nearly as good as the Rot and Ruin series or Joe Ledger series; but readable and entertaining. The 2nd half of the book made up for the first half irritating me.

Jonathan Maberry has become one of my favorite authors and still shines for me. He has set a standard for me on what to expect with a zombie story and this one just didn't do it for me... so it is his fault. Now on to some really great reading; book 3 in the R&R series, with Flesh and Bone. :D
Olethros
-Otro apocalipsis zombi, o al menos su comienzo.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En el condado de Stebbins, Pensilvania, los policías Desdemona Dez Fox, una joven decidida pero que se está machacando la vida con sexo casual mientras consume demasiado alcohol debido a que su relación con Billy Trout, periodista local, no cuajó, y el sargento J. T. Hammond, un maduro profesional que cuida de Dez casi como si fuera su hija, acuden al aviso de un incidente en la funeraria local, donde pa
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead


Well wasn't this a fun, zombie flesh filled delightful book. Started slow, but picked up speed and didn't stop until the end.

Review coming before the apocalypse.
Michelle
Dead of Night is a novel by Jonathan Maberry from St. Martin’s Griffin.

Book Blurb:

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 unforseen side effects.

Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up.

Hungry. Infected. Contagious.

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang...but a bite.

My thoughts:


In a small town in Pennsylvania a mortician receives a body to be readied for burial. This
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Heather Faville
Over the past year, I have read MANY zombie novels and there have been some excellent tales to be told, but VERY few have grabbed me right from the beginning and continued to hold on tight. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry grabbed me by the back of the neck keeping my eyes trained on the story that was unfolding on the pages and I loved every second.

The characters are well detailed and very compelling. One of our main characters, Desdemona (Dez), could possibly be seen as an unlikable character
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Caitlin
Jul 15, 2011 Caitlin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombie, Fantasy, and Strong Female Character Lovers
I received this book through the first reads program on goodreads before actual publication.

This book was Hannibal Lecter meets Zombie Apocalypse, well maybe not Hannibal Lecter but creepy serial killer. This story takes place in a small Pennsylvania town (which kind of creeps me out, I live in PA) and starts when the body of a serial killer wakes up and eats the mortician. Cool, huh?

Our main character is a cop/ army veteran with some issues, but I loved her all the same. Yep our number one zomb
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Asheley
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books: http://intothehallofbooks.blogspot.co...)

Dead of Night was my first Jonathan Maberry experience and all I can say is WOW! I read this book with no idea what to expect and a love for all things zombie. Really, that was all I needed because Mr. Maberry took care of the rest.

There are five main characters sharing narration:

1. Desdemona Fox (Dez), a sexy-with-an-attitude police officer with a drinking problem and a tons
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Randy
I had not read any of Maberry's books before this one. DEAD OF NIGHT has a style that grabbed me from the start and wouldn't let go. Not normally a zombie fan, something made me pick this one up and i'm certainly glad I did.

A prison doctor wants to punish a serial killer. A former Soviet scientist that defected, he'd continued to work on a bio weapon after it had been abandoned. He injects the killer with it as he's executed. Designed to keep the brain alive while the body rots, he planned for a
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Eva Leger
Absolutely FANTASTICALLY AWESOME. I read a few short stories by Maberry before and even risked driving into Philly for a reading/signing a few years back. So I already knew I'd be getting a good story here. I had no idea it's be this awesome though. It's SO awesome in fa t that I did something ice only done once before, actually contacted the author to let them know I want more. Yeah. It's that good. Seriously.
I told Maberry that I even think my daughters father would love it and I know for a fa
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David
As far as zombie books go I imagine this is a really good one. I say this only because I haven't read a zombie novel before; I have only watched tv series and movies, but with that in mind I really loved this book.
While with every zombie story, they follow a pattern that defines them in this zombie genre, which the author follows nicely. But what this book has going for it is it's unique characters and the way in which the author develops them. I fell in love with the leading female character a
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD
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