The Gathering Dead (The Gathering Dead #1)
The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead.
But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne...more
In the future, the author should try to include more women in his books besides an obvious love interest and two young girls—all three of them daughters of other male characters. Seriously, you couldn't make at least one of the many, many military tough guys a lady?
Other gripes: the attempt to inject race issues into the story felt incredibly ham-handed,...more
With that said, once I got the military jargon down and understood what a zombie actually was this book sucked me in and got my adrenaline running so many times, I felt like I had been a true part of it. The story was full of action from the first page to the very last.
I definitely suggest if you like zombie stories.
Stephen Knight's The Gathering Dead is an exciting tale about a group of special forces members trapped in a zombie-ridden New York City. Their chopper goes down while trying to extract a VIP, Dr. Wolf Safire, who has valuable knowledge of the zombie virus and may be able to produce a cure. They are forced to hole up in an office building while they try to figure out another plan to get Dr. Safire and his daughter, Regina, out of the crumbling city.
For the most part, I found...more
The book starts off with the epidemic that has already spread and the military is trying to stop it from spreading outside of New York City. The book has some graphic scenes and some strong language but again it is a Zombie book and if it wasn't graphic I would be very shocked. I have to admit the first few pages had me...more
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” - George Eliot. The Gathering Dead by Stephen Knight, this book is about a group of soldiers who are sent into New York to rescue Dr. Safire who knows how to cure a disease that turns people into zombies.This books is very interesting, there are parts that make it awesome. Yet there are still parts that are very frustrating.The Gathering Dead is an interesting story due to its intense/ frustrating action scenes, dialog...more
The Gathering Dead was well written, thoroughly researched, but when the zombies start using weapons and driving taxis, then the book loses points in my eyes. I did finish it, because the antagonism between two of the characters intrigued me and I wanted to see if the zombies weren't the only threat to human life.
But the senti...more
There was a lot of good action but maybe a little too much because I never really connected to the characters.
Also, I didn't not like the way the Coast Guard was portrayed. I know the main characters are Army, and there is always some friction between the branches, but this was a bit too much. I want to say, without giving away the ending... the main character criticiz...more
This zombie novel is a fantastic balance of character development and action. I really like how the reader jumps right into the action within the first few pages and doesn't have to slog through 2 chapters of character development and scene-setting. That all is interwoven into the story, which is great and exactly what I would expect for a story told from a military (no B.S.) point of view.
The military terminology was something I wo...more