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The Gathering Dead (The Gathering Dead #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,397 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
The Horde Is Always Hungry...

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 extr
Nook, 276 pages
Published March 20th 2011 by Ronin LLC (first published March 17th 2011)
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Stacy Eaton
May 15, 2011 Stacy Eaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will be honest in saying that it took me a few chapters to get into this. Not because of any fault of the author, this was my first zombie book and getting accustomed to it and the military jargon took a few chapters.

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.

The author
Michele Hindman
Popcorn zombie book. Felt like it was written like a mediocre, trope-laden action movie. Also, how many little girl zombies were there? (A lot.)

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,
Nov 02, 2012 Gilliam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discarded, reviewed
Too many paragraphs consisting of gadget acronyms and equipment inventories—so much so I thought I was perusing an Army Surplus catalogue. With little in the way of writing style or narrative pull to persuade me I finally said: "**** it" and moved on to my next read.
Vincent Hobbes
Jun 20, 2011 Vincent Hobbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first zombie story I've ever read, so I don't have much to compare it to. I found the writing was fast-paced, and quite enjoyable. Good story about a team of civilians and soldiers trying to make it to safety in New York, surrounded by millions of zombies. The ideas weren't necessarily all that original, but the author paints a vivid picture, and it was a page-turner.

I definitely suggest if you like zombie stories.

Jairus Reddy
Apr 23, 2012 Jairus Reddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great zombie novel!! Picking up the sequel asap
Jun 19, 2011 Geoffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
***minor spoilers***

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
Book Him Danno
For starts it is your typical zombie story, some unknown antigen is sent into the general population and only one person has the cure and the military is sent to save that person.

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
Nov 19, 2013 Brandt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
Faye, la Patata
Feb 26, 2012 Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
I bought this the other day and man, I finished it in one sitting! This was a really good zombie book for me. It may be as good as 187 - Almost Hell by Eric Lowther. I enjoyed it so much that the ending blew me away, which is not something that happens very often. I felt sad, but happy at the same time. It wasn't exactly the best ending, but it's the kind of ending that leaves you with a fuzzy feeling, an ending that makes you think and really feel for the characters. I swear that by the of the ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book (2 days, much quicker than my last book, The Heroes, though not better...just different). Another zombie survival story, this one is centered around an elite military unit whose mission is to extract the sole surviving researcher who might have something of a cure for the zombie plague. Throughout the book, they're always under pressure, so it doesn't ever really let up on the tension. I still think my favorite zombie book to date is World War Z, but this one did a really ...more
Feb 16, 2013 Patti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow, stupid and shambling. No, that's not how I like my men, but how I like my zombies. Yeah, I'm old school, but I'm a disciple of the original Romero zombies. So sue me.

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
Dec 10, 2014 Penforhire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, military, zombie
My experience of this book was generally positive. Think of this as Blackhawk Down with zombies! I would have rated it one more star except for its rough edges. What Mr. Knight does well is, in fact, stunningly well done.

His pacing is breathless. His descriptions of complex action scenes were all clear enough to me. His military authenticity is superb, enough so that I see other reviewers complaining about the acronyms, lol.

Folks you can't have it both ways. Details like military jargon or weap
Aug 12, 2011 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read some reviews and got this book. i really enjoyed it. the story is about a group of soldiers trying to save some people from new york while there are millions of zombies everywhere. the group get caught in a builing and have to fight off the zombies and hopefully make it to safety. very good writing but i did notice a few editing errors but nothing major. this book was nonstop action and i think everyone should read it if you like horror and zombies.
Tim Petersik
if you like solid action zombie novels with the shallowest of character development, then this book is for you. I liked it for the adrenalin rush(es), but didn't care all that much about the major players in the story. nonetheless, there was some plot here--an effort to save the one man who may be able to stem the zombie plague.
Sep 02, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Zombie movies you will enjoy this book it reads like a movie. I love the slight twist that takes the Zombies to a whole new level. I have to admit I wanted the most of the Army guys to survive but I knew it wasn't going to happen. I thought this book was fun for being my first Zombie book.
When zombies in uniforms start showing up you will really have to suspend your disbelief, but they're Stephen Knight's zombies and he can make them do whatever he wants. It was still good enough that I didn't want to put it down. This was neither the best nor the worst zombie book I've read this year.
May 20, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for 99 cents. It wasn't bad. It was a little slow at the start for me, but didn't take long to get hooked. I fell into the characters even though it was more military than anything. I gave it 4 stars based on the price and content wasn't half bad either.
Shawn Manning
The one thing this book has going for it is the use of military jargon. The problem is that it is saturated in it to the point of distraction. I really didn't have strong feelings about any of the characters and felt I had seen them and the plot many times before.
Robert Breault
Jul 12, 2011 Robert Breault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book and the novella were very well done. Easy read and really pulls you into the story line as if you were there. Being former military, the "jargon" was easy to follow. Very enjoyable. Can't wait for the next edition...
Aug 14, 2013 LA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon
This is basically the zombie apocalypse told from the view of the military, as a military operation. Not much for character building. Lots of military lingo. Maybe it's just for a different audience, but I didn't like it.
Aug 02, 2012 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical zombie book. Zombies eat people and people try to get away. However since for some unkown reason I love the zombie genre so I thought this was a great book and the start to a great series.
Matthew Andrus
Aug 29, 2014 Matthew Andrus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Solid Zombie Novel - A Solid Story

I'm giving this book five stars not because it's an action packed zombie novel with all the horror and violence one would expect, but because it's a very fun story with solid characters that are compellingfin beginning to end.
Military fiction is hit or miss in my experience. Either the technical description is to think and strangles the pace of the narrative or its but detailed enough leaving holes in the story. Stephen Knight strikes a very good balance betw
Aug 28, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
A great zombie book. Plenty of zed action. After finishing this, I immediately downloaded the follow up novella to my nook. Gotta find out what happens to Gartrell!
Diane Berry
Jul 17, 2011 Diane Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many books in this genre are poorly written and trite, but not this book. Fast paced, suspenseful, and great characters make this an awesome read.
Michelle Purvis
Jul 05, 2011 Michelle Purvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written zombie vs. military strike force story. Both interesting and exciting to read, I will definitely be reading more of Stephen Knight!
Mar 05, 2014 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Storyline was pretty good but the book was WAY too technical. I did not need to know all the specifics for every gun and weapon.

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
Oct 02, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading "The Gathering Dead." Talk about a nail biter! I now am in serious need of a manicure.
Miguel A.
Aug 27, 2014 Miguel A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gathering Dead gave me a roller coaster ride!

The Gathering Dead gave me a roller coaster ride!

one of the best zombie novels I have ever read. Sometimes you start a Zombie novel and after three pages you know you are wasting your time. Not with The Gathering Dead. This novel got me hooked from start to finished. Well developed with characters truly fleshed out. The action was relentless, but it is so well written that you don't feel you are just going for a ride. It is really good and fans of
Keith Blackmore
Sep 19, 2011 Keith Blackmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review is on, but this was better than "World War Z" in my opinion.
Jul 07, 2012 JasonH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
suggested by an author friend. best zombie book ive ever read.
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