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Left with the Dead (The Gathering Dead #1.5)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  462 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A "Gathering Dead" Novella

New York City has fallen to the zombie horde. The greatest city on Earth, once home to millions of Americans, is now firmly in the grasp of the dead.

First Sergeant David Gartrell is cut off and alone in the city, miles away from the nearest military units which might be able to assist. With his ammunition almost depleted, the only thing that stand
Kindle Edition, 102 pages
Published June 12th 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Vincent Hobbes
Aug 12, 2011 Vincent Hobbes rated it it was amazing
Best $1.99 I've spent in awhile. This novella is a continuation of The Gathering Dead. It follows one man who is now alone and scarcely armed in the zombie infested New York City.

I felt this book (novella) was even better than the Gathering Dead. It had non-stop action, and quite the twist at the end. I was rooting for the character the entire way through, staying up late to finish it.

Mr. Knight has once again entertained me and I highly suggest his work to anyone who likes zombies.

Stephen Knight
Jun 20, 2011 Stephen Knight rated it it was amazing
I loved it...since I wrote it!
Crystal Michallet-Romero

I’ve noticed that reading zombie tales is a lot like reading fan fiction. Sometimes you find some really good gems, and sometimes you find work that gives you the urge to bang your head against a brick wall until all of your senses are numb. Now, I’m not a snob and often times I’ll give a novel a chance before making up my mind. If the story is compelling I can even over look bad editing. I’ve overlooked typos, spelling errors and grammatical mistakes if the story plot is compelling. This novel
Aug 18, 2011 Brandon rated it liked it
After drinking a Starbucks triple shot vanilla soy latte I picked up on my way home from work, I, interestingly enough, wasn't too sleepy when bedtime came around. This little Novella was just the right length for a quick hour read.

I guess it was worth getting, just to find out what happened to one of the main characters in the Gathering Dead. Pretty much in the exact same line as that book too.

Found out that a true sequel to the Gathering Dead is in the works, and Stephen Knight is planning on
Jairus Reddy
Dec 11, 2012 Jairus Reddy rated it it was amazing
This novella begins where The Gathering Dead left off. Absolutely amazing writing. Action packed adventure. I purchased the next two books. in my opinion, Stephen Knight is the best action/zombie writer out there at the moment. Five stars without a doubt. Read the Gathering Dead and you'll be hooked, then read Left With the Dead.

Jairus Reddy
Dec 16, 2014 Penforhire rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, military, zombie
I liked this story even more than The Gathering Dead. Mr. Knight shows he has some chops when he takes a little more time on interpersonal relationships. The story felt tightly told. I liked getting inside Gartrell's head. I was surprised from the get-go that he would join up with an autistic child. That just seems like an upfront death sentence.

My only complaint is, perhaps, the cliche ending. This was the tragedy that was almost not necessary. I know everything has been done before but this on
Aug 04, 2011 Rose rated it it was amazing
I assume those who read this novella have read The Gathering Dead. If not, please do and then read the novella again. Action packed and more exciting than any movie I can remember.
Keith Blackmore
Sep 19, 2011 Keith Blackmore rated it it was amazing
This follow-up novella is even better. My full review is on, but I'll just add that Mr. Knight is now my go-to guy for quality, high octane zombie action.

Angela Wade
Fast-paced, intelligent, gutsy, and brutal.
This novella is a direct follow up to The Gathering Dead so if you haven't read it, this review might spoil things for you so read on with caution!

After drawing the zombies away from the river to give McDaniels time to get the cure details to the rescue boat, Gartrell is on his own with limited supplies and no prospect of rescue. He links up with Jolie and her autistic son Jaden, hiding out in her apartment and trying to make contact with the soldiers in the city or get air support to get them t
Cobar B
Dec 09, 2014 Cobar B rated it liked it
This book is probably for military enthusiasts who are willing to overlook the verbosity of almost info-dumping dialogues and its sprinkling of informal speech in third person narrative for a fast paced Zombie killing story. The protagonist is a well prepped weapon savvy soldier with legit access to all things that goes rat-a-tat-tat and kaboom - no pew pew though because this isn't sci-fi, but that's open to debate - and I believe this character and his background is the role of choice for most ...more
Jessica Kong
Mar 28, 2014 Jessica Kong rated it really liked it
This story was great! It takes zombies to a complete different level of scary. When a zombie remembers where he lives and opens the front door with his keys, then you know you are in serious deep doodoo. These zombies are not only hungry, but smart. Way out of my comfort zone. I’m off to read the next!
Wayne Lavallee
Not what you would expect

excellently written wish it would have been longer this is my first Steven Knight book and can not wait to read a full book to see if his writing can keep me interested.
Dawn Littlefield
Aug 14, 2015 Dawn Littlefield rated it it was amazing

Well thats great. Made me cry. I read these all the time but rarely does one get me to tears. Another awesome job.
Oct 18, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this novella. It was very moving with the mother and child involved which really added the human touch. I don't like spoilers so I won't say anything about the story line, but this novella was particularly good. Highly recommended to anyone out there who is hungry for zombies!
Jul 17, 2013 George rated it really liked it
I keep going back and forth between three and four stars. My main feeling is that I really did enjoy the exploration of the character Gartrell. I did not enjoy how the author keeps switching his slang for "zombie". I feel one or two alternates would be good but there were at least 5. I guess what bothered me the most is referring to them as ghouls. I mean ghouls are entirely different creatures in my mind. In the end I think that isn't enough to diminish how well written the story was. The pacin ...more
Rick Fisher
Jun 08, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A short novella taking place after the events in S. Knights "The Gathering Dead". I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. Knight did a great job of introducing the three main characters in such a short time. I was moved by each of the individuals and their struggles. Including, 4 year old Jaden, who suffers from severe autism.
Very compellling. The military aspects were very convincing. I will now search out both "The Gathering Dead" and its sequel "The Rising Horde"
Sarah Jackson
I love my zombies but I'm not so much into hearing it from the military's perspective. I prefer to read about how regular old civilians put away their fear and rise up to fight and protect mankind. Plus, being a mother,I am not really into anything that involves children dying (especially when the author uses unneeded description of the carnage). Without all the military jargon and the aforementioned matter, the book would've been great, at least to me.
Nov 21, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Quick easy read that one could finish in a afternoon. His books read like a Zombie movie but you do ask yourself two questions after your finished.
1. How would you survive
2. Would you want to live in a world were the dead wall?
I enjoyed the book.
Sep 02, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick easy read that one could finish in a afternoon. His books read like a Zombie movie but you do ask yourself two questions after your finished.
1. How would you survive
2. Would you want to live in a world were the dead wall?
I enjoyed the book.
Abby Miller
Dec 06, 2012 Abby Miller rated it it was amazing
An amazing sequel (novella) to Stephen Knight's The Gathering Dead. This writer was suggested by a dear friend, and I'm totally in love with Mr. Knight's work thus far. Will continue reading.
Jun 30, 2013 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novella was a great read, very tight, very action packed and was super focused. This book series would make for a great movie.
Jul 04, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Never expected a zombie book to be quite so good. A short, quick read which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!
Jeff Fuller
Nov 06, 2013 Jeff Fuller rated it liked it
Nice to see a loose end cleaned up, but I didn't like the ending. Loses 2 stars for that.
Wade Newman
Sep 05, 2012 Wade Newman rated it really liked it

Great quick read.
Ralph Meta
Jun 15, 2013 Ralph Meta rated it it was amazing
This was awesome!
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