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Left with the Dead (The Gathering Dead #1.5)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  350 ratings  ·  24 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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved it...since I wrote 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
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
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
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
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.
Olee B
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
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
Jessica Kong
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.

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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The novella was a great read, very tight, very action packed and was super focused. This book series would make for a great movie.
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
Nice to see a loose end cleaned up, but I didn't like the ending. Loses 2 stars for that.
Wade Newman

Great quick read.
Ralph Meta
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