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Deadlocked (Deadlocked #1)

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David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

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Kindle Edition, Old cover edition for ASIN: B006OOSWRO, 54 pages
Published December 20th 2011 (first published November 9th 2011)
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Note: This is a combined review of book 1 and 2 of the Deadlocked series.

A zombie apocalypse is far from a unique plot. George Romero made his epic zombie movie way back in 1968 and it's safe to say we've had our share of undead cannibals since. A.R. Wise tackles this widely used horror icon by giving us novellas from different point of views that, although short, are stacked with emotions, horror and realism.

As I mentioned, you can only go so far with originality in zombie stories, but I have...more
Feb 18, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can't get enough of zombies
This free Audible download describes a man fighting to get back to his family during a zombie outbreak. It was entertaining enough and the writing was okay, but basically it brought nothing new at all to the genre. The free sample consisted of the first chapter and part of the second, enough to give you a taste. I'm afraid it didn't captivate me. It was okay, but unless you're into all things zombie and just can't get enough of zombie apocalypses, I can't recommend it as a stand-out.
David is your average kinda guy, salesman with a young family who finds himself thrust into the zombie apocalypse with no warning, and no easy escape. Watching events unfolding with horrifying speed at work, he begins his pilgrimage home to find his wife and daughters.

There’s no ‘down-time’ in Deadlocked. It’s fast paced action from the opening scenes right to the very end, making for a quick and enthralling read.

David is a good main character, there’s nothing unlikable about him, and his desi...more
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Jan 21, 2012 The Digital Ink Spot rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ZOMBIES
Deadlocked is a zombie novella of a four part series. The author is A.R. Wise. The Digital Ink Spot interviewed Mr. Wise recently and gave some insight to the story, that interview can be found here.

I was first attracted to the ebook cover. It looks like a screaming stone statue to me. Ever since watching the weeping angels on Doctor Who, I am weary of statues. My second attraction of course was that it was free.

Now remember this is a zombie story. All the elements are there to tell a zombie sto...more
I bought this book expecting, honestly, for it not to be that great. Since I've had my kindle touch I've slowly been seeking out the hidden gems of indie authors amongst these books. In this ebook revolution, as it truthfully is, sometimes you have to expect the bad with the good. When I saw the first book in the Deadlocked series, I was drawn in by the idea. I'm a little late to the zombie craze but what better time to start then October? I love to binge on scary books during this time of the y...more
Lately I’ve found zombie novels especially interesting. Deadlocked immediately caught my attention with its creepy cover. The summary entices readers with a memorable zombie-filled journey and that’s exactly what you get.

Wise doesn’t waste time. He gets your attention right away with news footage that will not only fill you with dread but awaken your emotions. The plot explodes into an all-out zombie affair as David and a co-worker flee the office, heading home. David sees some of the most insan...more
Interestingly enough, I was only asked to review the first book in the Deadlocked series. But it was so short (they're all novellas) and so good, that I had to read the rest!
Deadlocked starts off as your average zombie apocolypse story - although you learn pretty early on that the virus may have been may have been brought on intentionally as an act of bio-terrorism. I found the mystery to be exciting and thrilling - especially considering I could totally see see this happening in our world toda...more
ok, so..... I love this book, its exciting, cool, and shocked the hell out of me - in a good way!!!!!!!! I was stunned speechless as i read the ending, and i admit - i cried too. I got pulled into the story-line at the first sentence and i couldn't put the book down.

The first part of the story put me in a state of terrified shock as i read what was happening to these characters, especially the main characters family, loved them to bits. I think that what i'm getting at is that this book was bett...more
This is really short and not so sweet. It was free on my Kobo and it's a Zombie novel so I said hey why the hell not. Because everything that's free is not necessarily good thats why.

I didn't particularly enjoy this book at all. It's pretty standard, run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse stuff and most of it was too cliche and ridiculous to enjoy. The main character is just too accepting of the circumstances he's found himself in and it all goes a bit too unrealistic towards the end with him turning...more
First off.. OMFG!! (O_O) That's what my eyes looked like the whole time I read the first installment of this series. A.R. Wise did an amazing job of throwing things at me that I didn't expect. Wise.. if you're reading this let me just say that I love a naughty writer that doesn't obey the writing rules. Writers in general think outside of the box only to be placed in another by critics and publishing companys. But not you, you stepped out of both boxes and took a big piss on both. Now I never th...more
Carrie Slager
I picked up Deadlocked for free through the Amazon Kindle store (a wondrous place that I’m loving more and more since purchasing a Kindle for myself) and read through it in one sitting. It’s only 53 pages or so but A. R. Wise’s story sure does pack a punch. For being free I was pleasantly surprised that there were no blatant grammatical or spelling errors. In fact, it was a pretty good story overall.

David is the type of character that I love. He’s just your ordinary guy whose first instinct duri...more
Dawn Wood
A surprisingly good zombie apocalypse starting point. In general good pacing, nice scenery and an epic thrill ride. Wise has left comments at the end of the story, which gives you a good clue about what the book is supposed to accomplish which is nice. I can't say he completely achieved his goal, I think because the book was too short. There was supposed to be a transition between worrying about dying of cancer to survival and at the end to the protection of his family. Honestly I just didn't fe...more
Christopher Buchanan
This is basically every B-movie zombie flick ever made without the charm of the cheap effects and crappy acting. Joe Everyman, salesman and loving father/husband goes into work one day only to witness the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and see his best friend eaten. By lunch time he's a grizzled survivor, by noon break he's a tough-talking, knee-breaking action hero with his very own cliche catchphrase. There are a fair bit of inconsistent and just plain silly things in the story too. For ex...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
First book (novella) that begins with in a Ferrari and ends up with a bang (of that Ferrari). Quick and very interesting but it didn't add anything new to the zombie mythology. It says that this pandemic was caused by someone but only hinted. I bet the next few parts of this series will add more.

So far, interesting main character David. We travel with him, as he tries to find his family and to safe them. In the way he meets some people who try to help him and others who become what we know would...more
deadlocked 1 and part of deadlocked 2 are (or were) available for free download from very traditional zombie-lore, but there's really nothing wrong with that. people who can't get enough of the same type of zombie story and crave more of the same concepts will love this. after reading zombie fiction like world war z and vampire fiction like the passage (and really all my other favorite apocalyptic/dystopian novels), anything as simple as this leaves me hungry for more backstory, mor...more
Kelly Sylvester
so my guilty pleasure these days. this is a great zombie series, you gotta be into that kind of thing, but wise is a fantastic storyteller, I am always on the edge of my seat, and you fall in love with the characters. check him won't be disappointed!!!
Tracy Mcallister
I gave this 4 stars because I was thoroughly engaged by the hero's story. I appreciate the realism of the approach that no one would believe it was zombies at first. This is extremely true to life and makes the story more alive.
Danette Cole
I liked this short story and I like the author. If you like zombies, then I recommend this!
John Miller
This was a nice quick and good short story. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.
Really fun short story I found free on amazon and a good twist on the zombie apocalypse.
So this is another one of those books that I’m simply torn on...

- Its a zombie book
- Single characters point of view
- Fluid writing
- Quick, easy read

- Too short of a book
- No true character development
- Somewhat foolish beginning character (from the perspective of realizing its a zombie issue) tot he point where its almost ridiculous.

Its agitating to take the installment point of view on the reads, as I would rather have a more comprehensive book. In fact i could hardly consi...more
This was a free promotion from Audible, the purpose being to entice readers to buy later installments. If one is a fan of zombie novels, one might be tempted. My reading and TV watching history notwithstanding, I am not especially.

Part one of Deadlocked tells the story of David, who's at work in his sales office when the zombie outbreak comes to a head. His co-workers are watching live news coverage of a school bus accident when the children start eating people. Meanwhile, hospitals are in emerg...more
David and his best friend are at work when the zombie apocalypse begins and they have a clear view out of the office as the city starts going to hell. David decides to brave the hordes of zombies on the street and the panicked civilians to try and get home to his wife and daughter.

Oh yes, this is how I like my zombies-traditional, scary and unstoppable. The panic that begins on the streets as the zombies appear is exactly how I imagine it to happen(I have that kind of imagination and a survival...more
What would cause a zombie “infestation”? Is this a terrorist biochemical attack? This is the story of the start of the epidemic and a man’s struggle to find and secure his family.

I received the book – actually, more of a short story – as a gift. While I enjoy Science Fiction, I’m not sure if I can get my head around zombies! This is the first in a series. While it was OK – if fact, I rather enjoyed the surprisingly emotive ending – I’m just not sure whether I will read subsequent books.
Like this author, I love taking a tired, overused theme and doing it completely differently. Frankly, I haven't read a lot of zombie novels (though I've seen plenty of movies), but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. So much so that I couldn't put it down. I opened it to sample the writing and aside from having to stop to put my girls to bed (3 and 5, just like the main character's and I've even got a curly redhead, so talk about hitting home!), I didn't stop until I was finished.

Reasons to read this...more
Amy Fournier
This is the first short story in the series. It is Davids story about what happened when the zombie outbreak started. It's no secret that I love anything having to do with zombies, so of course this book was appealing to me. This starts off right at the beginning of the zombie outbreak and it is Davids struggle to try to get to his family. It is fast paced, suspenseful, and action packed.

David is at work when the news hits about some crazy outbreak of some sort going on. It isn't until he is ou...more
Stormy Grant
DEADLOCKED, by A.R. Wise. What can I say about this?? It snuck up on me and PUNCHED me in the face.I had doubts about reading this one, upon picking it up. In fact, it had probably been sitting on my kindle for months before I even gave it a chance. I thought the cover of DEADLOCKED looked to be a bit cheesy and cheap( I know, I know never judge a book by it's cover!) So I really did not think I was going to like this book at all.

Once I started reading this though,I could NOT put it down. I lov...more
The Reading List (Megan)
A.R. Wise presents a very realistic look at what would happen during the zombie apocalypse in this first novel in the Deadlocked series.

I'd be lying if I said 100 percent without a doubt I would survive the zombie apocalypse. I'd like to think I would at least have a fighting chance, while I'm not overly athletic I do make a point to work out, but working an office job in the city and possessing no weapons training whatsoever--minus what I've learned in video games--probably means I'd have a sno...more
For the short length of this novelette one gets a fun Zombie adventure, nothing more yet nothing less.
The beginning was rather strong, then it was a bit muddled with too much action in not so convincing writing but the ending was very solid again. It is said that Wise is trying to to do something new with the Zombie genre here, and frankly, I didn't quite see that but, yeah, I know my Zombie stories pretty well so maybe I was just luckier in my choices so far; a regular guy as our hero David he...more
Who knew such a short book could be so intense? This is probably the first true zombie horror, heart pounding, flesh eating, disgusting type of book I have read. Having said that, it lived up to the expectation of what I had in my mind. If you are a zombie horror movie buff, think 28 Days Later. The song that plays in that movie was playing through my mind the entire time as I read this. Visions of the blood and gore and the crazed people were all I could see.

Even through the zombie horror part...more
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