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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13,585 ratings  ·  97 reviews
An unlikely bond is forged between three men from very different backgrounds when they serve time together in prison. A series of wrong turns and disastrous life choices has led to their incarceration. Following their release, Mangle, Decker and Tazeem stick together as they return to a life of crime, embarking on a lucrative scam. But when they stumble upon a sophisticate ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Book Guild Publishing
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Owen Holmes
Anyone who likes books by Chuck Palahniuk, Brett Easton Ellis and writers like that should definitely check out this guy's books. The Zombie Room was the first I read and it totally lived up to the hype I'd heard from my friend. Great characters that don't apologise for their flaws. They're likeable, identifiable and real. The plot is engrossing and tight, but doesn't adhere to the predictable rhythms you often get in thrillers like this, so it can provide surprises.

I'd so love to see this book
Daniel Middlewood
This book covers everything that could be asked for in a novel of its type, it has extensive and believable action, the characters have depth and believability with a true sense of reality running through every page, the plot is a mind blowing reality of the true human condition and how it is affected by extreme circumstances. The emotions and character connections that are found in the book are far beyond anything I have ever read and I am yet to find a story that manages to be as complex in st ...more
Dan Eccleston
I really should of read the synopsis cause this book isn't about Zombies at all ! BUT it's a great read , fast paced , enough back story to get you by and few twists and turns along the way !
Martin Sharp
Mangle, Decker and Tazeem. A drug dealer, a killer and a fraudster. Not exactly your typical "heroes" but these three men have ended up together in prison - following some bad life decisions - and form an unlikely bond in prison.
When they are eventually released, they look for ways to make money but stumble upon a sophisticated sex-trafficking operation that leads them in to real danger. A family member disappears and a friend is killed.
Will the three men get justice and be brave enough to bring
The Zombie Room is a coming-of-age story of youth culture, delinquency, criminality, and ultimately murder. Three anti-hero protagonists held to account for their past actions and then confronted by a much more serious situation when they don't learn from past mistakes. Zippy writing that conjured some great visuals. Pretty daring, with some unexpected twists, cleverly sustained dramatics and moments of dark humour.

I enjoyed the storyline and multiple sinister elements and characters. The human
I really enjoyed this book; I definitely think this will be a page turner for most readers. There are lots of twists and turns in this Thriller, which is why I liked it so much. The characters were very interesting; each one had divergent backgrounds. When I first started reading this book I thought it was going to be boring and unappealing to my interest; but I was completely wrong. Once I started reading deeper into the book it got more and more intense. It was hard to put down because I could ...more
Tom Mchugh
Once the characters are introduced the writing and dialogue in The Zombie Room grows concise and tightly packed in a way that adds to the urgency of the plot. Initially a slow-burner, and I don’t know if this is a deliberate tactic by the author but it certainly added to the tense nature of the building events. There is a lot going on with the main and sub plots but it is handled in a way that makes the flow feel natural rather than the head-scratching moments you sometimes get with books of thi ...more
Kev Laws
After reading this authors debut book 'The Elephant Tree' I was excited for his follow up book and my god it did not disappoint, well written, fast paced and with great characters. The book is set in the same world as the previous and the author is create a rich deep world that your immersed in. Might have to get a few copies for stocking filler this year.

Bring on the next book please.
Sex trafficking, drug dealing, murder and brutality, presented in a believable and sympathetic package that is exciting and thrilling without glamourising these difficult subject matters. Clever and complex. A must read!
Another great book from RD Ronald. this book as with the elephant tree consumes your mind. it takes you on a journey through lives that you would never normally know exists. the whole story seems real.
Mark G
A gritty, crime drama, which shows the depths you can fall, when you make the wrong decisions, on the wrong side of the law.

Great book with non-stop action and plenty of twists and turns.
this is a really great (and scary) mystery - the characters are extremely realistic, the plot is gripping. check out the author's website for some good clips and more info about his writing.
Calvin Saunders
Oh my gosh. I progressed faster and faster through this book eager to know what would happen next. These are the sort of events we’re used to seeing unfold on the screen of some American blockbuster movie, but this time the heroes of the tale are regular, but very different, characters who meet in prison. R D Ronald writes with sometimes beautiful and other times perfect simplicity, and this sets a perfect stage for the characters whole worlds turning upside down.

I won’t give away specifics of t
Steve Penna
The first thing that struck me about Ronald’s novels was the seemingly effortless ability to entwine the contemporary and criminal aspects of the stories with an adjacent moral compass that prevails throughout. At times the writing is The Zombie Room is nothing short of spellbinding, something that is rare these days, and even rarer at the beginning of a literary career. Some sections are so surreal that they would fit snugly into the Murakami portfolio, where as others read like a typically pac ...more
Diana Roth
I’m a big fan of books based outside the cultural expectations of society we grew up in and know best, and was suitably intrigued when I heard of the people trafficking aspect of The Zombie Room, and even the fictional setting that most of the book takes place in (Garden Heights). Garden Heights I found to be a curious but exhilarating setting. Neither the UK nor the US but some cultural amalgam inbetween, and a lot darker. Novels published outside of the big publishing houses are sometimes sket ...more
An excellent tale of betrayal, deceit and corruption that gives an in-depth insight on the lives of four very different people from very different circumstances that are brought together by the choices they have made, or have been inflicted upon, and the journey they embark on (after their respective lessons have been learnt).
This for me is a thrilling piece of literature, which I found very hard to put down after the initial introduction of the protagonists which I found to be very explanatory
David Berkowitz
The Zombie Room is fast paced and Ronald's style is engaging. The characters are diverse and effort was obviously expended to make their actions consistent with their background as established in the early pages.

That said, the characters remain a somewhat cardboard - though it is a high quality of cardboard.

The plot really breaks no new ground in the genre, but I knew that going on so I was not disappointed. I did find the end somewhat unsatisfying. If this is the first part of a multi-part sa
Teressa Sachi
The Zombie Room is my first foray into the written world of Crime Thriller type genre. I’ve previously been a bit reluctant but after reading this book I’ll certainly be looking out for more by R D Ronald and maybe more. Mangle, Decker and Tazeem are strong lead characters with very different but typically dark histories that gives them an interesting perspective on events, and a good character development arc to boot. The writing is pacey, which I guess you would expect in a book like this, but ...more
George King
On a recent trip back to the UK, I was lucky enough to meet the author R. D. Ronald doing a book signing in Newcastle. In all honesty I hadn't heard of Richard or his books, but he spoke with such conviction and passion about his work and why he writes, I bought both his titles, The Zombie Room and The Elephant Tree and I have to say I was not disappointed! In fact I read The Zombie Room on the flight back to the US becasue I couldn't put it down. The Zombie Room is an excellent, well written bo ...more
Clara Simms
I recently read Ronald’s debut novel The Elephant Tree, so my eagerness to read the follow up was a mix of equal parts excitement and trepidation, trepidation because after being so overwhelmed by the first book I was worried he wouldn't be able to carry on in such a successful way. Well, now I’ve read it I know I needn't have worried as The Zombie Room is every bit the knockout! This story also reads in the same intricate but well plotted manner without tailing off like some genre novels do. It ...more
Bill Chaser
The Zombie Room has more twists and danger than a nest of vipers, but lots of excitement and catchy dialogue to boot. R D Ronald has done a fantastic job of weaving an intriguing and compelling plot that slowly reveals itself to us through the backstories of Mangle, Tazeem, Decker and Tatiana. The multi-layered story manages to be complex without straying into convoluted with enough urgency that keeps the pages turning long after it’s time to turn out the light. I’ll certainly be looking for mor ...more
Bethy Lentz
This novel is a delicious ball of crime, darkness and mystery goodness sprinkled with excitement and intrigue. A far cry from the novels I’ve been reading of late, too. There is a cunningly crafted storyline in place here that covers four main characters, so be prepared to pay attention so you don’t miss out on any of the intricacies. The characters are dark and delightful and I found myself dragged into the plot and falling in love with them from the very beginning. With multiple subplots and g ...more
Amanda Turner
Loved this book. I read 'The Elephant Tree', Ronald's first novel last year, and had to pick up 'The Zombie Room' when it came out this year.

Ronald picks up the pace in this novel, with WAY more action, more characters, and even a cameo from a character in his first book. I'm excited that he linked the two novels, evolving the world in which they belong... and also their stories.

This novel deals with race, prison, violence, sex trafficking, illegal immigration.... and much more. It reads like a
Gemma Davison
Having read RD Ronald's first book, The Elephant Tree, I had high expectations for The Zombie Room. I have to say that it didn't disappoint - The Zombie Room is a fast-paced page turner following the story if three small time criminals, who find themselves drawn into the world of human trafficking purely by chance. Will the three friends ignore what they saw, or will they step up to help those unable to help themselves. Well you will have to read the book through to its explosive conclusion to f ...more
The Zombie Room is a story
about human trafficking. It has a
lot of characters, more action
and quite a bit of sex....
R.D.Ronald has done a good job
of keeping you on the edge of
your seat through out this book.
You really have to pay attention
to everything that is happening
to follow it through. It would
probably make a great feature
length movie one day.
I highly recommend reading it.
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
As I started to read The Zombie Room, I thought there is no way RD Ronald can give each of these characters a voice. Boy was I wrong. Mangle (my favorite), Tatiana, Tazeem and the others come to together in a great story. Where wrong choices & the hope for a better life make them cross paths. On their way to redemption (for some) & help those who can't help themselves.
I loved this book from the very beginning, the plot is very cleverly put together. The twists and turns make it impossible to put down. Also, the characters in the Zombie Room stay with you long after you finish the book, they are weirdly endearing criminals. A must-read if you are looking for a good thriller.
This book pulls out all the stops. It's risky and that's what gives it its success. At many parts, my heart raced for the sake of the characters. There were some surprises and some bits that were bound to happen, but happen a little differently than expected.
Sue Carlin
Really great read. Very energetic and fast paced.
Genuinely liked the way it took a while for the profiles of the main characters to build up and when it did - wow.
A definate recommended read for those who like fast paced gritty crime novels.
Deb H
This story is gritty and exciting throughout. Excellently well developed characters. Good writing style.
The characters are interesting and the plot unpredictable. A coming of age story where wrong choices lead to very bad places.
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5 star review from Night Owl Reviews 1 17 Jul 30, 2012 02:06AM  
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An award winning transgressive crime novelist (whatever that means) for All and None.

Author of The Elephant Tree and The Zombie Room. Now writing more books while getting older and more miserable.

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“Around the outside of the room other beautiful women wearing little or nothing at all flitted between the infatuated, intoxicated men, sometimes luring them away for a private dance. The men would follow obediently, weighed down by lust and credit cards.” 47 likes
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