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On The Third Day
Rhys Thomas
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On The Third Day

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Society is on the brink of collapse. The Old World is vanishing, the New World is taking over. There are no rules. Not now that a deadly disease is spreading that causes its victims to turn violent. Previously loving people become murderous. No-one can tell who will turn and who will not.

A work of force and dark brilliance - the perfect expression of the terrors of the 21s
ebook, 640 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Transworld Digital (first published January 1st 2010)
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Yes I love this type of story and I quite enjoyed this...

However it was not that believable to me - everyone was a bit "too" good or bad...

Would definately read more from this author... But for me it needed to be a bit more gritty!!

If you like this sort of thing - take a look at "Bringing the Forth the End of Days" by S Law.

Rhys Thomas
I wrote this book, and I also wrote a blog about some of the themes and ideas, that I've copied and pasted below.

On The Third Day is an Old Testament style disaster story that has no basis in science, set in the modern world. Nowadays all disaster stories feature an asteroid or a tsunami or some other natural hazard that can be explained by the turning of the Earth or the wheeling of the galaxies. Even vampires and zombies are explained by new viruses or toxic spills. But in the olden times the
Nicci B
I couldn't finish this book, I really didn't like it.

Maybe I'm a bit OD'd on Apocalypse fic but I didn't get anything new or original from it Worst of all, I really didn't like any of the characters. In fact I loathed them. The woman was a simpering wreck (it was when she screamed "He needs love" about a man robbing her house that I wanted to kill her) and the man was a gruff jerk - pratical with a gun and reigned in emotions, because every apocalypse should have one. Indeed, every apocalypse s
Craig DiLouie
Rhys Thomas’ ON THE THIRD DAY is a philosophical meditation on death wrapped in a viral apocalypse in which the victims suffer from existential dementia and often become violent, attacking others. I really enjoyed this one; it goes way beyond the standard formula for an end of the world novel. The people inhabiting the book are interesting and real, the book has a lived-in feel, the ruminations on death are engaging (although kind of depressing), the action is interesting, and the apocalypse is ...more
I actually feel a little bit mean giving this book such a low rating, mainly because I wanted to like it and felt that there was something half way redeemable under the surface. The authors previous book 'The Suicide Club' kicked my butt and I've read it more than once.

My main thing against the book is the characters. It was a big, huge, enormous mistake in making Miriam the main character. She was everything I hate in a woman and I sincerely wanted someone to just kill her off straight away so
Procrastinador Diletante
Quem vir a capa e o resumo, pensa que este livro é mais uma obra sobre zombies, mas não. Trata-se uma epidemia que faz com que as pessoas pura e simplesmente desistam da vida - uma espécie de hiper-depressão - e, ao fim de 3 dias, morram. A epidemia surge e espalha-se misteriosamente pelo Mundo, sem nunca se conseguir perceber qual a causa. Alguns dos infectados reagem de outra maneira e tornam-se extremamente violentos, mas o livro mostra-nos que as pessoas ditas "normais" conseguem ser bastant ...more

Not what I was expecting at all !

I envisaged another zombie novel but it was nothing of the sort. Had a great sense of tension-atmosphere and very bleak despair. It certainly made me think and review my nature towards good and bad and how I would respond in certain circumstances. I particularly enjoyed the part of one of the main characters decent into 'the sadness'. I will go no further here as I do not want to give anything away.

Took me a long while to get to this one. Glad I got there.
Andy Phillips
This book is pretty long and is split into 3 large sections and a 4th short one. The first two sections were very enjoyable as we follow a family during an outbreak of a mysterious condition. Most people that contract the condition become very depressed, while a small proportion become violent. There are no 'zombies' as such, but this aspect of the book reminded me of David Moody's 'Hater' series or Simon Clark's 'Blood Crazy', where people drastically change their behaviour almost instantaneous ...more
Wilson Six
So I got this book on a sale by MPH, for about a couple of (SGD)bucks (Think it was 5 or something).

First glance:
The book is thick! Well, it was an instant turnoff I must say, since I left it in my shelf for a couple of weeks before opening it up.

Overall comment (NO SPOILER):
The book itself has a very dark feel to it. It talks about the dead. But compared to saying its a book about supernatural, it is more of a book about our human realm right here right now. Anyone can easily finish this book,
I really like the idea of this book, and the first few chapters were great and full of promise, and then the whole thing kind of collapsed. The characters annoyed me, Miriam’s utter naivety to begin with, but I also didn’t really care for the others, including Charlie. They just didn’t make any sense to me. And the plot, well in the end it was perhaps slightly predictable. It’s not a terrible book, but it’s much less than I expected it to be. If you’re looking for an action-filled, dark apocalyp ...more
I have been lucky enough to read one of the earlier editions and I must say it is a 'can't put down' read!
This book emotes a range of various feelings, from horror, disbelief, tears and hope!

The strangest feeling I had was an attraction to the character Joseph! You really need to read the book to understand why.

This book is totally different from the authors previous book (The Suicide Club), although I think I may prefer this one!

Craig Ford
Was an ok read, didnt really seem to go anywhere once the premise of the story was established and the ending was a tad confusing. Kind of left me with a "What the hell happened there" feeling.
Matty Ryan
I haven't finished yet but so far it is one of the best reads. It's sad, funny, scary and well researched. I definitely recommend reading it. It's definitely a. Page turner. Good job. :)
Was an okay book. Similar to every other zombie apocalypse book but it jumped from character to character too much and there were long eventless periods.
Mat Soole
Very long read and loses where it was going at times, good read though if you can power through
Bit bleak but the pages kept turning and definitely worth a read..recommend!
A good book, good read but very predictable
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