Empire: A Zombie Novel
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Empire: A Zombie Novel (Empire #1)

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The outbreak began in 2007. It's now 2112.

The crippled U.S. government is giving up in its fight against an undead plague. Military forces and aid have been withdrawn from the last coastal cities, leaving those who choose to stay in the "badlands" defenseless against hordes of zombified humans and animals.

It's been a hopeless battle from the beginning. The undead, born of...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Permuted Press
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harlequin {Stephanie}
This had so much potential. Death fighting zombies. What more could you ask for?

Where to start? I liked the beginning. The gore didn't really bother me and when death came on the scene I was giddy with what was gonna happen next.

Unfortunately death gets little time on the scene. The rest of the book was filled with shifting pov onto characters that were not memorable. In short, it was all over the place. I will probably read the second book out of curiosity.
Erin
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Julia
I’m not, generally speaking, a zombie-lover, but the premise of Empire just sounded too good to pass up:

The year is 2112 and for over a century a hideous virus has plagued mankind, transforming almost every man, woman, and child into the living dead. And while that’s certainly a problem for humanity, it’s an even bigger problem for someone—or something—else, i.e. Death. That’s right. Death. The Grim Reaper, the Fourth Horseman, the Collector of Souls himself is about to start a war on the undead...more
Xarah
Something was a little off with this novel. I think it had to do with the manner in which it was written. There were numerous times when the author would suddenly change the subject on what was happening to a character or to characters. One paragraph would be about so-and-so, then it would suddenly change to what was happening with someone else not directly involved with the previous incident. There were a number of time when I would have to re-read something to understand what just happened.

I d...more
Thee_ron_clark
Oct 15, 2008 Thee_ron_clark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the zombie genre and post-apocalyptic novels.
Shelves: zombies
This is an interesting novel about my favorite film and literature object; the living dead. The story takes place over fifty years after an outbreak of the living dead. America is losing the war against the walking corpses and continues to move all its citizens to more populated and secure areas.

Outside of the main plot, the story follows a few groups: a spoiled and crazy young man and his pack of domesticated zombies, a group of people who were stranded in a community or chose to remain behind...more
Joe
During the profusion of low-budget horror films that was the late 70's came a film called "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats." The film's premise and indeed its summary can be found in its title. Some clips of this film exist on YouTube. It is pretty bad.
Empire is the "Death Bed" of zombie novels. Set one hundred years after an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, survivors still live off of old bags of chips and hundred-year old stale food. Death himself shows up as a hapless character, kills some zombies a...more
Lauren
I picked this book up for obvious reasons: zombie stories are good. And as I read the first chapter, I was impressed by the writing and was excited to see where this story was going. Unfortunately, it wasn't going much of anywhere.

The author is definitely good at what he does. Each chapter was detailed and written well. The problem was, the plot was way confusing and too spaced out. Each chapter read like its own short story, which I hated. I have read other reviews saying the author was in fact...more
Schnaucl
This supposedly takes place about 100 years after the zombie apocalypse but it certainly doesn't feel that way. It doesn't feel like the first few days of an outbreak but it doesn't feel more than months after the start, maybe a few years at most. If you want to see life after people got used to zombies done right, read Mira Grant's Feed.

I just couldn't really get into it. There was too much skipping around and the characters didn't really click for me.
Christiane Evaskis-Garrett
UGH. So much potential in this book and most of it wasted. The author seemed unable to decide whether he wanted the story to be: 1) supernatural and Lovecraft-like, 2) a gritty, military Band of Brothers tale, 3) a survival against the odds, 4) commentary on the US government or 5) Death (the horseman) shows up and takes back the world from the zombies. It feels like he just threw all of these ideas against a wall and hoped that a coherent story came out of it. I'm sure you could guess how that...more
Rhiannon Frater
4.5 stars

I devoured this book in two days. I was hooked from the very beginning. I am a big fan of David Dunwoody's works via the two short story collections I recently read by him. I have also enjoyed his short stories included in anthologies, but had yet to read the novel he is praised for. I own both editions of Empire. The original Permuted Press edition was personally signed for me at Horror Realm, and I ordered the new S & S Gallery version as soon as it went on pre-order. So as you ca...more
Degeorgetown
I gave this three stars because although I did enjoy the book and loved the concept of Death showing up in a zombie infested world... it just wasn't done well enough. The best parts were of course when Death showed up, but it wasn't often. Most of the story switches between survivors I just didn't care all that much about.

My biggest complaint would be the unnecessary serial rapist plotline. It did nothing for the story as a whole. It was like the author wrote a Law and Order: SVU fanfic and jus...more
Brian
Blech.

Not my kind of thing, and frankly, the blurb on the back doesn't match the book. See, (spoiler, stop reading now!)







Death gives up being death to whack the zombies, after whacking zombies earlier in the book, I guess they "don't count". So Death actually isn't around in the last half of the book, just the nameless-dude-formerly-named-Death. And any involvement by "Death" is in the last twenty or so pages where for some unknown reason (even the character is too stupid to know) he gets involve...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Patrick D'Orazio
Empire takes place a century from now, long after the rise of the plague that caused the dead to rise. These zombies are a bit different than what we have seen in other works though: the dead have always had the ability to rise up when near places that are a "source" of supernatural power, but the plague came because the power of the source was laced with a deadly virus that allows their bites to transfer their infection, allowing them to perpetuate it and carry it through the entire human popul...more
Taylor
It took me a little while to get into but overall I enjoyed this book. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars instead of 4.
The premise of this post-apocalyptic zombie novel is that on earth there are sources of dark energy capable of bringing the dead back to life. The U.S. government tried to harness this power to use to their advantage but ultimately ended up creating a mob of "afterdead" capable of transmitting the virus through bites. The "afterdead" whose sole purpose is to feed on human flesh ta...more
Daniel
Finally, there comes a novel that deals with the one victim of a zombie apocalypse that few ever consider: Death, the Grim Reaper, the dude with the big scythe. Just imagine, you're doing your job well for untold years - with nary a vacation day, I might add - and then suddenly all those dead souls you're supposed to collect just start falling off the radar. Over a century after the outbreak began, Death finally takes it upon himself to get up close and personal with the undead. While he may not...more
David McDonald
Given my penchant for post-apocalyptica, it's no real surprise that I gravitated towards Empire by David Dunwoody, a post-apocalyptic tale where the undead have ravaged the earth and pockets of mankind across the continental US fight for survival.

It's fair to say that the premise behind Empire is a little different to the usual zombie affair; zombie sharks, rats, dogs, birds; but the human zombies are the most interesting... "rotters" don't just die with the obligatory headshot as per the usual...more
Gabrielle
I'm a gothic romantic at heart, which means I can easily lose myself in flowing, self-indulgent horror prose (if it is well written) that reaches up through the pages and slowly drags you into its world with thorny tendrils of darkness. However, there is another aspect of my personality, the analytical, eccentric, left-brained lover of hardcore science fiction, especially of the post-apocalyptic sort. I tend to be quite the stickler for details when it comes to any novel set on a futuristic war-...more
Hilary
When I picked up this book, I was excited to read a novel with a different approach to the Zombie outbreak.

While reading this book, there were many times I became frustrated due to the way the author skipped from on character to another. Often times, the change would happen in the middle of a chapter with no definition of when other than the beginning of a new paragraph.

This book also left me feeling like I was hanging at the end. I feel like this book had so much potential, and didn't necessar...more
Kelli Sprowls
It started out pretty well, but i think that the author just tried to put too many things in the book.Adding the Death character wasn't terrible, having a serial rapist around wasn't too much...but then also adding the family in the swamp...I just didn't think it all gelled together. by the end, and in true zombie fashion almost everyone dies, I just was not with it. I guess I was so disappointed in the book and the end of it because so much of the book had so much potential that was just wasted...more
Matthew
This was a good read. An easy break from some of my other more challenging books I'm currently reading but a good read nonetheless. It was a typical zombie book but also atypical as well. The zombies weren't your run of the mill undead, these had a semblance of life beforehand. Hard to explain for those who haven't read it but if you're into zombie books and sometimes tire of the same old same old, then I tell you, pick this book up for a fresh breath of zombie literature. I enjoyed it and hopef...more
Tony Faville
Having finally gotten around to finishing this book, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will admit, when I first started reading the book I couldn't get into it. I have since gotten to know the author and felt compelled to give it another try. I did, I finished it and I truly enjoyed it.

It gives an interesting twist on the zombie genre, with the darkness from the swamps and so forth. The having to completely destroy them with fire is a different twist, but it worked with the source.

All in...more
Bandit
This was a pretty good zombie book. The pacing was fast and the action was gory. The thing that I didn't really like was how many characters there were, I found it to be overwhelming and at times tough to keep track of, especially characters with last names that sound like first names, since both were used. There was a nice twist midway through I didn't see coming and I really enjoyed the character of Death. SO much so that I would be interested in checking out the sequel. Recommended for zombie...more
Chris Flanigan
Eh it was ok....the pacing was a little different...and has a bit different take on zombies...I mean...it wasnt bad but it wasnt what I was expecting based on the summary I read on the back of the book. Its a pretty quick read though...each chapter is only about 2 pages long though haha...was disappointed by the lack of the character of Death in the book...I thought from the summary he would be playing a much bigger role....
Akaria
I love zombie fiction and speed read through several books in the genre back to back some years ago. Usually that means details in the stories get mixed up with each other. Rarely does it mean I totally forget what happens in a book. Let's just say this book is so unmemorable I forgot I read it. Do yourself a favor and do a re-read of World War Z or Day By Day Armageddon instead.
Jessica
Someone on the el platform asked me if my book was good yesterday and I said without hesitation, "Absolutely not." Having Death as a character could be cool and a book about a zombie apocalypse could also be cool. Putting the two together should be as well, but in the case of this book, not even close. So glad I paid less than a dollar for it. Now to be rid of it...
Nancy
The story was good, but I didn't like the writing style. Very skippy and back and forth. I didn't flow very well. We'd be in one part of town in one paragraph and in the next be somewhere completely different, without any spacing breaks. Bad editing? I don't know. I think it would make a decent movie, with all the cuts and breaks, but as a book, it didn't work for me.
Danielle
While the idea behind this book was fascinating the follow through didn't quite do it for me. I found it difficult to make it through this book. I do like how it is just the beginning of a story, however the sub stories and non-linear format made it difficult.
Trevor
May 13, 2008 Trevor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombies!
Recommended to Trevor by: Permuted Press website/forums
Shelves: zombies
Plenty of action, horror, and suspense and good writing to boot. From the description, I figured the spectre of "Death" would play more of a role against the undead, but he plays more of a minor role. This ended up working very well. Recommended to fans of the genre!
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Born in Texas and currently living in Utah, David Dunwoody writes subversive horror fiction, including the EMPIRE series and the collections DARK ENTITIES and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES. His short stories have been or will be published by outfits such as Permuted, Chaosium, Shroud, Twisted Library, Belfire and Dark Regions.
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