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Tooth and Nail

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,009 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled-that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease. Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Schmidt Haus Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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T.W. Brown
Sep 12, 2011 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it
28 Days Later was one of those moves that really helped push the zombie back to the forefront. Only…zombie purists will tell you, “It’s not a zombie movie.” In many ways, Tooth and Nail by Craig DiLouie is much the same. In fact, this book could be seen as the Americanized version. And I mean this in a good way.

While Lieutenant Todd Bowman is named on the back jacket, there are a number of characters in this fast-paced tale. Some might complain about the number of characters—a criticism I never
Patrick D'Orazio
Jan 04, 2011 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Tooth and Nail is blistering fast military-focused thrill ride into the apocalypse. I scanned some of the other reviews and a comment that comes up with some frequency is that the nemesis here are not technically zombies. From a purist perspective, that is certainly true. The Hong Kong Lyssa Virus does not kill its victims...the ones that go "Mad Dog", as they are called, have symptoms similar to someone infected with rabies...along the lines what we saw with 28 Days Later and Rec, as far as ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie, apocalypse
As something of a closest 'Zombiephile', I randomly stumbled upon Tooth and Nail in my Amazon recommended list. With so few reviews, and a synopsis that hinted heavily at a military focus, it was with a slightly closed mind that I purchased this book.
And instantly I was pleasantly surprised.

Tooth and Nail starts with a disease that sweeps through the city with rapid pace, beginning as a virus with a high mortality rate, and morphing into a 'zombie' disease.

The pace is fast, and at first I found
Jan 06, 2015 Kaisersoze rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
One of my favourite reads of last year came from author Craig DiLouie. I was so impressed with his The Infection that I rushed out to order this earlier novel from his word processor. At first glance, they seemed quite similar. Both deal with an apocalyptic end of the world scenario, featuring creatures that, more or less, are zombies. Both follow groups of characters trying to survive as said apocalypse unfolds. Both are written in the present tense and both involve small groups battling superi ...more
Felicia A
Tooth and Nail features "infected", not "zombies", and the virus is a genetically altered mutation of the rabies virus. So not exactly zombies, but similar, though it reads like a true zombie book.

For a zombie-type book, it had enough of a different bent that it wasn't like just reading another self-published fanboy/fanfic piece focused on guns, gore, guts and rape scenes.

This book has a great premise, a good story arc, and good intentions. It does not, however, have a good execution.

The writin
Steven Konkoly
Jun 03, 2012 Steven Konkoly rated it it was amazing
Tooth and Nail is one of the most immersive experiences you can find as a fan of apocalyptic fiction. As a former military officer, I can attest to complexity and uncertainty of the difficult decisions faced by second lieutenant Todd Bowman and his men, as they faced an increasingly deadly and nebulous viral threat on the streets of Manhattan. The buildup of tension, confusion and violence was expertly drawn from start to finish. Each soldier's role in the story is examined and expanded through ...more
William M.
Apr 10, 2012 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is my first experience reading author Craig Dilouie and I was pretty impressed. Out of the dozens of zombie novels I’ve read over the years, this was the first to really focus on the military aspect of the plague (other than Jonathan Maberry’s PATIENT ZERO, but that concentrated more on an isolated covert operation and included only a sprinkling of zombie action) Usually the military is used in the periphery, but in TOOTH AND NAIL, Dilouie drags the reader not only into the middle of the ...more
Joe Crook
Jan 23, 2011 Joe Crook rated it it was ok
I feel like in order to truly enjoy this book you have to be in the army or some other armed service. People in that situation don't feel the same terror from a zombie plague situation as a normal person would and it showed I'm the writing. It lacked emotion, and focussed more on military strategy and combat. I felt like they could have been fighting any kind of enemy and the book would have read the exact same way, it just so happened they were fighting zombies.
Feb 21, 2012 Feuerzeug rated it it was amazing
Amazing macho zombie slaughter of the best kind.

A cold and distant reflection on the apocalypse from a military point of view.

Focus is on the individual soldier and its struggle both with survival, conscience and keeping a sane head during Armageddon.
Aug 24, 2011 amber rated it did not like it
Didn't love it. Couldn't get attached to any of the characters. Was mostly just happy to get it finished. I didn't find it engaging or believable.
Dec 03, 2011 Mihir rated it liked it

Original review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Tooth and Nail from its blurb quintessentially seems to be a zombie military novel and whilst I went in with those thoughts, the actual book turned out to be a bit more than that.

For one the zombies in this book are scientifically explained. It turns out that something called Mad Dog or Lyssavirus is infecting people in the United States of America and turning them into slobbering angry creatures whose sole instinct/purpose is to b
Oct 02, 2012 Travis rated it it was amazing
An extremely strong Post-Apocalyptic effort. It excels in communicating the experience of life in the US Army and it puts that Army is a hopeless situation. We get to live the experience along with the soldiers. You and they realize simultaneously that they are going to die. It's a neat trick, executed to perfection.

The story begins just before the point where the virus moves from merely a pandemic to an apocalypse. Most of society's infrastructure is intact- water, electricity, etc. However, s
Heather Faville
May 26, 2012 Heather Faville rated it it was amazing
Technically a 4.5, but worthy of a round up!

Craig DiLouie's Tooth & Nail is a zombie story filled with practically non-stop action and very realistic detail. It is obvious that DiLouie did his research before or while writing this novel. Tooth & Nail is very military focused and while I have a little bit of knowledge, I do not know a lot of the details of the military world. Therefore, I asked my husband as I was reading questions here and there about whether this would work, would they
Procrastinador Diletante
Sep 02, 2011 Procrastinador Diletante rated it it was amazing
No caso do "Tooth and Nail", seguimos um grupo de militares, recém-chegados do Iraque e "lançados aos lobos". A sua missão é defender um hospital numa cidade de Nova Iorque paralisada por uma pandemia global. É claro que tudo começa a correr mal a partir do momento em que os infectados começam a ser em tal número e tão agressivos que passa a ser necessário usar força letal para os deter.

Sem me alongar muito em explicações (e spoilers), posso dizer que o livro é comparável com o filme Black Hawk
Jul 24, 2012 Netanella rated it really liked it
The world goes viral and America's military is recalled stateside from overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to major cities such as New York, to protect its citizens - against itself. Then everything goes fubar and the military units are left in isolated pockets of humanity surrounded by thousands of Mad Dogs - technically not dead, but crazed people infected with a new kind of virus that spreads in typical zombie fashion. You know, biting.

Once I put down my smut addiction and delved in
Aug 27, 2015 Elisa rated it really liked it
Gut-wrenching. Lots of military action, lingo, names, ranks, acronyms etc. I couldn't really follow who was who, but you get there. Really good, really scary and horrible. Lots of shooting and stabbing and dying. Always with the dying. But there is humor and there are good people doing their job even when it seems like they are the only ones doing it.
Anyway, if you like zombie books and following the military during the end of the world, you need to read this one. It is pretty realistic, people
Jan 14, 2016 Octavi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un coñazo. Intenta dar "profundidad" a lo Michael Bay a militares cansinos. Poca acción y mucha jerga militar con "remordimientos" de mierda. Basura.
Laurie Jameson
Sep 26, 2011 Laurie Jameson rated it it was ok
Total guy book. Shooting, fighting, bleeding, gun size, grenades. Not my cup of tea. Oh yeah, and zombies.
Aug 15, 2015 Rob rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Rob by: Myself
Shelves: fiction
Not a fan of this one at all. Full of cliches and boring. I didn't care about any of the characters. I'm surprised I finished.
Feb 12, 2012 Jamie rated it it was ok
DiLouie just does not interest me. I find his books dry and unoriginal.
Sep 26, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Loved this book I didn't want it to end!
Feb 10, 2014 Kivrin rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Just couldn't get into this one.
Brian Guzmán
Oct 28, 2016 Brian Guzmán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entretenido. Es un libro de de guerra más que de zombies, y de como un puñado de soldados enfrentan su última batalla. Se me hizo fácil leer, y se agradece mover la narrativa a las cuestiones humanas más que a la acción de matar zombies a diestra y siniestra.
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
First, I’d like to pause and take a chuckle at the publishing company. Schmidt Haus. Very witty.

Second, I’d like to note that at this time I am preparing my bug-out-bag, complete with bushknife, ka-bar, 12 MREs, 12 shotguns, 15 millions rounds of ammo, three gallons of water, a first aid kit, sleeping bag, two turtle doves, kitchen sink, industrial strength hair dryer, and anything else I can’t live without when the proverbial s&$! hits the fan

This particular book (1) terrified the hell out
Benjamin Cheah
Dec 12, 2013 Benjamin Cheah rated it really liked it
Tooth and Nail is a zombie apocalyptic fiction with very strong leanings towards military realism at the tactical(note this word: tactical) level. It's another variation of the age-old zombie virus tale: as the war in Iraq draws to an end, the Hong Kong Lyssa virus emerges, prompting a global epidemic. The virus, unsurprisingly, turns victims

The US military is recalled from the Middle East to enact quarantine measures at home. As scientists in the Center for Disease Control race to understand th
Shana Festa
Feb 18, 2014 Shana Festa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Tooth and Nail is an exhilarating military focused adventure set in New York City. DiLouie wastes no time building up back story and gets right to the good stuff. The Hong Kong Lyssa Virus, thought to originate from the Indian fruit bat, has begun infecting the population. Compared to and deemed worse than the Spanish flu of 1918, it's symptoms are similar to rabies; rage, frothing at the mouth, hydrophobia. Not Zombies in the traditional sense, the infected are fueled by a desire to spread the ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Gerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
DiLouie bewegt sich mit seinem Roman in einer zeitgleich entstandenen, dem Zombie-Genre sehr nahe verwandten Spielart des Horrorgenres, bei der es nicht zuletzt durch die erfolgreiche Resident Evil Reihe zu erheblichen Übehrschneidungen kam.
Mit Zähnen und Klauen ist ein überaus gelungenes, an George A. Romeros Crazies angelehntes Epidemieszenario aus militärischer Sicht geschildert. Diese Action betonte Untergattung im Horrorgenre ist dem Zombiegenre tatsächlich oft so ähnlich das die Szenarien
Georgy Raptakis
Sep 19, 2016 Georgy Raptakis rated it did not like it
A boring bad story with boring stupid characters.
Nov 05, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it

Tooth and Nail follows a group of soldiers from Iraq into New York as they are thrust into a mission they never could have imagined was possible. In the beginning, it is a relief to be away from the constant bombings and the chaos that is war; but things change. The Hong Kong Lyssa virus has swept the nation, transforming the infected into Maddies, rabid blood-thirsty killers. U.S. citizens needing assistance are flooding to the hospitals for treatment. But does a treatment exist? As supplies dw
Mar 24, 2016 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im Buch „Mit Zähnen und Klauen“ von Craig DiLouie wurde eine neuartige Zombiewelt geschaffen. Eine mutierte Version der Tollwut gelangt über Bisse und Speichel in den Organismus der Menschen und wandelt sie innerhalb weniger Stunden in sabbernde, knurrende, fauchende und immer hungrige Zombies.

Das Buch wird aus ziemlich vielen Sichtweisen von Mitgliedern der US-Army und einer Forscherin geschrieben, weshalb aus meiner Sicht erst zum Ende klar wurde, wer in die Rolle des Hauptprotagonisten geschl
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Craig DiLouie is an author of popular thriller, apocalyptic/horror, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction.

In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.

These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and
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