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City of the Dead by Brian Keene
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Apr 06, 12

This book is a continuation of Keene's novel The Rising. It has some of the same characters I discussed before like Jim, Frankie and Martin, but adds some new characters to the mix too. And where the first book was a lot like a 28 Days Later, with the people in it running and hiding and even getting mixed up with a fanatical militia group, this one is more a Land of the Dead, with the characters bunkering down in a New York skyscraper.

New characters from the novel include two ex-marines, a billionaire with a messiah complex, two doctors (one a beacon of ethics and goodness, the other steeped in depravity), and a stock broker. They are all solid characters and believable, making the book move quickly and still have a soul. Their motivations are pretty singular in this novel - survival.

Still included of course are the wonderful cast of zombies, including their leader Ob. The possessed animals play a much larger role in this second installment. Keene does an excellent job of creating a vivid picture of the horror of thousands of rats attacking or clouds of undead birds swooping down to annihilate someone in a cyclone of decaying wings.

The overwhelming feeling in this novel is a sense of impending doom.

If you read the first one and enjoy it, then I do recommend the second novel. It is not a happy book by any stretch but it is gripping and well-written. I liked it.
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