The Dead Run: A Novel
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The Dead Run: A Novel

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Filled with creepy chills and crackling suspense, an unnerving supernatural thriller, set in the netherworld of the US/Mexican borderland, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and the acclaimed Rage Is Back

On both sides of the Mexican-American border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface, a deadly epidemic of crime t...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harper Voyager
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While I do harbor a deep and abiding love for zombies, I don’t typically go for horror novels. I read R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike and all that other fluffy crap when I was younger but somehow I never got around to graduating to actual horror as I got older. In the last couple of years I’ve stumbled across a couple of things here and there that strike my fancy(Joe Hill in particular) but I’ve never been motivated to search out new horror novels. So when I pulled The Dead Run out of my swag bag f...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Tasked with carrying a package to an unknown location, Jess Galvan is about to get a lot more than he bargained for. For the chance to see his daughter again though, any risk is worth the price.

Opening Sentence: It was almost dawn and Mulligan was nine-tenths dead, dragging one leg after the other out of sheer dumb will.

The Review:

I spent the first 30-40% of this book mentally writing my 2 star review, planning on citing the unlikeable chara...more
Sara Kovacs
*This review is based on an Advance Reader copy from the publisher*
This was highly entertaining! Great action that grabs you from the get-go and doesn't let up. Jess, our "hero", is a stand-up guy who kicks major ass. He is certainly flawed, but has a definite code of ethics that he follows religiously (for lack of a better term), whether he is in a shady bar south of the border, an even shadier Mexican prison, or when he's trekking across the desert with a band of convicts on a shadier yet miss...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. After reading the book's summary, I was interested, but reading the prologue sealed the deal. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped by page three. I needed to read this book! And thank goodness, the rest of the book did not disappoint. I was never bored and was repeatedly (and pleasantly) shocked. There was no lack of action or suspense, and my favorite aspect? The humor. While one might not pick up this book expecting to chuckle to themselves throughout, that is exactly...more
The Dead Run: A Novel by Adam Mansbach is a decent, light read that at times goes for layered and literary and at other times finds pretty right-on social commentary. I wanted to love the primary characters, but they tend to be a little static and flat. Good as a genre piece.
John Onoda
Set mostly in the stretch of land linking Mexico and Arizona, The Dead Run has the vibe of Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Dusk till Dawn. A tough loner named Jess Galvan is a “righteous man” caught up in a hellish Mexican prison and then forced into a desert crossing by an ancient Aztec half-god. He and his companions are pursued by an army of reanimated sacrificial virgins, even as they run into all the more mundane kinds of threats that populate the desert routes used by traffickers of all kinds....more
OK story, though some of the plot is a bit too thin and the characters are a bit flat. It felt like all the characters were just along for the ride. I wish I'd known it was setup to have a sequel, or, more likely be a trilogy. It had a conclusion, but it's also a total setup for part 2.

It was a good horror/thriller but nothing that stands out and the sequels might be worth it. I'm hoping the story arc in a future book will feel less like so many other books in the genre where there is a lack of...more
Transport of a beating heart in a box across the Mexican desert, religious cult, puppy love, undead virgin army... What's not to like? I give this one a solid 3.5, but I just couldn't tack on the "really" to the "liked it".

This was a nice action-packed escape from (hopefully) reality. Definitely not for everybody, and I suspect that I could've easily added it to my DNF pile if in a different mood. Since most of the recent novels I've read have been rather plotless introspective first person narr...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn’t seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should...more
Kathleen Minde
When Jess Galvan walked into that seedy bar in Mexico, his goal was to carry a package across the border and use his earnings against his crazy ex-wife in a custody battle for their daughter. Instead, a poorly timed act of altruism lands Galvan in a Mexican prison inhabited by the legendary El Cucuy.

Returning home from a lousy day at the community swimming pool, Sherry Richards is kidnapped and becomes another statistic in a growing succession of sixteen year-old females who have disappeared. He...more

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While I really enjoyed this book, it does start out very slowly and it is difficult to see where anything is going. It does all come together in the end. I hope there will be more stories in this world.

The prologue doesn’t seem to connect to anything, I kept trying to figure out how it fit in the story and would periodically reread it to see if I had missed something. Ahhh but then at the end of the story...more
I wanted to love this book, too, because his "children's" book, Go the F* to Sleep, was genius. I follow him on Twitter and he is hilarious. Maybe 140 characters is his wheelhouse. The dialogue is perfect, crackles with realism and dry wit. I didn't care for the excessive gore and the supernatural conceit. To be fair, murder mysteries aren't really my genre unless they're books written by Agatha Christie, so maybe a true fan would appreciate this book more.
First, Repairman Jack, and then, Elvis Cole. Now we have Adam Mansbach mixing up his crime fiction with the supernatural. I'm not entirely sure I like it. I certainly preferred Repairman Jack when he was cleverly fixing things and I know without any doubt that Elvis Cole was a far better protagonist before the devil made his entrance. I'm thinking that for me, it simply doesn't make any sense. I mean, the ghosts, the spirits, malevolent otherworldly beings et al, they have these mystical magical...more
Patrick M McCoy
Ok, so your looking at reviews trying to get a feel for this book and I think I can help you out with that. I think if this novel was made into a movie it would play out like "Big Trouble in Little China" starring Kurt Russell, at least that's how the movie theater in my head interpreted and played out this story.

When I first started reading this book I thought I was really going to dig it a 4 or 5 star rating but this is not the case. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad story but the more I rea...more
An action packed, quick paced story! One man, Jess Galvan, must cross a desert with the heart of a virgin in a box - that's still beating! And an undead Virgin Army, a biker gang, a corrupt Federale, and a cult stand in his way! Bullets fly, machetes hack, and cars crash! I Liked it all! The end was a bit of a let down though. Too much of a set up for a sequel.
The author does a nice job of throwing the reader right into the mix and keeping the pace going with this one. An American starts us off in Mexico, getting into a bit of a fix and getting tossed into prison. Soon he will be tasked with taking an item across the border that could be bad for everyone. Meanwhile a separate drama unfolds on the American side of the fence when the prisoners daughter runs into some trouble of her own. All roads will converge and lead to a climatic battle that is not n...more
Zachary Blount
Fun, intense, a bit goofy and cheesy, with some fun characters, and obligatory supernatural weirdness. This is basically a really well done B-movie in book form, and a great read.
Weird and creepy. One of those cheap Kindle books that I had to finish. Oh well.
It was interesting but would of been more enjoyable to read with out all foul language
I recieved this book from Harper Collins as an ARC. It is not one for the faint hearted. Violence is grapic and frequent. That being said I liked the book a lot. The paranormal elemnts were done in such a way that they did not seem unbelievable. The main character is one tough SOB....but I guess he needed to be. The only thing stopping me from going with a 5 star rating was the ending......why oh why is it so hard for authors to write stand alone stories???? I was disappointed that this seems to...more
Mar 21, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: zzz2014-mar-new
This is not the type of book that I usually read, although it's definitely in line with the movies I watch. Maybe because of that, I had actors cast in certain roles in my mind. The book reads much like a Robert Rodriguez film - weird characters, lots of cussing, nasty convicts, cults, crazy homicidal already-dead women, and tons of adventure. If these words catch your attention, then this is a book for you!
No real review. It was good. Not at all what I was expecting, but MAN was this one twisted, fun ride. If there isn't a follow-up novel, I will be more than a little upset.
Sep 08, 2013 Cheryl rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheryl by: Advance Reader Copy
Shelves: thriller, horror, fiction
Definitely not a book for me. I just couldn't get into the storyline and much of the violence felt gratuitious.

It is very likely that all sensitive readers should avoid this one: (view spoiler)

Maureen Herman
An amazing read. Fast paced from beginning to end. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Strongly recommend.
Cindy Decker
I really loved this book!! way out of my normal genre!
I was thinking this book was just okay/not great but then the main character said "Go suck a bag of dicks" and I was won over
Not quite what I expected, but it wasn't bad.

A little gritty, a lot graphic, tons of blood and guts.

A sequel is surely in the works, since the story was left wide open. I don't think I liked it enough to read a sequel.
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Mansbach is the founding editor of the pioneering '90s hip hop journal Elementary, and a former Artistic Consultant to Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, The New York Times, Vibe, JazzTimes, Wax Poetics, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Guilt & Pleasure, Poets & Writers, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthet...more
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