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Life Among the Dead

(Life Among the Dead #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  43 reviews
There's over a million people in the city of Waterloo. Today, most of them have died, and now they're hungry. Corporal Dan Williamson is caught in the middle of the outbreak, desperately trying to reach his wife who is somewhere amid the urban decay. There are other souls out there, other tales of survival among the horror. Dan will soon learn that the living may prove to ...more
Published December 20th 2013 (first published March 1st 2011)
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John Podlaski
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazon did me a great favor when allowing Kindle authors to offer "free" downloads of their work. This gave me an opportunity to sample books in other genres that I don't usually read...with nothing to lose. During the last year, I've become fascinated with "Zombie" stories, finishing quite a few books with more on my TBR list. I found "Life Among the Dead" to be one of the more unique books in this genre. It has a host of likeable characters and many side stories within the main story line, ...more
Megan Kestel
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good, very addicting I would give it five stars if it were not for the dragged out scenes and the occasional unessecary erotica-ish scenes that took us away from the book entirely. It would be better if it went with the book instead of taking us away from the action. None the less I will be reading the next one :)
Jeremy Dyson
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Cotton's, Life Among The Dead, is an entertaining novel that interweaves several stories of survivors that are connected along the way. The novel almost reads like a collection of short stories that at times come together to intersect, then branch off into separate stories, before connecting again. It makes for an interesting narrative, though I almost would have preferred if this was a collection of short stories, allowing the author to take up different perspectives.

Daniel Cotton can
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
This book is well written and while the story does meander (as mentioned by another reviewer) it gives you vignettes of life after the zombie apocalypse. These vignettes eventually tie together, showing perfectly the cause and effect of the actions that different characters have on events throughout the story. For me, I enjoyed that it was written from the viewpoint of someone observing these events who somehow also had the ability to get into the minds of the characters. And while my ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This is one of the best zombie books I have read and I have read quite a few. Highly recommended! What really makes a great zombie book is the lives and actions of the survivors and how their story is told.

What I really liked are the little side stories that get triggered all throughout this book. The main character may drive past someone hiding in a house and as he drives off into the distance, not even having noticed them, a quick little side story is given on how that person got to where
Tasha Schmidt
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's probably one of the best zombie books I've read. It meanders, a LOT, but I didn't mind it. There are constantly new characters being introduced and old ones leaving, sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently. There is a great mix of danger from both zombies and other live people which I think is necessary for a good zombie story. There is also some really great character progression. I even found myself choking up a few times, which is pretty rare for me. I ...more
When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be boring because of the way it was written, like a first time writer would write, but I was drawn into it very quickly. I've read a lot of zombie books, but only a few keeps me upset and disturbed because they are that good. I tried reading into the morning hours because I didn't want to stop, but my eyes were feeling too gritty and tired. The story had me breathless and eager for more all the way to the end, and I would definitely ...more
Allan Ashinoff
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book for free. Life Among the Dead is not a book it is a saga. While the story goes on and on there is really good character development, interesting happenings, and plenty action to keep the reader from getting bored.Of particular interest is the first person look at turning into a zombie - great element. Life Among the Dead is certainly one of the better Zombie books out there.
Lori Franklin Hopkins
Wow...this is by far one of the best survival stories I have read, not to mention the zombies. It has humor, as well as sadness in it that really makes you feel for the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone! Fabulous!
nancy hebert
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies again!!

this book was a very good zombie book, but I do wish a sequel will follow. IT actually has a pretty good ending though for a zombie book. I do recommend this to all.
Camile Escalante
Love, love, love, this book... Couldn't put this book down, I so can't wait for the second one to come out!
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this very much.
Melanie Ballantine
One of the best zombie/post apocalypse stories I have read. I ended up missing a whole nights of sleep to finish this book, i literally couldn't put it down.
Mac Mccormick
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly fun zombie apocalypse book. I thoroughly enjoyed the pure escapism and edge of your seat moments.
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! Keeps you on your toes throughout. Fast action and great story lead. Can't wait for the next one!!
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh well. It was free.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great! Just enough horror, adventure and humor, all in the right proportions. The Audible add-on was well worth the additional cost. Great work.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full Life Among the Dead audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Life Among the Dead starts off really well with a walk through of a few survivors experience in the first hours of the zompocolypse. Daniel Cotton does a nice job of introducing characters at a comprehensible pace so the listener has a chance to identify with them. We start with Dan the reservist who just wants to find his pregnant wife. I really liked the down to earth attitude he had about the whole situation. Then
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book... I have gotten so many books through that I cannot remember if this book was free or .99 cents.
Either way for whatever price or free... its worth to take time to read it.

Poor Dan ... Im amazed that he didnt have a nervous breakdown with so much bad luck that just came his way ... no more did he get out of one situation... when right around the corner it was " WHAM" right back and really
deep in it he was.

Wish that the author didnt kill off so many of the
Book one chronicles our soldier, Corporal Dan, as he makes his way to find his wife after the outbreak. The varied circumstances he finds himself in run the gamut from funny to downright scary. As usual we find there are other survivors that are worse than the zombies. Corporal Dan has his run in with them too, as do other fellow travelers. The tale starts out a bit on the slow side, but picks up. An unexpected passenger livens up the dialog and provides a laugh or two. Dan makes it to his Uncle ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be one of the very few that didn't care for this book. Didn't like the tense - felt like I was playing in a roleplaying game rather than reading a book. Didn't like the incessant plays on all of the little kid's names. i.e. Jackrabbit, Jackhammer. Didn't like that the two main heroes both seemed to me to be misogynistic jerks but were somehow loved by all. Didn't like that almost everyone the main heroes met up with had a theory on how the whole thing happened. And didn't like that it ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. There were times when it did drag out a little, but overall, had a good flow. This book had many stories that intertwined with the main story and was beautifully handled. You didn't get bored with it, didn't have to try and remember what sorry line they were a part of, meshed together very well, and you actually care for the characters!

There were some unique view points I have never read or seen before and it brought up some good discussion between me and my non-reading
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy, 2012, zombies
Another zombie book down!

I liked the characters and felt that they did grow throughout the book. I was so frustrated by how one of them ended up dieing simply because it shouldn't have happened that way but I think that's why it DID happen that way. Because it was just so frustrating!

I also wasn't to fond of the whole "King" deal. I don't know how it even came about but it was just frustrating.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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r.d. stinson
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a yarn that's as good as it gets.

I like books that end making you feel satisfied having taken the time to read it. the zombies are the basic kind, the heroes are young and old which is as it should be. a soldier tries to get to his family while trying to keep survivors he has come across alive. a tough job for him. the book has several side stories that help the story along. a really good read.
Darren  Widdowson
Really enjoyed this book seen a few criticising the style but glad gave it a chance. Really like the characters, the interweaving storylines. One part that peeved me off was losing a late appearing character that you get to really like towards the end of the book. Just finished the 'Arisen' ZA series so was a nice change in the genre.
Keith Schincke
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written book. The characters are interesting and the plot is engaging. The plot lines of various characters cross at a variety of times. There are a number of good details. This is a story about the first few days and months after the upraising. We do not know what happens in the world beyond the story.

I would recommend this book to other fans of this genera.
Wade Corbeil
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping page-turner that puts a twist on the standard "Zombie Survival" genre.

The characters were very well developed, and the plot moves like a locomotive keeping the reader on the edge of their seats and turning page after page. If you enjoy Zombie or post-apocalyptic books, this is a must read as it offers much more than the standard "canned" story.
Hernan Ruiz Camauer
If I could, I'd give this book three and a half stars, because just three seems too low. I loved the story and the characters, especially the uncle Bruce parts. The one thing that really irked me and stretched my disbelief was the part about the cult. I also didn't care for it being written in the present tense. Without those two strikes against it, I'd have given this 4 stars.
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Offering an assortment of subjects, Daniel Cotton taps into pains from his past as well as the current joys in his life, blending them into tales that are both dark and touching. He delves into his own life experiences; his factory jobs, his time working on a psychiatric ward, his time in the Navy, all of the places he has lived and people he’s known to make the worlds he creates seem more real. ...more

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