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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,907 ratings  ·  266 reviews
The streets of the city are no longer safe. They are filled with zombies - the living dead, rotting predators driven only by a need to kill and eat. For Lamar Reed and a handful of others, their safe haven is an old ship out at sea. But it will soon become a deathtrap, and they'll learn that isolation can also mean no escape.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Brian Keene’s Dead Sea is a little different from his earlier zombie stories. In The Rising and City of the Dead, the zombies carried rifles, were intelligent, and drove cars. In Dead Sea, they are the more traditional shambling, empty-eyed, mindless variety. The end of the world began in New York City, when people were attacked by swarms of undead rats. The infected died and came back to life. Once the infection (known as Hamelin’s Revenge) spread to the city of Baltim
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to finish this book in one sitting, but work got in the way.

At this point in history this is one of the best zombie books that I have read.

Possible spoiler....

Mr. Keene thank you for giving us a non-traditional main character who survives to the “end”.

So if zombies or walkers are your thing give this book a go.
ijeoma Agbaje
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

wow!!!!! Completely blown away by this incredible zombie novel.
-Basically me at the end of this book.
After reading this, i've come to the very logical conclusion that in the event of a zombie apolcalypse i probably would not survive...Don't want to write too much and give the plot away but rest assured that if you're looking for something different in the zombie genre, this book ticks the box. It's heartbreaking, bleak and everything a good zombie book should have.
Absolutely Loved it!!

This was such a delightful book to breeze through, well delightful if you like icky zombies laced into an apocalyptic theme with no signs of victory. Fast paced and exciting, the novel was a fun break from anything else on my mind, I liked the characters and feared for their safety as the author took charge in making them run for their lives. I haven't read Keene's previous zombie books but I didn't feel that it took away from this story, on the contrary it makes me want to revisit his older boo ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies
If you are looking for a great survival zombie novel, look no further. This is a very dark run for your life and keep moving type of story. The story is told in the first person narrative by a very likeable character.

The protagonist is Lamar Reed, an African American gay man who spent all his life fighting stereotypes mostly succeeding. Even though he grew up in the worst part of the city he fought against becoming a criminal. He finished school. He lost his job a couple of months before the eve
Jonathan Janz
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brian Keene's Dead Sea might sound like The Rising at first glance. Same author, same genre, same sub-genre. But that's where the similarities end. While I loved both books, I love them in very different ways. Dead Sea is in some ways a more innocent book than The Rising; the presence of the children and the nature of their relationship to the narrator of Dead Sea endows the book with a sweetness that surprised me. However, the bleakness of the book is more pronounced than it was in The Rising. ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Brian Keene breathed new life into the zombie genre with The Rising and City of the Dead with an excellent slant on zombie lore.

Dead Sea is apart from that world. Here we have the standard zombie we all know and love: slow, stupid, disgusting, and ravenous. There are also a few non-standards up his sleeve, but I'll leave that up to discovery.

As always, Keene's pace is relentless, the story moves along like gangbusters. It's not my favorite of his (Ghoul takes that one, I think), but it's still v
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
As a huge horror fan of both films and novels, you may be surprised to find I'm not a big zombie addict. While most of my fellow horror hounds go that route, there has never been much to appeal to me about when it comes to rotting corpses stumbling around looking for brains. That being said, Keene has made quite a name for himself in the literary world as one of the best writers of the zombie sub-genre out there. Deciding to ignore the ending of his last and take it to a new direction, Dead Sea ...more
Jon Stutfield
Jan 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
"A fucking zombie whale"

Why do I read this crap?
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4.5 Stars

This is a tried and true straight up zombie horror novel. There is nothing really new, no unusual twists on the theme, and definitely no fantastical type ending. It is however very well written. Fast paced and filled with horror, action, and a bit of the human spirit too. I really enjoyed Keene's writing and felt that he created a top notch zombie book.

Our protagonist Lamar, is a likable gay, African American, that has worked his whole life attempting to never give in to awful stereotyp
Fun kind of different take on a zombie apocalypse read, with the plus of a stand out very well written gay character.

I didn’t love the ending, but that didn’t stop me from putting it on the best reads pile. If zombies are your thing then this is worth checking out.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror

What a great mixture of action stuffed zombiecalypse and moving thoughts about the sense of life, why mindkind tries to survive in times of despair. Keene created a really thrilling horror scenario that overlaps just bloody fights against the undead. Furthermore "Dead sea" discusses the old theories of the archetypes and the existence of a collective subconscious - who is a hero, who is a survivor ? One of the things I admired most about "Dead Sea" is that the narrator is a gay black male na
Michael Fierce (Gandalf the Red)
I couldn't put the book down for the life of me.
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Ghoul, was a mixed bag of sorts. At it's worst points, it came off as an overblown love letter to the 1980's. That, in and of itself, it not necessarily a bad thing, it's just that Keene felt the urgent need to over-explain his '80s pop cultural references -- so much so, that expository paragraphs began intruding on the narrative pace of the book, taking attention away from the characters and the dilemmas they faced. On the other hand, Keene had accomplished some interesting things with that boo ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
I've read this book several times for some reason (there's a zombie tiger!) and out of all of Brian Keene's books I like this one the best (Conqueror Worm isn't that bad either though). Needed something light to read at doctor's office and this one fits the bill, gruesome enough to take your mind off any troubles, and can be read in just a few hours.

Plucky orphan children? Check! Menacing law enforcement? Check! Priest gone insane and helping the zombies? Check! Every country's government crumb
Ken Heard
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
If you want to read the best book ever on zombies and social complaints about prejudism toward blacks, gays and poverty, this one is it. I found it to be too preachy and schizophrenic.

The premise is simple: something has caused people to die and turn into zombies. Then, in their bloodlust for human flesh (don't all zombies go through that?) they kill others and convert them into zombism.

The narrator, a black gay man in Baltimore, befriends two children and helps them escape the city on a large
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of survival/zombie horror, smart horror
Right away the action begins and the fight for survival is do or die. Rats pour out of the sewars already infected and start infecting humans and the zomification starts.

The characters are never typical but at least have sense enough to have a plan. Will it work? Or will they end up surrounded by zombies and have to come up with something fast.

Ok, this is zombie survival, but I think Brian Keene wrote it in the most likely way possible, given the circumstances. Human survival doesn't last fore
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: delirium
This is copy number 422 of 500 hardcover copies printed and is signed and numbered by Brian Keene.
Donald Armfield
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, horror, own
I love zombie books that put you right in the action. Just like this one.
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
The very first review I posted on Amazon was for City of the Dead, but it was a combination review of that book and The Rising, since I had read them back to back. Although Brian Keene did not introduce me to zombie books his were the first mass market paperbacks that I had read in the sub-genre. Since then I have read and reviewed numerous other titles. Brian is certainly one of the more polished writers working with the rotting buggers but I have to admit that in some ways his books are ones t ...more
Dustin Reade
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Keene's Zombie books that I have read, and it is doozy. Full of intense gore, non-stop action, and amazingly well developed characters (everyone has a believable back story), this is one of the finest works of zombie fiction I have so far read. I see now why he is often referred to as a "Master of the genre". He earned the title with this one alone, I'm telling you.
First off, in this book, Brian Keene does something I have always admired in the work of Philip K. Dick. That i
Martin Belcher
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Lamar Reed; a man fighting for survival when a strange new virus nicknamed "Hamelin's Revenge" infects humans from rats and causes them to become the walking dead.

Lamar battles his way out of downtown Baltimore trying to keep himself from being eaten by the living dead. He is joined by a young boy and girl, Malik and Tasha who have lost their mum to the dead.

They have an idea to make it to the Baltimore waterfront and marina to get on a boat to escape the dead hoards in th
Dan C.
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
The only other book of Brian Keene's I have read is The Rising, but I enjoyed his take on zombies in that book, so I looked forward to reading this. Even better, in this book you get Romero-ish zombies - slow, shuffling hungry undead vs. the intelligent ones in The Rising.

This book paints a pretty bleak picture of the world after Hamelin's Revenge, a virus originating in rats that kills and then reanimates the dead. I enjoyed the main character who filled the "everyman" role quite well. There wa
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Shockingly, I preferred this to it's two predecessors. My only issue with this book is that, it comes across as a third in the series... Frankie is mentioned as well as the scene in the zoo, which would imply that this takes place concurrently with City of the Dead, however these Zombies are completely different... sure they are still Zombies, but rather than the intelligent, tool using, car driving zombies of the first two books, these are slow moving stupid zombies, which I was entirely okay w ...more
Matt Tandy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Poorly developed characters, same old zombie plot line and a certain callousness made Dead Sea a very disappointing read. I've never seen children act in the same way the two siblings do here. They are completely unbelievable, and by the end I could have cared less about their fate. I find having a gay character simply to provide a point of contention to be slightly offensive, though I don't get the impression Keene intended it that way. The bigots themselves are obviously cannon fodder, with no ...more
Austin James
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s embarrassing for me to admit that it took until my mid-thirties to finally read a Brian Keene book. On the other hand, what a great thing to experience for the first time!

Dead Sea is one of those books that you think about when you aren’t reading it—not that you’ll have many chances to as you’ll hardly be able to put it down.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best zombie book I've read in a very long time! Keene has once again outdone himself. This story is filled with plot twist, that I haven't seen in any other zombie story. I'd love to see this one make it to the big screen. I now have a certain dislike for tuna. LOL.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had tried a Brian Keene book before, Urban Gothic, and I really didn't care all that much for it. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure if I even finished it. I didn't enjoy it, found nothing new about it, and am still surprised I was willing to give another of his books a try.

There is nothing new about a zombie apocalypse destroying all humanity, wiping the human race off the face of the Earth. It's been done so many times, and there are only so many ways the story can be told. I'm not even
Edward Taylor
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
2nd Read, 1st review of the story. I gave this one 3 stars because of Keene's writing style, his evil machinations, and his unique view of how he sees the end of the world via zombies. That being said, it is pretty much a cut and dry zombie book where the world is slowly overtaken by the shambling dead with little to no hope of the survival of humanity. The tongue in rotting cheek name for the disease is great, the characters are pretty believable, it's just all been done one too many times at t ...more
Steven Montano
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, gory zombie action. Keene's zombie work isn't terribly original, but his writing and well developed characters catch you from the start, and the story of a desperate survivor who ultimately winds up as part of a band of refugees who take to the high seas to escape the undead apocalypse is a hell of an entertaining yarn. Recommended!
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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“... When you died, you were supposed to live on in the memories of others. That's what I'd always been told. Didn't matter what you believed, which religion you subscribed to, what god you worshipped. The simple fact was that none of us knew what lay beyond. Immortality and eternal life? The only sure shot at that was the memories of those you left behind - your friends and family...” 6 likes
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