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Burn the Dead: Quarantine

(Burn the Dead #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  868 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Robert Stephenson makes his living burning zombies – a job that pays the bills and plays tricks on the mind. Still, his life is routine until one day his infected wife, Anna, shows up in line for the incinerator, and Rob must cremate the love of his life.

In a race against the clock, he must find his four-year-old son Sammy, who is stranded in a newly quarantined zone, te
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by Different Cloud Publishing (first published May 29th 2014)
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Steven Jenkins
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
If you don't love your own work, surely no one else will...
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really picky about my zombie books, because I read quite a lot of them. This one was quite astonishing in its unusual concept - a society where zombiism (my word) is a fairly common and even accepted occurrence - a medical infection with a 100% mortality rate, and classifications of workers to address the need. There are Cleaners who go in to an infected area, and well, they 'bag and tag' the infected, and then cart them off to a crematorium, where Burners dispose of the still wiggling undea ...more
Brodie James
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2review
I was given the novel Burn the Dead by Steven Jenkins in exchange for an honest review.
Steven has a real knack for writing horror. While I love zombie books it troubles me that they are all alike in one way or another. Steven has done a wonderful job writing a truly unique zombie novel.

Rob is your everyday hard working man, struggling to put food on the table for his wife Anna and four year old son Sammy. While at work he unzips the body-bag of one of the nec's he is supposed to burn, only to fi
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* This is a 3.5 star read.

First of all peoples, look at that cover! If that's not enough to give you the screaming heebie-jeebies, I don't know what is. It's the best zombie cover I've seen so far, truly exemplifying the malevolence of the turned.

This was a captivating and very different type of zombie novel in that there is no apocalypse - just outbreaks of a deadly virus that are quickly contained by the government and licensed "cleaners". The world still goes on as normal, albeit with some to
Rob is a normal man who loves his wife Anna and young son Sammy, who he doesn't see enough of. You see, Rob is the man at the morgue who burns the zombies when they are captured and restrained. He doesn't mind the work, but it means late finishes and early starts as a mini outbreak can occur at any time. But one day, Rob is shattered to see that Anna is one of the zombies. Where is Sammy? Is he alive? He can't help Anna now but he can save his son-if he is brave enough to break into the quaranti ...more
Peter Last
This was exactly what I would expect of a typical zombie story which is too bad because it could have been so much more. The premise was unique and interesting and the character (the whole story focuses on just one) was complex and different. Then the story began and succumbed to every zombie stereotype ever. Below are a list of pros and cons to the book and why I gave it 2 stars (would have been 2.5 if that rating were possible)

-As stated above the situation and character were unique. They
Eric James-Olson
Burn the Dead is a pastiche or Genre parody imitating and critiquing the common tropes and motifs of "zombie" fiction.

Rob, the protagonist and professional Necs burner (Necs is short for Necro-Morbus Sufferer - Rob elects to use this term because it is more "humane" than the term "zombie"), tells the story in its entirety addressing the reader directly. There aren't any fancy, modern narrative techniques in this one, just good ol' fashion storytelling. And done well too. Rob has a unique voice
Melissa Borsey
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday I received a copy of this book from the author. I opened it to get some idea as to what it was like and didn't stop reading until the end! This is a highly addicting story about a man named Rob whose job it is to burn the "dead" once they have become infected and turn into zombies. One day at work he discovers that his wife Anna has become one of the infected and has to burn her body and then immediately goes on the search to find his son. This was a highly suspenseful read that kept m ...more
Joel Bain
After recently getting overtaken by The Walking Dead, I decided to delve into some zombie lit and stumbled across this number. The premise was intriguing enough to stand out from the other options. It took awhile to get into this book though, as you can probably tell by the fact that it took over 2 months for me to get around to reading it. Honestly, the first 1/3 of the book was a little slow and somewhat repetitive with Rob (MC) continually talking to himself mentally about how he has to save ...more
Kelly Chuckles
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this novel after a recommendation and even though I take ages to read a book, this was so enthralling I completed it within three days of purchasing!
The story is a fast read and compelling, about life choices that we could not really dream of but if we had to choose what would we do.
Never been a lover of zombie books, but this one has enough of a story line to make you forget that this is the main line.
All in all a brilliant read, really enjoyed it with loads of twists and turns.
Can't wai
Gary Price
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Zombie Story! The author took a fresh look at what might happen to a family trying to survive the outbreak of a virus which turns people into zombies. There were a couple of angles the story was written around. First there is a woman who is trying to keep her zombie riddled family in some sort of life. I found myself feeling sympathy for her. Then there was the neighbor who was trying to keep his family alive as well. There is a constant struggle to see who would prevail. I was entertained ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed the concept of a world where Zombies were now commonplace & were dealt with in an institutionalized manor.The protagonist is a man who burns the dead for a living & his battle to protect his loved one.I recommend this book to any Zombie fan as a quick enjoyable read with character development & a unique twist on the genre.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought 'Burn the Dead' because i am a really big horror fan and especially zombie books. i instantly got drawn into the plot which was so well written and tense. i found myself reading too fast sometimes because i wanted to see what would happen around the corner and i was not disappointed. Burn the Dead is genuinely unpredictable with twists and turns of a terrifying journey through a zombie riddled quarantined area. Read this book you definitely wont be disappointed!
Lucy Law
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a new favourite zombie book! And it's BURN THE DEAD!!!!!

Loved it, from start to finish. So many twists and turns. It kept me guessing all the way to the last thrilling chapter.

I think this is one of his first novels.

Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting zombie read, full of unpredictable twists and turns. Relatable realistic characters. Action really picks up toward the end of the book, eagerly awaiting a sequel.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story from start to finish, lots of twists and expect the unexpected. Based on a strong lead character, it's dark yet humorous and fun to read. Get stuck in!
Melissa ownsbey
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly great read!!!!! couldn't put it down!!! Excellent writing with unexpected twists in the story, even if your not a true zombie fan you'll find this an absorbing read!!!!
Ziggy Nixon
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie tale fans looking for a quick read
2 1/2 stars rounded up. A tense and interesting CHAPTER by Steven Jenkins that provided less than a few hours reading but was still enjoyable.

This is my first try at Jenkins' zombie books after both the 'Thea' duology (disappointing despite a good premise) and the first 3 'Blue Skin' books (the 1st two were terrific, the 3rd dropped off sharply, see my reviews for more). I enjoy Jenkins' writing style and he does have a good imagination - blending terrible and horrific situations into a realist
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I liked the Robert character very much. The entire time I was reading this book, I was cheering him on, as he tried to find his son, Sammy. I couldn't believe some of the things he did, like getting on top of the roof of those houses, fighting off all of the Necs and getting that poor cleaner out of that truck.

I was sad when his wife, Anna, died. When he had to burn her in the incinerator thing, that was just horrible. And then again when his neighbor, Edith, had to lock hers
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Yawn.. This book was a bore.

I was so bored throughout reading it.

The premise of the book seemed super cool. Like wow he has a JOB burning zombies? Like what's the world like in this universe.
But it has nothing to do with any of that.

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Jason Thomas
Tough one, really tough. On the one hand, the worldbuilding was clever and unique. The inciting incident was interesting and definately provided motivation. Here's the problem. Once we hit the middle, there's way too many detours down story paths that don't really affect the main storyline, waaay to much internal dialogue - particularly when the character has the same conversation with himself, or with other characters in addition to having it in his head - and just too many pages spent on stuff ...more
Cyrene Olson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the zombie genre is tragic, and this genre really brings out the half crazed. This story is not overly long, but it’s a bit repetitive and drawn out in spots, but a little more realistic with an average person trying to survive. This book is all one man’s point of view – so you really don’t get any idea about how the virus started, or how the fate of the world is. You get a couple days in the life on one average man, not a super hero, or an ex-military, just an average man trying to get to h ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, zombies
I really liked this book, but the writing style grated on me. So instead of 4 or 5 stars, I can only give it 3.
This is not the typical Zombie story.
The usual run of the mill story involves some working class plod finding themselves in the start of a Zombie Apocalypse. This story (without giving it away) is very different and it was a fantastic idea! It did take me by surprise and I really enjoyed the change.
However our hero is drawn into Zombie-Land to rescue his family from certain death.
As muc
Olivia Rofrits
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked. It's different. Rob work's as a burner. His wife turned after getting infected. His life turned upside and his little boy is lost after the neighborhood went to crap!. Rob pushed and kick some butt until he find him! Few twists here and there. It was little stiff with the writing flow but liked story. Just needed more on detail about the infection and how these people even gets in the first place felt last over that.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rob burns the bodies of the dead for a living. A horrible disease that reanimates the dead is raging, and burning the bodies is the only way to stop it. But when the disease hits Rob too close from home, he will have to become a person he never thought he could be to find his son. Very fast paced with little time to get attached to a character- how a zombie book should be!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Parts of it are okay, I guess.

The beginning is okay and the ending is okay. The vast middle is filler: 'way too much diddly little detail and description. In the middle I read a phrase or two on each page and just kept flipping until something caught my interest. That was a lot of flips. I did read this, but I sure don't recommend it.
Chrystal Roe
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is both terrifying and heartbreaking. After a man loses his wife to the zombie virus he finds out his son is missing. Now he must battle the Dead and one crazed survivor to save his child. Excellent book, can't wait to start the next.
Dave Pierce
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A refreshingly good zombie book

Didn't know much about the author when choosing this book. Was a pleasant surprise to read a zombie book based in the UK. I'd highly recommend this book to any zombie fan
Arcadia Neel
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book.

This is a pretty good book. Definitely not the typical zombie book. It is sort of what life would be like if we moved on and started coping with the undead in a government society sort of way. I like the term "necs", it's not your
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Born in the small Welsh town of Llanelli, Steven began writing stories at the age of eight. His inspiration came from his love for ‘80s horror movies, and novels by Stephen King and the late Richard Matheson.

During Steven’s teenage years, as well as being a black-belt kickboxer, he became a great lover of writing dark and twisted poems – six of which gained him publications with Poetry Now, Browns

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