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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  26,653 ratings  ·  163 reviews
An unlikely bond is forged between three men from very different backgrounds when they serve time together in prison. A series of wrong turns and disastrous life choices has led to their incarceration. Following their release, Mangle, Decker and Tazeem stick together as they return to a life of crime, embarking on a lucrative scam. But when they stumble upon a ...more
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published April 10th 2016 by Garden Heights Books (first published July 26th 2012)
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Rebecca McNutt
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, friendship, crime
Nope, this book isn't one of those annoying zombie dystopian novels despite its title. Actually it's about three men in prison and the way they survive. I found the language too crass and rude sometimes but otherwise The Zombie Room is an excellent novel with themes similar to books and films like The Shawshank Redemption and Prison of Secrets.
Daniel Middlewood
This book covers everything that could be asked for in a novel of its type, it has extensive and believable action, the characters have depth and believability with a true sense of reality running through every page, the plot is a mind blowing reality of the true human condition and how it is affected by extreme circumstances. The emotions and character connections that are found in the book are far beyond anything I have ever read and I am yet to find a story that manages to be as complex in ...more
Christina Wood
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has loads of great twists and turns, I seriously didn't put it down and finished it in 3 days!
Amanda Turner
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I read 'The Elephant Tree', Ronald's first novel last year, and had to pick up 'The Zombie Room' when it came out this year.

Ronald picks up the pace in this novel, with WAY more action, more characters, and even a cameo from a character in his first book. I'm excited that he linked the two novels, evolving the world in which they belong... and also their stories.

This novel deals with race, prison, violence, sex trafficking, illegal immigration.... and much more. It reads like
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Dan Eccleston
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really should of read the synopsis cause this book isn't about Zombies at all ! BUT it's a great read , fast paced , enough back story to get you by and few twists and turns along the way !
David Berkowitz
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Zombie Room is fast paced and Ronald's style is engaging. The characters are diverse and effort was obviously expended to make their actions consistent with their background as established in the early pages.

That said, the characters remain a somewhat cardboard - though it is a high quality of cardboard.

The plot really breaks no new ground in the genre, but I knew that going on so I was not disappointed. I did find the end somewhat unsatisfying. If this is the first part of a multi-part
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Julie Barrett
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Zombie Room by R D Ronald
Have read other works by the author and enjoyed them so happy to learn of this new one, description leaves me with many questions...
Won't go into details of the story but my impressions: found language a bit on the rough side but it goes with the story line.
Wanted to hear more from the prison side of things-something I will never get to experience myself-Find it fascinating, the bond and achievements you can make while on the inside.
When the men get involved with
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George King
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a recent trip back to the UK, I was lucky enough to meet the author R. D. Ronald doing a book signing in Newcastle. In all honesty I hadn't heard of Richard or his books, but he spoke with such conviction and passion about his work and why he writes, I bought both his titles, The Zombie Room and The Elephant Tree and I have to say I was not disappointed! In fact I read The Zombie Room on the flight back to the US becasue I couldn't put it down. The Zombie Room is an excellent, well written ...more
Pat
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pulls out all the stops. It's risky and that's what gives it its success. At many parts, my heart raced for the sake of the characters. There were some surprises and some bits that were bound to happen, but happen a little differently than expected.
Sokolataki88
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the very beginning, the plot is very cleverly put together. The twists and turns make it impossible to put down. Also, the characters in the Zombie Room stay with you long after you finish the book, they are weirdly endearing criminals. A must-read if you are looking for a good thriller.
Mark G
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
A gritty, crime drama, which shows the depths you can fall, when you make the wrong decisions, on the wrong side of the law.

Great book with non-stop action and plenty of twists and turns.
Adam
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from RD Ronald. this book as with the elephant tree consumes your mind. it takes you on a journey through lives that you would never normally know exists. the whole story seems real.
Janey
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent tale of betrayal, deceit and corruption that gives an in-depth insight on the lives of four very different people from very different circumstances that are brought together by the choices they have made, or have been inflicted upon, and the journey they embark on (after their respective lessons have been learnt).
This for me is a thrilling piece of literature, which I found very hard to put down after the initial introduction of the protagonists which I found to be very explanatory
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Tyson
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
My review here.
Martin Sharp
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mangle, Decker and Tazeem. A drug dealer, a killer and a fraudster. Not exactly your typical "heroes" but these three men have ended up together in prison - following some bad life decisions - and form an unlikely bond in prison.
When they are eventually released, they look for ways to make money but stumble upon a sophisticated sex-trafficking operation that leads them in to real danger. A family member disappears and a friend is killed.
Will the three men get justice and be brave enough to bring
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Victoria
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant book for such a small book it was surprising how much happened. A definite twist at the end. Highly recommend if your into these kind of books.
Allie
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Zombie Room is a coming-of-age story of youth culture, delinquency, criminality, and ultimately murder. Three anti-hero protagonists held to account for their past actions and then confronted by a much more serious situation when they don't learn from past mistakes. Zippy writing that conjured some great visuals. Pretty daring, with some unexpected twists, cleverly sustained dramatics and moments of dark humour.

I enjoyed the storyline and multiple sinister elements and characters. The human
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Srivatsan
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant Thriller. Love the characterization of the main characters Mangle, Decker and Tazeem with different backgrounds who end up together.

When I was thinking how the author will connect the Zombie Room to the story, the introduction of Zombie Room was interesting and some parts were really scary. Several fights towards the end were interesting and cinematic. Overall the book was fun and thrilling to read. 4.25/5.
Kev Laws
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this authors debut book 'The Elephant Tree' I was excited for his follow up book and my god it did not disappoint, well written, fast paced and with great characters. The book is set in the same world as the previous and the author is create a rich deep world that your immersed in. Might have to get a few copies for stocking filler this year.

Bring on the next book please.
Lando27
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"This book is terrible" was pretty much the consensus of every person in our book club. It's unrealistic, juvenile, misogynistic, and boring. It feels like it was written by an unmediacted 14-year-old boy with ADD who has seen too many bad movies.
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
As I started to read The Zombie Room, I thought there is no way RD Ronald can give each of these characters a voice. Boy was I wrong. Mangle (my favorite), Tatiana, Tazeem and the others come to together in a great story. Where wrong choices & the hope for a better life make them cross paths. On their way to redemption (for some) & help those who can't help themselves.
Shanu
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this piece of writing needs so much editing that i can't call it a book.
Liam Delahunty
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The Zombie Room is about three guys who meet in prison, try to go straight, get involved in a little scam and stumble into a sex trafficking gang.

The start of the book is highly enjoyable, but as more action is added in the second half the author occasionally failed to describe the scenes accurately and appropriately so that I was confused as to the layout of a scene, or how they are now on foot when previously driving. Tiny points but should have been picked up in the editing.

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Akaii
I had high expectations with this novel. Actually the beginning part of this book was highly enjoyable and the events turned out pretty fast paced with unpredictable story line. But after second half, the story was really confusing .I was bemused by how it would start talking about one character then the next swipe of the book would start talking about something else. And the worst part of this book was the ending. The abrupt ending was highly disappointing . The Zombie Room has an intelligent ...more
Jenne
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
1.5
I don't really read much from this genre so I really tried to be openminded about it. The story was flat for me, no character depth, the story felt scattered, and I really found myself not caring what happened. The writing flow and rapid change of POV was a real issue for me. If I hadn't of needed this for two challenges I probably would of DNF it. The only good thing I can say is that at least it was short.
Paige
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loathe-entirely
This book was written poorly; the format was strange and it skipped around too much an had no way of differentiating when the narrator was talking about a new character. I don't recommend.
Taylor thompson
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BORRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!
Heather L
Well I have a few different feelings about this book. This is my first novel I've read by this author. I went from intrigued, to curious, to confusion, then at last disappointment. I get the whole storyline and that was good, but if you're looking for a happy ending or any kind of vengeance for the victims, you are not going to find it here. And I'm not sure if it was the kindle format or what, but I was so confused by how it would start talking about one character then the next swipe of the ...more
Tara Beckwith
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was reading a rough draft. It was choppy. The characters had interesting stories but it just came across completely flat in every aspect.
Todd Mino
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, and according to the reviews a lot of people did. But personally I never got attached to the characters and it just sort of felt like a cheesy crime novel.
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