Review & Giveaway! Among the Living by Timothy W. Long #zOctober2013

Among the Living

Among the Living
by Timothy W. Long
Publication date: September 3rd 2011
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eBook provided by author
in exchange for an honest review

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The dead walk. Now the real battle for Seattle has begun.

When a gas leak causes the National Guard to forcibly evacuate the neighborhood, Lester isn’t going anywhere. The former dope pusher has a new clientele… the kind that require him to deal lead instead of drugs.

Mike, a newspaper reporter, suspects a conspiracy lies behind the chaos. He’s driven to find the truth, even if it means dragging his beautiful co-worker into danger.

Kate has a dark secret: she’s a budding young serial killer. As society collapses, her skill in dealing death may be the one thing that can keep her alive.

These survivors, along with others, are drawn together in their quest to find not only the truth behind the spreading apocalypse, but also to escape the madness they face at every turn.

~My Thoughts~

Holy. Crap. Among the Living is all kinds of mess-you-up-in-the-head goodness! This story is strange and wonderful, and I couldn’t stop reading it.

This is a story about the first days of the apocalypse. The residents of Seattle are informed of a “gas leak,” an obvious cover up to keep people from panicking. The scenario is presented from several different POV’s, all very interesting and peculiar characters that took me by surprise. I mean, Lester’s girlfriend sends him away from the safety of their apartment to nab a designer bag from their friend, who is now a walking corpse with a really expensive purse! Who does that? Lester and his girlfriend had me laughing and made me tense at the same time. An odd combination of feelings, indeed.

Mike, a journalist with a troubled past and a slow-growing fondness for his co-worker is the only character that comes at you from a first person viewpoint. I really enjoy first person narration when it’s done well, as it pulls me deeper into the story. It’s like having a friend tell you their story. I felt the biggest connection to Mike and Erin, and was chewing at my lip with anxiety as they tried to escape the undead. The rest of the characters are presented in third person — Lester and his crazy girlfriend, Kate the serial killer, and Grinder the lead singer. While I found each character fascinating in their own way, even some of the minor characters, it was Mike’s tale I longed to read the most. This story is dark, twisted and full of “Did that really just happen?” moments.

Among the Living is a must read for all fans of horror and zombies! I will definitely be picking up more by this author. I highly recommend this book to folks with thick skin, and not just to avoid becoming infected. There are certain aspects of the story which have the potential to be offensive to more sensitive folks. I’m not one of those people, in case you haven’t noticed. 😉

~About the Author~

tim long

Timothy W. Long has been writing tales and stories since he could hold a crayon and has also read enough books to choke a landfill. He has a fascination with all things zombies, a predilection for weird literature, and a deep-seated need to jot words on paper and thrust them at people.

Tim is the author of the horror novels Beyond the Barriers, Among the Living, and the forthcoming sequel – Among the Dead. His other works include the deserted island ‘zombedy’, The Zombie Wilson Diaries. He also co-wrote the post-apocalyptic novel Wacktards of the Apocalypse with Sir Jonathan Moon. This book was recently named the preferred version of the end of the world by a consortium of rapture survivors. True story.

Timothy’s Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Mike Bolter

    I’m going with the heavy metal singer, at least he’ll be entertaining!

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    as long as that seriel killer is Kate & she isn’t gonna kill me then I choose Kate hands down! she is so freaking amazing w/those swords of hers!

  • Traci

    Hmm…great question. I would say the journalist, they do research and read alot about everything….hopefully!!!!
    Another great giveaway..thanks Toni!!!

  • Lindsay Galloway

    I’m going to go with the drug dealer. They can no doubt handle a gun, and maybe they have some connections with other, better equipped countries.

  • Pauline Creeden

    Tough, scary choice – I’m going with Journalist, too – Drug Dealers, Serial Killers, and Rock stars are typically selfish – they’d likely throw me to the zombies to save themselves (maybe even hacked into tiny pieces…)

  • SonjaA.

    A heavy metal singer and drug dealer, let the party begin 🙂

  • K.C. Finn

    A journalist for sure! Us writers have to stick together.

  • Becky Stephens

    The budding serial killer … as long as killing the undead, and not the living, is sufficient to keep her happy.

  • kathy

    Wow that is tuff.I saw seriel killer as lo.g as he dosnt kill me!

  • Sabrina Taylor

    I would choose the journalist. I’m assuming that he has either read or experienced enough to be of use.

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…..Serial Killer for sure…um so long as I’m not on the “kill” list!

  • I chose Daryl Dixon…he’s a rock star!

  • Nikki Howard

    Serial killer, since they like to kill.

  • Daniel M

    heavy metal singer, they’re usually tough guys