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