Lucky to have made it to his early twenties, Dave Pulaski wandered through life lost and drunk with his best friend Jim.
Then came Holly. She made it her mission to clean him up. And he finally did it. Two years sober, Dave has plans for a family, a steady job and college.
One night Jim disappears, leaving a grisly trail of animal carcasses and murdered bodies. Now Missy, the woman Dave cheated with, threatens to destroy not only his marriage but his sobriety. Between Missy’s jealous demands for attention and the police investigation focused on Jim’s disappearance, Dave’s neatly ordered world quickly spirals out of control.
Amid the wreckage of Dave’s personal life, a contagion brings chaos to his hometown of Tres Marias. The condition, known as “the jimmies,” infects hundreds and kills quickly. But the dead find no rest. They rise as ravenous flesh-eaters.
Dave soon learns that “not all draggers want to eat your flesh, some want revenge.” And Jim and Missy, both infected, each want something from Dave.
The quarantine of Tres Marias creates hell on Earth. Badly outnumbered security forces are no match for the growing hordes of undead.
Follow Dave, Holly and a small band of heavily armed soldiers and civilians as they fight to survive looters, paramilitary nut jobs and the zombie apocalypse.
If the zombies don’t kill them, the wackos surely will. Nowhere is safe.
Tell Me When I’m Dead is a good start to what looks to be an interesting series. There were a few things I didn’t like, but the positive definitely outweighed the negative.
First let’s talk about what I did like.
The story is told through the main character, Dave’s, eyes. I don’t know if I can really say I liked Dave, ‘cause honestly there was a lot of stuff about him that I didn’t like, at least at the beginning. He cheats on his wife, he lies, and he just seems to get really whiney… But maybe it was his imperfections that made him more interesting? Gave him more of a chance to grow? By the end of the book he is a better person all around. But it was interesting to see the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of someone who isn’t the perfect hero, has no clue what he’s really doing, and who sometimes you wish he would get eaten.
Also I really liked the story itself. It starts off before the zombie apocalypse actually begins. Plus while it does happen quickly, it doesn’t happen as suddenly as in some other zombie books. Infected are actually wandering the streets alongside non-infected. There is even a scene where there are some kids tormenting a zombie before they turn completely. You really get to see how something can take hold because people aren’t paying that much attention.
What I didn’t like.
There were two main things that bothered me.
The lesser of the two was the ending. It’s one of those ‘to be continued’ endings. I mean it does set it up perfectly for the next book, but still it’s a cliffie.
The second is my bigger issue. The majority of the book is well detailed, then near the end there is a section that just seems to get really vague then it snaps back for the final chapters. It just seemed completely different than the rest of the novel.
Overall I really liked the book. Yeah there were a few things that bothered me a bit, but it was a solid read. As I said I think it is a good start to what looks to be promising series. Want a chance to see what you think of Tell Me When I’m Dead? Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Winner will get an e-copy of Tell Me When I’m Dead. Contest is open internationally and in celebration of Halloween will run to the end of the month! Must be 18 or over to enter.
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