Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
Published: 25 October 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 358 (paperback)
Source: Own library
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A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…but a bite.
Jonathan Maberry has a fair bit to answer for – his Joe Ledger novels Patient Zero and The Dragon Factory were some of the first books I read that featured zombies, and from then on, I was hooked.
Dead of Night is pretty much exactly what I expected – instant action, great characters, government conspiracy and zombies by the truck-load.
I was instantly drawn in, for the reasons above, but also due to the inclusion of a serial killer which added a chilling twist, and the relationship between the characters of Dez, JT and Billy. The science behind the infection is well laid out and easy to understand whilst being an integral part of the story. There is a military/government influence in the book, but it is an important part of the story and doesn’t become overwhelming if it isn’t really your thing.
Dez is a great character, with baggage, attitude and brains, which makes her a little hard to like to begin with but as the book progresses more of her past is revealed and gives insight into the way she behaves and the choices she makes. Her interaction with the other major and minor characters is believable and the dialogue is well-written.
Dead of Night is a full on zombie book – there’s no holding back on the descriptions of zombie attacks, and the atmosphere is truly dark and terrifying. This is a book for zombie lovers, action lovers, horror lovers and a fantastic introduction to the genre for new readers. I loved it!