The DEAD Series by TW Brown

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Have you guys read any of these books, yet? If you haven’t, I highly recommend them.

I know — some of you are thinking: “Zombies! All right!” And some of you are thinking — “Zombies? Really? You want me to read a zombie book?” Trust me. Even if zombie lore isn’t your thing, these books will grab your imagination and won’t let go. These are so much more than just zombie books.

Dead Confrontation Cover

TW Brown has a way of writing that pulls you in immediately. His scenes are rich and vivid. His characters are fully developed, including the secondary ones. By the time you reach the sixth book in this series, you feel like you know these characters as people. You like them, hate them, find them annoying – just like any real person.

Mr. Brown instills strengths, weaknesses, good and bad qualities into each one of his characters, just like each of us.

The pages of his books are filled with triumph, fear, love, and loss. And just like in the real world – no one is safe. Mr. Brown makes that clear in the beginning. You just never know what’s going to happen.

When the world goes to hell, there are those that step up to become leaders and heroes who don’t seem to fit the bill and there are those who have lived helpful lives who turn into sadistic monsters when the rules no longer apply.

Should a zombie apocalypse ever occur – I can picture things turning out just this way. Mr. Brown is an excellent student of human nature and puts it all into his writing.

And even through the twists and the turns and the “Oh my gosh – he did what to who???s” it would never occur to me to stop reading. I just have to know what’s coming next. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve shed a few tears along the way. But, I’ve also rejoiced at the victories.

I’m not quite halfway through book six, but I had to stop to process something that just happened that I totally was not expecting. So I decided to take a few minutes and tell you about this series and why — even though it throws me for an occasional loop — I think it’s really awesome.

If you’re interested – the first book in the series is only .99 on Amazon:

Dead The Ugly Beginning

I first read one of Mr. Brown’s ZOMBLOG books and was hooked. And while it is another zombie series – it’s completely different. However, the descriptive writing and great characterization make it just as memorable as the DEAD series. Since then, I’ve been alternating them as they come out and eagerly await the next. The first ZOMBLOG book is also only .99 at Amazon.

Zomblog

Seriously – give them a try. I hope you enjoy them every bit as much as I do.

In the meantime, if you’re interested – you can find more of Mr. Brown’s books via his Amazon Author Page (where his Author Ranking is currently at #47 in Horror and I am not surprised in the least) and onย Goodreads. And his blog is very entertaining.

So tell me – have you read any of these books? Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse?

As always, thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

22 Responses

  1. Rhonda,
    Thank you so much for the kind words. I do really enjoy writing these books for a living. I am actually already over 12,000 words worth of work into book 7 of the next DEAD book (Dead: Reborn) and the 5th Zomblog comes out in a few weeks. As for your commentary on them being something “more” than just zombie books, I always felt that the genre deserved more than the standard “kill, turn, kill…repeat” formula. I am so glad that it is coming off for readers exactly how I envisioned when I sat down and began the first book. However, the real reward is when somebody sees it the way I hoped…and felt real emotions while reading something that I wrote.

    Thank you again.

    Todd

    • That’s great, Todd! Wow, 7k and you just started writing it. Very cool. I finally had to go to sleep for a while, so I still have a little to read. I know I’ll hate when I’m done, so it’s just as well that I can live with these guys for a little longer. I’m looking forward to the next Zomblog novel, too. Thanks for the great reads!

  2. I’ve never been a huge zombie fan, despite how much I mention them in casual conversation, but I do enjoy a good zombie yarn every now and again. I might have to check this series out sometime. Thanks for putting it on my radar ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are exactly the sort of reader I hope to hook. I think that if I can manage to draw in a reader like you who is on the fence or “just not into it” then I have really achieved something special. If you do give Dead: The Ugly Beginning a try, be sure to let me know what you think–for better or worse.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Mike. To be honest, I never thought I’d be a reader of zombie novels. And I’ve read some that I’m not fond of. However, when I picked up Todd’s first book, I was hooked. I’ve gone on to read others that I enjoy, but my favorites are definitely the Zomblog and the Dead series. Like I said in the post – they’re just so much more than the average zombie book.

  3. I got hooked on zombie stories with awesome characters after reading another zombie book. Rhonda, thanks for the book recommendation. TW, I’m looking forward to reading your series. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I really do hope that it resonates for you. And when you meet Garrett, just remember that I do have an “endgame” with him and try not to wince too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You’re welcome, Sheila. Let me know what you think. And Todd’s right – Garrett is a horrible creature, who has lost all humanity if he ever had any to begin with. But there are so many redeeming characters, it’s worth a little cringing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Zombies haven’t been my thing, so getting your endorsement on the series by TW Brown motivates me to take the plunge. Good writing trumps genre. I’m eager to check out these stories ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks for stopping by Rich. If you do check them out, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Be sure and let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rich, I do hope you enjoy them, and likewise, I hope to hear your thoughts.

  5. I’m a huge fan of “The Walking Dead,” so I just bought these both! Thanks for bringing these to my attention, Rhonda!

    • I’m a huge fan of the show too, Dana! I really hope you like these books as much as I do. Thank you for taking time to visit and comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dana, be sure to let me know what you think…I am always interested in how it comes across.

  6. Thank you for suggesting these books, Rhonda. I’m normally not a fan of zombie fiction, but for me it’s all about characterization. If I am made to care about the characters, I will love the book regardless of the genre – and it seems these books fit the bill. I’m checking them out.

    • Great, Natalie! These books ARE all about the characters. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Natalie,
      My goal was to write a story that was about the people more than just people being torn apart. I hope it worked.

  7. Donna Coe-Velleman

    I’ve never understood the attraction for zombies but with your reccomendations, Rhonda, I just might try it.

    • Donna, If I can win you over, that will be a big feather in my cap. I have my fingers crossed.

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  9. I’ve always been a zombie fan but the movies are always more of the same…never been big into reading but after getting caught up on The Walking Dead graphic novels I wanted to find another series and stumbled upon DEAD…I just finished the second book and planning on getting the third asap…