No one does zombies better than Brain Keene. On the back of the recently released Deadite Press edition of his DEAD SEA, it says Keene's "THE RISING revived horror literature's dormant obsession with zombies".
In 2007 he released upon the world another zombie novel called DEAD SEA. Even in a market that by then had been saturated with zombie books DEAD SEA managed to float above the rest. Now, I'm not about to profess to having read nearly a quarter of all the zombie stuff out there, but I will say this: Keene writes a damn good zombie novel.
Now thanks to Deadite Press DEAD SEA is readily available once more as a trade paperback as the Author's Preferred Edition.
DEAD SEA is about a group of survivors who, after a harrowing race from the hordes of zombies that have overrun the city of Baltimore, board The Spratling (an old Coast Guard ship) and set out to sea. Thinking they will be safe with some water between them and the zombies, the group will quickly discover there is no such thing as a safe place in this new world.
The lead character is gay black man Lamar Reed, and he is one of Keene's best character creations. One of Keene's talents as an author is the realistic way he is able to portray hard working blue collar men and women and seeing how they handle the extraordinary circumstances thrust upon them.
DEAD SEA was just as fun, just as fast, to read the second time through. Be prepared, this one will keep you turning the pages long into the night. If you dug THE RISING, or even if you have never read a Keene book, or if you want to take another trip aboard The Spratling, DEAD SEA is sure to please.