Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: Dead of Night #1
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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.
Wow… I thought this would be a good book when I first heard about it, but it far exceeded my expectations. Dead of Night was action packed, intense, emotional, and seriously effed up!
When a prison doctor doesn’t feel that death is punishment enough for a notorious serial killer, he injects him with Lucifer 113, a drug first developed during the Cold War. The doctor planed to infect Homer Gibbon with the virus so that he would be in his own living hell while buried six feet under. Unfortunately, plans don’t always go the way you want them to. After Homer’s “execution,” he is unexpectedly taken to a small town mortuary in Pennsylvania, where he wakes up and all hell breaks loose.
In Dead of Night, Lucifer 113 is a virus that causes a parasite to completely take over the host body, while the conscious is still awake. So, the person is fully aware of what is happening, but literally has no control over what their body is doing. In the book, we get the point-of-view of one of the zombie’s. Dr. Hartnup is the owner of the mortuary where Homer is taken, and he is the zombie we follow throughout the story. It really is sad.
Dr. Hartnup isn’t the only character we get to know. The story is actually told from various POVs, mainly Desdemona (Dez) and Billy Trout. Dez is a police officer and military veteran, who served in Afghanistan. She has major issues, but is one badass chick. Drinking, sex, and a lot of cursing are all part of her everyday life, but Dez is a good person and great officer. I love how all the guys are pretty much afraid of her. Billy is a reporter who dated Daz off and on since they were teens. He got a tip from the prison about Homer’s body being taken to Billy’s hometown. What starts out as research for a story about Homer and his recently discovered elderly aunt, Sexy Selma, quickly turns into a race against time to save the town.
The story was really tense at times, and infuriating when the military was brought in to help try to contain the virus. I don’t want to get into specifics about what goes down, but I will say that it’s heartbreaking. When I finished the book, I put my head down on my desk and said “oh, man.” I highly recommend Dead of Night to any zombie lover. Even if you just want and exciting, thrilling book to read, try this one.