Dead & Gone by Jonathan Maberry

Posted August 17, 2012 | 13 Comments

Dead & Gone by Jonathan MaberryDead & Gone
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: Benny Imura #2.5
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 84
Source: Purchased

How did Riot escape from the Night Church? How did she survive the Rot & Ruin—and the horrors of her own past? There’s only one way to find out....

Jonathan Maberry explores the origins of a fascinating new character in an exclusive e-short story set in the land of the Rot & Ruin.


“I’m thinking of kicking you in a bad place.”  – Riot

Yup, I think Riot is going to be a nice addition to Flesh & Bone, the third book in the Benny Imura series. Dead & Gone is a novella, about 85 pages long, that focuses solely on fifteen year old Riot.  We get to know Riot as she flees a group that call  themselves reapers.  She’s pretty tough though, so she’s not easy to apprehend.

The beginning of Dead & Gone is a little on the slow side,  but I think it did a good job at doing what it was meant to do – give background on Riot.    She meets some other interesting characters that I’m curious about, and their role in Flesh & Bone.  I really enjoyed getting Riot’s perspective, especially knowing that she’ll eventually meet up with Benny and the rest of the group. This takes place about 3 year prior to Rot & Ruin (book #1), so it’s interesting to think about what connections there might have been throughout the first two books.   And I’ll be honest, I’m glad that this was released as a novella instead of trying to add the information into Flesh & Bone.

If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must read, especially before reading Flesh & Bone.  If you haven’t started this series yet, then you need to do so immediately.

You can read First Night Memories (#0.5) for free, which gives insight to what it was like for some of the characters when the world changed.

In the Land of the Dead (#1.5) is bonus material for between Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay.


13 responses to “Dead & Gone by Jonathan Maberry

  1. Glad you enjoyed the story! DEAD & GONE takes place about three years before FLESH & BONE, so it’s technically a prequel to the whole series.

    We’re also in SERIOUS discussions about a possible film based on ROT & RUIN. Can’t share any of the details yet, though.

    Here are links to free ROT & RUIN bonus content: FIRST NIGHT MEMORIES includes an excerpt from Nix’s Journal and the story of how Tom Imura escaped with Benny on First Night:

    IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD takes place between ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY

    Jonathan Maberry recently posted: V-WARS is now available!
    • Christy

      Ahh, okay. I’ll add the info about the timing and those links in my post.

      And my son is ecstatic about the possible film. 😀

    • Michaela

      I can’t wait!!!!!! These are my favourite books and I never shut up about them! I haven’t been able to find a place to read any of the novellas sadly but I haven’t stopped looking. Can’t wait for the movies!

      • Christy

        I can get it from Amazon, and use a kindle app on your computer or phone if you don’t have an ereader.

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