The dead refuse to stay dead. The Reaper is here to put them down. As winter sets in and America's survivors struggle to rebuild a semblance of civilization, terrifying new enemies are gathering-both in the lawless badlands and within the walls of the safe zone. Most fearsome of all is the "King of the Dead." His zombified troupe of sideshow curiosities is but a fraction oThe dead refuse to stay dead. The Reaper is here to put them down. As winter sets in and America's survivors struggle to rebuild a semblance of civilization, terrifying new enemies are gathering-both in the lawless badlands and within the walls of the safe zone. Most fearsome of all is the "King of the Dead." His zombified troupe of sideshow curiosities is but a fraction of his growing pack. The Reaper's quest to safeguard the humans he has befriended places him on the trail of these feral undead. But he is sorely unprepared for the return of the zombie transformed by his own flesh, the Omega-a fiend driven by something more sinister than any virus. Meanwhile, Death's questions about his origin haunt him, and he is close to the answers... but the worst of both the living and the dead are rising in his path, and he'll have to cut them all down to reach the cosmic endgame....
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Empire's End Reviews
I read David Dunwoody’s Empire nearly three years ago, and it has stuck with me as one of the standouts in zombie fiction because of its unique approach to the genre. Dave wrote a book filled with an element that seems to make perfect sense although no one that I am aware of has utilized it before or since. The Grim Reaper, Death, decides to take a stand against the undead, tired and angered by their defiance to the natural order of things. It is his job to transport those from this life into the next, and the undead resist that. So in Empire, death relinquished his responsibilities and became something not quite human, but not quite immortal. With his scythe, he laid waste to the undead. At the same time, he saved a little girl named Lily, who made him feel something human, something he’d never felt before: love. Empire’s End continues the story of Death’s journey, along with that of Vorhees, the cop that was one of the last survivors out of Jefferson Harbor, Louisiana, a town in the badlands of the United States. Essentially, outside of the “Great Cities” to the north, which hide behind massive walls, the rest of the country is the badlands. A century has passed since the plague that released the zombie plague upon mankind swept the world. Before that, there were sources of power on this planet that allowed the dead to rise. They could not infect the living, just devour them, at least until the United States Government decided to tamper with this supernatural power. It was turned into a virus that could infect others and the rest, as they say, is history.Much of Empire’s End takes place within one of the cities inside the walls that keep the undead out. Lily and Vorhees both are there now, and trying to adapt to a life of civility, or whatever approximates civility in this new world where the populous is convinced they are safe from the dangers beyond their gates. But while the undead are indeed not inside the walls, a group of traveling performers that have embraced the idea of an existence after life that is far more intoxicating, are building an army of the undead whose intent is to come north for a great feast of those hidden behind those walls.Death, who has taken on the human name of Adam, is searching for Lily while he is being pursued by an undead vessel known as the Omega. I call it a vessel because this creature is filled with the vengeful spirits of many who Death has taken over the countless centuries where he fulfilled his duties. After having given up his mantle of responsibility, he has become vulnerable, and those who he sent to hell crave revenge. Empire’s End is more than just a solid sequel to an excellent zombie novel; it surpasses its predecessor with a deeper look into a world filled with dark magic and vivid characters, both living and dead. Dunwoody somehow manages to make Death a sympathetic character and his zombies are some of the scariest around. As an added bonus, at the end of the book the reader gets “Grinning Samuel” and “AfterDead”, two additional stories that explain the origin of the undead plague. I had read Grinning Samuel before, but AfterDead was new to me, and a very intriguing story that gives the reader a genuine understanding of how this all came about.
can't wait to read it i picked up the first by chance at a borders tent sale for $5 and was shocked at the originality of it in 1-3 days i will have it in my clutches and won't put it down till im done
In Empire's End, the sequel to David Dunwoody's Empire (Zombie Novels), we get another look at America circa 2112, after more than a century of a devastating plague of the undead has pushed civilization behind fortified walls. Politicians scheme to leave their constituents to the zombie hordes, criminals continue to profit from human misery, and cops and soldiers have to do what they can to keep peace and order in a violent world. Oh yeah, and death - the Grim Reaper himself - is walking the Earth, bringing final release to all the walking dead he encounters.Zombie 411 - Dunwoody's zombies are based on the Romero style, but he adds a lot of variations. His zombies run, can regenerate after feeding and retain a certain intelligence level. There are also zombified animals, demon-possessed super-zombies, and a travelling circus of the undead.Like the original Empire, Empire's End veers off into too many directions. The tale of the Grim Reaper's trek across the badlands to find the girl from Empire should have been enough to make this book work, especially with the demonic zombie dogging his steps. Instead we have to wade through the malevolent zombie circus (a wicked idea that should have been the focus of a separate novel), corruption in government and on the police force, organized crime and some sort of radical plot to bring down the walls, all of which involved a host of characters who were introduced and killed off in the blink of an eye.Empire's End had so much potential, but like Empire Dunwoody just threw too many elements into the mix. The main premise works, and the action sequences, particularly when Eviscerato's macabre circus was involved, were spectacular (and spectacularly gory), but overall the story is just too unfocused. If you enjoyed the first one, or are an obsessive reader of all things zombie, Empire's End is worth reading, but it's not an essential entry in the genre.
This book was better than the first. It spent more time with Death a.k.a. Adam, which is good since the premise of the series revolved around him. The action scenes are written very well, and the second half of the book is glorious mayhem. However, the biggest problem I had is the story is too unfocused. There are a lot of good elements here, but not enough time is given developing them. The undead circus and the Omega could have been fleshed out more, and other elements like the British plane, the rat king, and the tentacle creature were just one and done. If you want to read a good zombie story with an interesting concept, I would recommend the Ex-Heroes series over this.
Great ending to a great storyThis book is a wonderful sequel to Empire and I highly recommend that you read this series if you are into zombies or end of the world type stories!