Already Dead: A Novel by Charlie Huston

Already Dead: A Novel

byCharlie Huston

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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Those stories you hear? The ones about things that only come out at night? Things that feed on blood, feed on us? Got news for you: they’re true. Only it’s not like the movies or old man Stoker’s storybook. It’s worse. Especially if you happen to be one of them*.* Justask Joe Pitt.

There’s a shambler on the loose. Some fool who got himself infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is lurching around, trying to munch on folks’ brains. Joe hates shamblers, but he’s still the one who has to deal with them. That’s just the kind of life he has. Except afterlife might be better word.

From the Battery to the Bronx, and from river to river, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe is one of them, and he’s not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be stronger and faster than you, and he’s tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that’s eating at him isn’t his idea of a good time. And Joe doesn’t make it any easier on himself. Going his own way, refusing to ally with the Clans that run the undead underside of Manhattan–it ain’t easy. It’s worse once he gets mixed up with the Coalition–the city’s most powerful Clan–and finds himself searching for a poor little rich girl who’s gone missing in Alphabet City.

Now the Coalition and the girl’s high-society parents are breathing down his neck, anarchist Vampyres are pushing him around, and a crazy Vampyre cult is stalking him. No time to complain, though. Got to find that girl and kill that shambler before the whip comes down . . . and before the sun comes up.

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Title:Already Dead: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307414515

ISBN - 13:9780307414519

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best of the genre minus the maudlin harlequinesque stuff... I'm still reading this. You will come to love Joe, he has the best qualities of our favourite vampires, but the author doesn't subject us to the nasty harlequin cr*p that you get in some stories. A riveting read. Oh, and published in 2005? Without giving away too much, the more you read about Terry's philosophy and objective the more I think this served as a prequel or idea generator for True Blood - though I'd have to read the Southern Vampire series (which get the credit for being what True Blood was based on.) Terry's idea is for vampires to form an alliance and to work towards a situation where vampires can live openly in public, along with normal people. This is beyond coincidence that True Blood seems to have taken this idea from there. Charlie Huston, were you ripped off?
Date published: 2009-12-26