Deadtown by Nancy HolznerDeadtown by Nancy Holzner


byNancy Holzner

Mass Market Paperback | December 29, 2009

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First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews).

If you were undead, you'd be home by now...

They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human.
Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, beca...
Title:DeadtownFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.72 × 4.2 × 0.91 inPublished:December 29, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0441018130

ISBN - 13:9780441018130

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action Packed Great, action packed urban fantasy novel with a strong heroine! Definitely like where this series could go!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth to read Cool urban fantasy, started slow but cached up speed very fast. Interesting heroine, worth reading if you like urban fantasy.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Spectacular After reading the description on the back of the book I was really looking forward to cracking this baby open! Deadtown, the quarantined section for Boston's Paranormals, instituted when a plague hit the city, turning it's human population into Zombies. Our lead character, Vicky Vaughn, looks like a total butt-kicker on the front cover (which gets serious points - the artwork is fantastic) and is touted as a tough demon hunter. Sounds good, eh? Well, except for the cover there's not much that lives up to the story description. I felt as though the author couldn't decide what exactly her plot line was and jumped quite erratically from one premise to another. The main character was fairly one-dimensional - I had a pretty hard time even liking her. I felt like I was watching one of those movies where you just know the bad guy is around the corner, but the dumb blond still walks down the hallway and dies. Holzner set up a love triangle between the main character, her werewolf boyfriend and a human detective that was transparent and juvenile, creating tension by relying on unrealistic jealous tendencies from Vicky and the predictable possible wife in the triangle. The other myriad of characters in the story are just as shallow and Holzner misses many opportunities to let them shine. Of course, when our heroine needed her big bad weapon it was conveniently pinched by her teenage zombie friend, Tina. I was also aggravated that Vicky completely ignored Tina's very dangerous actions; they were just shrugged off while the story moved on. WTF?? All of the action happened in the last maybe 50 pages and the climactic who-dun-it reveal was entirely too predictable. Overall the book wasn't horrible; it failed to hook me, failed to make me laugh, failed to keep me engrossed, failed to make me want to be the heroine. Mostly it was just a big disappointment that didn't live up to my expectations. Apparently there is a sequel, but I'm not sure I'll be reading it. Sorry, Deadtown.
Date published: 2010-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Friendly Zombies This book is another start to a series with a different take on werewolves, demons, hellions and shapeshifters. Boston is quarantined after a plague killed hundreds of people, only to rise 3 days later as zombies. Vicky is a shapeshifter that can enter peoples dreams and kill the demons that torture them, but when a hellion comes to Boston to get Vicky because of family history, Boston will be the price if she loses. Most of the characters in this book are great but some never really develop into what you hope. Vicky has a big time werewolf love interest but he is different than other weres in books because he is not all tough and dominent, i found him a little boring. I kept waiting for him to play a bigger role but it turns out Vicky can do it all on her own. Overall a good book and i will definately check out the next.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read! Vicky watched her father die ten years ago and has blamed herself for not standing up to the demon that attacked and marked her, and killed her father. Vicky’s job is to enter people’s dreams and kill off the demons that attack them there. She is great at it; however, it does help that she is the only one that can do so. Her skills come from being a shape shifter. She can change three times per month to whatever she would like. Sometimes it happens because she wills it, sometimes emotion brings on the change. Vicky’s sort-of-boyfriend (Kane) is an important lawyer in town that is trying to make sure all “previously deceased humans” and all others who are no human have the same rights. When the demon (Hellon) that killed her father breaks through the protective barrier around the city, he starts to seek out Vicky. Vicky must defeat the Hellon, and save the city. To do so, she must find out who is trying to control the Hellon and who open the barrier to let him in. Vicky finds that she is also trying to save her family from a ruthless scientist that wants to study the shape shifters. Her sister (Gwen) is no longer a shifter because she has had kids, but her daughter might become one when she hits puberty. Gwen is so worried about her daughter Maria becoming a shifter that she visits the doctor thinking that the daughter could be cured. Gwen does not read the paperwork and signs her daughter over to the doctor who later kidnaps her. Aunt Vicky to the rescue. Aside from her sort-of-boyfriend, Vicky gets help from a sexy human policeman. Seems he wants to help her in more ways than one! I have been waiting for about 8 months for this book. It was praised by some of my favourite authors (Ilona Andrews and Karen Chance) It was a good start to a series that could really go somewhere, even though I have not heard of a second book yet. I really like the love triangle that was created.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deadtown is a live wire! What an amazing book! I have never been a real fan of urban fantasy, but I'm starting to change my mind. This book had it all: page turning suspense, the requisite gory bits (but not too gory), action, subplots, and all threads were woven together with skill to create an amazing tapestry of the written word. A definite two thumbs up! Eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Date published: 2010-01-08