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BLOG TOUR: Play Dead by Ryan Brown (Book Review 2010-77)

Product Description

Today’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller writers agree: Ryan Brown’s compulsively readable first novel is unbeatable—a darkly humorous, rich and pungent zombie shocker that melds our national obsession with football and the newest wave of fascination with the undead.For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory. . . in a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation. Boundlessly imaginative and thrillingly satisfying, Play Dead gives small-town Texas an electrifying jolt of the supernatural, and is unquestioningly The Zombie Novel of the Year!The Comeback Story of the Season . . .

About the Author

Ryan Brown is an actor who has starred on the daytime dramas Guiding Light and The Young and The Restless, and has appeared on Law & Order as well as in feature films for Lifetime Television. PLAY DEAD is his first novel. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439171300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439171301
SOURCE:  Publisher


Friday Night Lights with Zombies!  This is a smart and witty debut with all of the pathos of almost adult high schoolers mixed with a horror fest that is football.  Except that horror fest turns into a funny commentary on high school and sports.  I am not a huge football fan, so I was a little worried when I started to read this, but just like Friday Night Lights, football is just a background for the real story here about a football team that turns into zombies.  Brown gets right to the story within the first fifty pages so there is no waiting for character development and scene setting.  Adults and teens will love this one.   I could really see this one as a movie.

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  1. My husband would love this one. He is such a huge football fan.

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  3. This book sounded like something that might interest me, until I realized that there is a bit of paranormal (zombies?) to it. I have never been able get into that type of stuff. I might give it a try though. His mother, Sandra Brown, is one of my favourite authors, so maybe I will give him a try.

  4. I suppose it was only a matter of time before zombies or vamps infiltrated the world of football. Since you reference Friday Night Lights, I'm there! Thanks for the info.


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