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City of the Dead
by Brian Keene

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
357 pages; ISBN: 0843954159

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


City of the Dead
Brian Keene
Leisure, June 2005, $6.99, 357 pp.
ISBN 0843954159

Long before Lucifer fell, he sided with his fellow angels to rid the earth of the Siqquism. They were banished by the creator to the Void, a place colder than Hell is hot. The Siqquism have the ability to inhabit a body once the person’s soul leaves it. Once humanity is erased from the planet the Ellium can corrupt the plant life and poison the seas then the Teraphim can destroy the world with fire before all three species move on to another planet to start the process again.

The zombie-like creatures have killed most of the humans and the only ones left alive are hiding in a skyscraper thought to be impregnable. It was designed and built by wealthy entrepreneur Mr. Ramsey after the Twin Towers were destroyed. It is a beacon lit up so that any remaining humans can go there if they can avoid being killed and possessed by the Siqquism. It is there that humanity will rise or fall against an entity who seems invulnerable and unstoppable.

What Anne Rice did for vampires, Brian Keene does for zombies who can only be destroyed by a blow to the head so they won’t rise again. Humanity’s last protectors are seasoned warriors who have learned that the zombies inhabit birds, rats and mammals. The terror they feel is real and frightening because even though they have weapons that can keep the creatures at bay, their overwhelming numbers make people feel the war is lost before it begun.

Harriet Klausner


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