Thursday, May 20, 2010

Play dead Review & Blog Tour

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 . . .

The idea for PLAY DEAD came to me around the time that the steroid scandals in professional sports really began to break with alarming frequency. Many of the athletes found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs claimed they had done so to remain competitive with the other users on the field. This idea planted the seed for PLAY DEAD - It takes monsters to beat monsters. From there, I considered what type of 'monsters' could actually be competitive against the most juiced-up football team I could imagine? Why, zombies of course. I really got excited about the idea of a zombie football team being the good guys...the team to cheer for. I also had a lot of fun playing on the idea that, at least on paper, zombies make the perfect football players. They have no fear; they feel no pain, and they are driven by a singular focus - victory. Also they make sure to eat plenty, perhaps protein would be the most appropriate word.

My Thoughts - I love foot ball stories and I love zombies although you don't have to like either to enjoy this clever book. I was caught up in this story right away and it was an enjoyable read, something I can take to the beach then pass off to the hubby. I'm wondering why they haven't made a movie out of this yet?

Disclosure - A product was given for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given

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