They get clothes, wine, feast--you'd think this would be good news. Seems like this would be a good book. The characters are emo at this. So what if humanity went from billions to 15 million barely holding on. I don't want to work! They're given a week to think of a job they would be good at, which seemed pretty nice to me. I would need like 15 minutes to come up with stuff I'd be competent at doing for the good of what was left of humanity. There's a lot of sulky romance pouting. Even though they've been locked in a warehouse and it's been clear all along that nothing is going to happen, I guess none of that got resolved.
Majority of the conversations I found totally unbelievable. You would think people in like year 5 of the zombie outbreak would be better at defending themselves against said zombies.
I don't expect Carol from the Walking Dead beautiful metamorphoses but the ship falls in like 5 minutes. There were parts that could have been good--I would have much prefered this book from the viewpoint of the wisecracking Russian sniper. She stole all the few scenes she was in, but the main characters were far too whiny and criminally self absorbed.
I might try another to see if this is just the first book jitters thing that can happen sometimes. Dec 21, Mark Woods rated it it was amazing. It's four years after World War Z,the war is over and mankind lost. A lone band of survivors are ekiing out the final days of their existence in an abandoned warehouse when they hear something they never thought to hear again.
The sound of a helicopter! Leaving their sanctuary with dreams of rescue, the survivors brave the undead infested streets in a bid to reach salvation. But once at the landing site, they soon realise that not all of them can fit on the copter Of course, things go badly wrong and it is not long before the survivors realise they may just have leapt out of the frying pan and into the fire! This was a great book that is perfect for lovers of zombie fiction and pays much homage to the work of George.
At one point in a not too subtle reference to Night Of The Living Dead one of the survivors protests that he believes the virus came from outer space despite a scientists insistence that this would be impossible and this is just one of several moments that makes this book so great! Yes, it has all been done before but I simply devoured this book and loved every minute of it! I rarely actually buy things for kindle so this shows you that this book must have been good!
In one word, unputdownable! Feb 24, Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And I must say it was quite a good read! We're introduced to a bunch of survivors who have been trapped in a warehouse for years, malnourished and hopeless. Sarah, the main character, heard a chopper going by one morning and convinced her fellow survivors to abandon their sanctuary and make a run towards the chopper, which may just be their last hope to surviving the already dead world.
What I discovered was his novel, Domain of the Dead, a story centring on the aftermath of the dead rising and plaguing the earth. Too much technical terms and explanations that was just too much for me! I gave Domain of the Dead four stars, but Remains of the Dead got all five. Ian McKinnon, Domain of the Dead Permuted Press, Whil I can't say that Domain of the Dead does anything new with the zombie genre, existing fans will not be disappointed by McKinnon's novel; after a couple of quick opening chapters that set up the main characters, the book takes off, and it's chock-full of hot zombie action. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just felt it was unnecessary, used to pad out the book a bit and just plain boring to have to re-read exactly the same sequence of events and I actually ended up skipping forward to find where the story of our current group actually kicks off! I was getting anxiety from his books wondering what was going to happen next I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to read because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen!
One problem though - the warehouse is surrounded by thousands of zombies! This is a very good zombie book, in my opinion. It has enough gore and action to not make it too disgusting, but enough to make your heart pace! Unlike most books of the same genre, the characters were able to make a scientific explanation of the virus that has overwhelmed the world. It does get dragging around that part though. Too much technical terms and explanations that was just too much for me! You get to care for the characters I really feel for Sarah though. She's more human than any of the main characters in the previous comic books I've seen.
She's strong-willed, but there are times that she's scared and feel like giving up, too. She was able to get the group together, but there's no guarantee it's the same for her. Overall, it's a pretty good read. I look forward to reading the sequel, Remains of the Dead, but when I have enough money to buy it on Amazon!
Spent too much on books already this month: Jan 15, Michele Cacano rated it really liked it Shelves: Iain McKinnon delivers a great first novel. It is shy one star of perfect mostly due to typos and misspelled words, which is really a shame. It saddens me to see something come to print without the attention to detail and editing needed to make the story shine. It's like showing up to your wedding in cut-off shorts and flip-flops.
The first chapter was a ramrod of action, and probably saw the most editing, as it was free of any visible errors. The characters are introduced in such a way that we g Iain McKinnon delivers a great first novel.
The characters are introduced in such a way that we get a sense of who they are and what their motives are without being rushed. Every line of chapter one propels the story ahead, and I applaud this work whole-heartedly. In fact, the only character I had trouble with was one of the doctors. He came across as a bit too much of a one-dimensional villain, and the exposition on his work and his internal dialogue dragged a bit for me.
This was the only part of the book that I found to drag. The bulk of the story takes place on a ship, which I thought was a great idea. The back-story of the infection was handled really well, and the author dared to plunge into some muddy scientific waters along the way, which really worked for me. I am not sure I would have attempted such a writing feat! Overall, I really enjoyed the storytelling style, pacing, and character development and relationships. And I was definitely happy with the breadth of vocabulary, which I sometimes find lacking in genre books.
Jun 30, Richard Kearney rated it liked it. Iain McKinnon's first novel crams quite a bit into its action-packed pages: A rag-tag group of survivors from a zombie apocalypse, on the verge of starvation and despair in an almost-depleted urban warehouse that has sustained them for years, gets an unexpected chance at escape and rescue I was a little disappointed to discover that McKinnon had borrowed a few too many plot elements from George A.
Romero's "Day of the Dead" film apparently intended as a homage, as McKinnon has stated elsewhere that the film had a major influence on him , but the novel still has enough originality to be a satisfying entry in the zombie fiction genre, and McKinnon's lean, economical prose is admirable.
The ending suggests a possible sequel, and McKinnon has announced a "follow up" novel - titled "Remains of the Dead" - is scheduled to be published later in With the skills and imagination evident in "Domain," the new book is likely to be a cut above. After a breathtaking beginning, McKinnon's Domain of the Dead puts a slight spin on the usual zombie novel stereotypes by having the rest of its action set on a ship out at sea. For a debut author, McKinnon really knows how to draw the reader in, and provides a set of characters that are just nuanced and interesting enough to care about.
A few of his soldiers are particularly well constructed, so that when the inevitable mistake gets made and the excrement hits the fan, I found myself genuinely After a breathtaking beginning, McKinnon's Domain of the Dead puts a slight spin on the usual zombie novel stereotypes by having the rest of its action set on a ship out at sea.
A few of his soldiers are particularly well constructed, so that when the inevitable mistake gets made and the excrement hits the fan, I found myself genuinely hoping a couple of them would find a way to survive. That said, this is a first published work, and it's not perfect though. Even though its a short novel and reasonably fast-paced, the info-dump about the zombie plague and the pseudo-science behind it is too much and goes on for too long, almost squandering the good-will established in the first quarter of the novel.
There are also a surprising number of typos that can knock the reader right out of the story. Despite these short-comings, McKinnon has definitely won himself a new fan, and I'm eagerly looking forward to tackling the sequel to Domain , in which characters glimpsed in the early part of this novel get their own story. Jul 31, Kevin Walsh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Above is the link for the review I wrote for Domain of the Dead on Buyzombie. It's actually quite fantastic how he came up with this explanantion and this is a terrifying story.
It is the only zombie novel I've read where I was genuinly spooked while reading some of the scenes. If you're a zombie fan, you MUST read this one. It is one of the best in the genre and you;re desperately missing out if you haven't read this great story. Jun 16, Caridad cruz rated it it was amazing. What an action packed story!! I just couldn't put it down, then I was reading it too fast, I didn't want it to end, so I would try to prolong it, but I just couldn't hold on. I don't want to spoil it for others. It has zombies, guts, gore, it will have you at the edge of your seat biting your nails, waiting to see what will ha What an action packed story!!
It has zombies, guts, gore, it will have you at the edge of your seat biting your nails, waiting to see what will happen next!! I tip my hat to the author!!! Jan 24, Kristi rated it liked it. This is a solid read in the genre and does have some unique twists, such as setting most of the story at sea. The ship definitely provides the locked room paranoia to this story as the characters realize they never really were safe after all. I also particularly liked the unresolved arc and the realism of the scenes.
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Just read this book. So why the 3 star rating? I thought the middle was a bit slow and the detailed descriptions of the zombie virol This is a solid read in the genre and does have some unique twists, such as setting most of the story at sea. I thought the middle was a bit slow and the detailed descriptions of the zombie virology research and lab methods bogged down a bit. But I raced through the rest of it and quickly downloaded Remains of the Dead to keep going. The focus on sets of characters really reminded me of Hugh Howey's Wool series too.
Domain is worth reading. Iain McKinnon has written a great Z book. When a group of survivors hear a helicopter land adjacent to the wharehouse where they have been holed up for years, they decide to bolt through the horde of undead to reach it. This is the story of the ones who made it onto the helicopter. I was thrilled when I got the end of the book and found out there was a second book Remains of the Dead that told the story of those that were left behind.
I hated having to put these books down at night. The Romero style zombies are creepy, the writing is fast paced, and I loved the dialog!
I gave Domain of the Dead four stars, but Remains of the Dead got all five. I'll be more than a little irritiated if Mr. McKinnon doesn't come out with a third book in this series Dec 09, Paul Owens rated it it was ok. With the zombie genre showing no sign of blowing its brains out I was getting a bit bored of the standard run-of-the-mill zombies-vs-survivors dramas. I was looking for something a bit different. Something that would breathe some life through those fetid lips. A bunch of civilians team up with a gung-ho military unit and a egotistical scientist.
What could possibly go wrong? The whole thing moves along quickly enough without involving you and there is no re With the zombie genre showing no sign of blowing its brains out I was getting a bit bored of the standard run-of-the-mill zombies-vs-survivors dramas. The whole thing moves along quickly enough without involving you and there is no real suspense or memorable characters.
There's a feeling that you've read all this before and that, coupled with endless exposition mean that I wont be proceeding any further with this series. May 03, Ig rated it it was ok. The novel is akin to watching a zombie horror movie, by the likes of 28 Days Later.
What took away from the novel, were the countless typos sprinkled through the novel. I guess you get what you expect from this Domain of the Dead ISBN by, Iain McKinnon, is fast paced action novel, in a post appocalyptical world where Zombies have taken over. I guess you get what you expect from this novel, a quick horrific tale of desperation in the domain of the dead, as the title suggests. This book really did it for me.
I liked that it took place a few years "after the event". I also really enjoyed the location of the boat. It made it quite a different zombie read for me just from being on the boat alone. I also found the boat chuck full of dark humor! Maybe am just a dark dark girl, because i "think" if the author intended it to be there, but even if not, it was there and I thank him for him! Fabulous read, great ending to set up for the next book in the series which I am off t This book really did it for me. Fabulous read, great ending to set up for the next book in the series which I am off to read right now!
Jan 06, Tena Clifford rated it really liked it. I just became a fan of Zombies from watching " Walking Dead" so I thought I would read a couple books about them and see how it compares.. Holy Cow his books kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was getting anxiety from his books wondering what was going to happen next I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to read because I couldn't wait to see what was going I just became a fan of Zombies from watching " Walking Dead" so I thought I would read a couple books about them and see how it compares..
I was getting anxiety from his books wondering what was going to happen next I found myself waking up in the middle of the night to read because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen! I loved both of his books and I can't wait to read the third one Sep 21, April Hesler rated it really liked it.
This was my second time reading this. I wanted to freshen my memory before reading the next book in this series. It's a decent book, there's never a dull moment. Life since the rising of the dead has been tough, so tough that Sarah is standing on a roof - getting ready to jump off She hears a noise that sounds like a helicopter, and her desire to give up instantly turns to hope. The members of her group make a run for it, with no idea of what's waiting for them Nov 02, Henrik rated it it was ok Shelves: Action-packed and with a lot of the usual zombie tropes.
Prose is tight, which can be good, but too lean for my taste.
Also, I didn't find the characters to be "real". Admittedly, I may be judging this one for the wrong reasons, since I am simply not the kind of reader this book is aimed at. But there you go. Can't wait to read the follow-up, if there is one. The editing does go slightly downhill after the first quarter of the book and, at times, gets annoying. I really wish this genre of books was edited better even though the storylines are good. View all 10 comments. I followed the tale of these survivors over the course of several intense days only to be left behind I think maybe my copy had a last chapter missing Overall, I'm still recommending this book.
Especially if you've read Domain of the Dead. There are some really beautiful and gory visions and ideas presented here. Also, several turns of phrase jumped out at me with such gusto I had to re-read them just for the joy of the words themselves. I'm really looking forward to Iain McKinnon's future works. If you think there are spoilers in this review, let me know and I will "hide" it. I think I've managed to describe my experience of reading the book without giving anything away! Dec 21, Mark Woods rated it it was amazing. The companion volume to Domain Of The Dead runs alongside the first book but dealing with the survivors that got left behind!
Cahz and his team are on a helicopter run into the city gathering specimens for experimentation when they are approached by a group of survivors. Knowing that they cannot all fit on the copter, Cahz and one of his team members elect to stay behind until the copter can return. All they have to do is survive Quickly realising that their chances are low in the city, the s The companion volume to Domain Of The Dead runs alongside the first book but dealing with the survivors that got left behind! Quickly realising that their chances are low in the city, the small group start to head out to find somewhere safe to rendezvous with the copter when it returns.
But things have changed since the last time they were "in-country" and not for the better and it soon becomes apparent that the odds are stacked highly against them! I loved this and the way it dealt with those left behind. I also loved the dark, moody grittiness of it all as we see first-hand what is left of our former civilisation long after it all has ended!
Is it bleak and depressing at times? Almost certainly but it is also a gripping read that is a roller-coaster ride from start to finish and simply sublime for big fans of Romero and the zombie genre in general. My only complaint, without giving anything away the cliff-hanger ending of the last book is never satisfyingly resolved and this book too ends with a bit of a bang!
Don't go into this expecting any happy endings people! This is as realistic a zombie book as you are ever going to get and this book comes highly recommended from me! Sep 29, RJ rated it it was ok Shelves: Just as McKinnon's other book "Domain of the Dead"; it was ok, that's all. The ending was quite strange and abrupt. It ends as if there is a sequel, but I'm not aware of one. These books certainly don't add anything to the genre.
Nov 17, Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it. Both books start out the same way, with a group of survivors trapped years after the start of the zombie apocalypse inside a large warehouse that is filled with all the supplies they would need to survive. Unfortunately, they have burned through most of those supplies and only have a few months left before they will end up starving to death. The people from the warehouse, upon hearing the helicopter, decide to make a run to the helicopter in an effort at escaping the hell they have lived through for several years and the reality that their time is running out.
The first book focuses on the survivors who climb aboard the helicopter as they return to the ship. Their story is one that examines the science behind the outbreak of the plague and the attempts to find a cure or inoculation against it. It also deals with a fresh outbreak of infection onboard the ship.
This novel details the plight of those left behind: As the readers who have checked out the first book know, the estimated eight hour turnaround time they were hoping for is not quite what happens and the survivors will be forced to somehow make due for much longer than that.
The book is broken up into two storylines. As we discovered in the first book, Elspeth has been bitten and the baby has been scratched, so it appears as if both will be dead from infection soon enough, which is why they chose to stay behind. The other storyline is that of Ali, another warehouse survivor who gets separated from the others in the throngs of undead trying to tear them to pieces on the race to the chopper, and is presumed dead. He manages to find his own route to escape and fights tooth and nail to survive and somehow figure out a way to reconnect with the others as the helicopter abandons them all with the hordes of undead nipping at their heels.
This was the story I wanted to read in tandem with the first story presented in book one of this presumed trilogy. I had been hoping to see the story rotate back and forth between the survivors on the ship and the survivors on the ground, but the author chose to split the stories up. I have to say that McKinnon turns the intensity up a notch in this, the second book in his series.
The constant race against the undead, the desperate measures taken to survive at every turn, and the solid character development make this tale both a fun and invigorating read in the zombie genre. I am looking forward to the third installment in this series, where I will presume the two sets of characters will be reunited and their saga will go forward as one story. While I suppose I still wish that the two stories would have rotated back and forth through the first and second books instead of being told separately, I have no complaints about the characters and the intense action the author delivers with his two books.
Sep 28, David McDonald rated it really liked it. With an introduction like that, hopes were pretty high for this title Remains of the Dead isn't so much of a sequel as a companion piece to its predecessor. ROTD follows some of the already established characters from DOTD, principally the squad of weary combat veterans led by Cahz and some of the survivors who didn't Remains of the Dead is the follow up tale to 's Domain of the Dead from Scottish author Iain McKinnon and comes with a foreword from award-winning horror writer Joe McKinney. ROTD follows some of the already established characters from DOTD, principally the squad of weary combat veterans led by Cahz and some of the survivors who didn't make it on to the helicopter and their efforts to make it out of a city teeming with the walking dead.
At first blush, ROTD appears to be straight-up action driven survival horror and yes, there's plenty of action, explosions, gunfire and hordes of decaying zombies for the protagonists to deal with. However, McKinnon has created a zombie tale that although fairly testosterone fuelled, is ultimately character driven. Without exception, the main players are all incredibly believable and the motivation behind their actions is entirely plausible. Additionally, McKinnon isn't afraid to bump off his characters in order to enhance the story, something he does in considerable style and at times, leaving the reader with a genuine sense of loss.
I'm unsure whether McKinnon has done so knowingly or not but at times, ROTD had an air of familiarity about it and at stages was evocative of a number of different films, such as Aliens and indeed, some of the dialogue seems to be a knowing nod to various films. Critically, about the first fifth of the book feels like repetition from its predecessor, revisiting the events of the initial helicopter extraction seen in DOTD but from a slightly different viewpoint.
At times, this irked me somewhat but when viewed objectively, I'd suggest that the author has to reintroduce the world he has created previously and also cater for those who have perhaps not read DOTD. Additionally, I feel that the book ought to have been edited a little more beforehand. There are some glaring typos and perhaps even passages that could have been culled in order to give this title a sharper delivery.
Overall, Remains of the Dead balances being a quick, action-driven zombie tale with a superior character driven plot with dramatis personae that the everyman can relate to. Nov 17, Heather Faville rated it it was amazing. So, to start off the review, Remains of the Dead is a sequel. I did not realize this until after I had completed the book. The tale is divided into 2 storylines. Ali was one of the warehouse survivors who gets separated from the group and mu So, to start off the review, Remains of the Dead is a sequel.
Ali was one of the warehouse survivors who gets separated from the group and must fight his way to safety. I liked Ali, he is definitely the type of person I would want in my camp should the shit hit the fan. He is resourceful and resilient, doing everything in his power to survive and get to a place where he can, hopefully, meet up with his group. The second storyline revolves around 2 soldiers, Cahz and Cannon and 3 warehouse survivors, an elderly woman, Elspeth, Ryan and an infant who is the granddaughter of Elspeth and the daughter of Ryan.
This group has the same type of issues that Ali has only in a group situation. Is it easier to try to survive in a group or alone? Both have positive and negative aspects from my viewpoint. The author has an excellent grasp of the various emotions that would run through people during a zombie apocalypse. Especially when it comes to having to deal with one of their own. There was a particular scene during which I became rather emotional and that makes me happy.
I love to feel emotion while reading a book! The zombies were the slow shambling type that, while not too threatening if taken on one on one, can be shit your pants scary in a large group. The violence and gore were there and in great detail, but not over the top extreme. There was no excessive bloody description of mutilation of the undead or the living. I definitely recommend Remains of the Dead as a must read for any fan of the zombie genre.
I look forward to getting my hands on Domain of the Dead and seeing how the worlds fit together.
For now, I need to go find myself some spam to throw at a zombie. Mar 04, Lola rated it really liked it. No-one is safe in Iain McKinnon's world and everyone is expendable! This just heightens the suspense as you know the 'hero' isn't just automatically gonna 'make it' to the end, that is if there is a hero at all. Great follow on from Domain of the Dead. The only negative I would say and this is why it got 4 not 5 stars! Whether it was just to bring readers who hadn't read book 1 up to speed I'm not sure but it was literally large chunks No-one is safe in Iain McKinnon's world and everyone is expendable!
Whether it was just to bring readers who hadn't read book 1 up to speed I'm not sure but it was literally large chunks of book 1 just regurgitated and maybe including a few extra details. Just felt it was unnecessary, used to pad out the book a bit and just plain boring to have to re-read exactly the same sequence of events and I actually ended up skipping forward to find where the story of our current group actually kicks off! But that one criticism aside a great read, lots of twists and turns and a few unexpected departures!
As soon as the book arrived on my doorstep, I started reading and I loved every single page of it. I was not dissappointed at all. This book is exciting, terrifying, emotional and down right amazing from start to end. Iain McKinnon has wrote a tremendous sequel Of a sort - as the story actually runs parallel to the 1st Book and has delivered everything I hoped fo I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Remains of the Dead ever since I finished Iain McKinnons first novel Domain of the Dead.
Iain McKinnon has wrote a tremendous sequel Of a sort - as the story actually runs parallel to the 1st Book and has delivered everything I hoped for in this book. With Domain, he picks the reader up, taps them on the shoulder and tells them "This may hurt". Then, with Remains, he kicks us right in the balls, with a 'I told you so' look on his face. Remains is a lot more brutal than the first.
The action is more intense and the horror is far more terrifying. It truely is Zombie Action at its best. I simply cannot find a flaw in this book. I can honestly say that every fan of the genre needs to read this novel. Jan 24, Kristi rated it really liked it. Really great follow up to Domain of the Dead, taking us back to the military and survivors left in the anonymous city that started in Domain. The pace of this book is much faster than Domain, and yet I felt like I was closer to the characters and their struggle. There really aren't noble heroes here. Just ordinary humans attempting to survive until their military pick up arrives.
For zombie afficianados, plenty of handy tips and ideas on surviving in this book. But the characters aren't one dime Really great follow up to Domain of the Dead, taking us back to the military and survivors left in the anonymous city that started in Domain. But the characters aren't one dimensional zombie shooters by any means. They are conflicted, selfish, brave, afraid, deeply flawed, yet ultimately linked by their very humanity.
Another nicely done unresolved ending as well. My one quibble was there are quite a few misspelled words and grammatical errors in my copy. Your vs you're many, many times. But I read it in one night, so clearly enjoyable despite that. Sep 01, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Iain McKinnon has written a great Z story.
When a group of survivors hear a helicopter land adjacent to the wharehouse where they have been holed up for years, they decide to bolt through the horde of undead to reach it. The first book, Domain of the Dead, dealt with the ones who made it onto the helicopter. The second book, Remains of the Dead, tells the story of those that were left behind. I hated having to put these books down at night. The Romero style zombies are creepy, the writing is fast paced, and I loved the dialog!
I gave Domain of the Dead four stars, but Remains of the Dead got all five. I'll be more than a little irritiated if Mr. McKinnon doesn't come out with a third book in this series. I want to know what happended to these people Jul 15, Riayl rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this quite a bit but it loses out on a star for me because of the abrupt, open ending and the fact that my favorite character was killed off - unless there is a sequel with a daytime soap-opera type twist I get that it is horror, that it is a zombie book, but I really need someone to connect to and root for and they kind of need to survive for me to really be satisfied, killing them off at the end just sort of ruins the rest for me.
Jan 06, Tena Clifford rated it it was amazing. Just when you think it couldn't get any better from book one here comes book 2 I liked this one even more.. I was holding my breath the whole way thru this book.. At one point I was wanting to throw my iPad across the room because I couldn't take what was happening but I didn't I just got up and started pacing the room!