First and foremost this book doesn’t preach to readers, but it might scare one to seek a high power.
Synopsis from Amazon.com
A terrible judge comes like a thief in the night. While the world sleeps, everything changes. In the diseased light of a festering sun, planes drop from the sky, machines sputter and stop, and the graves of the shrieking damned burst open. Angels from hell clothe themselves in the flesh of corpses to form an unholy army. Dreaming of his father hammering his way out of a coffin, Gary Holland is jolted awake by the phone to learn that his father is dead. Bickering over infidelity and religion, the family gathers for the funeral… and confronts hell on earth at the Jersey Shore. Hounded from cellar to sewer, the staggering, bloodied survivors of the Holland clan are pushed remorselessly to choose between black despair and hopeless faith.
Mark E. Rogers has created a nightmare world in “The Dead.”
There is something going on that is bizarre and scary as hell … literally.
Surprisingly enough, the story starts with a nightmare. Gary Holland’s father has died. This much is true.
In the nightmare, Gary has gone to the funeral home where his father is closed into his casket. Dear old dad is dead, but he doesn’t want to stay in his casket. To top if all off, he’s really angry.
The nightmare is horrible, but Gary wakes up and the horror is all gone … or is it? The call comes in that his father is actually dead.
The family gathers at a house they all know that feels empty without dad. Gary’s brother Max, Uncle Buddy with his wife in tow and a couple of friends of the family all arrive. Uncle Buddy abuses his wife and son to the point of near tragedy.
The funeral is the next day and things are downbeat. Soon the family retires, Gary is still freaked out about his nightmare and his father’s death which seems to have a evil synchronicity to it . Little did he know that his nightmare was tame compared to what was coming.
Morning comes and the family starts stirring. However, mom isn’t anywhere. Her bed is empty, containing her night clothes which are under the covers as if they were sleeping in the bed.
Before anyone can start to truly worry, someone turns on the TV news and the news is all bad. Jets are falling out of the sky. One plane carrying Japanese tourists slammed into the water between the shore and the island they are on. The weird thing is, it’s happening all over the world.
More friends and family arrive and mom is soon forgotten, (?). Gary and Max believe she may have gone for a walk.
Next stop is the funeral home for the service which has to be done by a stand-in priest. Gary’s regular priest seems to missing, as does one of the funeral directors.
The priest that stands in is not one that Gary dislikes which makes the day just that much worse.
Mom, the priest and the funeral director are nowhere to be seen. Planes are falling out of the sky, car crashes and other terrible ‘accidents’ are taking place everywhere. Time for the funeral.
The real horror starts at the graveyard, Gary’s nightmare comes true times a thousand. Not only does Gary’s dad climb out of the ground, but there are moaning and the ground is shaking all over the graveyard as the dead rise, the evil dead, (well they are)! Graves are opening and the dead whose bodies have been taken over by demons are clawing out of the ground to taunt the left over human population. No zombies in this graveyard. These entities don’t want to eat you, they want your soul.
As the living start running away, strangely enough cars and other mechanical devices have started a demise of their own. The sun is also strangely muted, diseased as the humans call it.
Gary and those with him have been left behind. The rapture has happened and they are pretty much screwed. This new world is full of death and destruction.
Demons come from everywhere. They’re fast have some ability to think.
They also have a leader who is right from the bowels of hell.
This book is one horror after another, it doesn’t let up.
As I mention at the beginning of this review, there is no preaching, just normal discussions people would actually have in this situation.
Well written and scary as hell, “The Dead” is alive with thrills and chills. Give it a read. You can purchase it on Amazon.com for $4.99.