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Book Review: Deadline by Mira Grant

Written by Jeremy Shane on Thursday, July 07 2011 and posted in Reviews

Reading Realms reviews Deadline by Mira Grant, book 2 of the newsflesh trilogy.

Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Zombie

Rating: 4 smileys

Cover Blurb:

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news -- he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead. Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.


I'm a bit of a zombie fan, though not as hardcore as some. I enjoy a good movie and good story and this is definitely a good story. As I said in my review of the first novel: "Feed", one of my favorite things about this series has to be the fact that it's not all about zombies. Though zombies are integral to the story and play their role, it's more like a good story that just happens to be set in a world full of zombies. Another thing I have loved about this series is that it doesn't ignore all we know about zombies. It doesn't try to come up with new names for zombies nor does it pretend we haven't all seen plenty of zombie movies. In fact it embraces these things as our society probably actually would if such a zombie plague happened upon us. Mira Grant's zombie world is set in the near future after a zombie outbreak a generation before and the world has learned to live with the dangers of zombies. "Deadline" continues the story from where the first left off and you would definitely want to read "Feed" and not try to jump in at "Deadline". The news bloggers now begin to dig into the zombie plague itself after the events of the first book shook up the team. This book did get into the medical side of the zombie outbreak a bit more than the first. I was impressed by Grant's ability to delve into that side so heavily, even if I did get lost a time or two in a medical explanation here or there. I won't get into too many more details because I really think the series should be read and experienced without being spoiled. Too many details here could spoil things not only for "Deadline" but also for "Feed". I'll add that I think the first book was a bit stronger than this one, but only slightly.

Bottom Line:

I would highly recommend this book not only to fans of Urban Fantasy or zombie novels, but to anyone looking for a good series to read. Mira Grant is the pseudonym for author Seanan McGuire, so fans of hers should jump on this series as well. It's out now in paperback.

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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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