This Dark Earth by John Hornor Jacobs

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The land is contaminated, electronics are defunct, the ravenous undead remain, and life has fallen into a nasty and brutish state of nature. Welcome to Bridge City, in what was once Arkansas: part medieval fortress, part Western outpost, and the precarious last stand for civilization. A ten-year-old prodigy when the world ended, Gus is now a battle-hardened young man. He designed Bridge City to protect the living few from the shamblers eternally at the gates. Now he's being groomed by his physician mother, Lucy, and the gentle giant Knock-Out to become the next leader of men. But an army of slavers is on its way, and the war they'll wage for the city's resources could mean the end of mankind as we know it.
Can Gus become humanity's savior? And if so, will it mean becoming a dictator, a martyr . . . or maybe something far worse than even the zombies that plague the land?

"This second novel by Jacobs has all of the right elements of the bookshelf's worth of zombie novels swarming the market: zombies, blood, gore, terror and the gruesome mechanics of survival--but this bloody entry also offers something more in style, substance and readability... The novel's tenderness in places is balanced by a ferocity that pulls no punches. For readers who get off on what-would-I-do? questions, this book offers satisfaction." - Kirkus Book Reviews

"This smart addition to the zombie genre is heroic and strangely hopeful, championing the unyielding human drive for justice and civilization." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will become immersed in the dark, unforgiving world Jacobs has created, and the morally ambiguous choices his characters make will give them plenty to ponder." - Booklist

"This Dark Earth is a smart, thoughtful look at the end of humanity that delivers horrifying detail packed with an emotional resonance. It's The Road meetsWorld War Z. Deftly written, with eloquent prose peppered with crisp, dark humor, Jacobs crafts a chillingly believable tale that transcends genre fiction and manages to do what I long for whenever I sit down to read a book: make me wish I'd written it."
- Scott G. Browne, author of BREATHERS and LUCKY BASTARD

"A savage gut-punch of a tale, lurching hellbent to a spectacular showdown ending unparalleled in the zombie canon."
- Sophie Littlefield, author of Aftertime and Rebirth

"This Dark Earth is, quite simply, the best zombie novel I've read in years. Breathes some much-needed new life into the dead."
- Brian Keene, best-selling author of The Rising and Ghoul


About John Hornor Jacobs

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John Hornor Jacobs has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is the cofounder of Needle: A Magazine of Noir. He is also, in his copious spare time, a novelist, represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. His first novel, SOUTHERN GODS, will be published by Night Shade Books and released nationally in August, 2011. His second novel, THIS DARK EARTH, will be published in July, 2012, by Gallery/Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Published July 3, 2012 by Gallery Books. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over time, the trio and their followers build an armed fortress off of the Arkansas River, naming their home “Bridge City.” It’s rough business for the adolescent boy being groomed to lead them.

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Gus Ingersol is 14 and heir apparent to Bridge City, a fortified town in the middle of a zombie epidemic.

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City Book Review

The remaining people find sanctuary in Bridge City, a community for the dwindling numbers of humans led by a giant named Knock-Out, a physician, and Gus, her fifteen-year-old son.

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Geeks of Doom

Knock-out, Lucy and Gus, Lucy’s eleven year old son, make their way through the treacherous, nuclear-scorched USA in order to escape radioactive fallout, the blast of which they somehow manage to survive along with an EMP that takes out all the electronics everywhere.

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Though this is the second book in this series, don’t let that fact stop you from picking this book up.

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Fear Net

In This Dark Earth, author John Hornor Jacobs wastes no time in upsetting the proverbial apple cart.

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