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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Dead Is All You Get is book two in the Tell Me When I’m Dead series by Steven Ramirez, an engaging narrative with a strong appeal for fans of horror, especially those who enjoy zombie apocalypse stories. The horde of the undead has caused much havoc in Tres Marias, and Dave Pulaski and his wife, Holly, have been fighting them for months now. The arrival of the Black Dragon Security gives them hope as they align behind those fighting to exterminate the undead. But Dave is still about to get his greatest shock when he learns about the laboratory experiments of Bob Creasy. With the mutation of the virus and the infected becoming even more cunning, can the paramilitary group beat the hordes of the undead and protect their city or will they fall prey to these creatures?
This is a well-written novel with very compelling characters. The protagonist is a hero whose humanity comes out strongly through the narrative. He is genuinely flawed but continues his journey towards personal growth. Steven Ramirez allows the first person narrative to communicate the emotional intensity and the action taking place with clarity. The characters are well-imagined and written to perfection. Some of my best characters were Dave, Holly, Warnick, and Springer. Dead Is All You Get is cunningly plotted and the author uses suspense to deepen the quality of horror as he creates scenes that make the reader feel like something could go wrong at any moment. A lot happens in this story and the pacing is fast and the action intense. The writing is filled with enjoyable and engaging dialogues that enhance the reading experience of this gripping story. Great prose, sophisticated characters, and a very clever plot.