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Deadtown (A Deadtown Novel)
Nancy Holzner
336 pages
December 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Deadtown is a real dead town—literally. The inhabitants of this blockaded and quarantined quarter are all paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc. Humans feared those that were different, especially the city’s-worth of human inhabitants instantaneously struck down by a virus that reanimated them after death…into zombies.

The political agendas of two competing government representatives generate heated waves that could determine the future of the limited freedoms the paranormal currently possess. Should the political factions opposed to paranormals win, Deadtown’s hundreds of inhabitants could meet death through unmerciful torture.

In a world of definitive divisions, it’s easy for some to justify inhumane measures to alleviate opposition. As a result, stakes this high have motivated the release of an evil threat of unimaginable proportions to humans and paranormal alike: Demons. The questions of who would do this, and why, loom in the buildup to an event that is sure to spell doom for the paranormal community.

As a shape-shifter, Vicki has the unfortunate luck to be tagged in with the paranormals and forced to live in the dregs of Deadtown. When human bodies start piling up with unexplainable causes of death, being a demon fighter suddenly makes her the most valuable citizen—or non-citizen, given her paranormal status—all of greater Boston has on their side. Prepared or not, she is poised to face a nearly indestructible army for the survival of paranormals and humans alike.

Demons cannot invade alone, however, and the dark subterfuge long underway soon is revealed to those in the path of the destruction - imminent peril lurks dangerously close to Deadtown and the unsuspecting humans. Vicki cannot fail in her fight against the demons, and he who controls them. The fate of so many can face unimaginable twists. Evil must not triumph.

Holzner’s zombies aren't mindless, soulless, foul-smelling, man-eating creatures, though they have the potential; instead, she gives them identities and personalities like any other character in a book. Most of her paranormal characters are less paranormal and more human compared to the styles of most other authors in this genre, but somehow, it works. The medley of demons, witches, warlocks, paranormal, and humans is an intriguing, complicated character grouping.

Author Nancy Holzner brims with originality among waves of competing authors whose individual tales are easily mistaken for one another’s. While zombies and paranormals are not new, it’s always about the story, depth, and creativity woven around the character types that defines the novel’s individuality. Deadtown has a firm grasp on individuality, conquering the infamous cliché “never a dull moment.”

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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