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Disintegration

Format:  Paperback,

342 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9780312570019

ISBN-10: 0312570015

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"Autumn: Disintegration" is the penultimate chapter in David Moody's riveting horror series
Forty days have passed since the world died. Billions of corpses walk the Earth. Everything is disintegrating. . . .
A group of eleven men and women have survived against the odds. On an almost daily basis, they attack the dead with brutal ferocity, tearing through them with utter contempt.

Somewhere nearby, out of sight and out of earshot, is another group that has adopted a completely different survival strategy. Where the others have used brutality and strength, these people have demonstrated subtlety, planning, and tactics.
A series of horrific events force the two groups together. Backed into a corner and surrounded by hundreds of thousands of corpses, they all know that their final battle with the dead is about to begin.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9780312570019
ISBN-10: 0312570015
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 342
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.68
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.0

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Review by Library Journal (2011-09-15)

The undead of Moody's popular "Autumn" series are unusual. They are never referred to as zombies, and they are not depicted as the evil, predatory cannibals so characteristic of zombie lit. Rather, these undead are diseased human beings who suffer from a debilitating condition. In the third installment, Purification, survivors from the previous book (Autumn: The City) are ensconced in an underground military base. The bodies amass on the surface, attracted by the commotion produced by the people underground.

When the ventilation system becomes compromised by the milling crowd, soldiers are sent to fix the problem. The mission goes wrong, and the complex's inhabitants must run for their lives and find a new place to start rebuilding once again. In the fourth book, Disintegration, 40 days have passed since the outbreak, and the world's population has been decimated. The dead swarm everywhere, their decaying bodies deteriorating more each day.

They have continued to become increasingly self-aware, violent, and regimented. A small group of survivors still endure through aggression and sheer ferocity. When their block of flats is breached by the dead, they flee and chance upon a hotel that appears to be an oasis of normality. Here, they encounter a second, very different group of people who have been using as survival tools intelligence and strategy instead of brute force.

Despite Moody's new take on the traditional monster, his elaborate descriptions of decaying corpses, rotting entrails, and foul bodily fluids leave no doubt about the genre of his novels. After a while these accounts become both repetitive and revolting. Nonetheless, Purification is certain to appeal to series fans as well as lovers of urban-military-zombie crossovers like Z.A. Recht's "Morningstar Strain" series and David Wellington's Monster Island. In Disintegration, the best installment, Moody ventures into Lord of the Flies territory.

The juxtaposition of the two groups of survivors and the consequent tension between them produces excruciating suspense not seen before in the series. The ending is utterly chilling and seems quite final, although Moody's website indicates Autumn: Aftermath is in the works and will conclude the series.

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Book description

Autumn: Disintegration is the penultimate chapter in David Moody's riveting horror series!

Forty days have passed since the world died. Billions of corpses walk the Earth. Everything is disintegrating...

A group of eleven men and women have survived against the odds. On an almost daily basis, they attack the dead with brutal ferocity, tearing through them with utter contempt.

Somewhere nearby, out of sight and out of earshot, is another group that has adopted a completely different survival strategy. Where the others have used brutality and strength, these people have demonstrated subtlety, planning, and tactics.

A series of horrific events force the two groups together. Backed into a corner and surrounded by hundreds of thousands of corpses, they all know that their final battle with the dead is about to begin.

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