Item description for The Condemned by David Jack Bell...
The world is at war.the city is dying.and those left for dead within its walls have awakened. A terrorist attack on the water supply has left the city quarantined by the army and inhabited by the City People, the mindless living dead who rule the urban night. Plagued by nightmares and wracked with guilt for having left his best friend behind, Jett returns to work, hoping to provide for his family. But his new partner, a wounded veteran known only as The Kid, won't let Jett forget that his best friend might not be entirely dead. As their city raids grow bloodier, Jett finds himself increasingly under the mysterious influence of his new partner. And just as his murderous rage for the City People grows nearly out of control, he realizes things may not be exactly as they appear. The night, and those who control it-the City People-hold many secrets. Secrets that might just set Jett free.or destroy him and everything he holds dear.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 8, 2008
Publisher Delirium Books
ISBN 1929653905 ISBN13 9781929653904
Reviews - What do customers think about The Condemned?
Solid Writing Gives Way To Good Creepy Story. Sep 23, 2008
David Jack Bell manages to churn out a really good, solid first novel. His sentences are straight and to-the-point, and he shows how you don't have to write splatterpunk-type horror to achieve weird scares.
This is the story of Jett, a man who has a job picking up old, junked out cars that they use for scrap metal, to be used for armory and weapons. It's an all out war against 'The City People', zombie-like people turned into creepy, walking dead, by way of an attack on the water supply.
He soon has to work with a kid who instroduces him to another side of his own personality that he wished he'd never discovered. His last partner was killed at the hands of the City People, and he's on a mission with his new partner, one that will take both him and the reader into a dark landscape of thrills, chills, and some very creeped out scenes that will stick in your mind long after you turn out the lights.
There are so many zombie novels making their way around the world of Horror these days, that you have to salute David Bell for creating something different and scary, and a lot packed in to the 220 pages of this first novel.
Delirium Books cranks out another winner. And If you like any kind of Horror, you should read this.
Needs more. Aug 18, 2008
Characters and plot were a little flat. Could do with a lot more history of both the characters and plot. I read it but don't think I really enjoyed it.
Solid horror thriller. 4.5 stars Jul 20, 2008
After seeing Will Smith's version of 'I am Legend' and having also read the original by Matheson, plus Chuck Heston's 'Omega Man', I can see strains of all three in this novel.
This story takes place in a nameless city that has pretty much perished under the onslaught of terrorism attacks, with much of its population poisoned via the waterstream years previous. They are light adverse night stalkers who everyone outside the city despises, thinking that they have become vicious animals. The country is at war overseas and essentially we are seeing a world that appears to be winding down, rusting into oblivion with people hanging on, trying to salvage what they can.
We are introduced to Jett, a man who works for the government, hauling scrap out of the city in the daytime hours. It is a risky job, with the City People hiding out and ready to kill those who they get a hold of. His partner died at hands of the city people, or was turned into one when they were making run that ran a little too close to dusk. Enter a new partner for Jett, who we only know as The Kid. He is a war veteran with some secrets and a desire to push Jett to find out what really happened to his partner, plus he has a lust for going after the city people. Together, they set out to find out not only what happened to Jett's first partner but what the real deal is with the City People, who have been condemned by society as outcasts and monsters but may be more than they appear.
Overall, I found this relatively short novel a brisk and easy read. David Jack Bell has a tight and crisp writing style that keeps the pace steady and consistent, revealing small bits and pieces of this tale in an efficient manner that keeps you interested throughout.
I enjoy apocalyptic fiction and besides the movies and books I mentioned above, I also could sense numerous other influences on this work. A world that is slowly dying, war, plagues, famine, potential government conspiracies. It all comes together nicely under the author's deft hand here, in a place where he does not give us much in the way of specific details about the city or about the enemy overseas. We can envision this being a part of our own world in the near future or some alternate reality that none of us would want to be a part of.
I enjoyed this story of this grim and dingy place that the author has created. I do wish there was more depth of understanding of the City People but I realize that our view of this world is through the eyes of the main character, which intentionally limits our perception of things. We do not know where things will lead when the story ends, leaving many things open for interpretation for the reader.
Excellent Novel Jul 14, 2008
Similar to what several other reviewers wrote, I'm not usually a big fan of genre/horror writing. This book has changed my tune. I couldn't put it down! David Jack Bell has an uncanny ability to combine and balance the creepy/scary factor and the psychological thriller factor. I was quite intrigued with the development of the protagonist, Jett. He is both likeable and flawed at the same time. And the ending was chilling! Can't wait for his next one!
Delightfully unsettling -- both chilling and heartwarming May 23, 2008
The Condemned is a richly imagined novel about doing what's right. But it's also about figuring out what's right when nothing at all is clear. Is it "right" to lay low and be safe for the sake of your wife and kids, or is it "right" to risk all to solve/avenge the death of your friend and job partner? Is it "right" to destroy the City People, or are they already being destroyed? The reader is glad to be with Jett, who seems to know intuitively what is right, and who is willing to do it even when doing so puts himself and others at risk.
I really enjoyed the masterful pacing of the novel. Each chapter goes deeper into the characters, the plot, and the familiarly unfamiliar City--without revealing too much or too little. Thus, much of the quiet suspense of the first half of the book is the delightful mystery of what this strange post-apocalyptic world is all about. The second half holds a different type of suspense, of the no-turning-back-now variety, and is full of unexpected twists and surprises that are both gratifying and terrifying.
I also loved some of the nostalgic references to major league baseball, especially in the context of creepy references to the abandoned (?) stadium.