Book Review: Dead Man Walking by Marty Shaw

Title: Dead Man Walking
Author: Marty Shaw
Series: The Infected # 1
Genre: Horror
Format: E-Book
Source: Author
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon
I receive this novella free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Amazon:
Zombies in prison

Griffin knew watching an inmate being put to death wouldn’t be fun, but he never expected Callahan to return as something less than human. Now Griffin, along with a handful of officers and inmates, are trapped within the walls of a prison as a legion of the walking dead stalk them for food.

The choice is simple – fight back or die.


It was a well-written novella that makes me questions how a zombie can exist. Shaw instead of making a zombie virus, he sticks to the traditional roots of zombies from Haiti. In Haiti, zombies are created through a special powder and I think Shaw combines this along with spells to create his zombie.

Callahan is an unstoppable zombie. He gets maimed, burned, shot and he still gets back up. He is not a normal zombie since the other prisoners zombies do die like regular zombies. Callahan has this air of supernaturalism that doesn’t feel supernatural but there is no other way to explain why normal methods of killing zombies do not bring him down.

Griffin was an effective leader. He control himself when his boss really couldn’t. He pursued Callahan when he could have let others go after him.

It was a good novella. It was bloody and gory, everything that is expected of a zombie tale. I can’t wait to read the second story in the series.

5 BB- Total Keeper


34th in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: First in a Series, Self-published, E-book, Science Fiction, Zombie, Men in Uniform

Posted on May 4, 2012, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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