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Play Dead

A book by Ryan Brown

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  • May 1, 2010
I had this book on my shelf for about a week or two. I passed it on the way to the shower, I passed it in the middle of the night to soothe my son's scary dreams, and I passed it on the way to get clothes for work. And every time I passed it I swear I had to stop and look at the cover because it freaking creepy. Once I smartened up and stopped the stupid window shopping, I had a BLAST reading this book! Amongst the Texas football and the squishy gore was a humor that was as grotesque as it was funny. Yes, the story is fantastic and *almost* too much of a stretch in some areas but the fun factor pulls you right through that.

Cole Logan is the classic small-town-bad-boy-rebel-football-quarterback. He has his football team in position to win the football district title... if they can 1. Stay alive and 2. Stay dead. Yeah. I know. I really enjoy books that have testosterone, humor, first downs, and flesh eating humans. (You don't find too much of that nowadays). Then you have your cross-town rivals that are so stupid they make Opie look like John Forbes Nash Jr. One of the funniest parts of this book is the planning of "the incident" and then conversation immediately afterwards! "Yes, I'll take living near nuclear power plants for $200 Alex".

The few part(s) I had a tough time wrapping my head around was after the crash. There were certain things that happened to the football players that made me go "aint NO way in hell". Everyone knows how Texans feel about football, but seriously. How much undead can you overlook before common sense kicks in and says, "OK, I know you survived high school on moonshine, but... no". As fantastic as some of the situations were, it only made the story better because you were wondering how in the HELL were they going to get out of those situations.

Despite that, `Play Dead' is extremely entertaining and one of those "ahhhhhhh... I really had fun reading" books.

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August 05, 2011
Nice review. You did a good job describing the book and I liked adding your own feelings about the book.
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review by . July 18, 2011
"Play Dead," by Ryan Brown is a story that's just plain fun.      The author mentioned that he wanted to write a story about steroids in sports after seeing what has been going on in professional sports in recent times. He does a good job with this novel.      Set in Texas, the story is also a satire about the fanatical following of high school football and the manner in which football can almost take over small town life. This seems particularly …
review by . May 17, 2010
When a fatal school bus kills everyone on board except for the school quarterback, Cole, he knows deep in his bones that it was no accident. His team, the Jackrabbit's were determined to beat the Elmwood Heights Badgers and win the district championship. Their dreams were cut short in this tragedy but Cole isn't ready to give up. With a little help thanks to black magic, Cole resurrects his teammates. This is where the story gets really interesting.    I read a bunch of rave …
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Starred Review. Two cultural obsessions collide head-on in this fast-paced, thrilling, and terribly funny debut by former actor Brown. In the sleepy town of Killington, Tex., the local high school's football team is having its best season in decades thanks to the efforts of quarterback Cole Logan. Afraid of losing the district championship, the rival Elmwood team sends the Killington bus into a river, drowning everyone on the team except Cole and the coach. Only local witch and football fan Black Mona can raise the players from the dead in time for the game, but if they keep stopping to eat people, they might miss it. Brown handily mixes elements of horror, coming-of-age sweetness, and gore-soaked comedy into a tale that satisfies the same fascination with sports and bloodlust that it cleverly and thoughtfully critiques.(May)
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ISBN-10: 1439171300
ISBN-13: 978-1439171301
Author: Ryan Brown
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Gallery
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