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Advance Praise for Ryan Brown’s PLAY DEAD

“In this Friday Night Lights meets Dawn of the Dead, Ryan Brown has created a game-winning debut! Everything is bigger in Texas.  Even the zombies. Play Dead is fast, funny, frightening, and will have you reading well into the night.

Ryan Brown is the new Steven King.”

Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE APOSTLE

“I loved PLAY DEAD! It's a fantastic thriller, a whole bloody lot of fun."

A. J. Jacobs, bestselling author of THE KNOW IT ALL and THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY
“Ryan Brown vaults straight to the pro game with this outstanding debut.  It's got everything: pace, energy, tension and drive.  If you could inject it, it would be a banned substance.”

Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of NOTHING TO LOSE

“Ryan Brown's Play Dead is an exciting and satisfying debut that I read with pleasure and excitement. Watch this guy! He's going to do great things.”

Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-Winning author of LEATHER MAIDEN


“PLAY DEAD is everything a 21st-century zombie novel should be: scary, funny, sick, twisted, inventive and (despite the undead protagonist) FRESH!  As far as first novels go, this is a touchdown pass!”

Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO and ZOMBIE CSU


Articles and Reviews

"Where Are They Now?"

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" 'Play Dead' by Ryan Brown scores enthusiastic reception"
The Dallas Morning News


"Suspend belief and enjoy several hours being entertained by the clever premise of PLAY DEAD"
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"PLAY DEAD is horrific, shocking, funny, gross and engrossing."
by Joe Hartlaub
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"...Not only the zombie novel of the year... it's the comeback story of the season."
The Examiner.com - NEW YORK
Denver Zombie Examiner
by Jessica d'Arbonne
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"The New Stephen King?"
The Cross and Crescent - A Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity publication
by Tad Lichtenauer


Great atmosphere, dark humor, and zombies in Texas, it just doesn’t get any better.
- by Becky Lejeune - 5/10/2010


"Play Dead is so entertaining and clever..."
-Romantic Times Book Review
By Terri Dukes

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"Advance notices have hailed PLAY DEAD as the 2010 zombie novel of the year.
-From the LONDON DAILY MAIL – Monday, December 7, 2009
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"Two culture obsessions collide head-on in this fast-paced, thrilling, and terribly funny debut by former actor Brown"
-From Publisher’s Weekly – March 1, 2010
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PW Talks with Ryan Brown
Zombies on Steroids
by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Volume 257 Issue 12 - 03/22/2010
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"This one is a refreshing take on the Texas "national" sport, football, and the sinister underworld of vampires and zombies."
By Liz Smith
April 29th, 2010

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