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Dead Tropics

Lego mockup of Dead Tropics

Yes, that’s right, folks!  A Lego mockup of a scene from my book!  That was not something I ever expected to see!

Read the whole review at Bricks of the Dead

 

Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

“Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continue to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is DEAD TROPICS by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother rather than your average badass/mercenary/chancer/Bruce Campbell knock-off…”

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Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

Review of Dead Tropics by Persephone’s Winged Reviews

Another lovely review!

“BEST ZOMBIE BOOK that I have read so far. It is fantastic and it kept me intrigued the entire length of the novel. In terms of zombie books with a high level of action, it is going to hard for other zombie books to surpass this book…”

 

Read More at Persephone’s Winged Reviews

review of dead tropics by persephone

Review of Dead Tropics Audio Book by The Guilded Earlobe

Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

Read by Cynthia Barrett

Published by Audible Frontiers/Permuted Press

Length: 9 Hrs

Genre: Zombie Outbreak

Quick Thoughts: While Dead Tropic has a pretty standard Zombie Outbreak plot, its unique setting and kick ass heroine gives it just enough edge to stand out in a crowded field.  Edge creates some incredibly cruel situations for her survivors, forcing her heroine to make decisions that will frustrate, thrill and shake the emotions of the readers. Sadly, the narrators inability to engage with the text blunted the visceral nature of some of the more graphic scenes of the novel.

Grade: B-

Read More at The Guilded Earlobe

 

Competition – Best caption wins copy of Dead Tropics ebook!

Competition ends 30th June 2012

From Triffids to Zombies

I blame my love of zombies on triffids.
Until I was twelve years old, my reading list was pretty tame.  It consisted of classics like the Prisoner of Zenda, horse stories such as My Friend Flicka and cute mysteries like Trixie Belden.  My deepest desires were to uncover a jewellery heist in the neighborhood and to own a horse that ran like the wind (courtesy of Black Stallion).
And then I read The Day of the Triffids.  A meteor that renders the world blind.  Flesh-hungry walking plants that roam the streets.  What a dream combination!

Dead Tropics has been released by Permuted Press

It’s been a long road but Dead Tropics has been released.  I love the new cover!  Although I loved my own self published version starring my sister and niece, too, lol.  Audible.com is also releasing it so if you pick up a copy, let me know how it sounds.

Review at Good Choice Reading

Check out the review at Good Choice Reading!

“Does anything get better than a mother trying to save her children from killer zombies in a tropical rainforest? I mean, it’s like the perfect equation for gore and suspense!

Dead Tropics actually surprised me with how fast the story jumped into the action. But even though it moved quickly, I still had enough time to actually care about all of the characters – which is pretty rare.”

Average Amazon ranking

Sales of my book has pretty much doubled every month.  Very encouraging!  Its ranking is currently hovering around the 10,000 mark.  Reviews have been (mostly) positive.

Guest Blog at Fang-tastic Books

I am often asked why I picked a zombie apocalypse as the background for my novel, Dead Tropics.  I can understand their confusion: I hate gore and I tend to write humorous stories, so zombies do seem an odd fit for me.

I have always loved zombies because a zombie apocalypse allows ordinary people to become heroes, to discover strengths they never dreamed they had, to evolve into leaders of men.  What has always annoyed me, though, was that the heroes in the books were always men , bristling with weaponry.  Where were the mothers?  Where were the families?  What about the people who weren’t fortunate enough to have a cupboard full of guns and flamethrowers?

It seemed to me that if anyone was likely to survive a azombie apocalypse, it would be the mothers of the world!  Sure, men have more practice being aggressive but mothers have the protective instincts of a tigress when it comes to their kids.  They would let nothing harm their kids, not even zombies.

Indeed, the idea for this novel first occurred to me after my own ‘tigress’  moment.  I was waiting outside the movies with my small children when a drug addict started harassing my little boy.  Instantly, I morphed from a amiable woman who had never said ‘boo’ to anyone in her life to a a Ellen Ripley ‘get away from her, you bitch’ type of woman.  The drug addict backed away so fast, he nearly tripped over his own feet.  My kids stared at me with open mouths.  They had never seen me act like that and I was the topic of conversation at home for the rest of the week.  It got me thinking, because I did not have a clue that I had it in me to react like that.

protective mother

 

The heroine of Dead Tropics, Lori Nelson, is also an ordinary mum living in a small tropical town in Australia.   She works, she loves her kids, she struggles to manage her busy schedule.  Pretty typical mum stuff.  But when a virus devastates her sleepy town, creating chaos and death on every corner, she discovers what she is truly capable of.

 

Lori battles zombies in hand to hand combat, scales buildings, rescues her children, plans an escape and still has time to find love!  She evolves from stressed out mum into a kickass, gutsy heroine we can all identify with and cheer for.  In the course of a couple of frantic, fast-paced days, Lori learns how to fight, she discovers how to lead others, how to make quick – and sometimes, painfully hard – decisions, how to conquer fear and, yes, how to appreciate the love of a good man when she finds it.

Hopefully, my readers will be able to enjoy the ride as Lori takes them on one breathless adventure after another in the battle to save her family.  Enjoy!