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Stephen A. North
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
CreateSpace; 1st edition (October 7, 2008)
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AUTHOR Also by Stephen North: Beneath the Mask. From its unique setting to its parade of memorable characters, Stephen North’s Dead Tide gives us what the best of zombie lore gives us: a cross-section of humanity from the perspective of the author.

AUTHOR Also by Stephen North: Beneath the Mask. A novel published by arrangement with the author. ISBN-10: 144864304X ISBN-13: 9781448643042 LCCN: 2008908234. And that’s just one reason why neither this novel or the greater zombie phenomenon is going to simply fade away.

About Stephen A. North: He is the author of six novels, one novella, and several short stories. Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of Stephen A. North's books. Stephen’s Year In Books. Stephen’s 2019 Year in Books. Take a look at Stephen’s Year in Books. The long, the short-it’s all here. See Stephen’s 2019 Year in Books. Stephen A. North’s Followers (41).

Stephen A North (Author),‎ Brad Lawrence (Reader). Book 2 of 3 in the Dead Tide Series.

The action and adventure continues in Stephen A. North's Dead Tide Rising, the follow up to the first book in the Dead Tide series. Published on July 12, 2014.

Find out, too, what trouble Dead-Eye Johnny jumped into when he leapt off the Skyway and fell onto a cruise ship! . Witness the best and the worst that humanity has to offer as the dead tide surges, and what is left of civilization sinks into a morass of madness.

Find out, too, what trouble Dead-Eye Johnny jumped into when he leapt off the Skyway and fell onto a cruise ship! Others like Trish and Natalie face terrible odds on their ow. .Behind all of it is a shadowy corporation, a runaway scientist and a cut-throat mobster all determined to secure what is best for themselves! Humanity is in its death throes and still the survivors of the apocalypse struggle with and embrace friendship, love, lust, envy, hate, rage and cruelty beyond measure.

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But there are survivors. Nick Talaski is a hard-bitten, angry cop. Graham is a newly divorced cab driver. Bronte is a Gulf War veteran hunting his brother’s killer. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Horror/Science Fiction writer with six novels: Beneath the Mask; The Drifter; Dead Tide; Barren Earth co-written with Eric S. Brown; and Dead Tide Rising, Dead Tide Surge; and Dead Tide Rage. Also published in six anthologies (Kizuna, Scare Package, Read The End First, Zombology 2, Baconology, and The Will To Survive). I have a BA in English Literature from USF, was a Army Reserve MP. I work in retail.


St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park are two cities on a peninsula of Florida's west coast. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Tampa Bay on the other, evacuation choices are few, even when a proper warning is given. This is no place to be when a major disaster strikes and the power goes out. The general population receives no warning of the impending doom about to wash over them. The dead are coming back to life, filled with a single-minded urge to devour the living. While the power was on, some people follow the bigger picture on television, but the news media is little more than a chronicler of the disaster. Sadly, most people are better at becoming part of the problem than finding a way to solve it.

"The most important question becomes: Are there enough resilient survivors left to stem the rising dead tide of humanity?"

  • Nilabor
This isn't just me being flippant. Dead Tide is one of those uncommon, if not rare, zombie books which remembers the creatures were created (or, if you desire, adapted) for the purposes of social commentary. Modern adaptations of the zombie often forget the metaphor and simply make them a Maguffin for exploring the effects of trauma on humans.

Dead Tide is more akin to the original as Saint Petersburg, FL is used as the backdrop for an exploration of the simmering tensions existing in the United States today. When all hell breaks loose during your otherwise-typical zombie uprising (which is an odd sentence now that I think about it), Stephen A. North takes the time to examine how it impacts various classes of people. White, black, rich, poor, classy, and trashy all get their reactions gauged as things go to hell around them.

The city of Saint Petersburg is done no favors by Stephen A. North as the RL vacation spot is shown to be a place with a lot of ugly lying just beneath the surface of its glitzy atmosphere. In this respect, he successfully replicates what I liked so much about Dead Rising 2.

In that video game, our heroes were forced to try and rescue greedy-stupid people from a zombie apocalypse happening in a Faux-Las Vegas. Here, the many protagonists struggle to survive a seemingly glamorous town where everyone is ready to throw each other under the bus when the crap hits the fan.

Stephen A. North deserves credit for also handling the misogyny criticism of so-much post-apocalyptic fiction with a deft hand. At first, it seems like he uses several viewpoint characters to put female characters in typical "damsel in distress" situations but I was surprised to find these are subverted.

For one, the people ogling the female characters and thinking how they're all "bitches" for ignoring them under other circumstances are portrayed as the creepy weirdos they are. Likewise, when a person is stalked by those self-same weirdos, it's portrayed as a dangerous situation which they have to escape on their own rather than be protected from via a male protagonist. The passive sexism of many citizens is examined and condemned, which I liked.

One of the more memorable sequences in the book is where a fireman and his female associate come across a man who has apparently killed two jewelry store clerks. He's clearly unhinged and babbling in a way which leaves it unclear whether he murdered the two women or if he just put down their zombies. Either way, the man enjoyed it because they treated him poorly because of his clothes and were attractive women. It leaves our two heroes in a precarious position about what to do since he wants to go with them.

In fact, the book is filled with memorable apocalypse moments. Other favorites included the suicidal last stand of a cop confronted with a classicist Senator, the accidental shooting of a child during a vigilante killing spree, and the only people who have a grasp on what the hell is going on being individuals who have seen a zombie movie before. The latter adds a bit of much-needed levity as it's my own personal bugbear to have zombies always be something "new and unexpected" in fiction.

My favorite scene in the book? A terrible moment where a child is revealed to have been bitten and the people who want to put him down find those who love him willing to protect him with lethal force--a perfect tragedy for a Zombie Apocalypse.

Is the book flawless?

Sorry, no.

Readers should be warned the book takes a little time to get heated up and skips around too much at the beginning. Only a few pages are spent every chapter before switching perspectives to another character. While the book helpfully marks whose perspective is being moved to at the beginning of each chapter, it still was very confusing at the start. I would have preferred if Stephen A. North had done longer chapters so we knew each protagonist very well before moving back and forth.

Nevertheless, I am going to say that Dead Tide ranks up there with The Estuary for my favorite Zombie Apocalypse story. The characters are likable, the storytelling tight, the body-count high, and there's actually something said about real-life (specifically, class and race relations in America). What more could I ask for? In fact, I like it so much, I'm going to give it a ten despite its flaws. Just because its enjoyment factor trumps the bad.

  • Weernis
I want to get out of the way that this is the first zombie apocalypse book I've read in...forever. I love the genre for movies, but I've always thought it would be too tough to consistently capture the tension and horror in books.

Put that concern aside, because I think North manages to pull off a pretty dang good semblance of the insanity that many zombie movies use to present their stories. "Dead Tide" uses a short chapter thriller structure to establish the pace. This is made a little tougher to pull off by jumping across multiple character points of view, but it generally works.

The story opens with the zombie plague already ramping up. There's a mix of people who seem to know what's going on and people who have no idea what a zombie is. There's also a mix of people who are ready for chaos and people who crumble at the slightest hint of trouble. Sort of like humans in general.

One thing I really liked about North's choices was that the protagonists were a broad mix, with about half of them fitting nicely into a basket of deplorables. We have no shortage of terrible people, and a zombie apocalypse would not be the shining moment for even many decent people.

The ending isn't a cliffhanger but sets the stage for sequels, so if that bugs you, you've been warned. I'll be picking up the next book, partly because I want to see if a couple of the characters are actually infected (which is implied but never resolved).

Violence and gore are mostly kept at a PG-13 or soft R rating, so even people who might be queasy should be able to handle this zombie story.

A final note: The book would easily move from a four to a five star rating with a strong editing pass. There were a lot of little errors that should have been caught/corrected during editing. These aren't necessarily the sort of errors that would bother a lot of readers, but it's something that detracted from what was an otherwise enjoyable reading experience.