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EAN: 9780099571568
Published: 11 Oct 2012


About the book


‘Lebbon is quite simply the most exciting new name in horror for years.’ – SFX Magazine


The facility lay deep in Appalachian Mountains, a secret laboratory called Coldbrook. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were unleashing.

With their breakthrough comes disease and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.

In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race.

But will they find her in time?

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What the critics say

Lebbon takes zombie apocalypse to new levels. Science and gore are leavened by a compelling interweaving of engaging characters and some wonderfully poignant moments: a scientist who pauses from meticulously picking off the zombies to wonder if he might just be mad and slaughtering innocents; an engineer torn between love for his family and the awful knowledge of what he has done; a disease-ridden young woman who loses everything and yet may offer humankind's only hope. Compelling, humane horror from one of the genre's leading exponents.
- Guardian

Lebbon’s prose is cold, lean and ruthlessly efficient... Where the book excels is in the scenes on the parallel world. There’s a dislocating sense of the uncanny here – the differences subtle, but powerful. It’s here, and in the book’s smaller, scarier moments, rather than the widescreen scenes of apocalyptic carnage, where Coldbrook finds its true power.
- SFX Magazine

Coldbrook is a heart pounding, blood drenched, yet intelligent and original take on the undead. It successfully blends the horror, fantasy and science fiction elements into an utterly compelling and satisfying story that stays with you after the book is finished. Zombie stories don't get much better than this.
- Starburst

I had no notion of what to expect when I cracked this open at page one but I’m glad to say I was very impressed. I’ve read a lot of apocalyptic fiction and Coldbrook is right up there with the best. I’m always on the lookout for a fresh interpretation of the end of the world, and with this novel I think I may have just found it. All we need to do now is find a movie company who are willing to bring this striking vision to life on the big screen ... Highly recommended.
- The Eloquent Page

The apocalyptic visions and survivors fights are vicious and gripping ... Lebbon creates vivid characters through an ensemble ‘cast’, which breathes life and individuality into the book. In fact, as mentioned earlier, through its brutal imagery, plot construction and strong characterisation, I felt as though I were almost reading a middle period Stephen King book, if it were not for Lebbon’s distinctive authorial voice. A truly breathtaking horror fantasy that had me reading into the wee hours of the morning in order to reach the end. Well done Mr Lebbon.
- Terrortree.co.uk

It’s time to turn on the nightlight and read long into the night with the latest offering from Tim Lebbon demonstrating why as a horror hound he’s one of the best to run you to ground and gnaw on your leg whilst the zombie horde approaches as here within this book is a story that has not only a lot of original elements but brings the best of the Zombie Genre to the reader with enough grotesquery to bring the most ardent horror fans retching to their knees. Add to this top notch genre defying prose, some wonderful forward thinking and overall a book that feels cinematic throughout its pages as the revelations will have you glued to the final page. Back that up with an authorly style that’s identifiable alongside some cracking characters and all in I was more than sated. Great stuff.
- Falcata Times

Fans of the current undead craze will revel in vividly rendered tropes, violent and gory scenes reminiscent of Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later … it is a heady mix of sci-fi and fantasy, that make Coldbrook so enjoyable, revealing an author in command of his material and not afraid to push things forward … This is a fast-paced and often nail-biting ride. There are excellent set-pieces thrown in along the way … Questions of science and faith are intelligent, heartfelt and provoke thought. There is an aching humanity in amongst all the blood-splattered twists and turns. Make no mistake, this novel is a gripping read and builds from the start into something fresh, thrilling and ultimately memorable … With Coldbrook, Lebbon proves that there is life in the undead yet.
- www.thisishorror.co.uk

A real page turner.
- Iwillreadbooks.com

Satisfying and thought-provoking... In a welcome return to pure horror, Tim Lebbon has put a fresh twist on an old trope, and come up with Coldbrook. Fast-paced, blood-soaked and zombie-filled, it still manages a coherent and engaging storyline with an unsettling edge... Whether you’re new to the genre, or suffering zombie fatigue, I can’t recommend Coldbrook highly enough to you. Read it, enjoy it and, while you’re at it, hunt down some of Lebbon’s older horror novels.
- Readerdad.co.uk

About the Author

TIM LEBBON is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales. He's had over twenty novels published to date, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories. Recent books include The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild (co-authored with Christopher Golden), Echo City, The Island, The Map of Moments (with Christopher Golden), and Bar None. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards.

Fox 2000 recently acquired film rights to The Secret Journeys of Jack London, and Tim and Christopher Golden have delivered the screenplay. Several more of his novels and novellas are currently in development, and he is also working on TV and movie proposals, solo and in collaboration.

Find out more about Tim at his website www.timlebbon.net

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