Monday, May 17, 2010

Play Dead by Ryan Brown Blog Tour

Play Dead
From the book: For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory. . . in a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation. 
 This is one entertaining book. I quickly became interested even in the football aspects of this book, mainly because he referenced two good QB players. Elway (hey, I am a die-hard Bronco's fan!) and Flutie (my second fave team is the Patriots). So, right there, I knew I would enjoy this book.  I also love the cover of this book. Zombie football players. Heh... 101 jokes here people! Oh, and for those not that into football, do not worry. There really is a story around football more than the football game itself. So, yes, this book could have fallen flat and become something that tried to be too serious or too scary, but Ryan Brown pulls it off and gives us a very smart, funny, and interesting book. It also has a strong female lead in Savannah and a small bit of romance thrown into the mix. ;)

For those into the fear aspects of the book, yes there are some scary bits, but surprisingly I did not feel that it came from the zombies (aside from a wayward kitty) but from the rival team, the Badgers. It wasn't so scary it kept me up at night, but it was enough that I wouldn't want to drive into Elmwood at night. For those interested in the funny aspects of the story you are introduced to Mona. Mona, the rare gypsy lady who performs the magic, was one of those eccentric ladies who has a million cats. She is the scary lady everyone in town is afraid of, but in this case, she is the comic relief of the story. You'll just have to read the story to find out how. :D

So, do I recommend this book? Yes, I do. I give it 4 stars. It is even being made into a movie. Since I know a lot of females read my blog and may not be interested in football even if it is a zombie football team, I'd like to show you the author and his cute son. I also know that has been talked about in the blog-o-sphere. So, here he is, talking about the book and a bit about the movie. Get ready for the awws when the son comes on...


  1. Cuuuute! And so is his son. He looks like a young Val Kilmer.

  2. This has to be said, oh my gosh the author is cu-ue-te!

    What an interesting premiss I must pass this along to my father he is crazy about good zombie books

  3. I thought you ladies would appreciate the author! :D Imagine my face when I turned that book around and a big picture of the author was on the back! :)

  4. This sounds like you really enjoyed this read. :) I have to say I enjoy my football. So this sounds interesting. Do have to say the son is cute. :) Thanks for the review.

  5. @Mel... as long as you aren't a Raiders fan, we are good. ;)


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