Synopses & Reviews
It happened on Halloween.
The world ended.
And a dangerous game brought it back to life.
Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.
In the rural mountains of West Virginia—armed with only their rifle and their love for each other—the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of "Bellows"—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.
But The Game is changing.
The Bellows are evolving.
The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don't play by the rules.
And the brothers will never be the same.
T. Michael Martin's debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance.
"Martin covers familiar territory zombies, conspiracies, post-apocalyptic romance but does so with style in this exciting debut novel. In the West Virginia mountains, 17-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, fight the 'Bellows,' light-fearing zombies that mimic the sounds of the living as they attack them. To help Patrick cope, Michael keeps up the pretense that the entire nightmare is a game, something he started when they ran away from their abusive stepfather the night the Bellows first attacked. The challenges they face (beyond the Bellows themselves) range from religious zealots and megalomaniacal soldiers to Patrick's dwindling supply of anti-anxiety medication. Martin sometimes lets set pieces stand in the way of common sense such as an early scene in which Michael calmly ignores a Bellow because he's certain the sun will rise before it gets to him and some of the threats can be clichÃ©, but the West Virginia setting, tense action, devoted fraternal relationship, and Michael's lovers-in-dangerous-times romance with a girl named Holly will keep teens hooked. Ages 14 up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary + Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The End Games, T. Michael Martins stunning debut novel, both horrific and profound, takes place in rural West Virginia after a zombie apocalypse.
Seventeen-year-old Michael and his baby brother, five-year-old Patrick, have managed to stay alive by following the Instructions of a mysterious Games Master. They spend their nights fighting the Bellows, grotesque, flesh-eating creatures.
But the brothers may not survive much longer. The Bellows are evolving. And the others in The Game dont always follow the rules.
The thrilling plot twists and intense action scenes are combined with insights into human nature and environmental devastation, creating a fresh and unforgettable novel.
About the Author
T. Michael Martin is a novelist and screenwriter who holds a BFA in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was inspired to write his debut novel, The End Games, by his own younger brother, Patrick, and their mutual love of zombie movies. He and his wife, Sarah, live in West Virginia.