Deadlocked 1 by A.R Wise

Kobo (e-book) 2011

54 pages

This was a free e-book from 


David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they’re safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David’s head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that will guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost? 


The apocalypse began when people were stabbed by tiny needles in crowded subways. Victims reported a stinging sensation on their thigh, as if someone in the crowd had jabbed them. They returned home to discover a swelling, purple lesion where the sting had occurred. Most people didn’t pay attention to it the first day, but the infection spread quickly and soon the sick crowded ER rooms around the world.


I enjoyed Wise’s series, 314 so much I decided to try his other series of zombie-apocalypse novellas, Deadlocked. I have an uneasy relationship with zombie apocalypses. I tend to hate movies featuring a zombie apocalypse with the exception of 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. I like post-apocalyptic fiction – unless it features zombies. However, one of the strengths of 314 was Wise’s skill as a writer and the originality of his ideas. Deadlocked 1 was a well-written, original and interesting as 314. There are no big heroes wielding weapons of mass destruction in Deadlocked 1 or groups of survivors coming together to form a new civilisation. Deadlocked 1 is the tale of David, an ordinary guy trying to get home to his wife and daughters when the world turns to shit around him. David doesn’t even realise the crazy people around him are zombies at first. He knows people are turning on each other and is determined to get home to his family. I thought David’s reaction to events was realistic and very believable. I found it sad when his best friend fall into a mob of zombies and is torn to pieces. I enjoyed the various challenges he faces until he reaches his family. Deadlocked 1 has a very surprising ending. I look forward to reading the entire Deadlocked series. 




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