Alternating with the first-person viewpoint used when Hannah Winter is narrating the story and third-person perspective used for the other characters inhabited in Never-DEAD provides tension to deliver a fast-paced thriller. A stand-alone story with spot-on dialogue, frequent dollops of humor, and short (five-or-six-page) chapters ending often with a closing sentence that is witty, Never-DEAD features second-tier characters Ken Langtry, Chloe Park, Dan Saunders and Vivian Wheeler who are larger-than-life complete with personal drama sure to entertain.

When a world-changing virus that brings the dead to life springs up in Chiapas, Mexico near the city of Palenque, a place with a historical site of stone carvings from the Maya, people question whether there is any truth to the doomsday prophecy that had been circulating with December 21, 2012 approaching, the end of the Maya calendar. A rabid raccoon attacked a couple of campers whereby the woman died, and the man killed the animal with a tire iron, but not before being bitten and becoming the first carrier of the disease, turning into a zombie and spreading the virus to people he bites. The plot centers on this communicable disease and the life of Hannah Winter, a multilayered, vibrant, and down-to-earth character that anyone could relate to. She is the head of Information technology at Biogenetics & Disease Control, a medical research company and focal point for an antidote to the virus located underground the city of Dulce, New Mexico. Julie Mehta, a virologist of Biogenetics & Disease Control in charge of their state-of-the-art laboratory, takes on the task of developing a vaccine protective against one of the deadliest pathogens known to humankind before every living thing on the planet dies from it.

Nineteen-year-old Jenna Winter is stranded in San Antonio, Texas and is persuaded in a telephone conversation with her sister Hannah to find a way to be with her in New Mexico, because it is the safest place. Doing her best to survive, Jenna’s life is an emotional roller coaster of many life and death encounters with zombies, outwitting and narrowly escaping from them. The reader slips easily from one tense situation to the next hoping each time Jenna gets out of her latest scrape with the zombies. In a thrill ride toward the almost end of the world, Jenna is unafraid to bare her emotions, you’ll see her growth from weakness to something approaching uncommon courage while still holding on to her vulnerability. The reader should feel like they are right there in the action because things are set up so that every time protagonist Jenna Winter appears to be smooth sailing on to New Mexico, another wrench is thrown into the story prolonging the reaching of her destination which throws readers for a loop giving the story its edge-of-your-seat action and hair-raising suspense. You’ll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of Jenna in New Mexico, so much so that you’ll keep flipping from one chapter to the next, a writing tactic to make for a climactic ending emotional enough to move you to tears.

For anyone who has faced any of life’s twists and turns, you will be drawn to Never-DEAD that convincingly portrays a time and a place where the human struggle to survive is the norm and the lasting effect of living through a cataclysm. This prototype thriller may blow the lid off the zombie genre, showing there are a lot more ways to write about horror than have been explored in the past. Yet, like many zombie stories, Never-DEAD features lots of action, gore, guns, religion, science, dramatic life-or-death scenarios, movie and pop music references, and see if you can handle the cars and the beautiful women because if that doesn't grab-you-quick, nothing will.

Though the novel does not maintain overly Christian thematic interest, Christian context can be found in the novel. The character of Jenna Winter attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas which has a Roman Catholic religious affiliation. She was raised in a Catholic faith family. And Jenna is sheltered many weeks inside the St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Abilene, Texas where she develops a close relationship with Monsignor Anthony Lucca, who consoles her over the death of her father Henry Winter, who was seated on an airplane next to an infected person who attacked people causing the plane to crash in the Gila National Forest in Catron County, New Mexico. Jenna also prays more since the epidemic began, often thanking God for her survival.

Horror readers will enjoy the creepy zombies that you start reading the top of a page afraid of what you’ll read at the bottom, that has brought many of us to the genre in the first place for the thrill of being scared in a way we aren’t used to. Read Never-DEAD at your own risk because it’s the kind of book that is memorable. When the final page has been turned, expect to be hungry for more of this story that resonates and lingers in your mind long after reading, making you think about what would really happen to society if this were to actually come true, a zombie virus breaking out, and whether or not you would survive.

Professional Praise for Never-DEAD

(LitPick - March 2020)

Greyson’s cinematic narrative easily pulls readers into this bleak but enthralling story of survival ... Greyson’s prose is simple and accessible, plotting tight, and characterization thoroughly done ... Greyson poignantly portrays people’s fear, insecurities, fickleness, and bitter rage through Jenna and her other characters. Lovers of apocalyptic fiction will be delighted.
Goodreads 5-star review posted by Booksiren from The Prairies Book Review review by Neena H. Brar, March 27, 2020

The action of zombies shambling toward a victim is vivid ... The imagery is vivid and bold, with fast-paced scenes that would make great visuals for a film ... The plot intensifies through conversations with co-workers with references to the Mayan Calendar that predicts the end of time in a specific period, which is the year the story takes place. review by Carol V. Weishampel - March 15, 2020

the balance between pacing and plot is an element of the novel that really shines through. As for the characters that fill this dark fantasy world, they fit perfectly inside their roles ... For those that love a strong build-up to a nail-biting climax, Never-DEAD is that type of horror story. Of course, more than enough zombies are created along the way and some good characters are sacrificed.
Horror Palace review by Damnetha Jules and Ivan Karhoff - March 3, 2020

If you want a classic zombie book loaded with action, Never-DEAD will satisfy your craving!
Indies Today 3-star review by Amanda Murello - February 29, 2020

It’s the characters, Hannah and Jenna - and not so much the zombies - that make this novel work. With a gamut of personality, I just love Hannah Winter and her narration from the get-go.
LibraryThing 5-star review by Candice Jenkins - February 24, 2020

A zombie thriller with some discerning twists, it’s the debut release from Ann Greyson and she’s packed quite a punch! Immediately immersive, she weaves the requisite elements of the genre into a nail-biting narrative ... The zombie attack set pieces are tense with the ugly reality of real-life and death fights brought to life through Jenna’s many life and death encounters.
BookViral review by John Reese - January 27, 2020

The descriptions are strong and vivid and the dialogues well-crafted. I loved the imagery from the very first page. Ann Greyson allows readers to see the images and the scenes in their mind’s eye and follow characters through tense and dangerous situations.
Readers’ Favorite 5-star review by Christian Sia - January 12, 2020

Consumer Feedback for Never-DEAD

Zombies again! Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the only way you can kill zombies is with a blow to the head to stop their brain, shoot them in the head. Still, Ann Greyson delivers it with a gruesome punch, pulling it off in entertaining style by ending on a high note that is both moving and satisfying, you’ll find it hard to not flip right back to the beginning.
WHSmith 5-star review by Customer - March 25, 2020

Ann Greyson crafts a book you will clutch to your chest because by the end, it sold me, so that I liked it more than I at first expected ... All girls should read it because Ann Greyson captures a coming-of-age story in a realistic way with Jenna coming into maturity under difficult circumstances, which for many readers will be the most important in the book.
Fishpond 5-star review by Customer - March 23, 2020

You’ll want to throw this on your coffee table where someone is bound to pick it up and give it a read and be glad they did.
Half Price Books 5-star review by HPB Shopper Verified Purchaser - March 20, 2020

What’s very cool about Never-DEAD is lots of zombie-killin’ action and an ending like a Walt Disney movie ... Give it a chance and read all of it, you would never have believed this is your kind of novel.
Google Books 5-star review by Google User - March 19, 2020

It’s risky using two sisters to hold such a story together, making a major leap forward as a writer Ann Greyson makes it work with consummate skill and streamlined energy, infused with wit and a heartfelt ending, a must-read novel for some laughs and a good cry.
Amazon 5-star review by Meaghan D’Otazzo - December 22, 2019

The character of Hannah Winter kept me very interested all the way through the book because of her on the edge comical personality.
Barnes & Noble 5-star review by Rachel Wilcox - December 20, 2019

Never-DEAD link to short TV program c. 5/15, {2016 MystiCon Independent Film Festival screening in Board Room 2 at Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke, VA} and {Manhattan Neighborhood Network Lifestyle Channel 2 aired on Spectrum Channel 56 and Verizon FiOS TV Channel 34 and Residential Communications Network RCN Channel 83 in New York} and {reference TV_20979 at The Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago, IL}