This imaginative and unconventional debut novel is set centuries in the future. An unnamed event has wiped out most of humanity, scattering its remnants across vast and now barren lands reminiscent of the 19th century western frontier of America. Small clusters of humans still cling to existence in a post-apocalyptic world that is increasingly overrun by those who have risen from the dead--or, as the living call them, the Walkin'.
Thomas, a thirty-two year old conscripted soldier, homeward bound to the small frontier town of Barkley after fighting in a devastating civil war, is filled with hope at the thought of being reunited with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Mary, both named after characters in the Good Book. As it turns out, he also happens to be among the Walkin'.
Devoid of a pulse or sense of pain, but with his memories and hopes intact, Thomas soon realizes that the living, who are increasingly drawn to the followers of the Good Book, are not kindly disposed to the likes of him. And when he learns what the good people of Barkley intend to do to him, and to his family, he realizes he may just have to kidnap his daughter to save her from a fate worse than becoming a member of the undead.
When the people of Barkley send out a posse in pursuit of father and daughter, the race for survival truly begins...
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David Towsey is a graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing Masters program. He is continuing his studies as a Ph.D. student at Aberystwyth University, where he lives with his girlfriend and their four cats.Review:
"Haunting, elegiac, evocative and human. Combines the taut yet melancholy feel of a classic pursuit Western with an authentically horrific sense of history gone wrong. A beautifully crafted debut."―Christopher Brookmyre, author of Dead Girl Walking
"This debut is utterly engrossing. It's a truly fascinating reinterpretation of the zombie myths ... I want to read a sequel to this book tomorrow. No, let me rephrase that, I NEED to read a sequel to this book tomorrow!"―The Eloquent Page
"Despite sitting in two genres, Your Brother's Blood manages to largely avoid relying on recycled tropes. There's little in the way of gun-toting, zombie-blasting carnage here. Instead, this is a sparse, elegantly written novel about family ties."―SFX
"David Towsey has created something new and quite amazing in his debut. Re-interpreting the well-represented zombie genre, flipping it upside-down and front-to-back ... utterly captivating."―The Book Plank
"Intelligent plotting and terrific storytelling throughout, I found this utterly gripping."―Liz Loves Books
"An excitingly uncomfortable read."―Moggy's Books
"There's far more to Your Brother's Blood than a boilerplate zombie kill-a-thin, and Towsey - with rich characterization, starkly beautiful language, and a philosophical depth - is just getting warmed up."―Jason Heller, NPR Books
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