CCB Review: The Dead Circle

Posted November 24, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments

CCB Review: The Dead Circle

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CCB Review: The Dead CircleThe Dead Circle (The Circle, #1) by Keith Varney
Series: The Circle #1
on Oct 31, 2015
Genres: horror
Pages: 239
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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Something is terribly wrong in Detroit.
When Chris and Sarah bought an abandoned library to renovate and live in, they expected to be on the ground floor of the revival of Detroit. But unbeknownst to them, the city is about to fall. The devastation begins with a single woman who mysteriously tears off her clothing and starts walking the perimeter of an empty lot. Within minutes, hundreds of disparate people inexplicably join her to form a giant human circle slowly revolving like a hurricane of flesh. Moved by inexorable forces, they twitch and spasm, contorting their naked bodies in a primordial death dance. TheyÂ’re oblivious to everything, even the unfortunate souls who fall beneath their feet.
Bewildered citizens and authorities are desperate to know whatÂ’s causing the bizarre eventÂ… at least until it starts to rain.
Chris and Sarah abruptly find themselves trapped in a forsaken city. To survive, they must evade the horrifying illness, find food and shelter in a suddenly primitive worldÂ… and have a battle plan for when the circle stops spinningÂ…
The Dead Circle has 342 pages in print.

In The Dead Circle, Chris and Sarah are renovating an old library in downtown Detroit. They are safe, warm and dry when everything seems to go to hell. A woman takes a drink of water. Then suddenly she strips all of her clothes off and starts walking in a circle around a park. She’s gone. The water is totally contaminated. Any amount of water, even a drop, causes the same reaction. Do you know how difficult it is to avoid water?!?

I love horror novels and I have read many. Zombie novels are a particular favorite of mine. They are the kind of horror that sticks with me and has me ruminating on the story for weeks afterward. The Walking Dead comics, World War Z, and especially Cell by Stephen King all really got me thinking. The Dead Circle definitely falls into this category. I found myself thinking about every step I took while reading it. It didn’t help that it was raining outside.

This book is a combination between zombie horror and apocalyptic survival. There are naked people walking around and around outside. The water is poisonous. Chris and Sarah can’t leave their house without taking multiple, horrible risks. Every decision has to be weighed and measured. Even the smallest mistake means instant death.

This book is a cross genre thriller. The survival aspect will appeal to fans of Weir’s The Martian. All the while the scary themes will appeal to horror and zombie aficionados! Really this book was an instant hit for me. The only slight problem is that the second in this series isn’t written yet and I have to wait!

Ah! The book blogger’s lament 🙂


Keith Varney

Originally from small town Vermont, Keith Varney is an award-winning musical theater writer and actor. He has written Book, Music and Lyrics in various combinations for I GOT FIRED (Best American Musical – DIMF), ELWAY: THE MUSICAL, THE OTHER SEX, JOSHUA: THE MUSICAL, PIE EATER & SCOOBY DOOSICAL. He has also written songs for Submissions Only, Hot Mess in Manhattan, See You Lighter, My Mother is a Sex Therapist & Dystopia Gardens. As an actor he has performed professionally in musicals including Les Miserables, The Producers, The Full Monty, Titanic and I Got Fired(Best Actor in a Musical – DIMF). He has a degree in classical voice from the Eastman School of Music. He now lives in Astoria NY with his wife Jillian, who is a Broadway actress. “The Dead Circle” is his debut novel. For more information, please visit

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