It only takes one drop….The Dead Circle by Keith Varney ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: November 24, 2015 in Adult Fiction, apocalypse, giveaways, reviews, thriller, Zombies
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Do I have a good one to share today!

It’s got zombies, kinda. If you consider someone walking around brain dead, then yeah, it’s zombies.

I had a good time with this one and can’t wait to share it!

Check out my review.

And don’t forget to enter Keith’s giveaway!


The Dead Circle

by Keith Varney

My Review

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Imagine it. We can survive a long time without food. But going more than a few days without water will kill us.

Something is wrong with the water. It’s turning people into mindless walkers. It only takes one drop. Then, they strip off their clothes and head to a central place in Detroit. Once there, they join a crowd of others, walking in a circle, limbs sporadically twitching, eyes rolled over white. No mind left, they walk in a circle, and more join them.

Chris and Sarah, a married couple, have just bought their dream house. Well, it will be. They envision turning the abandoned library into a home. A place to raise kids in. A place to grow old in.

But, that’s all changed now. Since the rains started. Since the water betrayed them.

Now, they struggle to survive. Seemingly the only ones unchanged. Waiting for a clear day to go out and forage for supplies.

Winter is coming. No power in the city means no heat. They need to go outside. They need to figure out how they’ll stay warm during the winter. They need to gather food and safe drinking water. Once it snows, they’ll be trapped inside until spring.

Then, things change again. The walkers aren’t circling anymore. They’ve broken away, wandering, looking for food. Any food. It’s more dangerous than ever to venture outside, but Chris and Sarah have no choice.

Just think of the obstacles they must have face. Water is everywhere. You can’t risk going outside if there is the slightest chance of rain. Even if it hasn’t rained in days, a drop could be lingering and that’s all it takes.

You reach to open a car door, be careful. You look away for just a moment and right in front of you is a water puddle. You walk under a tree, water drips off the leaves.

No place is safe.

This story starts out so innocently. Then something happens that knocks you back on your heels. From then on, you are in Chris and Sarah’s shoes. You struggle with them, you stratagize with them. You run with them. Will you die with them?

This is one I’d recommend to those who enjoy an apocalyptic thriller with a new spin on zombies. And to those who like suspense with a touch of horror.

Like a pressure cooker, the suspense builds, the danger builds, your connection with the characters builds. And then it ends.

My sister would have hated the ending. I didn’t. I wonder what you’ll make of it.

4 Stars



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 form a giant human circle that slowly revolves like a hurricane of flesh. They twitch and spasm, contorting their naked bodies in a primordial death dance. They’re oblivious to everything, even the unfortunate souls who fall beneath their feet.

Bewildered citizens and authorities are desperate to know what’s causing the bizarre event… 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 world… and have a battle plan for when the circle stops spinning…

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About The Author

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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  1. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like a great story. The concept is so much different than any other zombie book I’ve read.

  2. Mai Tran says:

    Question to the author: If you were told you only had one week left to live, what would you do?

    • Keith Varney says:

      Good question! I’d start with eating. I’d want to eat a lot of good (i.e. bad) food. I’d probably sit on the glass at a Boston Bruins game and go hiking in Vermont. But mostly I think I’d want to see my friends and family one more time then just hang out and make jokes with my wife :)

  3. Diann Pustay says:

    The Dead Circle sounds really good and the cover looks nice and creepy.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. Sounds like an interesting read. :)

  5. Peggy says:

    The Dead Circle sounds really good. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  6. emaginette says:

    Wow! What a catch-22. I can’t wait to find out what they do.

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  7. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the review. Sounds like a good read.

  8. Sandra Watts says:

    Thanks. This book looks great!

  9. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  10. OK, Laura. Added it my my reading list! Now I have to read it. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental

  11. Betty W says:

    I enjoyed the review, thank you!

  12. Lelia T says:

    I think I’m hooked 😉