This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but a slaughter …
This is the story of those who tried to save it.
As a new plague related to the rabies virus infects millions, America recalls its military forces from around the world to safeguard hospitals and other vital buildings. Many of the victims become rabid and violent but are easily controlled-that is, until so many are infected that they begin to run amok, spreading slaughter and disease.
Lieutenant Todd Bowman got his unit through the horrors of combat in Iraq. Now he must lead his men across New York through a storm of violence to secure a research facility that may hold a cure.
To succeed in this mission to help save what’s left, the men of Charlie Company will face a terrifying battle of survival against the very people they have sworn to protect-people turned into a fearless, endless horde armed solely with tooth and nail.
For the boys of Charlie Company, the zombie apocalypse will give a whole new meaning to the proverb WAR IS HELL.
“This book does for the zombie genre what Black Hawk Down did for modern war journalism, and that is high praise indeed. Tooth and Nail kept me reading all night long, and I think it’ll keep you glued to the page as well. This one is a spectacular achievement.” –Joe McKinney, author of Apocalypse of the Dead
“This story is action-packed throughout and adds a zombie theme to an excellently written military drama.” –Giant Fire Breathing Robot, ranking Tooth and Nail as one of the top 10 zombie books of all time, click here
“One of the best zombie novels of 2010 if not one of the best zombie novels ever written … In both its premise and its execution, Tooth and Nail will put your heart through a meat grinder.” –The Zed Word Zombie Blog, full review here
“Can someone please explain to me why Craig DiLouie isn’t more of a household name? … Tooth and Nail, his story of an Army platoon stranded in New York City as a virus that turns ordinary citizens into mindless killing machines, is gritty, violent, addictive and utterly realistic … a thrill ride that grows in intensity with each page up to the shattering climax.” –BuyZombie.com, full review here
“A real action-packed, tension-building ride that refuses to let you put the book down … I cannot recommend Tooth and Nail highly enough and it’s one of those rare books I will read again and again. Go out and get a copy now. You won’t regret it.” –Shock Horror Magazine, here
“Platoon meets Outbreak with a little end of the world as an icing. The book had a breakneck pace and a crisis around every corner … Tooth and Nail is a very skillfully written, suspenseful and thrilling novel.” –LivingDeadMedia.com, full review here
“DiLouie manages to combine military action and horror fiction into a realistic and believable storyline … You’ll feel as if you’re an embedded part of the platoon … The action is non-stop, realistic and scary as hell. This book should be on the bookshelf of any zombie or military action fan, because it’s one you’ll want to save and read again.” –WeZombie.com, full review here
“You feel as if you are running in the streets with the soldiers, heart-pounding, muscles straining, adrenaline pumping. Tooth and Nail is a fantastic story in the zombie apocalypse genre and I found myself staying up way past my bedtime to read this modern day classic. Thank you for the wild ride!” –Mark Tufo, author of the Zombie Fallout series
“Tooth and Nail is one of the most immersive experiences you can find as a fan of apocalyptic fiction. As a former military officer, I can attest to complexity and uncertainty of the difficult decisions faced by second lieutenant Todd Bowman and his men … The buildup of tension, confusion and violence was expertly drawn from start to finish … This is one of the most realistic fictional representations of platoon interaction that I have read in this genre.” –Steve Konkoly, author of The Jakarta Pandemic, full review here
“Tooth and Nail is a claustrophobic present tense account of an apocalyptic New York City. A fast-paced story with enough bloody action to satisfy even the most jaded of zombie fans … It’s also a story which successfully captures the best and worst of war. From heroism, triumph, pride, camaraderie, and survival, to defection, friendly fire, fragging, suicide and mutiny, DiLouie’s Tooth and Nail has it all … Perhaps most importantly, DiLouie allows us to care about his characters. These aren’t platoons of nameless, faceless men lining up to slaughter or be slaughtered. They’re more than just serial numbers. These are men with families, and ambitions beyond their current mission. These are men who would stop at nothing to protect the future of humankind even when facing the worst of odds.” –Horror Bound Magazine, full review here
“By this time next year, another dozen zombie novels will have been published, but none will probably be as good and ultimately satisfying as Craig DiLouie’s new novel TOOTH AND NAIL. It’s the Black Hawk Down of the zombie genre. It’s that good.” –Kyle Mizokami’s review for WarisBoring.com, full review here
“It’s a fun and outstanding read…. While many successful zombie books rely on terror alone to keep the reader gripped, DiLouie also does an exceptional job of creating believable and sympathetic characters out of the soldiers … DiLouie also does a patient, meticulous job of letting the story unfold in a realistic way … To those who do not like to read zombie-like books on the basis that they are not tautly written, not well researched, or have poor character development, I would say to read Tooth and Nail and prepare to eat your words.” –Deirdre Crimmins for Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review, full review here
“Take the outbreak stage of The Stand, but tweak the super flu to act more like the Rage virus from 28 Days Later and extend the incubation period of the virus to a few hours. Then shrink the perspective down to a single company of U.S. Army infantry, and place them in the center of New York City … What follows makes for a very, very good book … The characters, dialog and situations are all entirely believable … And with several companies of U.S. Army infantry running through a city of millions of people, with rules of engagement that say kill anything that moves, you can imagine the level of action you get … I fully enjoyed almost everything about this book.” –Megat0n.com and QuietEarth.us, full review here and here
“While the book fits into the well-worn genre of zombie fiction, with plenty of action and gore, Tooth and Nail seems to defy traditional storytelling … DiLouie’s thoughtful and unusual approach to the material had me turning pages. He examines what happens to the military as there is a breakdown in civilization, as Bowman and his unit tackle an impossible situation … Fans of zombie fiction will find Tooth and Nail to be a satisfying read with plenty of action. Recommended.” –The Monster Librarian, full review here
“A grisly grind, and not for the squeamish. This is a merciless curb-stomp of a book.” –RevolutionSF, full review here