THE UNDERTAKERS 5: END OF THE WORLD BY TY DRAGO
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The Undertakers 5: End of the Word by Ty Drago
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
The Corpse War is over. Or at least Will Ritter thought the war was over. But Will quickly changes his mind when he is led through a doorway in time and finds himself in a future where the Earth has been all but destroyed. The Corpses, alien invaders who wear the dead like suits of clothing, have returned in horrific numbers. In the wake of their destructive onslaught, a rag-tag group of survivors with some of Will’s now grownup friends among them is all that’s left of mankind. Will must take part in a desperate, last ditch effort to rewrite history, prevent the Second Corpse War from ever happening, and defeat this evil that has consumed mankind once and for all. But victory, if such a thing is even possible, carries a heavy cost.
Excerpt from “The Undertakers: End of the World.”
The Impossible Enemy
The moment Emily pulled me out into the hallway of Children’s Hospital, dragging me along as if she was a grown-up and I was a kid—which, of course, nailed the situation perfectly—I got my first inkling that things in “tomorrow” weren’t, well, good.
In the white room, the tiling had looked worn. Out here, it was positively ancient. Maybe a third of the one-foot-diameter squares were missing, showing old dried grout and rotted plywood underlayment. Many others were in pieces, their jagged shards littering the floor. The rest looked so dingy that they weren’t checkerboard black and white anymore, but an almost uniform gray.
The walls and ceiling were no better: spider webs and holes; dangling fluorescent lights; medical signs that either hung precariously from rusted nails or had fallen and now littered the floor like autumn leaves.
“What happened here?” I asked as we hurried around first one corner and then another, finding more of the same. No doctors or patients. No people at all. Just ruin.
“Later,” my sister told me. “I’ll explain it all. I promise. Right now—”
At that instant, the swinging double doors at the end of the hall, the kind that emergency gurneys are always getting pushed through at high speed, were torn off their hinges.
And the living dead poured in.
My heart stopped. I swear it did.
That’s not possible!
There had to be a dozen of them. Type Fours, mostly. That was our rating system for degrees of decomposition: One to Five. Fours were a month dead and pretty far along. Normally, the Corpses didn’t use them in combat. Too fragile.
But here was a whole bunch of them, and they were charging.
Emily gasped and put on the breaks, whirling around and pulling me back the way we’d come. At the same instant, she used her free hand to snatch the radio from her belt again. Into it, she called frantically, “Amy! Steve!”
“Lemme go!” I said.
She ignored me, still dragging me along behind her. Behind us, the wall of deaders kept coming. A fresher Corpse could run seriously, terrifyingly fast. But the tendons and ligaments in Type Four legs had shriveled and dried, making them slower and stiffer, much like their movie zombie cousins.
“Emily,” I snapped. “Let go of me!”
“No!” she exclaimed. “We have to find Amy and Steve and get out of here!”
I dug in my heels and yanked my hand free from hers. She stopped and stared at me, her face—still heart-shaped—flushed with panic.
“There is no way out,” I told her. “They’ll be coming in through every possible exit. They want us to run, box ourselves in somewhere in the building where more of ’em will be waiting.”
My sister, her eyes wide, seemed to consider this. Then she visibly swallowed and nodded.
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Ty Drago does his writing just across the river from Philadelphia, where the Undertakers novels take place. In addition to The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead, and The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater, he is the author of The Franklin Affair and Phobos, as well as short stories and articles that have appeared in numerous publications, including Writer’s Digest. He currently lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and best friend, the real Helene Drago née Boettcher.
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