Amazon 5* Reviews
Cracking Book! 11 August 2011
I don’t usually read books about the War in Iraq, they are mostly filled with action hero tales of daring do, and exaggerated to capture the readers and draw in cash. However when my son presented me a book written by someone he had worked with in Iraq, I felt I had to read it. And I never regretted it. I must admit my attention is not easily kept. However, this book kept me hooked for the 2 days that it took me to finish it. I couldn’t put it down.
A man who does not seek to glorify his role in Iraq, or paint himself as a war hero has penned what I describe as the “Common Toms Guide to Iraq.” Luke has managed to blend moments of terror with the unmistakable Para sense of humour. It’s an honest account of a sometimes sensationalised industry. This book is a refreshing change, as Luke tells it like it is. He mentions the unthankful clients, the team and the bonding that happens when your life is on the line.
If you are looking for tales of firefights and Insurgent attacks, this book tells it how it is, by the man in the gun truck.
It is in my opinion a “cracking” book written by a former paratrooper. If that won’t make you buy it, I don’t know what will.
You will find humour; adventure and humility are all in abundance in this book. I hope this is the first of many to come. A brilliant read.
An engrossing read! 20 August 2011
Well structured and enthralling from start to finish, not only due to the intensity of the experiences with which the reader is faced but also the author’s personalisation of events.
Written with humility and remarkable honesty, this is a humbling and evocative book even for the reader with little experience of war. A fantastic first book, highly recommended for fans of all genres.
I am certainly hoping for another and will watch this author keenly!
Cracking read 23 August 2011
Without a doubt, one of the best reads that gives a true depiction of what actually happened within “the private war in Iraq”. The book encapsulated every emotion from the humour, the hardships and heartbreak that was endured by the Private Security `Soldier’. Hope to hear more from the writer.
The Best Yet 3 September 2011
When I first decided to read this book, I assumed that it would be very similar to most other books I have read of the same genre. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From start to finish, I was gripped. It was as if I was sitting listening to the guy telling me his story face to face.
I wasn’t assaulted with gung-ho, look at me and how great I am boasts. Just down to earth, as it was, realistic accounts.
I have worked out in Iraq for as long as the author has and know that this is, as it was.
For anyone who has the slightest interest in Iraq and its transformation since the invasion in 2003, this is a must read. This shows you that you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the papers on see on the news.
I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough!
Brilliant & Gripping 24 September 2011
Not usually interested in ‘war stories’ but love to read biographies. This book is about a unique view into someone’s life and someone’s war. Written really well and definitely one of those reads where you stay up late just to read some more but still want more when it’s finished. If you’re not sure, go for it! You won’t be disappointed. As other reviewers have said, would be great to hear more from this author. Highly recommended for everyone.
Gritty and hard hitting personal account of a hired gun 27 November 2011
This is a hard-hitting personal account of one of the hired guns taking his chances amid the destruction and chaos in the greatly misnamed “post war Iraq,” no peacetime is evident in this book.
The book delivers punchy on the ground assessments of friend and foe but also how the officialdom amongst some elements of the coalition forces who were all too prepared to let private contractors hang out to dry.
A very personal insight of the day to day life of the private security in Iraq 29 November 2011
As the final chapter of the Coalition Forces comes to an end in the Iraq occupation, ‘Running the Gauntlet’ sums up very well the experiences of one private security team based in Northern Iraq at the height of the conflict.
If you want to read about the realities, both good and bad, of the authors time spent in Iraq, then this is a non-sugar coated version of how one team dealt with the conflict on a daily basis.
Great Read – loved it 6 December 2011
As my husband is mentioned in this book and is a friend of Luke’s I felt duty bound to read it and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve not read any other books relating to Iraq and the situation over there but I think it has given me a greater insight to the work private security do in hostile countries. If as me you don’t usually read this sort of book, give it a go, I did and I enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
A Brilliant Read 26 October 2012
I read this book wondering what I’d find, It was brilliant, There are bits I sobbed like a baby that then turned the tears into tears of laughter, I thoroughly enjoyed it, My only complaint was I wished it was longer!! A Brilliant read for everyone. Thanks Luke. XXX
A must for all book shelves! February 6, 2012
I found this book to be quite an exceptional, educational and entertaining read! The writer obviously has a great talent for pulling his audience in, and I read it from front to back in the span of 2 days! Great job, Duffy! Cannot wait to read the trilogy: When There’s No More Room in Hell!
Great Book 17 December 2012
Very funny at times and equally sad too, having served as PSD in Kirkuk, I have had a few similar experiences and was great to read someone else’s.
Candid, insightful perspective that all should read January 5, 2013
This was everyman’s perspective. Not full of political tripe, grandiose ideology or ego. What it was like for this work, from an experienced veteran’s point of view as a civilian security force. Practical and powerful, obtained the right balance of interesting and hard hitting facts about what it was like to be boots on the ground. Everyone should read this book.
Fantastic read February 1, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting twist on Iraq in that as an American I found the British side of it fascinating. I read it in a single day it was that compelling.
Gore Galore 29 September 2011
Absolutely fantastic! I bought this book the day it was published on Kindle and haven’t been able to put it down since. I can honestly say that it is one of the best books I have ever read and the best bit is, there is more to come. The book is a mixture of action, sci-fi horror and human emotions. It has humour and blood curdling gore. The scariest part about the book is that it is too believable.
Without giving away the end of the book, the best thing to say is that it doesn’t end. It left me wanting to scream, as I was so engrossed in the plot, action and characters. I can only hope that the author is a very quick writer and can bring us the next episode in the existence of the brilliant characters.
I loved the book and wish I could translate into words on paper as well as the author ‘Luke Duffy’ does.
I can’t wait to read more from this author.
PURE, DEAD, BRILLIANT!
Pulse racer 7 April 2012
Wow what a read, not my normal genre of read, but it was definitely worthwhile. I bought it first as an e-book and enjoyed it so much I wanted it in my collection so I purchased it in hard copy. It kept me on the edge of my seat, a real page-turner. Good well-formed characters, displays all the fears and emotions of people under stress and scared out of their wits and then transfers these to the reader, made me want to sleep with the light on and a pick-axe handle under the bed. Fantastic first novel by the author, with obviously more to come, I for one cannot wait.
Mind Eating Awesomeness! 1 July 2012
WOW: What else can I say? Zombies and private security… Not only is that creative, but reader worthy! This book has literally eaten me alive with its awesomeness! Such dynamic twists along with great thought taken into creating the characters that when you’re finished with the first you might go into withdrawals until you get the next in the series! Readers beware! You might want to buy the whole lot if it’s already out when you read this!
Fantastic 7 October 2012
Not your usual standard zombie gore fest. A story of two brothers leading their own groups to survival. A great set of believable characters that you are really rooting for and a very well written book. I would highly recommend this book.
When there is no more room in Hell September 30, 2011
No! No! No! I was so mad when I got to the end of the book and it was over! When is the sequel coming out because I can’t wait to read it…
The story is of two brothers – one, who has lived in the shadow of his older brother and really didn’t amount to much until he had a child. Although his relationship with the mother ended, he is totally devoted to his daughter. When a strange flu starts going around, he gets nervous and arranges for his daughter to come stay with him earlier than his normal visitation. He is planning on “sheltering in place” in his apartment until he gets a call from his brother, asking him to go get his sister-in-law and nephews and get them to safety. His storyline is more what you typically find in a zombie book although I really liked where they ended up to for safety.
The older brother was a marine and is now a solider for hire who is stuck in the Middle East when all of this happens, guarding dignitaries. He now must find his way from Iraq to England and his family. His story line reads more like an action book than a typical zombie story. The author does a wonderful job of making you actually feel like you are with him and his team throughout their trials.
You have the two separate story lines of each brother woven in with a unique perspective from a former male model/business man who is now a zombie. All of the main characters are developed and you feel like you actually know them – even the rather strange one that perhaps you don’t want to claim
This is now my favourite “zombie” book – even over some of the more famous authors in zombie literature. It isn’t a cheap book but it was worth every cent (or quid since it is set in England and I highly recommend it for being a “total package”.
Note: I also liked the fact that the entire world did not end in one day – that always bothers me that zombies or whatever the issue can spread THAT fast..
Seriously, probably one of the best books in this genre April 9, 2012
Just when I thought there was nothing new in the zombie realm, Luke Duffy comes from out of nowhere to unleash this masterpiece. Unapologetically gory, this book reads like a “How To” Guide not only to survive the Zombie Apocalypse but any other as well. This gentleman obviously knows what he is writing about when it comes to things like planning an attack or countering an ambush (“immediate action- charge the ambush”). I appreciate the knowledge Mr. Duffy brings to the table, and his experience bleeds through onto the written page. In fact, one of the most terrifying moments in the book comes early on (no spoilers here) in a whirling battle that has nothing to do with zombies.
This gritty realism sucks you into this world of horror, so that as a reader you can smell the stink of the dead and visualize the undulating dark mass of the undead horde approaching. Anyway, I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work. If nothing else, I want to see how Marcus and Lee get along.
Almost perfect June 6, 2012
I’ve read many genre novels and this one is easily in my top 3. The characters are well developed throughout, and it’s written by a Brit, which is a nice change of pace for the genre, which is pretty colonio-centric. The only criticisms I have is that the author spends a bit too much time describing the physical condition of the infected, and the cliffhanger at the end is a bit abrupt. That said, and other than that is was a perfect genre novel that gets your juices pumping, makes you care about the characters, provides insight into the zombie mind, and makes you think long after you’re done reading it about what you will do when the dead begin to walk and attack.
Great Zombie Book October 28, 2012
This is one of the best zombie books out there! Right up there with WWZ. The twin tales of two brothers trying to stay alive after Z rising. The author obviously knows his stuff when it comes to weapons and tactics!
When there’s no more room in helli 9 November 2012
Well written, I have read about six zombie books and this is by far the best. Very good, couldn’t put it down.
Great bedtime read! 15 November 2012
Decided to down load this book after reading the review for the second book in the big issue. I have read several Zombie books in the last few years and they tend to fall into two groups. First horror with lots of blood and gut or end of the world depressing love stories.
I have been very pleased to find that Luke did not fall into either of these traps; it’s a story about normal people in unusual situations. The characters are all normal people with faults, weaknesses and strengths.
There is a policeman who plays a major part in the story and he is no super hero.
So all round this is a great story and I cannot wait to start the second instalment.
Read this book! December 4, 2012
Awesome story, colourful characters; some you will like and some not. Packed with action, twist and turns. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially zombie and military enthusiasts.
Awesome!! December 20, 2012
I’ve read several zombie apocalypse and this one has to be one of the best. I love the character Andy, and that’s all I’m gonna say for now.
IT WAS AN EDGE OF YOU SEAT READ. December 23, 2012
I READ THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS AND WILL PURCHASE A THIRD SHOULD IT CONTINUE. THE STORY IS FAST PACE AND EXCITING. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF TEENY-TINY PREDICABLE PARTS BUT NOTHING THAT SPOILS THE STORY. THERE IS PLENTY OF BLOOD, GUTS AND GUNFIRE BUT AMMO IS RUNNING LOW! I GAVE IT FIVE STARS FOR GENRE BECAUSE I’VE READ SOME PRETTY STUPID HORROR/APOCALYPTIC STUFF AND SOME OK STUFF. I REALLY ENJOYED THE AUTHOR’S GRITTY NOT AFRAID TO GO THERE STYLE. THE CHARACTERS ARE INTERESTING AND CONTINUE TO DEVELOP. SO I RECOMMEND THIS TO ZOMBIE LOVERS EVERYWHERE (ONE OF THE BEST CHARACTERS IS A ZOMBIE).
Brilliant read 26 December 2012
I have not read a zombie novel in a long time but this one sounded interesting and I am glad I took the time to read it. From the start it grabs your attention and keeps it as soon as I finished it I got the second book, if you read it you won’t be disappointed.
Awesome!! January 4, 2013
I read the first book and loved it. Bought the second and I’m totally hooked. I love the characters. It’s very detailed. Zombies are gross. It’ll make you throw up in your mouth a little. LOL!
Very very very good read January 5, 2013
I am a big fan of this apocalyptic genre and I really like this book. Mystery, practical issues and overwhelming odds combined in a unique perspective. This is probably the best series in the genre if you want a bit more substance with your decaying corpses. I devoured (pun intended) this first book and the second…can’t wait for the third. Talented and fun to read. Well thought out, no technology short cuts, no unexplained mysterious supernatural events used to avoid addressing the hard parts. Well done!
great read 9 January 2013
A great read kept me wanting more, interesting to have the infected`s point of view with memories rising to the surface of its previous existence.
Hard to put down looking forward to the next instalment.
Brilliant book 9 January 2013
Bought this book on my kindle and have not been able to put it down, recommend to any one who likes gore, violence, and the odd bit of humour, didn’t want it to end! Fantastic book, off to by the next one.
Loved it!! January 11, 2013
I really enjoyed both books and will wait patiently for book # 3 because now I need to know what happens to the survivor’s next. Talk about a cliffhanger ending! I thought it was well written and found myself totally absorbed by each of the characters story lines. I even found myself liking Andy and feeling incredibly sorry for him.
Couldn’t put it down. 13 January 2013
Believable characters and story line. This is one of those books where you just have to read one more chapter and then another. I bought the second book straight after and can’t wait for the third.
Great January 22, 2013
This writer is very good. I read this and the sequel and found them both very entertaining. I hope to see more in the future by this author.
One of the best reads 4 February 2013
I’ve read quite a few other apocalypse type novels, but none as detailed as this book. Luke Duffy writes like these events actually happened, the humour and emotions that he brings to his main characters are refreshing in the sense that they Don’t hold back what the ‘ordinary, everyday’ person would do in this type of situation. Fantastic looking forward to the next book!!!
Absolutely amazing!!! 8 February 2013
Wow! This book is simply amazing it is the most descriptive and probably the best book I’ve ever read, at not one point did I ever find it boring or repetitive and I couldn’t wait until I had the opportunity to read it! With the new perspectives being added frequently it never gets slightly dull, mixed with the shockingly amazing descriptions that made me cringe at the thought of, and its so easy to imagine the surroundings without a detail left out, this is by far one of the greatest books I’ve ever read and probably will read I would definitely suggest for anyone to buy it!
Zombietastic! 24 February 2013
Simply a fantastic a story. Duffy blends real world events and scenarios into a well written apocalyptic story. This book made me laugh out loud and feel nauseous at the same time. It pushes the boundaries of zombie writing. Now for part II.
Awesomely done! A rollercoaster ride through hell. March 7, 2013
What can I say? This zombie apocalypse splatter-fest is a non-stop ride of action. Well-written with good character development. Loved every page. Can’t wait to read the next book!
Kaz 9 April 2013
I really enjoyed this book. it was fast paced and gave you the points of view of both the survivors and the zombies. I am now going to purchase the second book. Luke Duffy is a very clever writer and you really get close to the characters. Brilliant.
Best of the lot April 9, 2013
I’ve read about a half dozen book series on the topic and this stands out as the best of them. For starters, the author’s prose is quite good, particularly for the horror genre. His writing flows well, and he manages to be highly descriptive without the story losing momentum. He does an excellent job of balancing action with slower moments that focus of the emotional horror of the situation. His characters are dynamic and well written. I’m eagerly awaiting book 3.
Brilliant 12 April 2013
This is a great read. could not put it down. The descriptions of the zombies and the details of the survivors is fantastic, you feel you know them all personally. Just what you expect from a zombie book lots of Gore, horror, maggots and some very sticky situations. Well done Luke I am about to purchase book 2.
Very much enjoyed April 16, 2013
This book was well-written, interesting plot line, developed characters. You really become attached to certain characters within the book. The way the book is structured keeps you engaged while reading it, making it hard to put down. There’s a follow up to this book which is also needed within the series. Highly recommended.
Zombie novel that is set on a global scale April 19, 2013
I loved the realism of this series. It was a more cosmopolitan cast of characters than normal, which added to the exciting storyline, which in itself was excellent. I really hope that the next books are as good!
Fantastic Read 22 May 2013
I love all books of this genre. This caught my eye as it is set partly in the UK. It was informative and descriptive and didn’t keep going over the same old ground as many if these type of books do. I read it too quickly as a result and started the second part straight away, which is also fab’. What will I do when I’ve finished that!
Would thoroughly recommend.
Amazing Sequel October 22, 2012
Luke Duffy has done it again. No More Room in Hell II is an awe-inspiring continuation of the tale of two brothers separated by the zombie apocalypse fighting for survival, for both themselves and their families. Each has their own fights to face, and though Marcus and his little band of mercenaries cover more ground, Steve finds his own share of terrifying challenges trying to keep their small island of the living in one piece. Mr. Duffy does a great job of reminding the reader that the zombies in this book were once people, too, and the inter-spaced story of Andy was quite moving. The author manages to create realistic characters you can sympathize with and care for, something sorely missed in this genre.
Warning, do not read this book until you have finished the first volume or you will be lost, but otherwise, this latest instalment in what promises to be a trilogy is well worth the time and expense.
Great read November 7, 2012
I enjoyed this series. Well written, with few errors. As a former paratrooper and Iraq veteran, I thought the breakout from Iraq to England was fascinating.
Well worth the wait! Fantastic! 14 Nov, 2012
At last, I have been able to read the second book in the “When there’s no more room in Hell” series.
I have been waiting for this for what seems a very long time but it has been well worth the wait. The book dives straight into the action where the first book left off.
It follows the fight for survival of two brothers separated by thousands of miles and millions of reanimated dead people. Along for the ride with the brothers are a whole host of other characters who are fighting for the survival of humanity.
This book is so much more than just another Zombie – Walking Dead remake. These Zombies are a whole lot more scary and capable than anything you may have watched on TV before.
If you are already a fan of this type of book, or if you have never even considered reading a book about Zombies, this series is a must read. I urge you to take the plunge and read these books.
Come on Mr Duffy. Get the next book published soon and please don’t make it the last.
When there no more room in Hell 1 & 2 18 Nov, 2012
Having just completed reading both books one after the other I can highly recommend them. In my opinion, it is well above the average Zombie Apocalypse story, even giving glimpses into the mind of a Zombie (sounds a contradiction in terms I know but read it and you will see what I mean).
It is fast paced with enough action to please all readers and a strong story line throughout. If you like, the blood and gore there is plenty of that as well, but the humour throughout the story even when the proverbial hits the fan just makes it more readable somehow for me anyway.
Therefore, read it for yourself and leave a review for a talented author.
Great follow up. December 4, 2012
Packed with just as much, if not more, action than the first book. Picks up right where book one leaves off. Great read!
When there’s no more room in hell 2 December 5, 2012
I really enjoyed the first one and couldn’t wait for 2.Was not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading both. Hope there is a book 3.
What a book!!! 10 December 2012
If you like Zombie books to have good characters, plenty of humour all be it of the dark type, good story line that keeps switching from place to place to keep you on your toes and gritty realism that will get you buzzing with the thrill of the action one minute then grieving at the loss of a character the next, that you was so sure would make it through then this is THE BOOK!!!!
No one is safe!
Make sure you read the first book beforehand!
When there’s no more room in he’ll 1&2 31 December 2012
An excellent read, have always avoided this genre in the past, and only got the first book as a favour to a mate of the author’s, but having read them both back to back I’m hoping the next one comes along soon! Great characters and story lines and totally recognised the local celeb . . . . Hurry up with the next one Luke
No room in hell 2 by Luke Duffy 1 January 2013
This is a very well written book the second in a 3 book trilogy. I am looking forward with anticipation for the publishing of the final instalment.
Great British Zombie Novel! 1 January 2013
A real page-turner! If you’re a fan of George Romero or The Walking Dead then you won’t be disappointed!
Great characters. January 3, 2013
I love these books. The zombie apocalypse is there anything better? Haha! Great characters and story line. Very detailed writing. Makes you feel like you’re there right there in hell.
2nd book just as good as the first January 5, 2013
I am a big fan of this apocalyptic genre and I really like this book. Mystery, practical issues and overwhelming odds combined in a unique perspective. This is probably the best series in the genre if you want a bit more substance with your decaying corpses.
Absolutely fan-bloody-tastic! 8 January 2013
I have always been a fan of military non-fiction books (plus to a lesser extent, military fiction), and zombie/apocalypse/end of the world type of films – this book ties those genres together brilliantly!
I’m no professional critic, but I will say the book is well written, and keeps you wanting to read just one more page.
Bloomin’ excellent work Mr. Duffy – now crack on a write the next instalment please!
A great follow up 19 January 2013
An interesting take on the story again from a range of characters.
I liked the Andy character, but I won’t spoil the plot…gory and detailed. But also quite heartfelt in others..when’s the next one???
A fantastic read 19 January 2013
This was probably one of the best books of fiction that I have read, great story line, loads of twists and turns can’t wait for the next book. Cheers Luke for a great read.
zombies January 22, 2013
I like books and movies about zombies and this was a very good example of the stories I have been reading.
Duffy did it again, January 25, 2013
The first book was great and this sequel didn’t disappoint. It’s not immediately apparent that there will be a third, but I certainly hope so.
When There’s No More Room in Hell 2 January 28, 2013
The book was most interesting, couldn’t put it down. The beginning started ‘high octane’ and kept that way throughout the story. I could not put the book down.
Epic read! 7 February 2013
The second instalment of Luke Duffy’s apocalypse story and I was gripped! The writing was engaging and full on, his concepts New and exciting for a novel in this genre. I’m looking forward to more from this writer. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!
Loved it 14 February 2013
I must admit I am not a huge fan of zombie novels, but I loved these books! Both were extremely well written and easy to get into, very gory but it’s not all about that, it’s more for me about the group and how they get along. Cannot wait for the third book I hope it’s not too long in coming!
Excellent 17 February 2013
Excellent story. I enjoyed the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed this follow up. Can’t wait for the next instalment to find out what happens next to all the characters.
When there’s no more room in hell. 1 and 2 February 19, 2013
Great book, great way to tie the story up. Who knew that a zombie could be a sympathetic figure. Highly recommend this, a great read!
Just as good, if not better than the first book. March 12, 2013
Luke Duffy has done it again! This follow-up to When there’s no more room in he’ll is excellent. Another example of the zombie apocalypse done right in solid book form. Kudos Mr. Duffy!
A very good read!! 18 March 2013
A very good read!! It has been written by an ex soldier who obviously gets the humour and the kit just right, which is nice to see. Well worth the small amount asked to buy…….now waiting for No 3!
British Zombies April 10, 2013
No spoilers. This is a great second book of the series. I read a lot of this genre and have to say this was a standout. Firstly, it’s British and the character development is excellent. The variety and background of the characters make this book a worthwhile read for that reason alone. The series doesn’t stray or lose direction it is going somewhere and it is well written. I cannot wait for book three.
One of the best I’ve read April 11, 2013
This is only the second time I’ve rated a book five stars. Well deserved rating, though. Two stories run in parallel, one satisfying my need for killing to survive, the other satisfying my need for day to day survival strategies for sustenance and lodging. This latter plot line is quite interesting. The group finds a safari park and makes it the base for operations. The descriptions of internal dissension amongst the park inhabitants is very well done, and some of the twists resulting from this dissension provide considerable tension. Relative to many other Zombie books, this one is expensive, but well worth the money.
Definitely enjoyed this April 16, 2013
Very well written, seemingly each character is developed thoroughly leaving you feeling that you have enough background information to understand them as who they are portrayed as. Very good book, definitely a good follow up from When There’s No More Room in Hell. It’s a must to the first to get some aspect of closure.
Just as good as the last book 8 May 2013
I have enjoyed both books and can’t wait for book 3. Hope it comes out soon as I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what happens to the characters next. The best zombie books ever!!!!! Well done Luke!!!!!
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant 12 May 2013
I loved this book just as good as the first one, very fast paced and easy to read, loved the characters and different scenarios. Can’t wait to read the next one, love your writing Luke
This series surprised the fin crap out of me May 18, 2013
I would suggest that any true zombie story fan read this series the author is very good at putting u in the picture with his writing style and is great at getting the gore factor across as well!!!
A good read. 20 May 2013
Part II of When There’s No More Room in Hell is actually better than the first instalment. A great uncomplicated and fun read, I like Duffy’s style.
Great book May 23, 2013
I can honestly say that this series of books has kept me interested all the way through. I felt so emotionally attached to each character.