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After the End (zombie apocalypse) [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Dee
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The end of the world is only the beginning.

Zombies are on the loose and the world is falling apart. In the tradition of apocalyptic novels such as Stephen King’s THE STAND, a group of strangers on a Manhattan subway are brought together in the name of survival. The group follows the lead of Ari Brenner, a young man who doesn’t recognize his own leadership qualities and believes they follow him simply because he wears an army uniform. Lila Teske, a college student studying philosophy, finds her non-violent beliefs tested in the crucible of a zombie attack. There are other members of the diverse group, but the focus of the story is on Ari and Lila, two young people who learn about sacrifice and inner strength through the ordeal.

With the city’s infrastructure down and communication with the outside world curtailed the survivors head toward the nearest marina. When they meet a lab tech who may have a solution to the virus, they know his safety is paramount and it’s more important than ever that they get off the island. But zombies aren’t the only danger that impedes them on their perilous journey.

Newly edited version. Includes correction concerning the impossibility of purchasing firearms in a sporting good shop in NYC. (I'm from MI. Who knew a person couldn't walk into any local Gander Mountain and buy a rifle?)


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I'm a big fan of stories about strangers forced to band together to deal with a crisis and I enjoyed creating the diverse characters in After the End. I believe anyone would be in a state of shock and pretty much reacting on instinct--or falling apart depending on your character type. I'm pretty sure I'd be in "duck and cover" mode, hide under my proverbial desk and pray the storm would pass.

A number of readers have requested a sequel, but I wasn't inspired to write more about these particular characters. Their fate is up to the readers' imaginations. However, I have written a story set in the same crisis a few months later and about a thousand miles away. Dead Country, available at Amazon, is set smack dab in the middle of Kansas cornfields. In fact, there's creative use of a harvester I think readers will enjoy. Please, check it out. If you find cornfields as creepy as I do I'm sure you'll like it.

About the Author

Bonnie Dee is a multi-published romance writer with books at Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Loose Id and Liquid Silver Books. After the End is her first foray into horror and a return to her reading roots. For more information about backlist titles go to http://bonniedee.com or join Bonnie’s Yahoo group for updates on new releases http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bonniedee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH8724
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save this book for when you're desperate November 30, 2010
By TracyM
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Never before has a group of survivors in an apocalyptic zombie novel been able to walk long distances with such apparent ease, repeatedly, in the crowded city of Manhattan to boot. A ridiculously large portion of this book is focused on the infatuation and budding "romance" (I say that with a slight guffaw) between the two lead protagonists. Their interest is more often then not focused on one another rather than the life threatening conditions surrounding them. Given the incredible lack of storytelling involving the zombies and the scant few encounters the survivors have with them, it's evident either the author would prefer to be writing a romance novel or should check her own hormones at the door before sitting down to write.

While I appreciate the author's attempt to provide a plausible explanation for the sudden appearance of zombies, the plot is weak and the characters are shallow. There is very little suspense, and the characters are endlessly given easy-outs from their own stupidity. Instead of rooting for them, I was almost wishing them a gory death to put ME out of my misery and provide, perhaps, one last chance for the author to create a scene even faintly reminiscent of what is expected in the zombie genre.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, strong characters, lots of typos June 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
If you can see past the numerous typos and the fact that it felt that this book didn't even have a single proof read, this book is great. The characters felt very much alive. For the low bargin price you get a good story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak on details - not compelling August 25, 2011
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Tom Clancy is so successful because he does lots of research before he writes and the worlds he creates are credible. When he talks about aircraft, weapons, military actions, and the like, they are accurately portrayed and there are accurate details that make you believe you are there in the story.

The world created in "After the End" lacked credible details and required the reader to abandon common sense too often (OK - it's a Zombie story but SOMETHING has to be credible). I'm a big fan of the genre but only made it though this book by sheer force of will. A few of the more obvious examples of what made it difficult to swallow:

Guns in Manhattan - seriously? NYC is the most restricted area in the US in terms of gun ownership. As such, there is no such thing as a sporting goods store with semi-auto assult-type weapons anywhere on the island. In fact, assult-type firearms are expressly outlawed for civilian use. The only place they would be found are in police or government armories and they would be locked down. The gun stores that DO exist are built like vaults and would be impossible to get into. It's clear by all the vague and innacurate firearms references (clip vs magazine) the author did no type of research on firearms for this book even though firearms played a major role.

Where are all the people?: Manhattan has about 1.6 million residents or 71,000 per square mile. These numbers double during a work-day (when the book started) and in mid-town or lower Manhattan, that density would be even higher - probably triple or more. Our group in the story would have had FAR more people or Zombies to deal with even if many were still hiding or had been chomped up.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Zombies Attack... May 21, 2010
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Ari Brenner never saw himself as a leader, and has little idea why the small rag-tag group of people who follow him out of the sewers when Zombies attack view him as such, but he reluctantly takes on that role as they try to make their way to the Marina and hopefully away from the constant dangers that lurk on every corner.

Bonnie Dee has created an exciting, fast-paced story about a wonderful group of characters I came to love very quickly. In thier bid for survival, not just Ari and Lila (our female protagonist) but almost everyone shows growth, learning to make hard decisions, finding strengths within themselves they never knew they possesed, and putting themselves in danger to save the relative strangers they quickly come to view as family.

As I said in an email to the author, it was fascinating, scary, heartbreaking at times, and had my heart beating faster than I'm sure was good for me.

I couldn't put it down.

Bravo!

Now, all I have to say is: SEQUEL!!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good General Premise, But Write What You Know June 15, 2010
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It's pretty obvious the author isn't a New Yorker, because there are some glaring errors. If I were to suggest anything it would be to tell the author to write about whatever city or town he or she knows well and use the little details to flesh out the story.

This is basically a well written zombie novel with decent character development. Overall it compares well with some print novels I've read. However, the thought of NYers heading to the "sporting goods store" to arms themselves with pistols and assault rifles is really quite insane if you know anything about the city.

Overall, if you aren't concerned about things like this, it's worth the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombi-Erotica! Hurray! July 23, 2010
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Now if you are thinking relations with zombies, luckily, no, that is not the case. See Brian Keene. In this zombie apocalypse story set in New York City, the author has thrown raging hormones in with rampaging zombies. The story follows a group of survivors as they travel from the subway when the outbreak first hits across the city seeking to escape the mayhem. The title of my review refers to how the two main characters can't seem to control themselves as they run, fight, and hide. It's a little distracting. At least, I think the sexual tension detracts a bit from a pretty well-written little zombie story.

The story focuses less on zombies and gore and more on the group of survivors and their interactions. Strong female and male main characters along with strong cast of supporting female characters make the story pretty interesting. The story stays tense throughout with plenty of action. I recommend it despite the raging hormones.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What's next?
These aren't your Romero-esque slow zombies that couldn't pick their noses if you shoved their finger up it. These bad boys can open doors and grab things. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Bookie Monster
3.0 out of 5 stars HAVE NOT READ YET
I am not able to review at this time. I have so many books I have not gotten to this book.
Published 20 months ago by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good, though fairly quick read. I kept picking it back up, which is a good sign. I read it while heading too and from NYC for vacation...so it made it more interesting.
Published 21 months ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
This is a well written story. The characters are a good mix. I would recommend this book for lover of the zombie genre.
Published 21 months ago by Edward R. Ladner
2.0 out of 5 stars Just the Facts
A few people have written in to say that they were dissatisfied by factual errors in this book such as finding a sporting goods store that sells guns in NYC or errors regarding the... Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by John McQuade
3.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIES
It has a lot of typo errors so if that is a problem, with you, do not get this book.
Wrong on some facts! Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
So I was given this book as a gift for Christmas and I was excited to find a new author who has decided to try their hand in the zombie genre. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by zombie phreak
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
but could have been better. I lost interest after they got into the sporting goods store. Until then there was lots of action and suspense. Good read over all.
Published on November 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good litte read.
One very good thing about this story is the people in it are every day persons not super killing machines. There was one soldier but he was fresh out of boot. Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by Nunya
3.0 out of 5 stars Average story, MANY typos
Not a bad story. Some things were left untold that should have been fleshed out, and the love scenes were a bit cheesy for this genre. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by James
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NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.

I enjoy reading stories about people damaged by life who find healing with a like-minded soul. When I couldn't find enough books to suit my taste, I began to write them.

My online presence: http://bonniedee.com, https://www.facebook.com/bonnie.dee.144 or Twitter @Bonnie_Dee. Sign up for my newsletter on the main page of my web site.

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