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Product Details

  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461159490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461159490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric R. Lowther is a semi-amateur author that makes his home in eastern Ohio with his writer/editor wife, Anna M. Lowther, daughter they’re-coming-to-get-you Barbara, a tiny dog with a huge under-bite and a cat that is single-pawedly saving the world from the threat of the Lepus. Some of his previously published works can be seen in Theaker’s Quarterly, Night to Dawn magazine, Dark Distortions I anthology, A Library of Unknown Horrors, Bump in the Night anthology from Drollerie Press and many more. His work can also be found on-line in Necrotic Tissue, Edge of Propinquity and Blood, and Blade & Thruster. He hopes either this writing thing pays off or the zombie apocalypse occurs so that his life’s knowledge won’t go to waste.

More About the Author

Eric R. Lowther is a semi-amateur author that makes his home in eastern Ohio with his writer/editor wife, Anna M. Lowther, and family. This oft-published writer's work can be seen in a variety of anthologies, collections, and websites, but is best known for the popular novel "Area 187; Almost Hell". He still hopes either this writing thing pays off or the zombie apocalypse occurs so that his life's knowledge won't go to waste. Visit www.ericrlowther.com for a full bibliography and more tales.

Customer Reviews

It is well written, has great characters and a great story, A Great Story.
Steve M
Missed a lot of sleep reading this book, it was one of those books that I kept saying just one more page and an hour later I would put it down.
Freya
This was a really good zombie novel with an interesting story line, well developed characters, action and good character development.
K. Maxwell

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Weidman on August 27, 2011
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I'll admit that I was unsure of purchasing this book. I'm a full-time college student and every dollar counts for me. I had the sample sent to my Kindle and enjoyed it enough to give it a shot. Mr. Lowther's story is very good. It is a different twist on the entire zombie uprising type of thing. It is a long book (which made me very happy) that is realistic in the facts of politics within the US government. I could easily believe that this is how things would happen if our nation was faced with this type of incident. His development of the characters was perfect and it was easy to connect with them. I have the highest praise for the work that he did on Area 187 and I will be purchasing more of his books when he publishes them. (So get to work!)

Now, that said, I do need to address the fact that the publisher on this book completely dropped the ball. I was extremely disappointed in the editing that was done on this book. I am the type of reader that becomes completely engrossed in a book when it is this good. I read much of this while my home was being pounded by a hurricane. But, when there are glaring mistakes made that even the most inexperienced of editors should have easily caught, it pulls me right out of the story and completely disorients me.

My suggestion? Dear Publisher: find another COMPETENT editor for Mr. Lowther's books. His writing deserves that and those of us that purchase the book also deserve it. Don't be the fly in the ointment for a very talented author.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2011
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I dont usually write reviews, but this one was worth my attention, what a fantastic find. Eric Lowther has written an absolutely stonking action adventure and I loved every second of it. His writing style is easy to read yet descriptive. More than a few times, I shuddered with revulsion and took a look around me, or in the dark of the night listened for the soft shuffle of an undead footstep. The story is creepy, believable and utterly engaging. More please...

Dont read this book at night in an empty house....trust me.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Angelique Bone on July 11, 2011
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Full of captivating characters and edge of the seat action, Area 187-Almost Hell is a must read for the horror, action, or zombie aficionado. It takes the reader through the gamut of emotions, running with the main characters through zombie-infested territory, afraid of undead, cannibals, government agents, and themselves while searching for John's last hope for humanity. You will find yourself holding your breath as they fight for their lives. Zombies are becoming de rigueur, but Eric R. Lowther has created a fresh take on the apocalypse situation, a realistic look at humanity and our country's reaction to an outbreak. Highly entertaining, always engaging, and several twists merge to make a book you can't put down. Go forth, and read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2012
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This was by far the best zombie book I have ever purchased through my Amazon account. Why? Well let me explain how I came to this ranking. I have purchased a moderate amount of books in this genre on my kindle device (25-30). At first the opportunity to purchase a novel for $0.99 - $4.99 on my smart phone was a thrill - no more limited selections in airports. plus you could download a preview or view reviews from others prior to buying - what a revelation! Then, I quickly learned the "let-the-buyer-beware" principle on the Amazon store. Namely, that most of the so-called 'novels' are really just what I would consider short stories that read so quickly you finish them in a day or so. Plus they usually have unbeleiveable plots, make unrealistic story-line assumptions to fit the authors narrative, or go way overboard about gory zombie killings, oozing brain material, blah, blah, blah. Then, worst of all, they end with a shameless unfinished ending that demands you by the sequel. So by the time you've read the entire series, you've purchased 3-4, 5, 6 or more of each $4.99 novel. Nice way to make money on the internet I'd say.

Anyway, this novel was extremely well written from a logical plot formulation and execution. Great, realistic storyline and thought-provoking mini-plots throughout. Had a great ending that was summerized by two different character epilogues that really finalized the book and let you put it down satified everything was wrapped up and resolved. Plus, made it easy to create a sequel. Finally it was over 600+ book pages long - just around my minimum length to allow good character and realistic plot development.

I definitely plan to read other novels from this author as his work sells itself. You will NOT be dis-appointed in this book, unless you are one of the reviewers who complains that the novel was too long and too hard to follow...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William on October 20, 2012
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Of late I have been reading primarily zombie fiction. I really need to get a life but first let me say this: This is one of the best zombie books I have EVER read. When my Kindle told me I was closing in on 75% read, I slowed down so I could savor the rest of the book - the first 75% went very quickly - too quickly. Truth be told, as bad as the zombies are (they're the slow variety), they must take a back seat to the pure evil evinced by several of the antagonists. I am reminded of Sartre's famous dictum: "Hell is other people." I think the author realizes this and the zombies take a back seat to the people who are hiding some terrible secrets about area 187. To make matters worse, some of the still-human denizens of area 187 have degenerated into characters even worse than the zombies - truly perverted and twisted people.
It seems a government experiment with a dangerous bacterium takes a bad turn and people are infected only to rise again - with a fierce and mindless desire to nosh on other people - the living kind. The story begins several years after the event - a large area, including most of West Virginia, is fenced off and vigorously patrolled to keep the zombies in and curious people out. The barrier is, however, porous enough to allow adventurers and profiteers access to zombie land - where they pursue missions of mercy - or greed - depending on their motives. One of these is a pure-hearted - but extremely angry and violent John Heath. Heath has tried for years to find his wife - without success. He eventually gives up and returns to the "world" outside of area 187. An aggressive and curious television reporter tries to get Heath to join her in a forbidden mission into area 187. Then the shit storm begins. The story is incredibly well-told.
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