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Ashton Memorial: Book Two of a Zombie Trilogy (Memorial Trilogy) Paperback – July 16, 2010

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About the Author

Robert R Best is the author of All Kinds Of Things Kill, Lakewood Memorial and Ashton Memorial. World Memorial, the third installment of the zombie-themed Memorial Trilogy, will be released in 2011. Robert lives in Missouri with his wife and cats. He dabbles in podcasting, audio production and Chinese cooking. He also plays way too many computer and video games. He likes to sneak up behind people who are reading his bio. Watch out. You can find him on the web at http://robertrbest.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Memorial Trilogy
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145365268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453652688
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert R Best is the author of All Kinds Of Things Kill, Lakewood Memorial and Ashton Memorial. World Memorial, the third installment of the zombie-themed Memorial Trilogy, will be released in 2012.

Robert lives in Missouri with his wife and cats. He dabbles in podcasting, audio production and Chinese cooking. He also plays way too many computer and video games. He likes to sneak up behind people who are reading his bio. Watch out.
You can find him on the web at http://robertrbest.com.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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Robert R. Best, <strong>Ashton Memorial</strong> (CreateSpace, 2010)

After finishing up <em>Lakewood Memorial</em>, the first of Best's projected Memorial trilogy (the third should be released later this year), I wasn't thrilled, but I was intrigued enough to check out the second volume in the trilogy given that while Best wasn't really doing anything new with the material, he could at least write it well enough to keep me interested and minimize the damage from some of the shortcomings. Now I've finished <em>Ashton Memorial</em>, book two, and what I most feared occurred: those shortcomings roared into life, taking center stage and crushing the momentum, and very nearly the life, out of the series.

The first of these shortcomings, which was more restrained in book one than the second, has been mentioned in any number of reviews, so I'll just touch on it here: Best's use of profanity has gotten way, way out of control. While it wasn't at a level in <em>Lakewood Memorial</em> that showed the kind of thoughtful precision I would have liked (a great example of what I mean by that is Joseph Finder's wonderful novel <em>Paranoia</em>), he at least kept it to a dull roar. Not so here, and other reviewers have already posted the most unintentionally amusing examples.

The second is a bit more distressing, and yet it hasn't been addressed by anyone. Best is attempting to make the personalities of his characters age-appropriate, and to an extent that is to be commended. But Best's younger characters tend to sound and act much, much younger than they are; Dalton's age is given a few times as twelve, but without that, I'd have pegged him at seven or eight.
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Ok......I am a big zombie fan and have read numerous offerings by different authors, so this is not my favorite trilogy. Granted, I am only on the second book, but I do have a few comments. The son, Dalton, is said to be about 12 years old, but he acts like a 6 year old. He is always clinging and screaming; his mother has caught him at least two times when he has jumped from above her.......ergo, he is the size of Tom Thumb and the tiniest 12 year old in history or she is a lot bigger and stronger than the man she is traveling with. Her daughter is the most believable character in the book, and Park(er) is a very passive character for a man.

I also found it intensely annoying that the characters regularly "smirked" at each other! This makes it sound like a bunch of teens hanging at the mall on Saturday night with nothing to do! Certainly not a group of people threatened by the end of the world!

However, the most aggravating thing about reading this book was the consistent use of, "Oh, my god!", as if the author were referring to a lesser god (i.e., Roman, Greek, Egyptian, etc.) The proper way to write this is "Oh, my God!", with a capital G!
It is almost comedic how many times the phrase is used; sort of like the old Monty Python number with "spam, spam, spam!"

Finally, if you really want to read a good couple of books on the same subject, try reading Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End and Dark Days (Apocalypse Z) by Manel Loureiro (definitely a thinking persons zombie novel!)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on January 11, 2012
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I have to start by saying I don't take pleasure in writing a bad review. Just because my site is called Brutally Honest Reviews, that does not mean I sit in a room with a hatchet, waiting to pounce on some poor, unsuspecting writer. That said, there is not one thing I could think of that is nice to say about this book.

To begin with, it barely qualifies as novel-length. I don't know the exact word count, but this is a one day read for a fairly slow reader. However, that is quibbling...the ebook is cheaper. But I can not recommend this title even at the cheaper ebook price.

The dialog is tedious and almost painful to read. An editor would have helped clean up the mechanics, but it wouldn't have helped the words. To use the F-bomb in various incarnations over 260 times...for example, "**** you, you ****ing **** ****er!" said Park, kneeling. "Making me get down on my bad ****ing knee. ****!" He grabbed Chuck's hand and pried the fingers away from Angie's leg. ReallY? Is this necessary? I realize zombie fiction will never be confused with Twain, Hemmingway, or Shakespeare, but there comes a point.

The violence seems repetitious and after a while becomes as mundane as the dialog. Having read the first book in this series (it announces itself as a trilogy) I hoped that the writer might mature. If anything, I believe it got worse.

To say much more would just be adding insult to injury. I can't recommend this book in any way.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 1, 2010
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I finished Ashton Memorial last week and needed a couple days to organize my thoughts on the book. Lakewood Memorial was very emotional and visceral. Often a sequel doesn't live up to the original. Ashton Memorial managed to top Lakewood Memorial (LM). Where LM left the reader breathless, Ashton Memorial was a slug in the gut after chasing you down the block at top speed. It was a thrill ride from page one through to the ending. The characters a re well developed and feel like old friends ina really tough situation.It picks up at the ending of LM and does for zoos what Jaws did for beaches. Thanks, Robb. Add one more thing to my list of creepy places to be careful when visiting.

Bottom line, get this book. Buy it on Kindle or paperback; just get a copy. You can't have mine, so get your own. If you haven't read Lakewood Memorial, the story will still make sense, but the two really feed nicely into each other.
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