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Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume One [Kindle Edition]

Jolie Du Pré
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household--all except twenty-something Jennifer. She's escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family's ranch. He's sure they'll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.

There's no place else to go, there's no way to escape the zombies but through, and there's no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.

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Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume One - http://goo.gl/x36oIJ

Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume Two - http://goo.gl/RpUxfQ

Benton: A Zombie Novel: Volume Three - Coming September, 2014


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About the Author

Jolie du Pré is a full-time author, editor, article writer, blogger, and monster lover.

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  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Precious Monsters Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFPP3Q6
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More YA relationship than Zombie novel May 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like AMC's Walking dead and YA series books than you may like this book. The story does have an interesting twist - the main female lead has been preparing for a disaster of some sort for years and is a survivalist. So her ability to shoot and plan ahead, at least in the beginning is explained. Jennifer Benton is young, she watched her mother turn into a zombie and she wants to live.Thanks to her dad she has prepared for years for some kind of disaster and not only does she have a stockpile of necessary goods, but she has and can accurately shoot her rifle. She knows how to survive.

All of that sound like a great premise for a zombie story. Except she is not that bright. She quickly loses her car in a manner which was easily avoidable. Thankfully, before she can herself be eaten she is rescued by a rag tag band of other twenty somethings. Predictably there is a hot guy who she falls for. And in actuallity I can't fault her there. In times of stress and fright, the need to bond with someone else is there and real. The group has a plan, wise in the fact that they see the need to get south to a place with warmer winters, and know they need to take stock piles of fuel, food and necessaties with them. The zombies themselves are merely second stage actors in this story. They are there to add the reason to flee and band together and fight - the common enemy. So far so good. You have action, romance and a reason for the surviviors to be on the move.

So why is this a 3 star book? I will be honest, I almost gave it two stars. And all due to the writer's style. This book is written very haltingly and simple. If it wasn't for the sexual interludes, I would call it a tween/young teen book. The idea was good and started well but was poorly fleshed out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good example of how not to write for young adults June 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Young adults are not idiots, most of them who read are not reading at grade school level. Most of them have good vocabularies because they are readers. Ones who pick a book up like this, in a subject matter which would not be a book given as a reading assignment at school, are looking for a good zombie survival read. Because it involves young adults they are expecting it to have young adults and stuff they can relate too they do NOT expect or appreciate:

1. Being written down to, which this book did in spades. I believe someone called it VERY YA, as in not YA but written as if the reader would be reading their first one or two chapter books. I felt insulted for the younger readers and cringed at many of the poorly and childishly written scenes. NOT BADLY WRITTEN just written down to the readers.

2. The attempt at having some kind of romance when the author obviously wanted to have something without it being inappropriate (OK for MG but ... YA is 12 and up) but... there was oral sex, or at least a limited description of it. This is not being sold as YA though, so ummm what the heck! The romance quality is a crush, that is fine for tweens, again but even so I would not want my tween (well when they were one) or even teen reading it or suggesting they read this because they would get mad at me for giving them a book which reads like one assumes since they are kids they are stupid and cannot read beyond their age. Writing style and imposed tone through simplicity, not so much content does this.

3. Read like a fleshed out outline almost, or maybe an idea for TV episode or something? She did this, They did that.. NO SHOWING, all telling.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An OK read June 20, 2014
By Chene
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to try out a zombie novel for quite some time. I do have some on my TBR pile, and have won a few that are just waiting to be read! When I saw this novel I figured I could squeeze it into my schedule and it really was a quick read! Zombies freak me out... I don't normally touch anything with zombies especially movies, so this was venturing into new territory for me. In some ways, this was a very young read and it fits into the YA category very well.

Characters & Story line: 2.5/5
I had to do some thinking when it came to this review. Since this is not my normal type of book. I tried to come from a neutral perspective. I felt that the characters needed some development, and I did not always understand what motivated their actions and decisions.

There was a conversation between Jennifer & Mark about God & religion that seemed a bit out of place. I can understand why it came up but it was just kind of out of the blue and very short and not necessary.

Jennifer - Jennifer is sweet & a survivalist. I'm not sure if I would stay sane if I saw what she saw and went through what she did. Jennifer needs a little bit fire to her personality. She seems to be a natural at everything. I want to know more about her as a person, and her history. I don't understand some of the things that she says or decisions that she makes.

Mark is such a sweet character. I liked him. Gary is such an ass. He is the one who got under Jen's skin. Katie is annoying. I think all she does is scream and get paralysed every time she sees a Zombie.

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 2.5/5
The writing style is kind of staccato and doesn't flow smoothly. The pace is good and the plot is interesting, but also a bit predictable in some ways.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really much going on here, so I don't get it
Zombie stories are either fact-paced adventure books that get your heart racing or gripping emotional stories about the people who are fighting for survival against all adds. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Carly K
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong series debut
Solid, old-school Zombie adventure. Well written, paced to move, with some genuinely creepy moments. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Walter Conley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
Its a readable storyline to it. It has good characters and there is plenty of action to keep you wanting to know whats next. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Destiny Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting from beginning to end
Highly recommend this exciting novel. Characters are well detailed and interesting. Has a warm plot you can't put it down. I didn't want it to end. Loved every page.
Published 27 days ago by Bev Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Premise for a zombie story
I've just become a fan of the zombie genre so have only devoured (pun intended) a handful of books but this is my favorite to date because of its unique back-story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TrishFLReader
1.0 out of 5 stars I've read much better Zombie apocalypse stories
Everyone wants to get in on the Zombie Lallapalooza. Du Pre didn't quite make it. Her book is clunky and her characters are one dimensional. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dianne Hobden
4.0 out of 5 stars Was a great story up until the last paragraph
it's like the author got fed up with the story and ended it in a rush to make a happier ending.

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the author should have just left Gary escape or at least... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason
3.0 out of 5 stars Great effort
I loved what she attempted here, but the writing style was a bit staccato and didn't seem to flow smoothly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Benton a zombie Novel.bi
This book was a bit cut and dried. The zombie story line is much like most of the other books of this genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennifer j moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were fantastic. Enjoyed the storyline very much I am looking forward to reading the next boo.
Published 1 month ago by K Con
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More About the Author

When Jolie du Pre won a contest in 1998 for one of her young adult fiction stories, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Today, her stories have appeared in a variety of websites, eBooks and in print. Her latest books are the BENTON series (new adult romance, zombie apocalypse, post-apocalyptic fiction.)

Jolie is a full-time author, editor, article writer, blogger, and monster lover. Join her mailing list to be notified of her new releases at http://eepurl.com/QS3d5

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