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Blood Soaked and Contagious [Kindle Edition]

James Crawford
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Book Description

"Great book."--Books or Death

I am not going to complain to you about my life.

We’ve got zombies. They are not the brainless, rotting creatures we’d been led to expect. Unfortunately for us, they’re just as smart as they were before they died, very fast, much stronger than you or me, and possess no internal editor at all.

Claws. Did I mention claws?

I kill them for a living, but it’s as much a vocation as a freelance career choice. It helps me, helps my neighborhood, and the people I consider to be my family of choice. What’s more? I’m really good at it.

My life had a nice rhythm, and I'd almost gotten used to it, but the military bungled an attempt to wipe out an organized bunch of undead near a major commuting route into DC. The formerly-human survivors relocated. Now they’re less than an hour’s stroll away from where I live.

The new Zombie Overlord is smarter, crazier, and much more well-equipped than anyone we'd dealt with in the past. We have something he wants, badly. I know he's going to come and get it and try and wipe us out in the process... men, women, and even the children. I'd seen it done before elsewhere for lesser reasons.

This is my home. These are my people, my family. This is personal.

Book 2, BLOOD SOAKED AND INVADED, available here:

Product Details

  • File Size: 2744 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NF3SGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and Enjoyable October 25, 2011
By RStreu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The sad fact is, when you use certain words, you create expectations. The word "Zombies" for example, sets the reader up with an particular image. This image normally helps a story get moving -- say "zombie" and the reader will generally understand what you're trying to convey without having to spend a lot of time on exposition. The downside, of course, is that if you use the word with no intention of following the cultural norms and definitions, then you need not only take story time to explain what you're talking about -- you FIRST have to help your reader "unlearn" what they already know about it.

This is the case with "Blood Soaked and Contagious," for sure -- but I bring it up more as a note to the reader: do NOT go into this book with any preconcieved notions about what you "should" be reading, or you'll miss a pretty darn good story. Had I been the author, I would perhaps have centered the story around vampires instead, or even just used a term with far less cultural baggage, like "Ghouls." But for all that, simply accepting the term used by Crawford, and forgetting the Romero canon for the duration fo the story isn't all that difficult. And it IS well worth doing.

Crawford has created a fast-paced, exciting, and hilarious piece of horror-laced science fiction, with all the blood, guts, romance, ninjas, and commandos you can stand.

Overall, I really enjoyed Crawford's humorous and inventive take on the genre. The story follows Frank, a "professional" zombie hunter in an apocalyptic world being slowly dominated by the undead. But unlike the zombies of old, these creatures have intelligence, speed, and claws - making them even more formidable than their shambling literary cousins.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! October 12, 2011
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WOW! I don't usually like Zombie books but this book is GREAT!

An imaginative new "take" on Zombies and how to kill them. Engaging, heroic and likeable characters that I cheered for and the writing style is very like Robert A. Heinlein (my all-time favorite author since I was ten years old!)in the way the male and female characters respect and interact with each other! I LOVE that!

The action never stops and I found myself holding my breath a lot!

The repartee between the characters and the quirky chatter in the hero's mind is very entertaining and kept me laughing through the bloody, gory parts!


However.....CLIFF HANGER Ending! Must. Have. More.........!

Yep, I'll be buying the sequel as soon as it's available!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Soaked & Contagious September 17, 2011
By Eileen
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're into Zombie's these days and who isn't, I think you'll enjoy this book. It's an interesting and exciting new world of zombies. Can one man continue to kill the zombies without being infected himself? You'll enjoy finding out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! October 9, 2011
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Awesome! Talking, somewhat rational zombies - wow. This takes the undead to a whole new level. The characters are really engaging. I'm in love with this rag-tag community of survivors that James has created and I'm praying for a sequel sometime soon. That said, you can assume that I really enjoyed this book. It is fun, well-written and pulls you in from the start. The bonus was that I found it as a free Kindle download. I'm waiting for more and based on how great this book was - I will definitely pay for any future work from Mr. Crawford. If you love zombies you'll love this book. James brings forth humanity in an insane situation perfectly. Also - funny as hell! I was getting looks on the bus because I was laughing so hard. Read and enjoy - you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Combo November 23, 2013
By ltg584
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was SO much fun! (As long as your idea of fun involves blood and gore, carnage, nudity, violence, foul language and laughing. So. Much. Laughing.) Although technically it's a zombie novel, these aren't your typical mindless feeding machines, hellbent on devouring every living being with a pulse. Don't get me wrong! There is plenty of devouring, but they are very selective about their meal choices. They are just as smart as they were when they were alive, only now they are using their intelligence for more deadly purposes. There is a certain sci-fi aspect to the story as well as the horror, and even a little romance. It's a killer combo!

The book is told in a narrated format, with the main character, Frank, talking directly to the reader. Frank's internal voice is cynical and sarcastic, and chock full of personality. In fact, ALL of the characters are so diverse and unique and they practically pop off the page! The dialogue was easily my favorite part of this book, with a back-and-forth banter that is stuck somewhere between clever and silly. I found myself highlighting constantly, so many quotable quotes! I would share them all with you guys, but some of them are NOT appropriate for our underage readers. ;)

Did I mention that this book is for mature readers? Besides all of the required blood and gore, there are mature themes, language and sexuality. This book is not for the faint of heart, or the easily offended. Frank is constantly giving euphemisms for his privates, such as "Don Quixote, Sancho and Sancho", or the "Three-Course Gourmet Feast". The sexual innuendos are GOLD!

Now for the downside, because every book has to have one. It was a little long, with some tedious descriptions of tactical maneuvers which were unnecessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT LOOK AT ZOMBIES!
Different take on zombiedom. Very humorous at times and just a good all around read. Didn't know it had a sequel. Tend not to buy these, so was somewhat disappointed in that. Read more
Published 4 days ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Something different the sex scenes yea the images stay with me lol
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I couldn't wait to pick this book up any time I had a few minutes of free time. Can't wait to get the next!
Published 3 months ago by ltf
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
I LOVED THIS BOOK (and #2)! So different, fun but zombies-strange zombies! We MUST have many more books in this series or I will lose my mind in infinite suffering and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vikkiology
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good zombie story
I read this book while waiting for my father during his hernia surgery. It was really entertaining and gripping. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
I liked it, not too serious, not too silly. His mom did catch me a little off guard though. :)
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Brake
1.0 out of 5 stars too slow
Started reading it and feel asleep
Published 5 months ago by Danny S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Talked to death by Frank
I would rather face a legion of flesh eating zombies than contend with Frank's non-stop stream of consciousness babble! Lord! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rasmoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nargle! Murfle?
hahaha. This book was so sarcastic and gross. I loved every page of it. Had me laughing quite a bit. It was great for my sense of humor and the kind of stories I like to read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Extreme Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars More Frank, please...
Such a fun read.... More please....
Published 8 months ago by Honey G.
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I'm writer, artist, amateur bladesmith and subversive suburbanite when no one else is looking. My wife and I live in the Washington, DC area where I pursue hobbies that pay off in cuts, burns, tendonitis, full sketchbooks, and the occasional freaky idea. Once in a while, those freaky ideas refuses to die and shamble off to create lives of their own.

A new book, "Manleigh Cheese," will be coming out on the Burning Willow Press brand in 6/15!

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