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  • File Size: 2772 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (March 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NF3SGK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm writer, artist, amateur bladesmith and subversive suburbanite when no one else is looking.

You can find me holding up the wall in a local coffee shop, writing my brains out.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RStreu on October 25, 2011
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kenworthy on 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 By Eileen on September 17, 2011
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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 By Lawrence D. Bartlett II on 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 By ltg584 on November 23, 2013
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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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