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Bones: The Apocalypse Saga [Kindle Edition]

Mark Wheaton
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Book Description

When mankind is visited by Three Great Apocalypses, the only thing standing in their way is a feckless but loyal, easily distracted yet occasionally ferocious German shepherd named Bones, a one-time cadaver dog with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. This is his story.

In BONES, our hero must battle a plague of dangerous parasites that brings the dead back to life with the goal of destroying the planet. SHEPHERD finds Bones delivered to earthquake-devastated Los Angeles to hunt for survivors only to run afoul of armies of rage-driven rats and birds emerging from the rubble. And when mankind reaches its final hour and a pocket of surviving Indians are all that's left of humanity, it falls on Bones to save the species before civilization is wiped out forever in ALPHA.

Three Apocalyptic novellas of nature run amok, three interwoven stories that feature a German shepherd at the center of the things, three stories with so much action you might just explode reading them.

Includes prequel short story, MONGREL.

Praise for Wheaton's FOUR NAILS IN THE COFFIN:

"Remarkably character-driven...Wheaton convincingly showcases his talents as a writer of horror prose, taking his time to craft characters who are thoroughly fleshed out and engaging without holding off too long on the suspense...proves here to be a quite gifted storyteller undeniably worthy of an interested reader's time and attention." - Michael Compton, Fangoria

"Genuinely twisted and engrossing...may just leave you shaken for days." - Jessa Sobczuk, Rue Morgue [referring to Sunday Billy Sunday]

"This is muscular, original fiction that marks the debut of an exciting new voice in the speculative/dark fantasy genre." - Michael Rowe, editor of the Queer Fear anthology series and co-author of Triptych of Terror

"His tales are visceral, intellectual, and often grisly, but Wheaton never forgets that touch of humanity and wry humor which allow true horror to cut that much deeper to the bone." - Ken Plume, author, There's a Zombie In My Treehouse

"Wheaton's writing is haunting. Days, weeks, even months later, you will find your mind returning to his worlds. Stephen King is no longer my only addiction." - Todd Farmer, screenwriter, Drive Angry

"Four Nails in the Coffin is a shotgun blast to the brain. In a good way." - Gary Dauberman, screenwriter, Swamp Devil


Editorial Reviews

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"Bones is a tale of flesheating zombie terror. What separates it from the current horde of undead drivel is the simple fact that the protagonist (and title character) is a dog. Now, before your fragile mind breaks with bad memories of the insipid original Hills Have Eyes 2, wherein a canine is not only featured prevalently but even has its own flashback, rest assured that this attempt is handled with a greater degree of subtlety and intelligence." -Fangoria

"Bones's sense of smell becomes quite important as a tool for the people in the story to find the undead menace, so he winds up in a series of increasingly exciting and bloody set-pieces. It's a pretty graphic tale, full of viscera and various grue. Bones is a fine example of quality, independent horror literature. A new take on the zombie outbreak story, it's a good, quick read and well worth your time." -Jon Is The Best Blog

"Somebody needs to jump on Wheaton's Bones stories - a really unique zombie tale that has a cadaver dog as the main character. It's like Benji and The Dawn of the Dead (well, not really as Bones is no Benji, but he's totally lovable!)." -Badass Digest

"A great Halloween-ish read!" -Candy's Raves

"Bones is a police K9 that sees a LOT of action. First he has to deal with a grody zombie apocalypse. Then, when all of Los Angeles is destroyed by a huge earthquake (followed by swarms of killer rats and birds), he gets sent in to help. Then all of civilization is wiped out by a killer virus, leaving only a few survivors and some very hungry dog packs. While Bones somehow manages to pull through all this, his human co-stars do not fare as well. Suffice to say, do NOT get attached to any of his human friends and handlers." -Flayrah

About the Author

Mark Wheaton is the author of the bestselling horror novels Sunday Billy Sunday and Flood Plains, novellas including Ascension, Adversary, The Impressionist, and the Bones trilogy as well as short story collection, Disembodied Spider Meat. Print editions of these stories are available as Four Nails in the Coffin, Unnatural Selection and Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Trilogy.  He is also a horror screenwriter (Friday the 13th, The Messengers) and graphic novelist (The Cleaners).

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Southbound Films; 2 edition (December 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HRSUS0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simply amazing! Buy this book! April 27, 2012
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After reading this book, I am compelled to stop reading zombie and end of the world books all together and I say this because the ending of this series is perfect. (Well, I will definitely still read end of the world books, but if there was a book to end them with, this is the one)

Bones is the story of the end of the world through three apocalypses and in the center of them all is Bones the loveable K-9 cadaver dog. Through his eyes (and snout) readers are walked through the destruction of man and are left wanting just a little bit more.

Where Bones succeeds and other stories fail is that there are no painfully boring chapters in which the protagonist hims and haws over the destruction of society, the quest for basic survival supplies in hostile wastelands, and there are thankfully only a few moments where the reader is locked in a room thinking, 'oh jeez how are we going to get out this time'. Well, to be fair, Bones has some of that but the author keeps the momentum going where I would say most stories fail to do so. Also, Bones the dog, doesn't worry about any of that. He is a dog and has very limited care for things that don't directly affect him in the present.

I wont give away the ending of the novel but I will say that it is the first end of the world story where I actually cried.

Buy this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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i really enjoyed this book! although i may not have wanted to read a whole book about a dog, with very little paranormal content, or let's say, not nearly as much paranormal content as i thought there would be, the dog is a more interesting character than some human or supernatural ones in books i've read. but....i really wanted to read more about this amazing dog. i'll read anything that is interesting and well written, and this is both.

he's not speaking, mind you, and he's not paranormal in any way, but the descriptions of what the dog was thinking and how it interpreted what it saw was fascinating to me. the fierce loyalty and intelligence this dog showed really made me sadder than usual that i cannot have a pet (allergies). i certainly would love to have such a highly trained and protective spirit with me....the dog is quite a hero, but not in a cheesy, corny way.

the descriptions of the destroyed cities, cars, houses, the brutally clear descriptions of the violence in the stories, the gruesome descriptions of the human carnage, wounds and grim aftermath, were very well done. it's not just humans and dogs here, there's rats, birds and other dogs as well, acting, well, not as we usually think of them. the way the dog meets survivors and takes their side against the chaos is quite poignant.

in the first story, the science of how what happened to the world, and how it happened, was very well thought out, and i wish it could have been expanded- that idea is enough to fuel a big novel, and i kind of wish it had. loved the idea....too bad there was no attempt to show the media coverage at the moment of the disaster....it's always is something i love to read- the t.v. reporter on the spot suddenly notices something amiss....
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book...was hooked from the beginning and was sorry to see it end. Well worth the price and I just wish I had a dog like Bones by my side to keep me safe and secure. Earns all five stars ! !
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. As an animal lover, and an owner of a German Shepherd, I definitely connected with Bones. There were many times that even though I knew there were further stories with Bones in them in the book, I was genuinely worried for Bones' safety.

**The editing in the third novella and the final short story get a little rough, so perhaps the author might go back and do another pass on them sometime. It didn't hugely impact my enjoyment of the stories, but it did jar me now and then.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read, an unforgettable character April 25, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this exciting, well written and unique collection of short novels about a dog named Bones. The post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of this amazing police dog held my interest through all of the stories, which span a zombie apocalypse, a massive earthquake disaster, and a chemical warfare disaster that decimates the human race. Throughout each of the page-turning stories, Bones aids and protects the humans that come and go throughout his life. The supporting characters are fully formed, the stories very interesting and Bones is an unforgettable main character. I was very sorry to see this book end.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. February 25, 2012
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Congratulations to Mark Wheaton. A wonderful trio of stories, well-written, fun to read, and a terrific central character. While it may well be too violent for some, it's a series well worth reading. More, please.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog of anybodies dream April 26, 2012
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Couldn't put Bones down... read the whole thing in about 3 hours.. suspenseful, adventrous, horror, lovestory, all in one.. Cried, laughed, cringed, read parts outloud to my doggie.. Will pass this one on to family and friends!! Keep up the great work...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading! April 30, 2012
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I just finished the book (stayed up till 3 am to do so). It it definitely worth reading. I enjoyed seeing the world through Bones' eyes (or nose rather). It was interesting enough that I kept popping my head up to appraise my boyfriend of what was happening next, which I almost never do, just because I HAD to share it with someone. A fun read for people who like Apocalypse stories or dogs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and chilling scenarios make this a must read
I’m a huge fan of apocalyptic and dystopian stories so I knew right away I wanted to read this book. Read more
Published 29 days ago by laurathomas61
5.0 out of 5 stars Just something different
I live books like this because they are different! And trying to post this on just like 30min of sleep is crappy!
Published 1 month ago by Sly
4.0 out of 5 stars good read with a different aspect
When I read the story was thru the "eyes" of the dog I was not so sure, but it ended up being a very good read and a new spin on your everyday saga.
Published 1 month ago by soko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This a good dog story combined with a disaster, lots of action! I liked this story so much I'm going to have to read his other books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Casey May
3.0 out of 5 stars Doggone different
Dog or human, a lot of how much you enjoy a book is going to depend on your reaction to the main character, and I never felt that close to Bones, who could obviously take care of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeanine
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
An apocalyptic story with a dog as the main character. The idea when I read it was well executed. All the stories tie together and I loved it. I would recommend this to others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Not since 'Old Yeller'
It was great to read something other than human nature. It ended better than I thought it would, actually the same but with a different style. Heart felt in the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lace
3.0 out of 5 stars Is only an average book
This book maintained my interest but is really gory and has a lot of scary and different scenes. I think it will appeal to a younger audience.
Published 4 months ago by Sue Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Strange Story
This book consists of three short novels making one overall saga. The main character is a cadaver/utility dog named Bones. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SifuJon
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Wicked Good!
Really intense story lines.
The first story was a bit weird - took some getting used to - but I liked it, nonetheless. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wabbit
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More About the Author

Called a "quite gifted storyteller" by Fangoria magazine and "an exciting new voice in the speculative, dark fantasy genre" by author Michael ("Enter, Night") Rowe, Mark Wheaton is the author of the bestselling and critically-acclaimed indie horror novel "Sunday Billy Sunday" and several novellas including "Ascension," "Last Tuesday," "Night of the Scorpions," "Stuttering Hunter," and the popular "Bones" trilogy. Print editions of these stories are available as "Four Nails in the Coffin," "Unnatural Selection" and "Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Trilogy." He is also a horror screenwriter ("Friday the 13th," "The Messengers," "Infected"), graphic novelist (Dark Horse's "The Cleaners") and children's playwright ("Evita Sassy and the Black Mask's Last Gasp").

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