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Brew [Kindle Edition]

Bill Braddock
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever been to a big college town on a football Saturday night? Loud drunks glut the streets, swaggering about in roaring, leering, laughing packs, like sailors on shore leave. These nights crackle with a dark energy born of incongruity; for beneath all that smiling and singing sprawls a bedrock of malice.

Erupting from this mean soil is BREW, a novel of survival horror that unfolds in a single, apocalyptic night, when hard-partying College Heights swaps beer pong and karaoke for arson, murder, and cannibalism. An embattled cast of unlikely heroes, including a charismatic drug dealer, a disenfranchised army vet, and a smart, tough-as-leather girl, struggles to survive, while Herbert Weston, the brilliant sociopath who engineered the entire catastrophe, strolls the chaos, fulfilling sadistic fantasies.

One minute, everyone's having a blast, partying it up after another football victory; the next minute, all those crowded bars, balconies, and house parties look like so many acres of hell.

"BREW is a keg of dark fun and Braddock pops the thing like a shook-up bottle of Bud. It's got brains and it's got heart. The late Richard Laymon would have loved this one. Me? I gulped it right down, with no hangover in the morning." – Jack Ketchum, four-time Stoker Award winner and author of The Girl Next Door and The Lost

"Bill Braddock's BREW is a heady mix of high-octane horror, razor-sharp characterization, and full-throttle action. Flesh-eating mayhem has never been so intoxicating!" - Tim Waggoner, author of Like Death and The Harmony Society

"If you're going to chow down on people, you need to wash it down with something delicious. BREW is a deeply satisfying treat of a novel. Scary as hell, deep as the pit, and wickedly enjoyable." - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Flesh & Bone and Assassin’s Code

"Hell is having a party, and Bill Braddock is bringing the BREW." - Craig DiLouie, author of The Infection and Tooth and Nail

Product Details

  • File Size: 2943 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESV976U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brew and Grue August 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
BREW is an insane book. I mean that in the best way possible. It's one of those novels you start reading, and then you begin to chuckle, and then you start guffawing, and then your eyes widen and your mouth drops, and after a while you start to question the author's mental well-being, and then you start to question your own, and then you realize that you're having more fun reading a book than you can remember. And then you look over to your right and you see that you've just consumed an entire sixer without even realizing it. And the empty cans are covered in blood for some reason. And why are there bodies everywhere? Holy crap, what just happened?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and muscular January 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved Bill Braddock's Brew. Great pacing and vivid characters kept this tale of an outbreak of cannibalism and hedonism on a college campus entertaining and easy to read. A little more graphic rough sex than I'm used to, but it didn't drag on. Overall a fun read in a great setting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare of Zymurgy September 4, 2013
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Unless you're completely dense the title and back-cover blurbs will clue you in that this is essentially a beer-induced zombie novel. Except that they're not really zombies and it's not really beer. That's about all I can say without stepping into spoiler territory. The unrelenting action begins almost immediately. The writing is superior but not for those who have a low threshold of squeam, grue, or prudery. As if zombies and blistering action aren't enough, a very tender and realistic love story develops between the main protagonists. Cat is an amazing character and I hope to see more of her.

Most of the characters are college students and I found that refreshing. This phase of life is sorely neglected in fiction and I don't understand why. It's a time of exploration, introspection, freedom, and chaos and that's a heady mix for creating protagonists and developing character.

I read this right on the heels of seeing THE WORLD'S END. I've never been much of a beer drinker and after this one-two punch, am even less likely to start. The author wrote this obviously under the influence of witnessing a St. Patrick's Day or two in Chicago or Boston.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oktoberfest of Gore September 29, 2013
By Hitem20
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently sent a text to a friend saying that I was reading this book BREW by first time published author Bill Braddock. He asked what my initial thoughts were.

Me: Its a violent, bloody gore fest!
Me: Oh and it has a fair amount of necrophilia added in to spice it up.
James Blaze: Oh, so its a love story?

Well turns out James was right! The book is full of incredibly sick and twisted gore and humor. This is not the book for those on the prudish side of the track.


What I did not expect was that I would read one of the most perfectly written paragraphs I have ever come across. Braddock starts chapter 16 off by allowing us to see what retired military vet, Demetrius Devereaux thinks of his fellow (albeit much younger) students. After reading this paragraph I could not help but think that every single vet could relate to Devereaux and his feelings about today's youth; "On campus, they were a flood of weakness". BREW is worth reading for the first paragraph of chapter 16 alone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew I there was a reason I don't drink beer!!! February 27, 2014
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Brew by Bill Braddock is a fun, crazy, scary, action packed night on a college campus filled with blood, gore, sex, death, and love.

I enjoyed this book, it did have a few interesting "Easter Eggs" hidden within it's pages, which one left me laughing out loud to the point I had to cover my mouth since I was in public. I like the fact that some of the characters you think might be bad/evil showed good parts of themselves while some good characters turned dark due to what happened to them within the book.

It's a fun quick read, where you are dragged along where hundreds or even thousands of people go crazy on a big football night in college town. Minus the mayhem, it felt like a normal college football night, at least until all Hell broke loose!

If you want a fun read, that could turn you off of drinking beer, this book is for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-freakin'-sane September 15, 2013
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Reading relentless violence and gore can get tedious. Braddock avoids this common pitfall of the survival horror genre by being exceptionally creative and original in his depictions of a town that descends into a chemical induced slaughter-fest.

With great characters, sharp dialogue and a refreshingly unique take on the "not actually dead" zombie style of horror, Brew is an excellent addition to any horror fan's Kindle library.

If you can read this book without feeling a little unsettled, then you are probably dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's f-ing this dog? February 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, standard disclaimer: BREW is grand guignol hardcore horror, not for everybody, not for kids or the weak of stomach, etc. etc. That said, horror fans will find a lot to enjoy in this book.

I hesitate to call BREW a zombie book because I'm a snob and I insist that my zombies be walking corpses. It does, however, fall into that milieu and is similar to infected-but-still-violent stories like "The Crazies" or "28 Days Later." Since the people of College Heights are only addled and not dead, Braddock's creations are just as obsessed with rape, murder, torture, and arson as they are with the standard zombie staple of cannibalism. It adds a whole new layer of vileness to the proceedings that gorehounds will find irresistible.

In good keeping with longstanding tradition, Braddock also does not skimp on the biting (ha!) political satire. The entire attack is orchestrated (or so they think) by a Greenpeace-like organization which is portrayed as full of hope and good ideas and yet is absolutely stymied when faced with the real world and those acting in bad faith, like the true villain of the piece.

Herbert Weston, junior anti-Christ and the puppet master behind the College Heights disaster, is a blend of the classical mad scientist (such as his namesake) and the sorts of twisted loners who become school shooters. I had to admire Braddock's bravery in tackling a third rail like mass shootings and believe me, the more time you spend reading Weston's point-of-view the more it becomes impossible to see the whole story as anything other than Aurora or Columbine writ large.

But perhaps the greatest target of Braddock's scorching satire is the myopic football culture and frat rat mentality of big college small towns...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The story would have been better if there wasn't foul language every...
Didn't care for brew. The story would have been better if there wasn't foul language every other word. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rane knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a nice change from the standard zombie tales. I really enjoyed the fast pace and overall concept.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Wow, I didn't know what to expect from "Brew", but the blurb made it seem interesting and I picked it up. I'm so glad that I did; I read it in two days! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian L. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly awesome
The title threw me, I really didn't what to expect. As a fan of post-apocalyptic horror I was worried it wouldn't be "scary" enough. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cre8ivgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is everywhere
Incredible romance story!! Love is everywhere, like the crazed cop who shoots the girl in the back of the head as she's running away and then throws her body across the hood of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, lacks in execution for me...
I was going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for this book. It's a sort-of-zombie story about violence erupting in a college town, centering on a bar (at first) where students... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. D. Beallis
4.0 out of 5 stars Brew
A twisted tale of revenge. A college town with it's own brewery, an eco-friendly group, drug dealers, shady characters, heroes/heroines, and an intelligent loner with a grudge a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marianne Fiero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it...
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ !!!
I am not much of a writer and its hard for me to put thoughts into words, but this book is a MUST READ!! Once you start you won't want to stop reading it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wanda B
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, only had a couple of issues with it.
Now before I get started on this review, I have to say I'm not one to read books with explicit sexual content and I would not have purchased this if I had known (I guess it's a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexandria Quince
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