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Dark Recollections (Adrian's Undead Diary Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Philbrook
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead.

Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.

Dark Recollections is the first part of Adrian's own story of how he survived after "That Day." Told through his eyes as he talks to his laptop, affectionately named 'Mr. Journal," and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. Adrian's Undead Diary is an eight part epic about a solitary, guilt stricken man that didn't think he deserved to live, but realizes very soon that he survived, and suffered for a reason.

It's a great read for anyone. The stories are well written, characters build carefully and every detail is covered. People, this is what a great book looks like! Stop reading this review and start reading the book! -Frank D of

I don't even think one needs to be a fan of zombie fiction to end up a fan of AUD; because Chris's talent can't be pigeonholed into one limited, literary genre. His true talent lies in weaving an enduring, sweeping story that does exactly what it's supposed to do... pulls you in, engrosses you, evokes emotion, and leaves you satisfied (if not a little bit sad) when it's over. In the case of AUD, for me, the zombies are just a bonus! -Wendi Haegle

The AUD Saga:
Book One: Dark Recollections
Book Two: Alone No More
Book Three: Midnight
Book Four: The Failed Coward
Book Five: Wrath
Book Six: In the Arms of Family
Book Seven: The Trinity
Book Eight: Cassie

Dark Recollections is the first book in the AUD series. It covers Adrian's journal entries from September 21st 2010, to December 1st, 2010. Intermingled with his personal diary entries, book one also contains the short stories Phil's Story, McGreevy's Report, and Soccer Mom. It is now in its second edition, complete with a new author's foreword, an excerpt of Tesser: A Dragon Among Us, and with some grammatical fixes.

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About the Author

I am the creator and author of A Dragon Among Us as well as Elmoryn and Adrian's Undead Diary. Elmoryn is a decade old game setting and system I developed for commercial sale and development that I am now sharing on the internet, and through the publication of The Kinless Trilogy. As the books set in the Elmoryn universe are released, hopefully interest in the game will grow as well, and that side of Elmoryn will come to light. A Dragon Among Us was inspired by decade old Role Playing sessions with my friend Alan MacRaffen, and has been percolating ever since. It's currently online, and once completed will be farmed into publishing. Not sure if I'll submit it to a big house, or keep it my own. Time will tell. Adrian's Undead Diary is my mammoth zombie epic that more than likely brought you here. Originally published online AUD grew to almost 10,000 active registered users before I decided to publish it. Adrian Ring's story of survival and humanity in a world gone mad has been critically acclaimed and been an unbelievable success online, so seeing what it'll do in print is exciting for me. I'm also the owner of Tier One Games LLC, my old game development company. If you buy something from AUD, Elmoryn, or A Dragon Among Us, you'll likely see the sale credited to Tier One Games. Don't worry, it's legit. I've gone to a LOT of college. I've got a Business degree as well as a Psychology degree, and I've done the full program at the school of hard knocks. I've been a printing press operator, bouncer, purchasing agent, bodyguard, customer service representative, mental health counselor, and more. I can write about weird stuff because I've done weird stuff. Trust me. I call the wonderful state of New Hampshire my home, but I love to travel. I love to read, write, play role playing games, miniatures games, video games, and Magic: The Gathering. When I find the time to be active, I like to hike, play basketball, and play football. I've got a lovely girlfriend right now, and two Devon Rex cats, Gilbert and Marvin.

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  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G76PKTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A man who is more mystery than anything else September 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The audiobook intro, you know the part that says “…presents Adrian’s Undead…” made me fear that I was in for a home made tinny hollow sounding narration. Thank God that changed as soon as the real book started.

Dark Recollections is the diary of an everyman named Adrian. A man who is more mystery than anything else and more is revealed throughout the story little by little adding to his interesting character. Told in the journal style that I expected and was happy to hear that it worked very well. This is something, in my mind, that would be difficult to pull off. The author has to remember that it isn’t straight action and what not as many people would leave certain thing like that out of their diary and Philbrook remembered that.

Adrian is alone through most of the story, except for his pal Mr. Journal. Reconstructing the tasks and events that take place for him to build a secure hideout. The day to day work of clearing infected and gathering supplies.

There were a few side stories that veered away from Adrian’s point of view and they were welcomed by me. They added more depth the outbreak epidemic.

While it was slow paced, there are so many different direction the story could go. I want to listen to more and more of Adrian’s adventures and cannot wait for book 2 to come my way.

I wasn’t sure, right away, if I was going to like James Foster’s performance or not. Mostly because of the opening few words that I mentioned above. But the more I listen the more I was mesmerized.

Foster sounds like a regular guy, not a news caster or movie preview guy, not polished. Just real and raw storytelling. Good characterizations, great ability to emphasize humor and terror. I will be looking for more from him.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud, fast paced read December 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally released as an online serial, Adrian's Undead Diary is now available as an eight book series. How this one slipped by me is baffling, as it fits perfectly with my preferences and meets all my needs in a piece of work. Chris Philbrook, the very talented author of the series, originally submitted Dark recollections for review. When it came up in my queue, I read it in one sitting. The book was so entertaining, I managed to get through all 266 pages in under three hours; there was no way I was putting it down. As soon as I got back from vacation, and within internet range, I contacted the author to submit more of the series. My whistle was suitably wetted, and I wanted more!

Adrian Ring, dorm supervisor for a private school, finds himself jarred awake by the sound of gunshots. A woman lay in the road, her head a mass of pulp from the impact of a bullet. It is only then that he realized what he had shrugged off as a hoax was indeed the zombie apocalypse. Adrian wooed me with his self deprecating humor as he wrote entries into "Mr. Journal". I found myself laughing as he went old-school and pulled out "nincompoop", and took out his frustration on his journal, frequently telling it to F-off.

Armed with a box of food, a couple new weapons from the local gun shop, and his fat cat Otis, Adrian hunkers down and barricades himself behind the walls of the school as things go from bad to worse in his community.

Dark Recollections does not divulge the cause of the zombie outbreak, only that if you die, you turn. Philbrook's zombies are of the slow, shambling, Romero variety. As a lover of the gore, I appreciated his use of description and could easily envision the undead as they came to life on the pages (pun intended).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read October 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Adrian's Undead Diary (AUD) was my first time reading zombie fiction... it was and still remains my first love....

Since AUD I have read:
World War Z
900 Miles
What Zombies Fear
Zombie Fallout 1 - 7

You will not find the humor, tension or raw emotion in those books as you will find with Dark Recollections. Nor did I take the time to bother with writing a review for those books.

You WILL be on the edge of your seat.
You will worry along with Adrian, Abby and Gilbert.
You will worry about zombies on fire.

I still love Adrian like an ex-boyfriend....

I now know I need:
many guns and a lot of ammunition
a halligan bar....
a dualie....
a generator...

Buy this book now... you won't regret it - even if you haven't read Zombie fiction before
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling October 26, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first read Adrian's Undead Diary when it was on the internet for free before it was available in print. I must say this is one of, if not THE, best pieces of zombie fiction out there. It is the absolute definition of a page turner, leaving me many mornings feeling a bit zombie like after a late night reading session when I simply could not stop and put it down. The author writes the story in the form of a first person diary written by the main character, Adrian (obviously). It takes a bit to get going as he backtracks in his timeline to retell the events at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but once its going, it sucks you in and doesn't let go. Truly I'm glad to see it going to print so that i can own hard copies and be able to share them with friends and family. Some people might balk at the 14 bucks for only 266 pages, but I can tell you I find it well worth it, and look at it as a donation to an author who first offered this story for free, before trying to make his money from us, the readers. I look forward to the entire story line being available in print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice journal, not trying to be more than that.
I liked it but after a while I was expecting something else to come along. Since it was almost exclusively from one character I was expecting there to be more of a flow or a build... Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read!
I flew through this book. I was hooked from the start. If you like zombie or end of the world books, this one is a must.
Published 7 days ago by treatolar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Series
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great.
i used to read adrians undead diary back when it was on the computer, and earnestly hope that this is can deliver the same great effect that it did then. Read more
Published 19 days ago by M. Horrie
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a great read.
I found that this book was different and very good. All of the pages of this book was really wild. I had a hard time putting it down, I always had to see what was next. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Dee's Kindle review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Zombie novel.
Published 24 days ago by Robert A. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book! Loved it!!!!!
Published 25 days ago by Bonnie Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Time
I read Adrian's Undead Diary when it was live online. I read it 4 times....yeah. Now it is in print, and I am reading through it again. I am still in love with this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CourtneyR
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an extremely well written novel with plenty to make you think. To see the aspect from a single persons eyes, makes this a great story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alli
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura's Review
I love the AUD books I've read so far! Chris Philbrook is an awesome writer, I really want one of the tshirts. A couple of errors but hey, I'm no grammar police
Published 1 month ago by lsura
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More About the Author

Chris Philbrook is the creator and author of the urban fantasy book Tesser: A Dragon Among Us as well as the dark fantasy series The Kinless Trilogy and the post apocalyptic epic Adrian's Undead Diary.

Adrian's Undead Diary, the story that got Chris on the literary map now has all eight titles available. In order, they are Dark Recollections, Alone No More, Midnight, The Failed Coward Wrath, In the Arms of Family, The Trinity,and Cassie.

Chris' first book in print was The Wrath of the Orphans, the initial book of the Kinless Trilogy, set in his Elmoryn fantasy world. You can get it here on Amazon in print and for the Kindle as well. Book two in the trilogy: The Motive for Massacre is out now, and has been received as being even better than the first. The final book in the trilogy, The Echoes of Sin, is due out by mid 2015.

Tesser: A Dragon Among Us is Chris' first foray into the world of urban/contemporary fantasy. It's the story of an ancient dragon that is misplaced somehow, and wakes up underneath the city of Boston. It has been critically acclaimed, and has maintained a top 100 spot in multiple fantasy bestseller categories since its release. The second novel of The Reemergence, Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death, is due out for release sometime in 2015.

All of Chris' primary book series' have been received by the public with overwhelming positivity. All of his titles are rated 4.40 or better, and there is no sign that'll change anytime soon. Every book in the AUD series is currently in the top one hundred rated horror books on Amazon. There's a reason for that. Read the books to find out why.

Chris is the owner of Tier One Games LLC, his game development company. If you buy something from AUD, Elmoryn, or Tesser, you'll likely see the sale credited to Tier One Games.

Chris calls the wonderful state of New Hampshire his home. He is an avid reader, writer, role player, miniatures game player, video game player, and part time athlete as well.

If you would like Chris to sign your eBooks, head over to for a personalized message from him.

For more info on Chris, head over to his official author website

To see Chris in action, check out the Chris and Joe Show, the video blog he does with his best friend and hetero life mate Joe Tremblay.

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I'm just seeing this message now, in December. If you have questions, please feel free to hit me up on my Facebook page, or directly on AUD or my author site. To answer your question: yes, I'm working on a collected edition for release sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Dark Recollections is... Read More
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