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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448603072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448603077
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,181,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Z Day Is Here" first appeared as a blog and was so popular the readers of the blog demanded the journal be printed in dead tree format. After being presented in audio form on the "Library of the Living Dead Podcast" it was only natural to then publish this wonderful story as a novel. This is Rob Fox's first full length novel. He has had short stories printed by "Library of the Living Dead Press" in their anthologies.

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The characters were very real.
Adrian Merrick
We don't get to know much about them before they're summarily eaten - though the main character takes they're death hard even though he'd only known them a few hours.
N. West
It is a very quick read and will keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering what will happen next!
Victoria L. Foster

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. West on September 13, 2009
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All the other reviews are correct in that "Z Day is Here" is indeed bloody and full of action-packed situations - but thereby lies the problem. I understand that the "blog format" necessitates fairly short entries but it seems that the entries were written over a great period of time. I'm not familiar with the history of this story (someone mentions podcasts, etc.) so I'm guessing that this was a online story compiled into a book. If I'm right, that would explain the inconsistencies; especially with the main character. He starts out as a bit as an a--hole, only caring about himself, but as he meets others, begins to care about them. But really doesn't explain why he cares. The other characters are poorly drawn, one dimensional people. We don't get to know much about them before they're summarily eaten - though the main character takes they're death hard even though he'd only known them a few hours. Another issue is his fiance. He goes on and on about how he's determined to get to her but wastes an awfully lot of time resting, sleeping, etc. The safe-houses he finds are way too conveniently discovered. No explanation of how they survived for so long (especially early in the story when no guns are to be found - which is also unbelievable. This is America!) before the hero arrives (to sleep and rest for days...) before it's overrun by the Z's. Also, he's supposed to be blogging via a laptop. Leaving aside how he manages to avoid Z's, fighting, running while lugging a 10-12 pound computer, but the author mixes up his tense. Some blogs are a recap of what happened that day, others are blow by blow acccounts - as if his posting as it happens; just odd.Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Plaskett on July 13, 2009
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WOW!!! I was expecting one ending, and was blindly upper-cutted by an ending that was gut-wrenching, heroic, and somber! The story as a whole, was well thought out, expertly written, and left me on the edge of my seat! While this is your typical Zombie story in lots of ways, Blood, Death, Violence, It also differs from most Zombie stories; Told from the first-person narrative of a simple man, on the quest for his Fiance, in a world overtaken by Zombies, we see a tale of horror, sadness, pyschosis, and utter humanity lost! You find yourself drawn in, flipping the pages of this journal day-by-day, and before you know it, you are living each and every written word...Hoping against hope, that our hero finds his lost love and way out of his nightmare! Masterfully told, we are given a window into the psyche of a man at his wit's end, who has gone through utter hell, experience this tidbit: "...From where we were...we could see over the entire city and beyond...Just past our location, heading straight towards the military base, was a very large mass of undead people...They looked like ants in the distance...ants or more like a cloud, a dark, black cloud...Cole looked up at me and asked 'What are we going to do?'...I had no answer for him..or, no good answer anyways, all I could do was grab him by the arm and whisper..'Survive!'..." Dialogue like this fills the pages of this instant Zombie Classic! I highly reccomend this book to those not just interested in horror, but anyone that is interested in tales of the human spirit, told in a unique, refreshing spin for horror and non-horror fans!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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I was unfamiliar with the blog, the podcast, or any of that when I first saw this book here on Amazon. I actually read another book that had the first few days of this tale tucked into the back (can't remember what book) but it was a good plug as I immediately wanted to order this.

I was a fan of the two other journal-like zombie stories that I know of out there: Day by Day Armageddon and The Dead Walk Diaries: Night. This one is closer to the former than the latter, as it deals with one man's quest to simply stay alive during the first 101 days of the zombie apocalypse. This one does a good job of taking advantage of this type of writing style and running with it.

The advantage of a story told like this is that you are almost getting a synopsis of events rather than things being drawn out. The days move by quickly and I plowed through this book in about 2 hours. Its an easy read, that is for sure. Our character is an everyman, unlike in Armageddon, where we have someone who is military and understands the equipment and survival techniques he is going to need to survive. That, and we really get a complete story here, whereas with Armageddon I think we have been waiting for the sequel for about three and a half years. Our main character moves things along, giving us just enough background when called for but keeping the story about the events of the day without too much excess noise to distract us from what is going on.

The disadvantage of this type of story is that the perspective is limited. Unlike a story told in standard first person, there really is no dialogue. I find it harder to grow attached to people when you really don't get to 'hear' them speak at all.
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More About the Author

Rob Fox is the author of the zombie novel 'Z Day is Here' and the sequel "Z Day is Here: One Year Later", the children's picture book 'Sometimes I am scared of Zombies', numerous short stories in various anthologies, including 'Recess' in the anthology 'Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology', and his stand alone short ghost story 'No More Forgiveness', which is now also a short film released through Mile 29 films. Along with writing stories and novels, he is also an accomplished screenwriter. His first screenplay 'Ace the Zombie' has won numerous awards at film festivals around the country. His Serial Killer script 'A Man in Desperation' is in post-production and will be released in 2015. Currently, Rob is writing the webseries 'StudvilleTV', which will begin airing its 3rd season late 2014.
You can also check out his webpage for all things Rob Fox at www.zdayishere.com