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Earth: Desperate Measures (Elements of the Undead Book 3) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to send my characters on a road trip in book three of the Elements of the Undead Series. The only question was where. I found the answer one weekend when my wife and I drove from Tucson to El Paso to pick up a foster dog. The desolation of the Chihuahuan desert fit the tone I was searching for perfectly, and it gave me a broad landscape upon which to experiment. If you ever find yourself driving along I10 in southern New Mexico, pay close attention and you may recognize several sights from the story.

About the Author

William Esmont lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and a motley collection of Great Danes, cats, and chickens. He's a software engineer by training and has spent his career working in industries from video games to industrial controls to high-tech manufacturing. When he's not writing, he enjoys cycling and exploring the mountains and deserts of the southwest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2152 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Devious Productions, LLC (August 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VM3ZW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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William Esmont writes about zombies, spies, and the future from his home in southern Arizona. When not writing, he likes to spend time hanging out with his wife and their two Great Danes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2012
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This was the third installment of the story. Varying groups are still battling the zombies in the West and then having to flee for their lives. In the Gulf of Mexico there are a group living on two oil platforms. There might be a settlement in Florida that is well organized, but no one is sure if its true. Some characters are picked off by the zombies throughout.
This is a good continuation of the saga, but I don't want to wait for the story to continue. Mr. Esmont, get busy on the ending of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tibbs on February 28, 2013
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I found this series to be very entertaining, I found them by accident looking on my library's website and since it will be months until I can read the Max Brooks book (due to the waiting list) I thought I can wait by reading other Zombie apocalyptic type of books. This was indeed a great find, you really get involved with these characters, I almost see a few of the faces from "The walking dead" characters as I read about the different characters in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Blue Christensen on January 17, 2013
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I admit it, I was skeptical. Then again, I thought that Twilight was fun, despite being badly written. Lots of things are entertaining without actually being good. So, I thought I'd give Esmont's Elements of the Undead a shot. At least, it would be a diversion from daily life.

I underestimated it.

In all really satisfying science fiction or fantasy stories, paranormal archetypes (in this case, zombies) are symbols for bits or themes of culture or humanity about which we do not know how to discuss. The outlandishness of the apparent subject gives the audience permission to safely talk about troubling social issues. If the conversation gets too hot, someone can crack a joke about vampires or zombies or changelings or Big Brother. Everyone can save face and retreat into the social order they distrust. It is always about today, always about now, when the genre is correctly executed. If it is done badly, it is never more than an idle pastime and an object of ridicule. Done well, however, it can subvert existing power structures. It can become a cultural touchstone.

The popularity of superheros, paranormal heroes and villains, and artificial intelligence named "Hal" (or cars which park themselves and talk back to the drivers when they ask for a certain radio station) is not a fluke. It is a lightening rod for social psycho-analysis.

At the end of Fire, the narrator uses Megan's point of view to say, "The undead were only a symptom, she had finally realized, a symptom of a broken society that would rather battle each other to the death than compromise for the greater good." (Page 184.) Elements of the Undead is a commentary about what we have become, with our social media, hyper-violent entertainment, and bloated governments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Anthony on February 19, 2013
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Earth was by far the best book of the series. I didn't want it to end. The author removed the characters from the first book that I didn't like or believe in. Very good book.
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By Sara2012 on January 5, 2013
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I received this book via a librarything.com giveaway. I have read the first two books in this series and this book is just as good as the others. I am hoping he continues with this series. It seems that it was left open at the end for another. I love his take on all the different characters in the story. They all have been through such hard times, but come together in order to survive. I highly recommend any William Esmont books!
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By everyone on July 14, 2014
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This was a great book. Now I understand book 2 better. However this one was better than book two. Powerful!
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By karen freeman on March 19, 2014
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I liked the book. Its my genre. I love post apocalyptic books. The whole series was a good read. A good but
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By Lyle Denise Green on March 15, 2014
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Waiting for book 4. Keeps me on the edge of my seat. Great characters and lots of action. You won't be sorry.
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