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Emeline and the Mutants [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Tsoumbakos , Alison DeLuca
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if your whole family mutated into hideous creatures?

Would you have the courage to do what had to be done when they threatened you life?

Emeline Hart is faced with this horrifying decision when the miraculous Haum vaccine changes into something monstrous. When the mutations start, there is no way to hide the fact that the world is now filled with people who are no longer dying of cancer, heart disease or diabetes. Instead, they become zombies, werewolves and trolls.

In the midst of this, Emeline must search for her missing brother and unravel the conspiracy of events surrounding his disappearance.

The heart pounding action intensifies as medical science goes wrong in EMELINE AND THE MUTANTS.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

EMELINE AND THE MUTANTS is a cautionary tale about what happens when science goes wrong. After researching the common cold and the AIDS virus, I decided a cure-all vaccine would be just the catalyst needed for my post-apocalyptic world.

Of course, being a writer of fantasy, I just couldn't help adding that element to this book. As a result, I have created a mish-mash of mutants that cover all spectrum's. There are zombies for The Walking Dead fans, vampires for the Twihards (although, they are not the sort to be kissed), fairies and witches for fantasy and even a troll who lives under a bridge for those of you who like their childhood fairy tales! Although, being the genre of 'New Adult', this is hardly a book for a younger audience.

The main character of Emeline has been likened, on several occasions, to the main character, Katniss Everdeen, in The Hunger Games trilogy. She is indeed as 'hard as nails' kind of girl, having seen and done things no normal person should have to. Not to mention the fact she is also wicked handy with a bow and arrow!

From the Inside Flap

Emeline Hart's Journal
(Found in the roof cavity of the abandoned Hart residence)

January 8

Things I never want the world to forget about Angus:

  • He's smart, but studies for fun
  • I met him at Uni. We were both studying ancient cultures
  • His father expected him to follow in his footsteps and become a media tycoon
  • He's stinking rich, but he's not pretentious about it, not one little bit
  • When he eats ice cream he always 'accidently' gets some on his face - just to annoy me
  • His favourite pet was a dog named Minnie
  • His hair is brown and curls up over his ears when he needs a hair cut
  • I love him

January 9

I met Angus after work today. I needed a beer something fierce! Right from the moment he walked into the bar, I knew something was up. He looked like crap, that's for sure and if I didn't know any better, I would think he'd already started drinking without me. I quizzed him, but other than saying he had a headache, he insisted he was okay.

January 10

I'm hiding in the roof cavity of my house. 

I should have known better last night. Angus was sick, not drunk. But not good sick - Haum sick.

This is my first encounter with zombies. Sure I've met a whole bunch of vamps and weres - most of them being my family - and I even know a bit about merpeople (well, actually 'people' is no longer correct since all the mermales seem to have been eaten by their spouses), but zombies are new to me.

I am peering down through a small hole I punched in the ceiling with my biro. Angus can smell me, but he can't work out where I am. I wish I didn't have to do what has to be done. I wish Angus was like me - immune.

I don't want to shoot him.

I still love him.

January 11

I managed to move a roof tile so I can see the moon now. I am running out of water but still have a whole bunch of muesli bars left.

Here is what I have learned about zombies:

  1. Slurring is the earliest sign. Angus was slurring for at least 10 hours before any other symptoms appeared.
  2. Forgetfulness. Angus rang me at work to ask where he lived.
  3. Runny, oozy eyes are the first physical symptom. When I got home from work, Angus was sitting on my doorstep and it looked like he was crying. I was lucky he didn't kill me then.
  4. The pus comes next. The weeping from the eyes very quickly turns from a clear liquid into yellow mucus. Then they start sneezing and coughing up more of the pus.
  5. Zombies really do shuffle.
  6. They are about as intelligent as a rock on a slow day.
  7. Their sense of smell is phenomenal.
  8. They can't climb.
  9. They are very patient.

I can't do it. I can't kill the man I still want to kiss.

January 12

I think I have come to terms with what I did yesterday. 

Angus is no more. 

I shot him in the head and the books were right about that.

I wish I had the courage to kill him earlier. Now the only image I have in my head of my boyfriend is that of a decomposing creature. I watched him rot right there in front of me as I sat in the roof with the manhole open. He knew I was there; it just never seemed to occur to him to look up.

I am still in the roof cavity. My water is gone but I can't move. I just want to lie down and die.

I don't want to have to see him up close.

I still love him.

Oh my god. Is that Warwick?

Product Details

  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461171458
  • Publisher: Myrddin Publishing Group; 1 edition (December 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PGNBCO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work July 5, 2011
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This is certainly one for the fans of the post apocalypse world.
There's elements of folklore mixed in together, to create an alternate world feel, akin to Robert Holdstock's Mythago wood series.
For a first time author, this is actually quite a good output. It is written to the Australian way of speaking, and has a number of pop-culture references cleverly hidden within the text, that will make you stop and think.
The story does move on quite fast, so it holds your attention quite well.

In all it's a good book to sit down with, and I can't wait to see what different elements of the sci-fi/creature genre this author can produce in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and intriguing, sexy and frightening June 19, 2011
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I loved how Rachel joined elements of mythical fantasy, such as fairies, trolls, and mermaids, with urban fantasy themes such as zombies and vampires, and threw in some conspiracy theory and kill-em-all action with it. Emeline is a strong female character, and I found that I strangely enjoyed the fact that she had killed her boyfriend and most of her family when they had turned into mutants. It had many "gasp" moments, as well as "have to read just one more chapter even though it's already 1 a.m." moments.

I would recommend Emeline and the Mutants to lovers of Resident Evil and other post-apocalyptic fans. It is definitely for mature readers, who don't mine a smidge of gore, as the blood-spattered cover suggests.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more January 22, 2012
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I really loved this book! It was so different from what I was expecting that it was a refreshing read. I can't wait to read more. Well written, great description, dialogue. Really great stuff. Looking forward to more from this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Only a few pages into Emeline and the Mutants and I was hooked! The story line is fast-paced, the characters are fun and believable (even the mutants!), and you actually believe the premise could truly happen.

There's a little something for everyone: medical conspiracy theorists, fans of science fiction and fairy tales, and mystery fans (to name a few!). The end of each chapter was like a little cliff-hanger. The characters were humorous and I really cared about what happened to them. It's one of those books that makes you feel sad when you're done reading it because you'll miss them.

I got this when if was being offered for free, and I cannot believe the regular price is only $0.99! I would pay much more for it.

I'm looking forward to reading more from Rachel. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombietastic March 30, 2014
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What a great book! A creative twist on a post-apocalyptic story with characters that keep you wanting more. This story will stay with you long after you put it down. I absolutely loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad January 13, 2014
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I'm not really into the zombie scene too much, but this was recommended to me a while back and I finally got it off my wish list. The story begins after a worldwide cataclysm-a once miraculous AIDS cure/vaccine gone wildly wrong. Or did it? The vaccine had turned a good part of the world's population into monsters. Zombies, fairies, witches, werewolves and vampires, all out for human flesh. Little bands of survivors, some with a curious immunity, have found each other and fight the good fight while trying to maintain what normality they can.
Young Australians, Emeline and her brother Warwick, were tasked with the job of disposing of their own immediate family members after they were infected. Now they are living and working in a compound of survivors, but Emeline knows something is very wrong when her brother disappears and left in his place is a lot of blood-too much blood. And it happened within the supposedly safe compound.
Emeline joins with Gwennie, Warwick's girlfriend, to find out what happened to him, what is happening to people in the compound and elsewhere, and most of all, who is behind it.
I loved Gwennie. She was my favorite character. Gwennie and her twin, Gregory, are dwarfs. Emeline is afraid Gwennie's short legs will slow them down, but Gwennie soon proves her worth. She is smart and quick witted, always thinking.
I think it was fairly predictable, the "whodunit" wasnt much of a mystery. But that's okay with me. Emeline and Gwennie were both well developed characters and it was a cracking good story.
The one thing I would recommend is another fresh edit! A lot of minor errors throughout, they add up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original & Entertaining May 25, 2013
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I'd heard some good things about this book and had wanted to read it for a while - I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.

It did take me a few pages to really get into this; the meticulous world building at the beginning read like a bit of an info-dump yet the author managed to keep my interest. Once I read past this, I was engrossed.

Emeline is feisty, independent and doesn't take crap from anyone. She's also a crack shot with both gun and bow and has a very keen sense of smell. With the exception of her brother, Warwick, all her family are dead, so when he's murdered in their kitchen her world turns upside down.

I loved Emeline's character. She is very well crafted as a sort of urban warrior who's in the Australian bush. Her hardened exterior makes her a little aloof from people around her yet it's understandable with all she's been through. It was nice to see her vulnerable side emerge as a result of Warwick's murder and endearing the way she grows to really care about Gwennie (Warwick's girlfriend). When she sets out to discover why her brother was killed, Emeline has to dig deep in an effort to piece everything together whilst coping with her grief. What she uncovers shakes her foundations, especially when someone she trusts turns out to be the biggest villain of them all.

The supporting cast are equally as well drawn. Gwennie grows on you as she becomes Emeline's companion; she has a gritty determination which blends well with her softer and more caring side. This makes her a perfect sidekick for Emeline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and suspenseful
Walki's Review

A cure and a vaccine were developed to deal with AIDS. It was administered to the population, and caused mutations in most people. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Masquerade Crew
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and therefore horrifying.
Not my usual genre once I started reading, it drew me right in, and I was hooked. The settings were described wonderfully, so I could easily place myself there, in danger with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Emeline and the Mutants
Although the beginning was a little difficult to navigate, I still kept wanting to continue reading as the whole concept was interesting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and engaging
I love books that defy genres, ones where it's difficult afterwards to pigeon hole where it would go in a bookshop. Emeline and the Mutants is like that. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Ross Kitson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I've had this book on my TBR pile for some time, and finally managed to get to it the other night. Before I'd realised it, I'd read 71%! Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Mr. Shaun Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Riveting Read!
An AIDS cure becomes the catalyst for the apocolypse--with horrific creatures and terrifying situations. Rachel Tsoumbakos knows how to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by V. Ardito
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutants beware...
Great job at creating characters with fighting off the vampires, werewolf and trolls, nice way of tying all the elements of writing a fantasy, science fiction and post-apocalyptic... Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Patrick Bast
4.0 out of 5 stars Emeline and the Mutants
I finally finished Emeline and just have to say that it's a very original story :) Emeline is one of those original characters that I'll be remembering and my mind flashing on... Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Aunt T Pathfinder
1.0 out of 5 stars Shows promise, but execution lacking
As a self-proclaimed lover of all things zombies, I wanted to love this book. I really did. Only a few pages in I began to notice spelling errors; things like "he" substituted for... Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by maddi g
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More About the Author

Rachel Tsoumbakos is a stay home mother of two.

Her main passions are writing, reading and organic gardening. Rachel lives with her husband, two kids, three cats and seven chickens in suburban Melbourne, Australia.

While she has had several articles published through mainstream magazines, she has also written extensively for Suite 101 and True Blood Net.

Emeline and the Mutants is her first published novel and available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/EATMUP A new novel, The Ring of Lost Souls, set in an abandoned mental institute on the outskirts of Melbourne, is her second novel and also available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/TROLSRT

Her current work in progress is an edgy paranormal trilogy about a woman who is in charge of saving the world even though she suffers from amnesia. The title is 'Unremembered Things'. Make sure you follow her blog at www.racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com for more information.

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