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End (The Dying of the Light Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jason Kristopher , Oliver Wetter , Dennis Fanning
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Book Description

“I didn't see Rebecca die the second time.”

The United States military hides a secret: the completely real existence of one-bite-and-you're-dead zombies. An elite Special Forces unit has known they exist for over a hundred years, and has been quietly and expertly keeping the monsters at bay… until now.

The sole survivor of the massacre at Fall Creek joins this elite unit to combat the single greatest threat our world has ever known. Even as victories over the walkers mount, true evil still lurks in the hearts of men, and at the last, only a brave few may survive.

A character-driven story similar to The Walking Dead on AMC, The Dying of the Light: End was a Top 5 Finalist in Kindle Book Review's “Best Indie Books of 2012” competition. The sequel, The Dying of the Light: Interval, is available now!

Editorial Reviews


"The Dying of the Light: End was page after page of excitement, action, and intrigue. The story had a great balance between character development and plot and the writing was nearly flawless. This book did a great job of making the most plausible case for zombieism that I've ever seen. I even sacrificed sleep on quite a few nights to read just one more chapter." -- 5 stars, Sift Book Reviews

"The level of detail and resultant military feeling is incredible. The fantastically descriptive fight sequences are incredible and make you think you're in the middle of a Navy SEAL unit or Rainbow 6 squad. Top this all off with seriously talented prose and an absolutely corker of a storylinel. It's one of the best zombie novels I have ever read." -- 5 stars, SF Book Reviews

"This was a great book and a thrilling read that dealt with the whole zombie outbreak idea through a series of different and original perspectives. It offers a more upbeat and fresh approach, almost as though mankind actually has a chance of getting past this. The momentum of this novel is constant and relentless! I love Kristopher's matter-of-fact style of writing... this, my friends, is how zombie fiction deserves to be written!" -- 5 stars, The TBR Pile

"Kristopher's invigorating prose and storytelling abilities blew me away as I read. He's created an extremely scary novel intertwining real world current events with the zombie apocalypse.  I was fascinated, my imagination working constantly to process the wonderful images, explanations, and concepts presented throughout this piece." -- 4 stars, A Book Vacation

From the Author

I wanted to write the novel version of the movie I saw in my head, and judging from the reviews, I succeeded. I hope you enjoy the book, and please consider leaving a review, especially if you liked it; that way, I'll know you want the sequels, too!

Product Details

  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098361850X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grey Gecko Press; 2 edition (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052YOGPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,084 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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*SPOILERS* I'm astonished that so many people seemed to enjoy this book. I found it difficult to read the entire thing. So many aspects were simply too silly or downright absurd to ignore. Nothing in this book that deals with the military feels right. It feels like it was written by someone who has no knowledge of the military beyond what they've seen in movies. There is open (and seemingly approved of) fraternization among the ranks, including gay and straight relationships in the same unit. Civilians are drawn into military service and immediately made officers and in some cases given command over seasoned special forces troops. And then there's the basic premise which features a conspiracy by the U.S. government to hide a hundred years of zombie outbreaks, and nobody catches on, even though this is happening around the globe, in every country. Civilians and the members of the press are assassinated in the name of secrecy, and again nobody notices. Army units firebomb entire towns in the U.S. and you guessed it, nobody seems to notice. Death Star sized bunkers are built around the country to house ten thousand people each for 20 years (which is beyond absurd), and again *shocker* nobody notices their construction. Finally, in a side note, everyone seems to giggle and chuckle in the book, all the time. According to my Kindle, the words "chuckle" and "giggle" were used no less than 40 times (remember, this is a book about zombies and the end of the world). I was tempted to make a drinking game out of it, but I would have died from alcohol poisoning.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Zombie Novel July 17, 2011
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As I said, not your average zombie novel!... Don't get me wrong, I love zombie-gore as much as the next zombie lover. This book however, is a completely new take on the zompocalypse. The world's governments have known zombies existed since the 1800's and have been working behind the scenes dealing with small outbreaks globally ever since. This book follows a select group of our armed-forces as they try to keep the country from being over-run with "walkers", while the government tries to come up with a cure/solution and a way to ensure the survival of the human race. It is very well written with characters you can 'connect with' and care about. As I said, there isn't a lot of 'zombie-gore', but enough action to keep you turning pages. The 'afterward' in the book indicates that this is book #1 of a trilogy. I know I'll definitely be buying the 2nd installment.

As a side note: There were only a few errors in this book, and these were only instances where on a few occasions, a single line of text repeated a second time. Seems maybe to just have been a formatting error.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand all the 5 star reviews March 6, 2012
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I will preface this by saying this is my first book review. I read quite a few books based on the reviews of others, and find it necessary to chime in as I believe the reviews on this book were misguided, to say the least.
I have read a good 20 Zombie/Apocalypse novels recently and found this one to be among the most lacking in many areas. First, the character development is absurd. The main characters are totally inconsistent in behavior, background, believability. Why is the main character the expert on all things zombie simply because he managed to hide long enough to get saved by the army? He goes from a bookstore manager to an elite forces leader. Seriously? And the absurd swings of emotions from all characters--has there ever been a bunch of angrier soldiers?-is pathetic. The main characters love interest also swings from supposed hard-nosed soldier to a blubbering mess at every turn. And the "choosing" of lovers is inane as well.
One of my biggest pet peeves in this genre is the absurd reactions and behaviors characters have during end of world scenarios. People dying by the millions and billions and all they are emotionally equipped to think is who is cute and has great hair. Enough already. This book was immensely immature on a ton of levels. It was also a total melding of other books I have already read. The haphazard introduction of a religious theme at the end was particularly lame and added nothing to the story.
Lastly, I will say that I am amazed at all the typos and grammatical errors in e-books, but this one by far was the worst offender. I could edit this book in a day so that it wouldn't be nearly as offensive to a reader's sensibilities.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5th grade level dialogue December 15, 2011
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I bought this book due to it's high ratings. This time the ratings didn't work for me. Hetero/homo sex in the barracks before and after missions? Give me a break. Plus fifth grade dialogue at best. I have read a ton of zombie books and this is by far the worst. I only finished it to see if there was any redeeming qualities anywhere in the bok. For me there were none.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story February 13, 2014
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This is a post apocalypse zombie Story that is excellently written. above standard character development. There is a sense of humanity throughout the story. The zombie virus has a good beginning back story. the government is portrayed as competent. Military weapon acronyms are present but not overwhelming. attention to detail is a plus with this author. the book itself is very well edited. I am definitely reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this author to be given the chance of having his work read. In a market saturated with zombie post apocalypse fiction this author stands out on his own with something different from beginning to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, I was enjoying every page.
the story was just one of the best zombie book I have read in a long time. I loved reading this book.
Published 14 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
A nice history lesson in zombie lore. To see that the government tries to controller the situation, but ultimately knows it can't, then endeavors to save only a fraction of the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Danbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your attention. Especially during the Ebola outbreaks. ...
Keeps your attention. Especially during the Ebola outbreaks....surprising similarities
Published 24 days ago by Nicole Peetz
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book. From start to finish it kept my ...
This was a great book. From start to finish it kept my attention. I liked the way the author started on how the illness started small and over time grew to the end of the world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dalder
5.0 out of 5 stars Youll like this one!
This book has likeable characters and the main character is someone you want to root for to succeed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Tuccillo
3.0 out of 5 stars thery are okay to good. One simply wonders why our heroesy put up ...
It is not just the zombies that strain belief, it is the characters that fight them and the action sequences in which they do so. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James lange
4.0 out of 5 stars Military & zombie action non-stop...
Mr. Kristopher has done a wonderful job creating a zombie splatter-fest that didn't fail to entertain. I enjoyed the book immensely and can't wait to read the next one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Couldn't put it down. I'm reading it again for the third time!
Published 1 month ago by Nikki Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars The End
This is the first (and I hope of many) book that I have read by Jason Kristopher and I have enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the concept off taking the fight to the zombies ...
Really well done. I like the concept off taking the fight to the zombies instead of it just being people who are helpless and running all the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Auter
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Jason Kristopher was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in northern Colorado, enjoying the beautiful weather. Sometime later, he lost his mind - or found himself again, depending on who you talk to and where they're from - and moved back to the Lone Star State.

Jason currently lives in the Houston area and enjoys reading, writing, movies, music (live and not), the Houston Astros (winning and not), singing karaoke and the Texas hill country, especially the vineyards.

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