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

Jason Kristopher , Oliver Wetter , Dennis Fanning
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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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, Interval, is now available. Get the Kindle edition free from Amazon with any print purchase.

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best... December 25, 2011
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Story just didn't grab me -- either did the characters. Book was okay, but not what I would rate as well written (e.g., characters were a little flat). It was a little hard to suspend belief (I know, it's a zombie story) and really get in to the plot, and the story was surprisingly predictable. I bought this book due to the genre and the good reviews -- I think the good reviews on this book are inflated. I enjoyed both "Lights Out" and "Tooth and Nail" much, much more.
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6 of 7 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Far, So Good June 1, 2011
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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kristopher at Comicpalooza in Houston this past weekend. He was approachable and pleasant in conversation, and I did as I promised - the following day, I downloaded the sample of The Dying of the Light: End on my Kindle, and burned through it in a few hours. Without hesitation, I downloaded the full book, and am now a little over a quarter done. So far, it's an awesome read - the characters are all well developed and the story well-thought out and greatly paced.

I will update my review once I finish the novel, but so far, so good. My only regret is not purchasing the book at Comicpalooza so that I could have a signed copy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun End of the World Book Candy
I don’t generally read or watch a lot of zombie material. When everyone was on that craze, I was not. But I do love a good zombie story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AnakaliaKlemm
5.0 out of 5 stars His 1st. Book?
For a first book it is an amazing one. I find it hard to believe he hasn't written and published before. He mention typos etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TalenaJean
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving good ole thrill ride
The author starts his story right where it needs to start.. ground zero.. Action, Action and more action. Never bogged down with to much background or detail and lots of zombies! Read more
Published 4 months ago by MaryAnn Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
This is a post apocalypse zombie Story that is excellently written. above standard character development. There is a sense of humanity throughout the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rhl
1.0 out of 5 stars dying light aka most obrig zombie book ever
i only finished reading it becaise i paid 99 cents for it. i would classify it as a boring romance vs. a horror book. there was just no action in it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Dykstra
5.0 out of 5 stars The best zombie book ever written!
I like reading zombie novels, it is their time. I have never read one with such a great plot peopled
By such memorable people. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Can i say it again: Zombies!
Zombies, death. Loss. Hope. its got it all, fans will love it, critics will hate it since it entertains without deep thoughts and subjects.
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Zombie story
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! A good zombie story without concentrating on the gore. There was enough character buld up. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark S. Gott
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
This was an entertaining and enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to others that are interested in the subject matter.
Published 12 months ago by semper vigilant
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE TOP ZOMBIE FICTION
Published 14 months ago by Bobby J. Cooper
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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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