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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!


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"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: #3,751 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 18 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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41 of 54 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dying of the LIght June 14, 2011
By RandiTS
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When this book first popped up in my Amazon recommends list, I read the description and then saw the author was from Houston so of course I had to buy it just to support the local talent.

Imagine my surprise when I got so immersed in the story that I finished it in one sitting! This is not your typical zombie book in that the characters are always running and trying to survive and seem to have a multitude of talents that the normal person on the street would never have - instead, we find that there have been isolated "walker" outbreaks for over a hundred years and that the government has quietly been containing them.

The main character, a survivor of an incident, is recruited to join the "special teams" that are used to fight the walkers. From there, you have enough twists, turns, and surprises to keep you glued to the page. The character development is indepth enough that you actually care what happens to them and more importantly, toward the end of the book, I could see what the author wrote as something that would actually happen if this were a true story.

I read at least a book a day of all genres and I can honestly say that I am amazed that this is the first book Jason Kristopher has written. And, unlike many "zombie" books that are a short and easy read, this is a "real" novel. I can't wait to read the next installment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story February 13, 2014
By rhl
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting the second installment June 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There's a lot of zombie stories out there, and this is definitely one worth reading. It's the first installment in a trilogy, and having read it, I am awaiting the next one. The story is engaging, the characters are realistic and three-dimensional, the dialogue is realistic.

This author has a knack for story-telling and took the time to polish his work into a gem. You wouldn't know this novel was a freshman effort if you weren't told. One could easily see this novel being adapted to film.

If you like EOTWAWKI (End Of The World As We Know It) and zombie genres, stop reading the reviews and get this book. It will not disappoint.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover
Don't let the cheap-looking cover fool you: this is a great read! Well-paced and engulfing. Descriptive enough to picture it as a movie. Thanks for the great story!
Published 1 day ago by C. Frink
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 5 days ago by Elvalee S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Zombie Spook Fest
I was surprised to become so quickly hooked by this story. Zombie fiction had yet to interest me; I've never watched a single episode of "The Walking Dead". Read more
Published 7 days ago by AlwaysAardvarks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Don't like series style books for the most part but this was good enough for me to look forward to the next in line
Published 8 days ago by Lafayette McKinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing that pulls you in and keeps the pages turning.
This story was so well written that I was surprised to find out that I had ln hand a zombie book. Normally I do not care for the whole Zombie thing but this story pulled me in... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 'Life' story!
I really, really enjoyed this work of art! It involved so many of my favorites - zombies, the military, love, and more. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nancy Tatum
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for a Zombie Book
I'm not generally a fan of end of the world zombie books. However, this was a good read due to the author's rich development of the characters.
Published 11 days ago by Alan Arthur Katje
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read.
I enjoyed reading this book. The pace was nice with just a few plot twisters to make it better than "just another Zombie book" Well written and edited with no typos that... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jerry Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail, fast-paced and attention grabbing
Not your run-of-the-mill zombpocalyps novel! Great detail, fast-paced and attention grabbing.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best zombie apocoplipse stories yet.
This is a very good tale leaving the reader with a "what if" question in mind. It's apparent the author did a lot of research prior to writing End.
Published 14 days ago by Oliver W. Robertson
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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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