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Fire: The Collapse (Elements of the Undead Book 1) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

I began the novel that became Fire in the midst of the Great Recession, when my own world was crashing down around me just like that of the characters in the book. Mired in anxiety over the future, I poured my energies into Megan and Jack and Hollister, setting them loose in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that on some days, was more appealing than the real world. A story of good and evil, of damaged goods versus false perfection, it's still one of my favorites.

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: 2285 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Devious Productions, LLC; 1.1 edition (May 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZR04ZK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,944 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By shira46 on July 7, 2011
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This is a decent zombie/apocalypse story. It reminded me of The Stand, not that the author is as good as Stephen King, not too many writers are, but that it's about the end of civilization and separate communities of good guys and bad guys forming. Who have to fight off roaming bands of zombies.

It took me a long time to get into the story, until about 40%, because it jumped around a lot at first with the author setting up the characters and the backgrounds. Then it gets to the story of the survivors and was a good read right until the end.

This is not a stand-alone book; there is no resolution at the end. And from the author notes it appears the sequel has not been written yet. It's still worth reading, especially for free as it is as of this date (Kindle edition-I accidentally posted this review on the paperback edition.)

In response to the one other review, which was critical, the story does start out in a brothel but after that there is very little sex, and even in the brothel it is very mild.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Matheu on July 9, 2011
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I really enjoyed this first book in the series. Most of the book concentrates on character development and the setting of the environment for the future story. I agree with the thought that it reminded me of The Stand, but there is more than enough action and suspense to keep the story moving through the developmental stages.

Highly recommended, and I look forward to the next installment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keith C Blackmore on November 25, 2011
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First off, before I picked up this book, I read a few of the bad reviews. One or two readers mention the sex scene at the beginning and how they found it offensive or almost quit reading because of it. The scene is, in fact, quite well done, and certainly not X-rated as one person mentioned. When I read the scene, I was like "That's IT?" :)

It's hilarious to think that the sex scene in question offended these people MORE than buying a book about things that EAT people! I'm reading scenes that are quite intense in the depiction of zombies eating people, and yet that's OKAY to these offended readers? How can a person be okay with violent material but scream X over one exceptionally tame sex scene?

Come on.

Really. (Shakes head)

Anyway, as zombie books go, I enjoyed this one. Esmont has a very readable style about him and his action sequences are well done. The characters in here are faced with some intense situations. There are some scenes that are very well presented, with a reasonable amount of gore. (I grew up with Stephen King and Brad McCammon, so I'm desensitized somewhat.) I just picked up the copy of Air, and I'm looking forward to getting into that.

If you enjoy zombie books--this is a fine read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.Mitchell on July 18, 2011
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This was one that grabbed me at the beginning. The only thing that I didn't like was at the start it lost me a couple times switching back and forth from 1 person to another. But within the first few pages I learned the names of the different citys,and it made it a bit easier. I highly recomend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Reader on July 12, 2011
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I thought this book was very, very good. Now that I have found so many free/inexpensive Kindle books, it is hard to wade through all of the badly written, boring, and badly edited books to find the few gems, so I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Once I started reading it, I finished it in a day (not too long, though), and I was disappointed when it was over. Would definitely buy another book from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr Book Reviews on July 24, 2012
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I just finished reading this book and I sit here not exactly sure how I feel. I read in a review before me that this has the same feel as The Stand by Stephen King to it. It definitely does, though not nearly as good.

For a zombie book it hit good on the gore that you except, but I never really felt any real fear of them. It seemed to me that there was never really any real threat, sure there where a few spots where things got tight, but it didn't come with the nail biting, jumping at the shadows feel to it. Honestly there where a few times that I forgot I was reading a book about zombies and had an "oh yeah" moment when they would suddenly come up again.

It could just be me, but I never got a close feel for any of the characters in the book at all. I could not have cared less if they all died at one point. I know that comes across as cold, but I like to have someone to cling to in books like this, and if they don't make it in the end I want to feel for them.

All in all I want to say it was okay, nothing terribly bad and nothing great. Kinda like eating a meal that has no real taste but fills you up so you are some what satisfied in the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Hammond on November 20, 2011
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Fire: Book one of the Elements of the Undead Series is an interesting addition to the zombie horror genre. The novel uses the theme of a zombie outbreak by means of a fast spreading infection as it's catalyst, the real focus of it is the survivors. The zombies play a significant, yet small role in the book as a whole. The survivors must defend themselves and do (in grisly and fast paced action sequences). More poignant though is the idea that the infection occurred due to humanity always being in conflict with one another. Some of the survivors see the zombie apocalypse as a chance to set the world right and begin a new civilization; others see it in a more Darwinian view. All in all the real conflict is in the psychology of survival. The chapters are written from the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, until a point where their paths begin to cross. This style, at points, can slow the story down and cause confusion. At other times, once characters have joined up the reader may realize that they don't recall the individual stories. I'm not a huge fan of zombie fiction and see a lot of comparisons to this novel with other novels. The focus on humanity instead of straight gore makes this more original than I had expected.
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