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I'M NOT DEAD: The Journals of Charles Dudley [Kindle Edition]

Artie Cabrera
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I'M NOT DEAD: The Journals of Charles Dudley (second edition)

On November 21st, 2014, a deadly storm transforms the landscape of New York City and the lives of its civilians. The island of Manhattan is under martial law. Neighboring boroughs are isolated without power and communication with the outside world.
There is CHAOS all around.
Charles Dudley, a survivor, writes this intimate and disturbing account about personal demons and deadly encounters with treacherous citizens, predatory humanoids, and extraordinary creatures in this End of Days memoir.

This is a special re-issue and includes the short story SIDE EFFECTS.

(Mature Audience-17+)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2441 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riff Raff; 2 edition (March 11, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, I'm not dead either! March 27, 2013
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I read this book a few weeks ago and I've been debating whether or not to write a review. As an author myself, I would love to get nothing but 5 stars every time but I also appreciate honest reviews with solid criticism. Since I know Artie a little bit I wasn't sure if I wanted to leave a review at all, but here it is.

As an over-all story, it didn't do it for me. For whatever reason, I'm Not Dead didn't have that intangible quality that keeps me turning pages long after I intended to take a break. If I'm totally honest, by the end I was reading just to finish and to see what happens.

If I had to place my finger on it, I would have to say it's the format of the book which is set up like a journal (duh). This is neither a good or bad thing but I guess I prefer a traditional story that flows from beginning to end. I found myself often flipping a few pages back to check the date to figure out when the journal entry happened and that pulled me out of the story.

I was also confused by a few things. There is an "intermission" in the middle of the story with an option for the reader to skip. Not sure why that's an option. It's two related stories to the main story and possibly each other, but I'm not sure. I was assured it would "be continued," which I assumed would be later in the book, but it's not. I guess that's getting picked up in the next volume.

At the end of the journal format of the book, there are a handful of third person narratives which I assume are related to Charlie's journal and what happened to the world, but again, I'm not entirely sure. At first I thought maybe it was a preview of a different book.

Now...all that being said, I want to point out there is some brilliant and I mean FLIPPING BRILLIANT writing in this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!! March 9, 2013
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The first thing that I will tell a potential reader is that this book is not for the individual who is easily offended by profanity. However, if profanity either does not bother you or if you can take it for what it is and let it build the character as he was meant to be portrayed, then you are in for a great ride.

As you may gather by the title, this is in a journal format. With this in mind, do not expect to get your traditional story. Do not expect to discover why things are the way they are. For the most part you are getting one man's perspective of one hell of a messed up world he finds himself in. You're living in this world with him, if only for a little while. And once you are finished... you find yourself wanting back in. As masochistic as that may sound, it is the truth.

I love how Charles Dudley recalls an event or series of events and then almost steps back and discusses how it affected him and the raw emotions evoked... not that he sits and talks about his feelings, but the way that he relays the facts, the internal struggles bleed through and... you just feel it.

The jumping around doesn't bother me very much. At least not like with other authors/stories. I think that it is because each "journal" entry is so bold, so complete, that I don't feel the NEED to "connect the dots." It doesn't need to flow together completely... to do so would seem wrong in some way. No, it is perfect as is in my opinion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real, raw, and gripping March 13, 2013
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Trying to figure out how to write this review took a lot of thought. I'm Not Dead: The Journals of Charles Dudley is difficult to review, because reviews by nature are comparative, and I have never read anything like this before. The closest thing for me to compare this to is Richard Matheson's I am Legend, which is one of my all time favorites. I'm Not Dead, however has a much more real and identifiable feel to it. It is written the way my brain works, meaning it can sound fancy when it wants to, but most often it skews more toward vulgarity and self-interest. In other words, you won't find anything else like this at Barnes & Noble. Huzzah for the self publishing trend as it has delivered us yet another talented author!
I'll address the language first to get it out of the way. This is not a book for the easily offended. Packed front to back with profanity, violence and rape, it is not something I would hand to my grandmother to read. I don't generally use a lot of profanity in my everyday life, but don't be mislead. My brain curses like a drunken sailor with a crippling case of Tourette's, and I found that my thoughts kind of echoed those of Dudley. That being said, through Charles Dudley's view of the vileness and horror that unfolds on New York City, Cabrera has crafted a gripping tale.
This is not a post-apocalyptic tale of society rebuilding, nor is it a zombie tale, although the Deviants certainly have some zombie-ish traits. It's just the story of how one average everyman deals with the end of the world, or at least the end of his world. His wife left him and took his daughter with her. So what if Charlie drank a little too much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read on many levels March 26, 2013
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I loved this book in a lot of different ways. I think it would be best for me to break this down into categories.

This is a "hit the ground running" story. You start off in a sprint and learn the details as you go. Because of this you're on the edge of your seat the whole time as you piece together the facts through the eyes and journal entries of Charles Dudley. If I can offer any advice, it's this: assume nothing. This is not your typical zombie/monster/supernatural thriller. Just strap in, hold on, and do your best to keep up! I love the story and can't wait for more books in the series to come out!

As much as I love the story, I love the characters more, especially our protagonist, Charles Dudley. I didn't always like Charles but I always understood him. As readers, we are passengers in Charles' mind, and it is laid open and raw before us. Charles seems so real to me because he thinks and does things that we might not always like but which are completely authentic - the kinds of things that most of us think and do but don't talk about. Artie Cabrera is a great story teller, but in my opinion, he's an even better creator of living breathing characters. Charles is witty, embarrassing, interesting, vulgar, heroic, messy, and flawed - he is very real and relatable.

When I find a great book I like to have more and more of it. The story of Charles Dudley isn't really his story alone, but a glimpse through his eyes at a much larger story. I can't wait for the next book to come out, and I hope that Mr. Cabrera keeps them coming for some time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
I really enjoyed this book. I love love love post apocalypse type stories and this was perfect. Entertaining and I really cared about Charles and what was going to happen to him... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars I’M NOT DEAD….AGAIN

I read this book when it first came out and recently just read the updated version. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Leo Baskin
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't yet read it.
Haven't yet read it.
Published 2 months ago by ScottinNazareth
4.0 out of 5 stars It was like being immersed in the experience
I don't write many reviews, but I keep thinking about this book. The style and flow of this book add so much to the story. Everything felt intense and somewhat chaotic. Read more
Published 7 months ago by augie's friend
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not dead
This was a fun read about the end of the world told mostly from the point of view of one of the survivors. I wish it had gone a little farther though.
Published 20 months ago by Bratty_me27
2.0 out of 5 stars So Much Potential
I sat on this for two weeks, undecided whether to submit a review. Mostly, I couldn't decide how to rate a book with so much potential, but with some major issues. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mail Debaser
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I love tales that deal with day after situations. Charlie is very real and the story is entertaining and believable. the intermission was odd but worked.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No Redeeming Value
Please, do not choose not to read this book based on my review. Others have loved it.

But I was unable to read past the first fifty pages because I saw no redeeming... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Patricia Scholes
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Dead
I thought this book was pretty good. It kept my attention and I was interested in what became of the characters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant word selection!
Exquisite word choices. Every line painted a picture. Sometimes it was an ugly picture, or a gooey picture. Even the profane was used as a tool in the author's toolbox. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Murphy
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