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Journals of the Damned [Kindle Edition]

GJ Zukow
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the genetically engineered single celled parasite Toxoplasmosa Mondus Omni is released upon the world, nothing will ever be the same again. It starts by moving like wild fire through the animal kingdom, killing them by the billions and driving them insane.
Then it mutates and sweeps through the human race who have no immunity to this man made horror.
As if this new plague isn't bad enough, sickening and killing people after driving them mad as it had in the beasts, it brings with it something truly terrible...
It raises the dead , with a cannibalistic hunger, to hunt down the immune.
These are the journals of two desperate survivors that have been recovered from the time of the Apocalypse.

Contains adult language.


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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RAI0RW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,035 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being a cheapskate paid off February 21, 2013
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And indeed it did. All I saw was 'plague', ' zombie' and 'FREE' and I was hitting that 'buy now' button. Given it was free, my expectation were low, and they shouldn't have been. This was a case of 'cheap doesn't mean bad', instead I discovered a well written book with a lot going for it.

The book is written journal style, and as such the writing style can be a bit simplistic. That said, the story is well told. It does not suffer from too much detail nor too little. The causes of a plague and resultant Zombie infection are explained in way that is chillingly believable. The author insures the reader isn't struggling to understand how things have happened or what is going on. It is at times an action packed read, so if you are into a bit of Zombie attacking you'll certainly enjoy that aspect of the book.

The book is divided into two sections, both representing the journals of two different characters. There is a bit of doubling up as both journals describe the same events albeit from different perspectives. While the transition to the second journal threw me a bit at first, it didn't take long to adapt.

While I did enjoy the read, I don't think it quite 5 star material. Two key factors, I found the ending very abrupt. It was very much a case of 'yessss- but then what?' In that respect it was a story half told. The other factor was two sex scenes, both were pretty crude, unexpected and ( in my opinion) just detracted from the story.

Anyway, if you like the PA/ zombie genre I'd be surprise if you don't enjoy this. And if is is still free ( or even a couple of bucks) you seriously have nothing to lose and I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Well written - action - a few twists - a bit clever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really needed editing. Really. November 1, 2013
By KadyH
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Had a very hard time reading this. The story kept me interested enough to keep going, but it wasn't easy, what with zombies barring their teeth and people starring out of windows, and the main characters name changing from Jannie to Jennie at one point. Not that that was the worst of it. There were sentences that didn't even make sense, and I don't think any of the errors were deliberate, as one reviewer suggested, to show the characters lack of education. Would a teenager and an older man both say "anyways" instead of "anyway"? Maybe, but in this case I don't think they should have. Regretfully, I can't see myself ever reading anything else by this author. There are too many other books to read that won't give my internal editor fits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Decent Read February 27, 2013
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The Pros: It's a good story with good continuity and a plausible premise. There's considerable action and the story moves right along. The author drops a number of fairly subtle clues here and there about how and why things happen later on in the story, and it held my interest start-to-finish. The female protagonist got street-smart and tactically savvy real fast, and the guns 'n' ammo and military equipment was for the most part dead-bang on.

The freebies and ninety-nine cent books are generally junk or jewels with almost no in-between. This one is right up there in the 'jewel' class - try it; you won't be sorry.

The Cons: This is ostensibly a journal written by a seventeen-year-old high school senior and a journal written by a not-too-overly-bright cab driver, so I cut this one more of a sprout than I usually do - I'm generally pretty harsh about spelling, punctuation, sentence structure et al.

That said, still found a number of annoying errors and stylistic difficulties.
The author used far too many cliches and trite phrases. Also, more adjectives don't necessarily make the story any more descriptive. It frequently felt like the author was trying to describe similar items or occurences in as many different ways as possible; many of the descriptions felt forced and stilted. This was particularly noticible in the zombie descriptions: 'rotted', 'putrid', 'abomination', 'blood-thirsty', 'flesh-hungry' ad nauseum. Okay, they're zombies - we get it.

Author could have cut about half to two-thirds of the adjectives and had a tauter, punchier end product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit gory at times but a good book February 26, 2013
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I enjoy zombie stories but not ones that are heavy the blood and guts, rather ones that focus on the survival aspects and the causes that created the zombies.
This story has lots of blood and guts.
Normally I would've stopped reading this story when it became so graphically violent. Yet a good friend recommended this book to me, so I read it completely.
I found that as the story progressed it became more of a survival story and so I ended up enjoying it more than I would've thought.
The characters are not "likeable" as much as they are relatable. I know someone who fits the character of Allan to a t.
I recommend this lovers of the zombie apocalypse books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good zombie story February 15, 2013
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I liked the journal aspect of telling the story, and having multiple journals in the book. However, it never really did feel like anything other than an author telling two stories of the zombie apocalypse. But, the stories were good and the characters were interesting, so who cares? :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my taste…
I know it's fiction, but it's really to easy for her. Not much in the way of how things would probably really work. I made it half though, I tried.
Published 20 days ago by Pickles dad
4.0 out of 5 stars I very much liked the journal style of this book
freebie. I very much liked the journal style of this book. tough female teen pairs up with cabdriver and fights off Z's and bad guys. Read more
Published 1 month ago by larry B
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Zombie Apocalypse Lovers!
It was a fantastic read. Forget the rumblings of others regarding typos. This is written in a journal format and I seriously doubt either Jannie or Allen had an editor riding... Read more
Published 1 month ago by el hombre
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done
Very good short stories. It's nice to see the main character have common sense and be able to make simple life saving decisions quickly and correctly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Question after reading 60%
So far this is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the zombie or apocalyptic genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars journals of the damned
Well done zombie novel. Good story and good action. My only complaint is a bit more proof reading would have been welcome as there are a number of mistakes.
Published 3 months ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The overall sum of the book---very good work, totally engrossing, although some typos and "spelled right but still the wrong word" type errors ("mute" for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by CliffStamp BSG315
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
WOW!!! Love the story and characters. Found myself getting emotionally involved and pulling for Janet. Best story I've read in months.
Published 5 months ago by kasploosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different.
Couldn't put it down. This one was well worth my weekend, and my five stars. There may have been a few minor errors in this book that a few other reviewers have pointed out, but I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beatrice
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
I enjoyed the journal format and appreciated the approach creatively thinking. I did not like the ending though. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neutron
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More About the Author

I've often been asked why I decided to publish my first works in the Zombie genre and why in the journal format where everything is written in first person perspective, past tense (mainly).
I usually answer in a rather long explanation that often gets sidetracked, but here it is:
I started out writing some fan fiction on the Project Zomboid forums (http://projectzomboid.com/blog/) using some of my previously started but never finished scrawlings and people enjoyed it. After a couple of months I saw that I had written the equivalent of half a standard novel and hadn't even scratched the surface of the story that I had intended to write.
After 89,000 words or so, I decided to bundle up the stories and called them "Journals of the Damned". Now that Volume 2 is finished after yet another ninety thousand words or so, I published it also.
Hopefully, after I write Volume 3, I will have finally told the whole story. So far this story, that is stuck in my head, has taken me over a year to write out...and I have still more to write.

I have found that journal style writing is very different from standard novel style. The style of writing can be extremely limiting and restrictive, but it has definitely made me a better writer. (I think you can see some progression in comparing Volume 1 with Volume 2, in all honesty).

I actually feel as if the story chose me to write it and not the other way around...as odd as that sounds.
This series of books is actually written on my blog (http://gthez.blogspot.com/) where I go from outline to 'Alpha" to 'Beta' in chapter (well, parts of chapters sometimes) size ramblings. The writing is not only good practice but has become a creative outlet for me. I write because the people who enjoy the subject and format read it. Feel free to stop by.

As always, Enjoy!

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