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LZR-1143: Infection (Book One of the LZR-1143 Series) [Kindle Edition]

Bryan James
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Book Description

The horrifying, suspenseful and incredibly popular first book of the LZR-1143 series: a post-apocalyptic, action-packed zombie collection!

Book One: LZR-1143: Infection 
Book Two: LZR-1143: Evolution 
Book Three: LZR-1143: Redemption

He used to be someone. He used to be in pictures.

Until he was convicted of murdering his wife and condemned to a life sentence in a psychiatric prison, Mike McKnight was a movie star. A real, live action hero. But the mysterious circumstances surrounding his beloved wife's death pointed a damning finger at just one person: him. He was tried by a world that hated him. He was convicted by a jury who never doubted his guilt. He was discarded and forgotten, locked away by a society that moved on.

At least until the zombies showed up.

From a drugged stupor, he emerges into a world that has crumbled and where mankind is on the verge of elimination. He is suddenly thrust into a nightmare of epic proportions when the dead rise as a brutal and terrifying plague on the world of the living. In a landscape littered with post-apocalyptic terrors, Mike and a handful of survivors battle humans and zombies alike, fleeing headlong through danger and despair.

Over the hellscape of a dying city, to the doubtful retreat of the mountainous countryside, Mike fights to stay alive in a world of the dead, recover his memories, and retrieve a cure to the most threatening plague the world has ever known.

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Critical Reviews

"Never dull for a moment ... I can't wait for the sequel!"

"The main character, a criminally insane action movie star, was very funny and his leading lady was also a riot. I would recommend LZR-1143: Infection and I would also buy the sequel."

"Mr. James has written one of the better novels in this genre to come my way in a long time."

"Descriptive, and nothing for the faint-hearted ... You can't help but be anxious, relieved, or sympathizing with the characters ... This is how a true horror story should be." --Zombie Bookshelf

Reader Reviews

"A tight, well-woven story"

"This book is amazing! Well written, fully captivating, believable and impossible to put down."

"Be prepared to get hooked!"

"By far the best franchise zombie series."

"LZR-1143: Infection pushed all my buttons. It was well-written and the hero was fantastically original. From the minute I fired up my kindle, your story was a suspenseful, creepy, action packed, plenty humorous, and very fun ride. Well done!"

"A must-read for the zombie fan."

"One of the best zombie books I've read."

Top 100 in Horror for Kindle

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From the Author

I hope you love reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it. It's been a pleasant surprise to experience the recent upturn in the popularity of zombie fiction--a genre that somehow gets overlooked, or even denigrated, at times. In the vast overabundance of literature involving creatures of the night--vampires, I'm looking at you here--I think there's a marker to be laid down in favor of this breed of fiction.

I think the post-apocalyptic genre, and the zombie sub-genre specifically, is indicative of a secret yearning. In a society full of people and technology and reality shows and tweets and blogs and constant information overload and ever-present presence everywhere, I think there is a buried longing for silence. For peace and quiet. For some piece of loneliness that can never truly be achieved in a society now so intertwined and interconnected.

There's something important in that longing, and if you're reading this, you understand it too. Happy reading, friends.

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TZLNH2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,611 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5-Star Zombie Story, 1-Star Ending October 26, 2010
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First I want to say that I highly recommend this book to zombie fans. It's a fast-paced, well-written page-turner. While it doesn't really break any new ground, it's a solid contribution to the genre that zed fans will appreciate. The main characters -- especially the lead -- actually have memorable personalities, and the setting at the beginning of the book is an interesting way to kick off the story. Bravo on both counts.

The concept is solid, the fight scenes are very descriptive without being overdone, and the author kept overt and gratuitous references to specific weapons noticeably absent which was appreciated by this reviewer.

The only drawback, besides a few minor grammar errors, was an ending that can only be described as cliche beyond belief. I was stunned that such an abrupt and poor excuse for a conclusion had been attached to an otherwise noteworthy novel. I didn't see it coming, but surprises like this you can keep. I don't want to put forth any spoilers, but suffice it to say the entire story gets flipped on its head on the last page or two. It was a letdown.

With that said, I still have to admit that the ride was worth it and I'm glad I read it. This is my first novel by this author, and I'm happy I found this book with the hope that others by him will be just as good... and with better endings.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Didn't Grab Me June 11, 2012
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I read a lot of zombie fiction, and there is a lot of bad stuff out there. Granted, this is far better than a lot of what I have read, but for some reason, I just couldn't connect with the main character. He seemed too unreal, with his whole movie star background. And having us constantly wait to find out what his famous line in his movie was is ridiculous. I haven't finished the book yet, have about thirty pages left, so I can't be sure the author ever does tell us what the dumb line is, but I imagine it'll be worked into the ending somehow.

All in all, I found this book to be too hard to believe. Yes, zombies are unreal in their own right, but this book just seemed to make it too easy for the main character. Stuck on a roof? Presto, helicopter will save you. Feeling bad about abandoning the ship? Don't feel bad, it ends up filled with zombies anyway so you made the right choice. Zombie plague is wiping out the country and who can save it? Our main man, who happens to have the inside scoop because of his wife, the scientist. Seriously, how many action movie heroes are married to genius scientists? It's just so far fetched. Oh, and one of your people gets bit on the arm? Let's chop it off with an ax, and less than an hour later the girl with the amputated arm is up and ready to rejoin the fight. It seems like Stumpy, I mean Sam, would be feeling too tired from all the blood loss to get up and join the team on a mile long walking expedition, but nope, she's fine.

Finally, the editing errors in this book grated on me. There weren't a lot, but the ones that were present were annoying as heck. Let me just say that I will feel no remorse as I "wave" good-bye to this book but I warn you, you might want to "waive" your right to read it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought this was a fantastic book that kept me engaged and turning the page. I had a hard time putting it down because I just could not wait to find out what would happen next. It was very well written and just a great mystery/action book -- even if you aren't into zombie novels, you will like this one!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creative perspective, but laced with cliche July 9, 2012
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Having the main character wake up in an insane asylum certainly offers a differnt perspective, especially when he constantly questions whether the zombies are real or in his mind. However, that creativity becomes overshadowed by the cliches found in many other zombie novels: the amazing roof rescue, the government conspiracy, and - above all - the crazy Christian. Maybe the fact that so many zombie novelists can't be bothered to edit out the grammatical errors - another zombie cliche - is what made a decent Christian scientist go crazy in the first place! I will read the next book because the main character is so much fun, but I hope he adds some details we haven't already seen too many times.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected May 23, 2011
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I've been on a zombie apocalypse kick for awhile so thought I'd give this one a chance. I'm glad I did. Genuine moments of creepiness and tension, with plenty of gore to go around. I subtracted one star for the ambiguous ending [it was actually quite frustrating]. I also subtracted one star for all the distracting typos, of which there were lots. I hope the author starts proofreading better, and learns the difference between its and it's.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a made for tv movie December 29, 2011
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I really liked the beginning of this. It started out strong, I was excited to keep reading. And then, it happened. When the author introduced the woman, it started reading like a Lifetime Original movie right down to the part where the bad guy takes the time to explain himself instead of just killing everyone.

I am disappointed in the reviewers who lead me astray with their five stars. Are you friends of the author?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Fugitive" Meets Romero November 11, 2010
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This was a fun zombie outing that struggled a bit between camp and seriousness. I took it as an afternoon escape and in that context it satisfied. What I enjoyed about it was the effort to explain how the infection started and this was maintained through the conspiracy plot. The novel's pace was also gratifying. Where it lost me was when it attempted to be too serious with lines like, "Like all good things in this world, however, that small respite from reality eventually came to an end. Not with a whimper, but with a moan." (should have substituted "groan"). And like many zombie efforts these days (which undermines the genre), there were typos and misspellings, such as, "I wound the belt around my waste and made sure my weapons were loaded." Still good fun like a comic book from childhood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this book!
Published 1 day ago by katie russell
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must read" for zombie apocalypse book enthusiasts!
Awesome story line with a twist ending# I couldn't put it down!
Published 9 days ago by VeroLynn
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book kept me at the edge of my ...
I enjoyed the book kept me at the edge of my seat
Published 11 days ago by nique
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
wasn't great but wasn't bad either
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 24 days ago by Blaine Masson
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of zombies
Infection is truly a zombie masterpiece. I enjoyed it from start to finish.I could barely put it down. It holds a grip on you until you have reached the end. Mr. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book!
This was a very good read, I would definitely recommend to anyone that loves zombie books.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept Reading
Very good story line for me. I wanted finish quickly. Each page took me away from the business of this day to day process. That is what fiction is supposed to do.
Published 1 month ago by Neutron
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good zombie read
well paced and kept my interest but the ending was lacking. Worth reading if you like somewhat fast paced reads.
Published 1 month ago by S. Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Zombie Fun
This was a fun story. The main character was likable and not over the top. Very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Stoesen
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Bryan lives happily with his beautiful wife, his amazing son, his ornery Dachshund and his go-lucky Vizsla--the latter having served as continuing inspiration for his canine character in the LZR-1143 series.

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