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LZR-1143: Perspectives [Kindle Edition]

Bryan James
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Book Description

In a world overrun by the living dead, every victim has a story. These are some of those stories. This collection of six short stories from a world ravaged by the LZR-1143 virus tell the tale of six different people, all of whom fell victim, in different ways, to the deadly plague.

From the pilot of a commercial aircraft, overwhelmed in midair, to the lonely soldier stranded high above a world of the undead, the six characters each face their own fears and mortality in different ways.

This 20,000 word short-story collection features a unique selection of characters from the original zombie novel by Bryan James, LZR-1143: Infection, and from the recently released sequel, LZR-1143: Evolution. Each character appears only fleetingly in the longer novels, but each has their own unique thread in the LZR-1143 storyline, all of which are exposed in these short excerpts from their final hours alive.

The collection includes The Pilot, The Boy, The Inmate, The Fry Cook, The Subway Passenger, and The Sniper. In The Pilot, a commercial aviator sees his last flight end in a way he never could have imagined. In The Boy, a family trip is cut short, and a lonely homecoming is not at all as he anticipated. We see the surprising genesis and true identity of a traveling companion in The Inmate, while The Fry Cook reveals the final moments of a teenage fast food worker. In The Subway Passenger, we learn that in the case of zombie apocalypse, you’d probably rather be aboveground. And in The Sniper, the surprising truth that there are some fates that cannot be fought, even with a fifty caliber rifle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4543 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X29R8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,267 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistencies Abound May 30, 2011
By Linda
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When I read that the fridge was dark because the power was out, and the character walks into the living room and turns on the TV, which powers on, it made me cringe. This type of thing happens more than once.
Note to author: Take your time on the next book. I will wait and I will buy it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Zombie Reading October 3, 2011
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If you like zombie tales, then be sure to pick up this short collection. I was looking for fun, interesting free reads to try out with my new Kindle, and this was the first. I picked a winner! Great, fast read, and most importantly, only a couple of minor editing mistakes that in no way detracted from the story. I liked it enough that I'm paying $4.99 to download the first full-length book in the series, LZR-1143: INFECTION. Glad I found this one!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to feel alive? Read about the walking dead! April 22, 2011
By Via
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished ",,,Perspectives" and could not put it down. Bryan James has an impressive ability to create characters that one can relate to. You immediately feel connected because he doesn't waste time on drawn out physical descriptions that attempt to paint the picture for you, rather he creates the emotional atmosphere and allows you to take it from there. These shorts were an equal balance of terror, confusion, shock, gore, and desperation. I was engulfed into every story wrapped individually into feelings that were all too tangible. "The Pilot," left me breathless, claustrophobic and proud at the end. "The Boy," will have me checking behind closed shower curtains for years to come. "The Inmate," well that left me smiling sardonically. "The Sniper," was my favorite! The fear and desperation were disturbingly real for me, and yet, at the end there was hope and I daresay peace, who'd have thunk it? Peace, in a Zombie story? Ironically enough I enjoy Zombie stories not always for the gore, destruction and monotony of the walking dead (although it is a bonus) but mostly I enjoy the rush of life that seizes me when I relate to the survivors. As they say "you never truly feel alive until faced with death." Bryan James has a marvelous way of creating the perfect opportunity for that without any risk of injury. Don't believe me! Read it for yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You have to take this book for what it is... January 28, 2012
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If you asked me to review this book independently knowing nothing about it other than reading a story I would probably give this a 1 star rating and tell you it never tied together and had no right being published. But this is not a story, this is a written dossier on former humans taken by a zombie apocalypse and never meant to be taken as a story of sorts.

As we read LSR:1143 Infection or Evolution we as readers encounter the undead and they are nothing more than bullet fodder and aggressors to harm the living. We think nothing of it when they die, we may even breathe a sigh of relief. Perspectives is written to give the undead, or a few undead a meaning and character. A vision that they went fighting... or crying on the floor like Roy.

In a more advanced Kindle world sections of this book would be a great hyperlink-footnote when the said zombie is referenced and a history to his or her becoming is available. Unfortunately for right now you can just relive some lives in between books 2 and 3. The Walking Dead did a similar gimmick after season one of the show with webisodes featuring Hannah the girl Rick Grimes returns to shoot at the conclusion of the first episode.

The stories are not all that interesting or grand with the exception of the final chapter "the Sniper." Though in "the Fry Cook" Bryan James had a nice little excerpt on the feeling of becoming a zombie as Doreen is bitten.

If you are expecting a fully developed story going into this book you are going to find yourself closing your Kindle and hitting [delete]. If you are reading this as a supplement to Infection you will enjoy and respect the characters just a bit more.

I would give this a 3 1/2 if the system allowed for half points.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some stories better than others March 27, 2012
By Sam
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a collection of short stories about a zombie outbreak that all, to my knowledge, take place around DC. I found that some of the stories are more gripping than the others; I particularly liked the account of a man stuck on the subway.

There are a few things that bothered me, like a television being turned on when the power is supposed to be out and a couple of shifts to the past that don't seem to fit, but all in all, it was an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse.

The stories were decent, but the delivery was so-so. I would have liked to have given this 3 1/2 stars. It's depressing, but I would still recommend this to other fans of zombie lit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies everywhere! April 20, 2013
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Great collection of short stories. Really gets you into the universe of this serise. Quick read. Cant wait to read more!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh glad it was free March 12, 2013
By Frank
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I'd have to of turned into a drunken zombie eating nothing but six packs to of fully enjoyed it, not that I'd of remembered it. It was to me unoriginal. Sure some great setting ideas but it was totally none creative. There's nothing really great at all in this book. If I was drunk and puking on a page, my own vomit could make for a better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good LZR book March 5, 2013
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Just like the other LZR books, this a good stand alone Zombie story. That's one good thing about this author, the books done have to be read in order to be enjoyable. Read these books!
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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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