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Mace of the Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Daniel J Williams , Catt Dahman , Rachel Dooley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On a beautiful spring afternoon in San Francisco a deadly toxin is released. Within hours it spreads like wildfire, consuming the entire Bay Area. A small group of survivors, desperate to stay alive, must travel through a gauntlet of raging corpses, battling their inner demons and each other along the way.

Through a priest, they gain access to a partial antidote. Holing up in a hospital in an attempt to create a safe zone, everything they believe in will be questioned. The antidote, they soon discover, is almost as dangerous as the infection.

Things unravel within their walls as a teenage gang deliberately infects themselves after receiving the partial cure. They revel in the power it gives them. Believing in their invincibility, they declare war on all who get in their way.

Faith will be lost. Lives will be surrendered. Heroes will rise.

"Loved it. Will definitely have to get the rest of his books. I thought I would read a few chapters before going to sleep and before I knew it I was halfway through. Definitely a keeper." - Amazon Reviewer


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About the Author

Daniel J Williams is the author of the Mace of the Apocalypse series, a tale of survival in a world gone mad.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1256 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: J Ellington Ashton Press (February 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00785KEKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mace of the Apocalypse February 13, 2012
By RandiTS
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Mace of the Apocalypse is a totally unique zombie book in my view. My rating wavered between a 4 and a 5 - read below and you can decide for yourself...

The book starts with Mace and his partner Jade. They are a couple who are also bounty hunters out on a run to catch a guy with a purple mohawk who is suppose to be getting of a train in a BART station in San Francisco. Jade is at the top of the station in case Mace misses him and Mace is waiting below for him to get off the train.

Meanwhile, on the train itself, there is a foreign man with a vase of flowers and a pretty red balloon with a strange symbol on it. He is sweating and drawing attention although most of it is all smiles, thinking he is nervous about his upcoming romantic encounter. One gang banger though is suspicious because he had heard on the news earlier that several terrorist plots were stopped in NYC that involved the same strange symbol on the balloon so he is going to be a hero and stop the guy. He goes in for the kill - unfortunately, the terrorist pops the balloon, releasing the poison, everyone on the train dies, and turns into rage filled killers.

Mace sees the purple mohawk guy and is going in to arrest him when he hears all the screams - of course, purple hair guy gets eaten before Mace can get to him and all turns to chaos. Mace runs from the station to meet up with Jade and meets up with the first of the survivors that he gathers along the run to safety. Along the way, they find out that they have the "cure" and go to a hospital to manufacture more to share with others. Several characters I wanted to backhand and feed them to the infected myself - Mace is a better person than I am because I would have shoved them off the bus...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of gets lost along the way May 13, 2012
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I've really got some mixed feelings over this book. I picked it up as a free purchase, so to be honest, it would be rather churlish to complain, but on the other hand, it's just not a five star effort.

From a technical viewpoint, the book was reasonably well written, minimum grammatical and spelling errors which can be so distracting and seems to be prevalent in self published books lately. From a stylistic point of view, the story starts out a little slowly, speeds up nicely, reveals secrets regularly and then builds to a crescendo. So far, so good. The problem however, is that somewhere, somehow, the story loses it's way and veers sharply into the realms of just plain stupid. I know this is a zombie story and so the reader should park their common sense at page one and leave it there, but still, I like my stories to have a little bit of internal consistency. Characters act in inexplicable ways, change their behaviour for no reason and plot devices are introduced that are so contrived it's almost painful to read.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good rainy afternoon filler, but compared to some of the other offerings in the genre it was a little disappointing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucked me in from the start! February 29, 2012
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This book starts out with a bang and never lets you go. It's a truly frightening world they find themselves living in and it's very interesting to see the different ways that people react and adjust to their new surroundings. The characters were so vivid and some of them so relatable that I found myself wanting to jump in and hang out with them (in a safe place, of course.) Or jump in and shake some sense into them in some cases! This book is frightening, sometimes extremely violent and very well written. I felt like I was along for the ride and I still find myself thinking about them and wondering how they're faring. Looking forward to the sequel!!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hypocritical and cliched story line May 19, 2012
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The author just tried to make too many half thought out political and religious statements, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. I expected a fun, thrilling novel based on the book's description but got mini sermons that never really went any where. None of the characters were the least bit likeable, selfish and hypocritical right through to the priest and that made it really hard to want to keep reading. At the end of the book I couldn't really figure out what the point of the whole thing was. I wouldn't normally expect a point in a zombie book, but it seemed like the author was trying to make one here. If you're going to do that, then make it clear.

It starts with hidden Arabs cells causing the apocalypse, knowing that it will mean the dead will rise (now, I'm not too au fait on the beliefs of extremist Muslim but I'd doubt that reanimation of their own corpses is quite considered dying for Allah). I found it frustrating to find no care taken to not lay the blame at the feet of every Muslim or Arab in the world, and find the terrorist line an easy ride in general. Easy rides were a theme throughout the book.

Christianity and faith feature heavily in the book (they're on a mission from God folks), even though the leader of the group is most un-Christian (no explanation given due to the risk of spoilers). I may be reading too much between the lines but racism seems to play a part too... The only black people in the book attempt to rape and murder the group, though the description of these characters is carefully worded to only insinuate colour. In fairness there is a cliche white pedophile and sexually promiscuous young white teenagers but it seems that drugs and infection tipped them over the edge rather than it being in their inherent nature if you catch my drift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
I could not put this series down!!!Buy it buy it,you will not regret it.Im a huge fan of reading and know what I'm talking about lol. Read more
Published 5 days ago by charlie j delafosse
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, But Could Had Been Better
Mace and Jade, two young Californian bounty hunters working the streets of San Francisco, when the initial event happens. The book starts off with a strong beginning. Read more
Published 12 days ago by india51
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I was torn between 3 or 4 stars but decided on four because there are new and potentially brilliant ideas and plot twists in this story. Read more
Published 17 days ago by hjharry
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read.
The onset was interesting and probably one of the most believable in today's world of killing and destruction behind a guise of religious fervor. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Charlotte H.
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible story
So much action. Mace started off on a sprint and ended up a full blown obstacle course. The first book in this series has me sucked in and getting ready to read book 2 right after... Read more
Published 1 month ago by shansharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Thoroughly enjoyed the read. The characters were well developed and the story progressed well. Very much enjoyed. Bought Jade before I finished. Be prepared to read them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Very good story, characters seemed so real. The good, the bad and the ugly(zombies)! Lol. Anyway it's a very good read, can't wait to see what happens next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BookWarrior
4.0 out of 5 stars Really engaging story without overdoing the gore
I really enjoy stories of survival in post-apocalyptic worlds. I also enjoy zombie stories when the zombie factor isn't some magical transformation, but rather has some believable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Counselor Troi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Slightly different take on the infected but it worked so well. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to getting the next one in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Veronica L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
This first novel of a series is a very well written zombie post apocalypse story. Character building and human elements are two areas that make up a good believable story and Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rhl
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More About the Author

Daniel J Williams grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Some of his favorite activities as a kid included scaring the bejesus out of kids on Halloween, terrorizing neighbors playing doorbell-ditch, and excelling in the ultimate sport of Dodgeball. He somehow managed to score a business degree and wasted years toiling in the business world, writing technical sheets and marketing materials.

He finally realized what was missing in his life: Zombies! Spending several years working on his breakthrough novel, Mace of the Apocalypse, he then couldn't help himself and penned three more novels with the same characters in a continuation of the story.

The Mace of the Apocalypse series spans the beginning of a zombie outbreak in San Francisco to its ultimate conclusion in San Antonio, TX. It can be purchased through Amazon.com.

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