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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 (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the heart of San Francisco, a toxin is released on board a B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train. Created by Cuban scientists and purchased off the black market by an Islamic militant group, they spike it with alien proteins found inside the “Murchison Stone,” a meteorite that landed in Australia in 1969. The new toxin does more than just kill.
It reanimates the dead.
Mace Marconi, a man with a troubled past, finds himself at the forefront of a living nightmare as the infection spreads. Reluctantly becoming the leader to a small group of survivors, he struggles to retain his sanity as he fails at keeping them safe.
When they unexpectedly come into possession of a small amount of antidote to the original toxin, they find purpose by holing up in a hospital, hoping to develop a cure. What they aren't prepared for are the complications that arise.
The cure isn't all they'd hoped for.
As madness descends over the City, war will be declared inside their walls.

“I have read this entire series, and each of the books were awesome. I gave each of the books a five, because they all got into my head. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in suspense...”

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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: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 336 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 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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22 of 25 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down from the beginning.... March 31, 2012
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WoW! This book never stopped being exciting. I could not stop reading it....i carried my kindle with me EVERYWHERE reading it every second I could get. The story is very well written with great character development. I felt very strongly about each character, loving them or hating them. I honestly can't wait for the next book to be available. This would make a great movie!
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20 of 28 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 More than worth the time to read.
Loved the series. This is not your usual zombie apocalypse series. These books are full of characters that touch your heart leaving an empty place when they are inevitable left... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not care for this book. The flow was odd, as was character definition. Sorry.
Published 29 days ago by sherry gabaldon
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG what a great read, fast past from begging to end
OMG what a great read,fast past from begging to end, blooded all the way though ( so I don't know it would a good read for everyone ,but then again maybe . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth A. Means
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I could NOT put this book down! It was fabulous!! Love the characters and the action was non-stop! Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mace is an awesome character
Absolutely loved this book..cannot wait to read the rest of the series...characters, especially Mace and Jade were great..not just a zombie book, but a story of survival... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cpiwackette50
5.0 out of 5 stars Mace
This was a very good book couldn't put it down this book was surprising wasn't expecting it to be good, can't wait for the next one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Molly p
2.0 out of 5 stars Way to negative a book
too much downer. dropped the whole series
Published 2 months ago by Bob in Big D
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete series! Very well done!
I have read all four books in this series. That's one thing I really like. It ends and feels complete. The characters are great and there is a sense of realism. I cried at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Faith K. Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Story has a bit of everything.
Good read. Kept me wanting to read more.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, ludicrous, improvised
Save your money guys, this reads like it was written by a 12 year old. The first few chapters are deceptively engaging, but after that it all goes downhill. Read more
Published 4 months ago by zombielover
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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

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