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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Petersen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

Editorial Reviews


"An entertaining journey through an apocalyptic landscape of relationship issues, pet peeves, and zombies. Make sure to pack your shotgun and emotional baggage." --S.G. Browne, author of Breathers: A Zombie s Lament

"Gory. Sarcastic. Zany. Pitch-perfect for the zombie fan." --Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown

"…Fun, original and oh so brainy." --Rachel Gibson, NYT bestselling author

About the Author

A Facebook application once told Jesse Petersen that she'd only survive a day in a zombie outbreak, but she doesn't believe that. For one, she's a good shot and two, she has an aversion to bodily fluids, so she'd never go digging around in zombie goo. Until the zombie apocalypse, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two cats. Find out more about the author at

Product Details

  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316102865
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDOH26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies! August 28, 2010
By Kris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVED this book! It was light-hearted yet serious at times and there was always something to keep me interested!

I enjoyed the main characters (who seem like that typical "growing up and apart" couple) as I followed their adventures of slaying zombies and saving their marriage.

It definitely isn't your usual zombie book! It'll make you laugh out loud at times as the author's sense of humor comes shining through. At other times you'll see a whole different serious side of a "zombie" plaque. Yes, I was weeping at times.

It's certainly a multi-dimensional story (as in it's not just about zombies people!) that will keep you reading straight through to the end. I know I can't wait for book 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Marriage Counseling! September 3, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up at a used book store and wasn't expecting anything great, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book was!


So Dave and Sara are having problems with their marriage, what better way to solve their problems than with a zombie apocalypse? And they start out by killing their marriage counselor who they both really don't like and feel like they're been paying too much for.

A lot of times I look for plot holes to nit pick about but there weren't any that I could find. The two characters come across other people during the zombie apocalypse but they all are red shirts. They all die after coming in contact with our two main characters. The only one that really lives after meeting the main characters is Melissa, the wife of the cult leader that thought the zombies were a plague from God. The way that her character was written, I am curious if we will see her again in the other books. I'll have to pick up the next one to find out. Just a little annoyance that all the characters die so quickly.

Something that is a little unbelievable is that they become so good at killing zombies that they do it without even breaking a sweat and they become combat experts. I admit they'd probably become better at combat, but I don't think they'd be just slaughtering zombies left and right. But that's just a minor complaint.

One thing that I liked that these characters did that others didn't do in other books is that they were concerned about their family members and they were trying to reach them and get them to safety. If the zombie apocalypse really happened that's what we'd be doing, we'd all be worried about our families and we'd want to make them safe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equal parts danger and humor make this a great story. December 12, 2011
By HolJo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rated 4.5/5

Summary: Sarah and David have hit a rough patch in their relationship. After five years of marriage, they are both unhappy and fight constantly with each other. In an effort to resolve their issues, they have been going to counseling once a week for the past six months.
On their final visit with Dr. Kelly, they walk into a scene right out of a horror movie. Dr. Kelly is literally eating two of her patients. As Sarah and David stare in shock and disbelief, Dr Kelly turns her attention on them. Before this counseling session is over, Dr Kelly is dead.... for a second time.

Sarah and David soon learn that all of Seattle is under siege by the undead. Some sort of experiment at the University of Washington went horribly wrong and resulted in Zombies taking over the city. The Zombies are multiplying at an astounding rate, and no where in the city is safe.

When the couple is finally able to leave the city, they decide head toward a small town in southern Washington to find out if David's sister has survived. Along the way, they battle zombies, they escape the clutches of a cult, and they become thieves. But, by working together against a common enemy, they also begin to repair their marriage.

Review: As a general rule, zombie stories have never really appealed to me. No matter how talented the author, zombies are still going to be decaying human bodies... YUCK. I picked up this book because the cover made it look like it might be satire instead of a "serious" zombie story. It was not satire. It was a real zombie story with truly disgusting zombies. And believe it or not, I liked it. A lot.

So what made this one different? Humor. Sarah and David are hilarious. It isn't intentional on their part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit your funny bone funny April 12, 2012
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Tongue in Cheek "Take what I say with a grain of salt". Why would I think that is book is written in this fashion?

First let us examine the cover. Title Married with Zombies. Maybe I'm old school but the first thing that popped into my head was the Bundy's. We all know the Bundy's were the America's 90's version of the dysfunctional family. The one thing that you don't do is mess with a Bundy; a Bundy is allowed to crap on a Bundy but not an outsider.

Second you have to look at the content. This book had me laughing from the first chapter till the end. Sara and Dave haven't got a clue there is a zombie apocalypse until they reach there therapist and have to kill her. Their knowledge on zombie killing is clearly based on all the movies they watched or the games that Dave has played. Sara used her skills from therapy to help her deal with the marital issues and zombie killing. It was amusing how Jesse Petersen incorporated the therapy into her book. Bashing a few mushy zombie brains is an excellent stress reliever. Let me point out that these two make a great zombie killing team, even when there bitching about their marital issues.

This book doesn't contain sexual material. To me this book is a romantic comedy/horror. This book is for the sheer fun of it! This is no traditional or hard core apocalyptic book. This one is meant to tickle your funny bone and leave you gasping on the floor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror novel with romantic overtones
The magic of this book is how it excellent blends two disparate genres. At it's core it's both a well-written, tense horror novel of a zombie apocalypse and a well-written... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting adventure
Like a refreshing story that involves a husband and wife that is working and achieving things this simple tale of killing zombies such things happen..... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donna Chester
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
loved this book. it seems more realistic then any other book lived read. and the fact the author has some good one like ers in it that make the book awesome. a must read
Published 6 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story!
I loved the tongue in cheek attitude of the characters in all three of Jesse Petersens' books: Married with Zombies, Flip This Zombie and, Eat, Slay, Love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia A. Spruiell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS, it is Hilarious!
I found this book at the library as an audio book. I would listen while going for a walk. I would walk twice as far as usual. Laughing out loud! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done story
I really liked the premise of this story. Couple is in marital problems, zombie apocalypse comes, couple is forced together to survive and must work on their marriage. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Laine ( Review:
"Good Morning Folks and it's a wonderful summer day! I am here on the outskirts of Seattle on the most beloved day ever. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Staying married with zombies
I don't like zombies. I don't like reading about zombies. I don't like movies with zombies. So I never planned on reading this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aurian
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Zombies...
I'm quite the connoisseur of zombie media, and Married With Zombies is written as a ZomRomCom in the manner of Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gina Drayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
So good! There should be a movie! Can't wait to see what challenges Sarah and David face in the next two books!
Published 14 months ago by lizzy
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