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Necrophobia: A Zombie Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jack Hamlyn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An ordinary summer's day.
The grass is green, the flowers are blooming. All is right with the world. Then the dead start rising. From cemetery and mortuary, funeral home and morgue, they flood into the streets until every town and city is infested with walking corpses, blank-eyed eating machines that exist to take down the living.
The world is a graveyard.
And when you have a family to protect, it's more than survival.
It's war.


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Amazing edge of the seat reading material, couldn't turn the pages fast enough.... --Goodreads

Necrophobia by Jack Hamlyn was a refreshing surprise; I decided to read it when I saw that it was published by Severed Press, and once again those guys have proved they know what zombiephiles want. It all begins with a scream... --Zombiephiles

Product Details

  • File Size: 5030 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press; second edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQ4QXBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will leave you hungering for more! October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From the start Necrophobia seems like the average zombie book: slow zombies, people trying to survive, fortified survival spaces, and guns. Lots of guns.
Where Necrophobia really shines is in author Jack Hamlyn's ability to transport the reader to another place. One we hopefully will never have to see. Steve, his wife Ricki, and their son Paul live in a regular neighborhood. For the most part they have normal lives, even picturesque. Until the day that Steve's neighbor is assaulted, that is. And it's only the beginning. From there everything goes to Hell relatively quickly.
Be prepared for a new take on the fortified safe house. In this case it's a fully loaded tower with security systems and the works. It's absolutely amazing - and something that I know I would want to weather the apocalypse in!
In one of my favorite scenes, Steve is trying to save a group of women from a group of men who have a harem. In order to reach safety, Steve has to lead the women over a ladder suspended between two buildings. Below are a veritable horde of blood thirsty zombies just dying to take a bite of someone new. Do they make it? Do they fall to their deaths? Read Necrophobia and find out!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Only 1 Complaint March 25, 2012
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Let me start by saying that this is a great read (not just for the Zombie genre, but for books in general) - it has great pacing, a great story, good characters who are deep enough without getting bogged down in exposition fleshing them out too much, and good action sequences.

My only complaint is how the author chooses to end some of the chapters (in this book, and the sequel as well). I love chapters that end on cliffhangers and pull you into the next chapter (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a great example of a book with amazing cliff-hanger chapters), making the book near-impossible to put down - and I believe that this is what the author was attempting to do in many instances, however, he often flubbed it. Instead of creating cliffhangers that pulled me into the next chapter, the author sort of gave away spoilers - take this example from the second book:

"The four of us said a short good-bye and rolled out.
If I had known what was going to happen, those good-byes would have been a lot longer."

This was maybe the 6th or 7th time while reading this book and the sequel that my mind screamed out "Dude...SPOILER ALERT!" when I hit a chapter ending. Now, instead of being dragged forward to see what happens next, I already know that trouble is straight ahead, and someone (or lots of someones) that we know will be dead very soon...total bummer!

Other than chapter endings that give away a little too much, this is a great read - and definitely worth the price...especially since it is free...and the second book is well worth the $5 that it costs!

I highly recommend both books to anyone who loves the zombie genre, or is a fan of great action/horror/military fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Another great one for the Zombielanders" October 8, 2013
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Awesome! Starts at a run and doesn't slow down, Necrophobia by Jack Hamlyn has got the lot zombies, people trying to survive, fortified farms, and bigger guns then the Rock.
Necrophobia transports the reader into the book next thing you know your trying to think of a better way to escape but there is no way but into the jaws of a really good read. Looking forward to his next book and will update you as soon as I can, but until then lets hope our hero can keep his wife and son alive and free of Zombie infestation.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated December 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I expected a better read, based on reviews. It had a lot of action and military-speak. but too little characterization. Mostly, you just don't care when people die, because you never connect with them.

The book is also heavy on tell instead of show. It was like a cross between a narrative and a journal. Without committing to one style, it ended up being insipid. I skimmed a lot instead of reading it all, because lots of passages failed to hold my attention. Lots of errors also proved distracting. It suffered from uninteresting and unlikeable characters. The action sequences weren't strong enough to carry it, and I barely finished reading it.

STOP reading now to avoid spoilers.

Spoiler: I found it unrealistic how quickly Steve and Paul moved on from Ricki's death. i also found it off-putting that the author was setting up a romance for Steve with his dead wife's sister within days of her death. Gross.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good zombie read November 26, 2013
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When in doubt, find the crazy prepped guy. Good story along a fairly standard theme, what happens in the zombie apocalypse. As in most stories there are clashes with militia, the military and each other but they mostly survive to fight another day. If you enjoyed any Romero movie you will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read November 18, 2013
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Saw it tonight on sale and thought why not. Turns out I'm sitting in bed and just finished it. Now on to the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 24, 2012
By DeeDee
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book, my only complaint is that it is not long enough ! Steve is a likeable caracter and the story is well written. I found the diagrams helpful as they helped me visual certain scenarios and weapons beter. I have already purchased the second book and it is next on my list to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Necrophobia: A Zombie Apocalypse Novel October 24, 2013
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A good solid read, recommend it to any zombie enthusiasts. I give it 3 and half stars, kept my attention ... had an oh no moment that I did not see it coming at all. Will be reading the 2nd book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a pretty good start to what I hope will be a good series.
In all honesty it was a little hard for me to this book started. I think it was just me getting used to this writers style. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Dungeondan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good!
Published 1 month ago by Carol
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying!!!!
Leave out the liberal bias!!!! I do not want to read a Zombie novel that has an agenda other than killing zombies and surviving the apocalypse.
Published 4 months ago by rose maniscalco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The story sucked me in right from the beginning. The human interest parts are well written. I can't wait for part 2.
Published 6 months ago by Robert l Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
As a fan of zombie stories I thought this one was good, it hits on ideas of what could be done to survive a zombie apocalypse. And of course how many ways it could it go wrong. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David L. Hiltwein
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Nicely done. Story line was pretty much the same, but enjoyed the characters. Keep up the good work. I will be getting the 2nd book to.
Published 9 months ago by David Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good zombie book
if you like the walking dead then you'll love this. Fun. Action packed and good to read on the road. Read more
Published 11 months ago by yrich1969
4.0 out of 5 stars Necrophobia
Absolutely incredible post apocalyptic book.

I love the fact that Jack Hamlyn didn't try to recreate the Zombie, although sometimes it is needed to step away from the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars short but awesome
Very realistic in the statistics and inventory. I was able to suspend disbelief for everything except the zombies actions... Read more
Published 12 months ago by pang
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was an entertaining novel that read quickly in one lazy afternoon. Not an award winner but a decent first novel in a series with enough interest to lead to the second if one... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hawken
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