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The Passenger (Surviving the Dead) [Kindle Edition]

James Cook , Joshua Guess
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A single bite is all it takes.

During the Outbreak, like billions of others, a man finds himself infected with the Phage. Desperate to spare his family from watching him become a walking nightmare, he flees. Soon after, he is dead.

Two years later, he wakes up.

Not in the afterlife, but in his own body. Trapped, unable to control the monster that carries him, and forced to witness the horror of its existence.

A hundred miles away, Sergeant Ethan Thompson thinks he has seen the worst the apocalypse has to offer.

He is wrong.

Following the trail of a dying madman, he will embark on a journey of vengeance that will test the limits of his sanity. Along the way, he will learn that there is no justice at the end of the world. There is only the living and the dead, and in between, there is The Passenger.


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About the Author

James N. Cook (who prefers to be called Jim, even though his wife insists on calling him James) is a martial arts enthusiast, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former cubicle dweller, and the author of the “Surviving the Dead” series. He hikes, he goes camping, he travels a lot, and he has trouble staying in one spot for very long. Even though he is a grown man, he enjoys video games, graphic novels, and gratuitous violence. He lives in North Carolina (for now) with his wife, son, two vicious attack dogs, and a cat that is scarcely aware of his existence.

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  • File Size: 5404 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EC2UM00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I hesitated about buying this book for two reasons, it was not the 4th book in the series and reading the authors reviews had me confused. Curiousity won out.
I was very impressed how well both Jim & Joshua wrote together, and they did a wonderful job.
I have only one complaint, i am really so very tired of trying to follow so many series that ALL the authors of Zombie, Apocalypse, SHTF and end of the world books, seem to love to write. Give your readers a big break and put an end to these and write some great novels that have more than 80 pages (400 is a great book) and put a THE END.
Buy this book, u will read it in 2 hours, and enjoy it. Now i have the great pleasure of waiting & waiting & waiting................................................................
Mamaw Cj, Maumelle, Ar
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH BETTER then 'Surviving the dead' series August 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I can't believe the same person who wrote the bromance novels of the "Surviving the dead" series also co-wrote this amazing book. If James Cook wrote as well as he did in this book, I would've enjoyed his other series tenfold.

This is an EXCELLENT book, one that shines a new light on the typical zombie book. The first person view of the zombie was refreshing and original, and equally as heartening. The zombie and Gideon chapters were written by Joshua Guess, and it shows. While Cooks' effort in the military chapters was very, very good, Guess can simply paint a better picture. A deeper, more soulful picture. Some of the details in Cooks's portion were confusing....rather hard to follow. IE: during some firefights, the point of view of the main character seems to jump around from one spot to another, but without the description of the character actually moving to get that different point of view. It's not enough to detract from the overall story, though.

Guess is one of those rare writers that can actually make you empathize with a zombie. That's not easily done, and should clue you to the skill Guess has. This book is so good, I sincerely hope they team up again and continue with these characters, and make a new zombie series.

Barring that, I've now been opened to the amazing writing of Guess, and I've already started his books, Victim Zero and the Living with the Dead series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure & Interesting Read! August 18, 2013
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Bravo! I really liked this story, it was a new perspective for me to see it through one of the characters view. It was a truly fun read! I would recommend it for anyone who loves a good adventure! I was surprised at how I was drawn into the emotion of the characters and was pleased with the flow of the story, including the ending. I find myself wanting more and hope for further adventures with the core characters! You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome edition to the Surviving the Dead thread January 1, 2014
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Although I'm anxious to sink my teeth into (pun intended) the next book in the Surviving the Dead series, I personally enjoy learning about other aspects of the world a series takes place in. Take the AMC webisodes that complement the main story of the Walking Dead, I think it's great to learn more about how others fared, or how their paths crossed with the main storyline - helps connect me to their world better.

Jim's (James Cook) series has really grown on me and so I was quite happy to read this expansion of the series, especially because it was a collaborative effort, which is in and of itself a rather intriguing proposition. I think this short novel succeeded in expanding the StD world (sorry, that's a terrible acronym/connotation), but I have real reservations about the approach to the reanimated in this book. I'm sorry guys (Jim & Joshua), but I think you took this just a step too far for me. (SPOILER ALERT - I enjoyed Warm Bodies, but I wasn't expecting it to be a world I would immerse myself into the way I can a really good book.)

So, I recommend this book with reservations - it is a good filler while waiting on Book 4 in the StD series, but I'm concerned that any additional attempts along this line, whether as complimentary stand-alones, or, heaven forbid, the inclusion of this sort of thing into the main series would likely lose me as an avid follower.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of Zombie thriller March 27, 2014
By Angel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the Surviving the Dead series but this book just wasn't for my tastes. I am a Zombie fan and that is what I read a lot of but I like to read about people surviving. I could care less about what a Zombie might be thinking or doing. In part that is because I believe that Zombies shouldn’t be intelligent. or able to learn and think for themselves. Many times I wanted to stop reading this book but I try to finish every single book I begin. I did finish it but by the end it was a sign of relief that I had reached the end, not of contentment. At times the story juswt dragged on. Sorry writing team, but not something I would feel comfortable promoting this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is more of a war book. January 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The writing was interesting but it is not my kind of book. I prefer the love novels. But the writer wrote very well very detailed and explained. It is a great book for those of you interested in shooting and army books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done November 11, 2013
By Jett
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy both these authors, so I was anticipating enjoying this book. I am not dissatisfied.
This story is two in one. You get a zombie eye point of view, and the survivor point of view. There is also the madman antagonist. Can't forget him.
While there is combat this book is a must for zombie fans who enjoy a look into the minds of the actors in the story. While some of the minor characters may seem a bit unfinished I believe that is because there are three main psyches that are being laid open for examination. The main zombie, who's thoughts are really disturbing when you really examine them...I would hate to be him, the young solider , who is not only trying to survive, but also retain his humanity in a world gone mad, and finally a frightening look into the mind of someone who has just embraced all of the darkness inside. Three different reactions and the paths trod.
I enjoyed the peek into these minds, though at times it was disturbing.
Loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars unnecessary departure
i've read I, Zombie, so i could see what cook was trying to do here, but it wasn't really necessary and made the rest of the action unbelievable (just ONE zombie is... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the "Surviving the Dead" series, but still a good...
The zombie perspective in the story was a little tedious at times, but I enjoyed the story overall. Look forward to more from Cook.
Published 2 days ago by Scott A. Colella
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Read whole series. Don't usually read something not on the Best-selling list but I'm glad I tried it. Loved the characters and story. Don't think you'll be disappointed.
Published 3 days ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Having trouble finishing...
I really enjoyed the first 3 books. It took some time to like the main characters egocentric personality, but I grew into it. This book is just a little boring. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting twist on the genre
I confess when i first ordered this one I was not at all sure that I would enjoy it. In truth it looks at the story from a very different and disturbing angle. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andre Dumas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
The Passenger is an interesting take from a man who was attacked by the undead & who reanimated into one of the undead himself. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Debbie Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Different view on zombies!
I honestly wasn't sure what else they would have zombies do, but this is an angle I never really expected. Read more
Published 13 days ago by MLS9799
5.0 out of 5 stars Best zombie book EVER!
The story is told from the zombies' point of view, which seems strange. But, you have to wonder if a virus was to take over your body, would you instantly stop being you? Read more
Published 13 days ago by Denisha Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars liked it
A good addition to the series. At first I did not want to read it because it did not cover the main 2 characters I like from the series bit I am glad I did!
Published 14 days ago by Opus
3.0 out of 5 stars quick note
It was well written and it was perfect that authors had written in foreword that the book didn't have anything to do with the Cook's previous books.
Published 17 days ago by Katlee
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More About the Author

James N Cook is a martial arts enthusiast, six-year veteran of the United States Navy, and a self-avowed reading addict. He enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, and anything involving travel. He has visited more than a dozen countries, and has called Chicago, San Diego, and Charlotte NC home. He is the author of No Easy Hope, his debut novel, and the first volume of the Surviving the Dead series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, two dogs, and a cat that is barely aware of his existence.

Visit James' Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/James-Cook/235140719906589

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