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The Pied Piper of the Undead [Kindle Edition]

Michael Whetzel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Peter is 13 years old. He is also the only survivor in his hometown, Rockville, of the zombie apocalypse. With the town overrun by undead residents, Peter has taken refuge on the town's water tower. Safe from the hungry zombies, he passes time playing video games and eating junkfood.

But as the familiar residents become more fixated on young Peter, he finds he will have to make a choice that could change his life for better or worse.

The Pied Piper of the Undead is 16,000+ words.

It is for mature readers and contains adult content and language.

Editorial Reviews


This week I had the feeling. I know you've had it, all readers have. When you read a book that is so cool and so everything you love, you are practically vibrating with excitement. Several times I had to consciously stop myself from writing a one line review. "Go get this book now." -from Wartooth Ebooks and Reviews

   The title is apt...the story intense, the overall feel of the book great. Undoubtedly, there are some gross parts, but hey - it's a book with zombies, for crying out loud. Nice take on the zombie apocalypse theme. Quite a "coming-of-age" story too, now that I think about it. Awesome read. -from Book Reviews by DC

Product Details

  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michael Whetzel (March 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L9US32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Pied Piper of the Undead (awesome title, btw!) is a story that I really enjoyed! It may be short in length, but long on tension, humor, & emotion. It's a unique and interesting story about a young man named Peter. Peter is 13 years old and the sole survivor of his town after some sort of Zombie Apocalypse has occured. He's been living on the walkway of the town's water tower (depicted in the wonderful cover art - I have to admit that I've had more than one dream that featured that water tower along with the bodily remains of friends, neighbors, & loved ones shambling below). The "undead" can't climb the ladder, thank goodness, but Peter has to replenish his cache of supplies every so often, so it's a good thing that these undead are of slow-moving variety! If Peter is seen or heard by the undead, they are drawn to him (hence the "Pied Piper" of the title) and they will gather around the base of his water tower or they will persistently follow after him when he's in town searching for food in its abandoned buildings.
Peter knows that he can't keep this up forever; eventually the food will become scarce or even run out completely, or he might make a crucial mistake and be overwhelmed by the undead when he's out foraging. I highly recommend this book! Anyone who'd like to find out about what happens to Peter next and the choices that he'll be forced to make . . . READ THIS BOOK!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sole Survivor May 25, 2013
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For those who follow my reviews, you know I have a new-found love for all things zombie; however, I find my interest in the walking dead waning fast, thanks in part to the flood of zombie fiction that has flooded the market. So much of it is poorly written, cranked out with the hopes of cashing in on the current literary trend. Because of this, I went into Pied Piper of the Undead with the lowest expectations imaginable. Thankfully, they were not met.

Pied Piper of the Undead tells the story of a 13-year-old survivor of the Zombie Apocalypse. As far as Peter knows, he is the only living person in his hometown. This would be hard for anybody, but for a child, it could be particularly devastating. Put yourself in the child's position--while on a scavenging run you encounter people you used to know, people you can put a name to, people you ran into on a daily basis, maybe said hello to, and now they want to eat you. Your best friend, the girl at school every guy wanted to be with, the school lunch lady, and yes, even your parents. This is what Peter has to endure on a daily basis. When we encounter a zombie, we see it through the boy's eyes, and unlike like so much zombie fiction, they aren't The Monster, The Zombie, or The Biter, or whatever naming convention that author has assigned to his walking dead. Whetzel has chosen to assign every zombie a name, a former occupation, which is what makes Pied Piper of the Undead so emotionally jarring. It's almost as if Peter hasn't fully grasped the fact that these things are no longer the people he used to know. On one level he does, as is evidenced by the fact that he stays above ground level whenever possible, choosing to live on the platform of an elevated water tower, but on another level he seems to be in denial of those whole situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just so so February 17, 2013
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A good short story about a 13-year-old survivor of the zombie apocalypse in a small town. A little action here and there, but mostly the boy and his thoughts. I was surprised he wasn't killing a zombie or two on each of his trips into town, even though he did know almost all of them by name. The town could have been devoid of zombies in no time at all. Since they are of the slow-moving type, the only danger would have been attracting a crowd and getting overrun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read December 26, 2012
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Easy to read, not much character depth but has the potential to be a much more in-depth and longer story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read. February 20, 2013
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting perspective from the eyes of a 13 yr old. Would have liked to have learned more about how the undead got started and how he realized the water tower was the safest place to stay. I was kept interested till the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short but decent February 4, 2013
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Good quick read for an airplane ride not much to it but if your in to zombies read it will not disappoint for what it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best January 10, 2013
By Pat
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a great story but don't be mistaken it's not a novel. It only took me 4 hours. Plus you don't really see a development In the character and the story would be better if it was longer. Overall the story was good but it needed a stronger plot
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How would you like to be the center of attraction??? August 15, 2012
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The Pied Piper of the Undead is a story I couldn't put down. It's not long, but it is unique and interesting. Young Peter is 13 years old and the sole survivor of his town after the Zombie Apocalypse. It's been three months since the day it all began, and this young teenager has survived on his own so far. He makes his home up high on the safety walkway of the town's only water tower - constructing a shelter to protect him and his supplies from the elements and from searching eyes far below. The "undead" can't climb ladders - it's deemed the safest part of town. However, if he is seen by the zombies below, they will gather around the base of his tower looking for ways to get at him. Peter soon found that the practice of "out of sight - out of mind" was a good one to follow.

These "undead" exhibit all the traits common to zombies: slow, persistent, killed by a head shot, and hungry for live humans. But here they were all different. Peter grew up with these former people and sometimes, it is difficult to think of them as being a threat to him - this thinking nearly costs him his life. Peter and his best friend grew up playing basketball together in the nearby park, and on occasion, Peter has witnessed his former friend standing near the basketball court - staring straight ahead. Could he remember? Peter takes a chance and joins his undead friend on the court for an impromptu one-on-one game. Big mistake!

Supply runs are more difficult and dangerous as time goes by, stores are dwindling and will soon run out. Is anyone outside of town still human? He gets an answer when two men try to enter the town in search of supplies - this could be his chance for rescue. Unfortunately, bullets run out before all the zombies are killed and the men are quickly overpowered.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars by Michael Whetzel was such a horrible book that I just read a few...
The Pied Piper of the Undead, by Michael Whetzel was such a horrible book that I just read a few pages and didn't read anymore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet J. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A well done short
I've never been a zombie person, but I decided to take a chance with this short, and I'm glad I did. The story is well written and paced. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carrie D
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombie apocalypse from a 13 year old perspective.
Peter is the only survivor in his town. He has taken up residence at the water tower since zombie's can't climb ladders. He's a pretty smart kid which is why he's still alive. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carrie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short
From the start ,I didn't relalize it was a short story so as you can expect I was disappointed that it didn't continue good read though.
Published 11 months ago by Ken johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ!
This book was truly great! I got it for free because I borrowed it from amazon because I am a amazon prime member. But back to the point. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bumbles12
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well written, but not too much happens
I really enjoyed this novella. It's about a teenage boy who's the only survivor of a small town. He dodges zombies and plays video games in the zombie apocalypse. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Simon Cantan
2.0 out of 5 stars good book for teens
Its a good book for teenagers that like zombie books. Probably not for grown ups, book is very short, its ok.
Published 13 months ago by Elvira Zamora
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
I look forward to the next one in the series - please tell me that this is a series..Didn't I just see a movie with this story line?
Published 13 months ago by Chris B
3.0 out of 5 stars Amlost a short story
This is an ok read, but it does not really go anywhere. Are there more books?
I think free is a good price for it.
Published 14 months ago by Rodney T Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars Pied Piper.
Funny thing. I started reading this story, then got to the part where the kid gets to the movie theater and watches this movie called Black Rain. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lisa
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Michael Whetzel lives in Virginia with his wife, Abbey, and their three children , Claire(15), Joe(13), and Sam(13). He started writing in middle school when he and his brother began to cultivate a love for comic books. He has written several plays, movie scripts, and poetry.

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