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The Pied Piper of the Undead [Kindle Edition]

Michael Whetzel
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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 junk food.

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.
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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: #226,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 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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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique.
I thought this book was very entertaining. Something different from the rest in this genre. Loved the fact that this was from a young boy's point of view.
Published 3 months ago by Kelly S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story
Great short story, a kid's view of surviving the Zombie apocalypse. Is there a part two to this book??
Published 3 months ago by David J. Sherry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great by any means
The story was simple and there was no depth. But it was fun enough read. Couple hours passed and I was amused. Didn't expect more.
Published 4 months ago by Marie Giancarlo
3.0 out of 5 stars While the premise of this is great, and you really start to like the...
While the premise of this is great, and you really start to like the little kid, if you read this it gives you an unsatisfying ending since this is a short story (which I did not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay zombie
I liked this book it was a breathe of fresh air in this genre! Can't wait to see what's in the future for our young hero!
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The Pied Piper's call misses the target.
Didn't like it, at all. For a thirteen year old boy, the MC is an idiot. At times it seems like he is traumatized (believable and expected in this situation), but most of the time... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E Madsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in
I have to admit I'm not much on reading books written from a child's perspective. But I decided to give this one a try, I mean it has zombies so can't be bad, right? Read more
Published 5 months ago by KAREN COX
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I truly enjoyed the characters( living and dead) also found the story to flow well, didn't want it to end so so
Published 6 months ago by Michael H. Schipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the insight to the thoughts and feelings of the main character. Looking very much forward to the next phase of the story.
Published 7 months ago by rokko
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Loved this short zombie tale! It was a nice quick read that kept you interested and engaged. Well written too.
Published 7 months ago by Jess
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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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