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Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dana Fredsti
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Book Description

Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. 

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a 'Wild-Card' -- immune to the virus -- and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. 

It's Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!

Editorial Reviews


"I would say that if you’re down with delicious zombie gore (poor choice of words, I know), romance, and a lot of really thrilling adventure, definitely check out Fredsti’s Plague Town series. It’s the best zombie story I’ve encountered yet! Plus, the recently released conclusion Plague World had me reeling from the twists and one heart-wrenching finale!" - MuggleNet

"Read it – I zombie dare you. Fun, fast, read." - Affairs Magazine

"More action than season two of The Walking Dead." - Horror Talk

"Chock-full of gore and zombie romance... a fresh spin on an otherwise tired genre." - Daily Grindhouse

"If you want to read an alternative reality version of Buffy where she battles zombies using samurai swords, then this delivers in spades. It’s funny, it’s revoltingly gory in just the right way and I’ll be picking up the sequel when it rolls around." - House of Geekery

"If you like butt-kicking heroines with a fair dose of snark and humor, then you’re going to love Ashley." - Geek Mom

"An instantly gratifying, blazing fast read and that speaks to its cinematic, fast paced approach to storytelling." - Ravenous Monster

"If you’re a female fan of the zombie genre, get this book. If you’re a male, get this book." - We Zombie

"A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel – complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want." - Book Smugglers

"If you love zombies, strong, sarcastic heroines with heart, and fight scenes that will knock your socks off, you’ll devour Plague Town!" - My Bookish Ways

"Delightfully gruesome." - Nerds in Babeland

"If you enjoy zombies or are a supernatural-lover but have found yourself tired of the watered down vampire genre, check out Plague Town." - Icon vs Icon

"Plague Town is a fast-paced read which will satiate any zombiephile’s appetite.  It has been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets zombies, which is definitely accurate, although does not do nearly enough service to the book’s skillful delivery of action, humor, gore and romance." - Starpulse

"[A] fun, fast-paced read." - Fantasy Matters

"A well written thrill ride that took me by surprise. Highly Recommended." - Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy

"Not only is the prose good, but it’s seasoned with a dash of steamy romance and an excellent sense of originality and pacing... it survives the zombie apocalypse in style." - Misprinted Pages

"Reminiscent of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." - Evil Dead News

"You love zombies? You loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Your one true wish and secret desire is that someone would come along and mash the two together in an exquisitely violent yet equally hilarious fashion? Stop searching friends, Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, the first novel in a planned trilogy, has delivered the goods." - Opinionless

About the Author

Dana Fredsti is the US-based author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. She has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and worked on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0092FQCR4
  • Publisher: Titan Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C5M4MU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise of Ashley Parker... April 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The small college town of Redwood Grove will never be the same, and neither will student Ashley Parker. An outbreak of Walker's flu has been running rampant through the town, creating bedridden and sometimes delirious citizens, many of whom die from the virus. Unfortunately, they don't stay dead for long, and they rise again with one horrendous goal: to seek out and consume fresh flesh. Welcome to Plague Town, a new book by Dana Fredsti.

Parker, our heroine, recovers from the flu and returns to school, hoping to get on with her life. That's not in the cards, it seems, as Parker and her boyfriend, out on a picnic, are attacked in the woods. Waking in the infirmary, she discovers she's been bitten and begins waiting for the inevitable, which never comes. She discovers she is immune to the virus, and is drawn (in more ways than one) to a strange instructor at the college who turns out to be involved in a secretive paramilitary branch of the government whose mission is to track and destroy outbreaks such as the one in Redwood Grove.

Parker finds out she is a "wild card", and there are others like her who have been recruited into the fighting group, trained, and sent out to fight zombies. Parker reluctantly joins the group and thus begins a new phase in her life - soldier. At first I was hoping that someone would put a bullet through her head; she seemed like such an annoying freshman, crushing on the young instructors, looking gorgeous, etc. However, as she began to mature (quickly) she changed and took the role of soldier seriously and with valor. By the end of the book, I liked her and was impressed with her level-headed thinking and her ability to handle the M-4 rifle, sword, and other weapons.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripley for the zombie set -- very enjoyable April 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It almost seems we're drowning in zombies these days (a bit apropos given the subject!) so it takes a special kind of book to rise above the rest and say hey, here's something a little different. PLAGUE TOWN has plenty of grue for hardcore fans but equal parts action and humor to balance things out; it's appeal should reach well beyond zombiephiles to BUFFY fans and urban fantasy readers and anyone else who likes some rousing adventure mixed with their horror. Ashley Parker is a compelling heroine, equally adept with samurai sword or snarky quip, and it will be interesting to see how she develops as the series continues. Already looking forward to the sequal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When Titan Books contacted me and asked me if I would like a review copy of Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti, I honestly had not heard of the book or the series that it was a part of. So Titan sent me both Plague Town and Plague Nation and I got to reading. I mean, it's a series about zombies, so I thought I would be in for a treat.

The first thing I noticed upon beginning Plague Town is that it's not a deep novel. Having just read a very serious fantasy, this felt much more like a light read - the sort of thing you take to the beach and finish off quickly. And honestly, it was refreshing to switch up my reading pace a bit. The book is written in first person from the perspective of the main character, Ashley Parker. It seems Ashley has landed herself in the midst of a plague that creates... you guessed it... zombies.

The story goes on to let us know that Ashley is no normal human being and as the zombie apocalypse begins to grow, Ashley becomes part of an elite team dedicated to kicking major zombie butt. Obviously, there is a little more to it than that, but you'll see no spoilers from me.

When I began to read Plague Town, I was initially bothered by the character of Ashley. She's supposedly older than the other college students where she attends school, but at times, her perspective sounds like that of a teenager. She's also very Mary Sue in that she has a hot younger boyfriend, she has recovered from a nasty bout of the flu to wind up with super powers, and she is more or less depicted as able to do just about anything. As a character, Ashley doesn't seem to have many faults or weaknesses. This makes her a little difficult to care about. About halfway into the novel, though, we do get a little more character development, but it still didn't feel like enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for an awesome book April 9, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Good
Though I love zombie movies, for some reason I don't read a lot of zombie fiction. So I was super excited to get the chance to review this book so I could finally see if the whole zombie craze is something I would like to be a part of. And guess what? I have been zombiefied! I loved this book. It was action packed, had tons of gore, and even had a little lovin' on the side.

Wild Card...
After a vicious attack by zombies, Ashley wakes up to find out she is a wild card, a person immune to the zombie virus. There are only a few of her kind in the town overrun by the dead flesh eaters. But together they have to fight to keep the virus from spreading outside town borders. They may have enhanced strength and senses, but how can only a small group of people go against a town full of zombies? With the training from the sexy and mysterious Gabriel and the backing from a secretive government agency, Ashley and her ragtag group of wild cards may just win the zombie war.

The best part of Plague Town was the amazing foreboding we experience for most of the book. There were so many hints that were slickly and strategically placed throughout the novel that I knew they might mean something in the end but couldn't imagine the extent of what was revealed later on. I love being surprised like that. It really made this book a roller-coaster of a read.

Humor, the Cure All...
Ashley was an intriguing, likable, and snarky character. She was also very relatable, especially to me since I tend to find humor in everything. Even when it's inappropriate. But that's the fun part, laughing when you want to cry or scream. Ashley is that kind of person who takes things in stride and it made me respect her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars More holes than a month-old zombie
I thought about giving this three stars, because I laughed a few times, but in the end I had too many issues with this book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Cathy Heinemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was awesome and it immediately sucked me in!
Published 4 months ago by RedVampee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
This book is the first in the series. It was awesome. Well worth your present and future time to read. It has lots of interesting zombies.
Published 5 months ago by C. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
I picked this up before a flight, and it sucked me right in. Fredsti has come up with something inventive, fun, and unique.
Published 7 months ago by The Bookie Monster
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This was actually a lot better than I had expected it to be. I don't know how much that says though because I wasn't really expecting a lot out of this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tamara Greer
1.0 out of 5 stars Another it's all about me heroine!
I began this book without reading any reviews. I found the heroine highly unlikeable, full of herself, and a royal pain. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ray Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Xombie
a nice addition to the walking dead genre, except for their trying to send it a little into Twilight... that some folks get the zombie virus but retain their personality. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Moe Shrevnitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It's very good until you get to the end. The book has a lot of cliches and refrences, but that doesn't bother me until the end. The end just seems like one big cliche.
Published 11 months ago by Geezenstack
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty danged engaging actioner...
I picked up a copy of Plague Town (Kindle version) because a friend wrote it.

I was very pleasantly surprised - I don't read zombie-killer books... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shikantaza
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
A really well written and entertaining book. I enjoyed the characters, their personalities and quirks, and the authors take on Zombies. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keith J. Sinclair
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More About the Author


Dana Fredsti is ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical sword-fighting. Through seven plus years of volunteering at EFBC/FCC (Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center), Dana's had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, kissed by tigers, held baby jaguars and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She's addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which include zombies. Her other hobbies include surfing (badly), collecting beach glass (obsessively), and wine tasting (happily).

Dana was co-producer/writer/director for a mystery-oriented theatrical troupe based in San Diego. These experiences were the basis for her mystery novel MURDER FOR HIRE: The Peruvian Pigeon (James A. Rock & Company Publishers, Yellowback Mysteries Imprint, Oct. 2007). She recently finished co-writing What Women Really Want in Bed with Cynthia Gentry, their second writing partnership after Secret Seductions, for which Dana used the pseudonym Roxanne Colville.

She's written numerous published articles, essays and shorts, including stories in Cat Fantastic IV, an anthology series edited by Andre Norton (Daw, 1997), Danger City (Contemporary Press, 2005), and Mondo Zombie (Cemetery Dance, 2006). Her essays can be seen in Morbid Curiosity, Issues 2-7. Additionally she's written several produced low-budget screenplays and currently has another script under option. Dana was also co-writer/associate producer on Urban Rescuers, a documentary on feral cats and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return), which won Best Documentary at the 2003 Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles. Under the nom de plume Inara LaVey, she has a short story, Succubusted, and a novel, Ripping the Bodice, out at Ravenous Romance, a new e-book site focused on erotic romance.

Dana's currently working on the second book in the Murder for Hire series, The Big Snooze and Inara is trying to finish Champagne for r Ravenous.

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