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Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"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
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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 is the author of the Ashley Parker series (Plague Town, Plague Nation, Plague World) with Titan Books, touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, as well as what might be the first example of zombie noir, A Man's Gotta Eat What a Man's Gotta Eat, first published in Mondo Zombie edited by John Skipp, and more recently published as an eBook by Titan books. She also wrote the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: the Peruvian Pigeon, and co-author of What Women Really Want in Bed.
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, with several scripts 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 wrote several novels and short stories for Ravenous Romance.
She guest blogs frequently and has made numerous podcast and radio appearances. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and fellow author David Fitzgerald, their dog Pogeen, and a small horde of felines.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was totally hooked by Plague Town... Could hardly put it down. Fredsti has an infectious (pardon the pun) grasp of pop culture and rides the zombie wave with aplomb.Published 1 month ago by Veda
If you are a Buffy fan this is a great book for you. Just replace the vamps with the Zoms. The witty banter isn't quite as sharp as Joss's but it is good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Denyce
Okay I hear you, "Another Zombie apocalypse novel" (Cue the eye roll),but this novel isn't like that. Yes, there are zombies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rreader
I love zombie books and yet I find so few that I really like.
This book combines three things I really love about zombie stories;
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Wow. I devoured this book, and that's no pun. Some people say zombie stories are a dime a dozen these days, and maybe they are right. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brett J. Talley
really enjoyed this book and want to read the next one as soon as posible!Published 9 months ago by Carol Harvey
This is by far one of the best zombie books I've ever read. And it is awesome for a number of reasons. First, the characterizations are spot on. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's ok, kinda geared towards teen females. If your going to write and use weapons please know the parts and function of the weapons. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tony Artadi
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Cathy Heinemann