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Public Enemy Zero [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Mayne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99

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Book Description


“What I found was a gem of a book for only .99 cents. A fast paced thriller that I literally couldn't put down. I will definitely be checking out the other Andrew Mayne titles on Kindle.” - Robert Gemienhardt

“I think it's the mark of great sci-fi that despite the imagined elements that drive the plot, the characters and the situations feel real. Public Enemy Zero accomplishes this beautifully.” - Jeremy Lusk

The world is out to kill Mitchell Roberts. The helpless girl who needs help changing her tire. His petty ex-girlfriend and her new mate. An entire mall full of unassuming shoppers. They all want to murder Mitch in a blind rage when he's in their presence.

As Mitch attempts to unravel the mystery around his situation, he learns quickly that rabid strangers and friends aren’t his only predators. Police attempt to hunt him down by any means necessary and his every move is tracked by a shadowy government official with a secret to protect.

He'll need to use every resource he has, from the advice of a paranoid late night radio host, to his Twitter account and find out why he's become Public Enemy Zero.

A full-length 90,000 word novel.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Like my other books I wanted to take a twist on a concept and look at it from a different point of view. 

What would you do if everyone really was out to kill you? This was the starting point for this story. Instead of a post-apocalyptic setting, I wanted to explore how someone would try to survive the most hostile situation imaginable and still maintain something of his moral compass.

Mitch isn't a conventional action hero. He has a conscience and really doesn't want to cause anybody harm, even when they're trying to rip his throat out. He knows the people trying to kill him are sick and not acting out of their own free will. This puts him into a situation where he has to be far more clever and inventive than the typical protagonist.

The mechanism behind the condition that's making people go crazy is more sinister than an escaped pathogen or a secret experiment. It's also more plausible than we'd care to realize. I spoke with a well-known neuroscientst about the biology behind the mechanism in order to give it an extra layer of reality.

Product Details

  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZUXPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Readable Thriller that Could Have Been a 5 June 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Since I bought my Kindle, I have dabbled in several self published authors with mixed results. It is always a crap shoot but at a $.99 and a handful of good reviews, I am willing to broaden my horizons to these uncharted isles.

And I am so glad to have discovered Andrew Mayne.

With Public Enemy Zero Mayne expertly handles a very original take on the whole X-Factor Zombie type of scenario. He begins by creating a very likable, morally centered everyman. Mitch is an aspiring broadcaster working the long nights at the wrong end of the radio dial. His girlfriend just broke up with him, he has under a grand in his checking account, and...oh yeah, he just found out that anyone he comes in contact with becomes snarling animals hellbent on ripping him apart.

From there, Mr. Mayne spins a fast paced thriller that reads better than most summer blockbusters. By placing his character in the very real dangers of being captured by police as a terroist suspect, being ripped apart by anyone he meets, or being captured by a shadowy government agency, we get a thrilling ride that you will rip through in a single sitting.

Unfortunately, there are a few items that keeps Public Enemy Zero from full marks. There is a rather unnecessary and rather silly use of an LSD Wild Man who communes with Mother Nature in a plot to destroy the world. While it is an interesting piece of theater, this charcter and the handful of scenes he has (including, unfortunately the opening one) serve no purpose to the story and takes away from the realism of the situation.

There are two police detective characters that are strongly portrayed who begin unraveling the mystery who are ommitted in the second half of the book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great read. July 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Andrew Mayne really is a surprisingly good writer. The story is well thought out and executed, this is definitely not your average cookie cutter 'rage virus scenario'! I certainly want to read more tales from this particular universe. Andrew's writing style is developing and lacks the 'cheap' feeling that a lot of self published authors have. Another couple of books and it will be indistinguishable from career author.

Personally, I would have liked to have engaged with the main character a bit more, felt a bit more of his anguish at the unfairness and the desperate nature of his situation, but I feel that the suspense and action sequences more than made up for this. That sort of navel gazing may well have slowed the book down, but it would have fleshed the extremely capable Mitch out a bit.

I can quite easily see this as a movie. I'm hoping it gets optioned so that there is a chance to see this someday.

In short, well worth the time it takes to read and worth considerably more than the asking price.

Ever considered a collection of Weird Things Scenarios as short stories, Andrew?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very rough February 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the sales ranking and subject material, I was happy to give this one a shot. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Although the concept is an interesting one, I don't believe the author is polished enough to really give this story a proper telling (and I don't just mean the AWFUL editing--misspells, missing words, etc.) There are LONG expository passages dealing with the intricacies of stealing a boat, breaking into a house, etc, which aren't vital to the plot and sloooooow the reading down to a crawl. This (to me) reads like a first attempt/first draft, and as such was really difficult to get through. I'd give Mayne another shot if I like the topic of one of his novels, but I'll give the free preview a close eye to before I spend any money, even 99 cents. I suggest you do the same.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, poor literary quality March 15, 2012
By Greg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the basic plot and outline of the book to be intriguing. There were a number of interesting escape concepts. However, the grammar, syntax and overall literary quality needed a great deal of improvement. One example:

"The windshield was cracked from when the impact sent the cars in the carrier into the air, bouncing into the ceiling."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the main character, I could not stop. November 14, 2011
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I picked this up looking for something to start reading during a lunch break, and I found myself flipping through a few more pages on my iPhone in the bathroom, then on the bus home, reading over dinner, and then finally settling in with a glass of wine to finish it out.

It's a bite-sized story, several hours of non-stop entertainment that's fast paced and incredibly clever, while remaining plausible in the context of the tale. Everyman is suddenly and violently attacked by people around him, and needs to run to survive. Meanwhile, an incredulous public fears him, authorities hate him, and a few dark people want to kill him.

What makes the story work is both the pacing, and the clever ways the main character gets away by the hair of his neck. Picture Bruce Willis in Die Hard, only over several days in south Florida, with murderous mobs chasing after him, and a shady bioweapon conspiracy arching over the whole thing, and you've got a non-stop action fest that will pleasantly surprise and thrill.

The writing isn't Hemmingway, but then it's not supposed to be. It's the next Roland Emmerich film, in easy Kindle Book format, and it's a bargain at twice the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Really well written. High suspense and action. Couldn't put it down. I'm liking this author's writing.
Published 1 day ago by Saraguin Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to run!...
A quick, entertaining, and exciting read.
Published 4 months ago by jrod
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Weak ending.
I was really excited about this story of an ordinary guy trying to save himself. But the longer it went the weaker it got. This writer will probably get better. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Good read and kept my attention all the way through. Did require patience, though, I mean how many stories about zombies can any one person take?
Published 5 months ago by Shawn Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure.
I picked this up as a bargain. Stupidly I let it sit for ages before I read it. Wow. I just love the story. The main character is completely plausible. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PugsRule
2.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous Zombie Chase
Ok. It only cost .99. But I rate books on content. No bonus stars for price.

This book is basically one continuous zombie chase. Read more
Published 8 months ago by p thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
A different story but well written and thought out! The comic con mention was good!!!
Good characters and story line. Worth reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Wiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sci- fi
Published 9 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Great! Great!
So so good! Couldn't wait to see what happened next! It's rare that a book grabs me so completely and so quickly! Wish there were more like it!
Published 10 months ago by Kristine Faul
5.0 out of 5 stars A man playing over his head to stay alive
I really liked this book because it showed how a real human being with no real skills could stay alive surrounded by mindless and deliberate danger. The action just doesn't stop.
Published 10 months ago by JohninFW
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More About the Author

Known for his creative and visual style of magic, Andrew has made ghosts appear on the screens of borrowed iPhones, shrunk himself to one foot tall and even made a town think they were besieged by UFOs. With over 45 published books, DVDs and effects, Andrew is considered one of the most creative magicians of his generation. His creative repertoire stretches from both intimate close-up magic to grand illusion.

He's the publisher of, - magic's number one daily magic news site, co-host of Weird Things the podcast and co-founder of Jaras/Mayne productions and has produced content for the Cartoon Channel and the G4 network.

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