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RIZEN: Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Kirk Anderson
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Book Description

A plague has caused the dead to rise and stalk the living... RIZEN is a chilling collection of stories that will have you on the edge of your seat!


THE CHOSEN: Ten years after the zombie apocalypse, Dan and his family try to stake out a new life for themselves in rural Wyoming. When he encounters a mysterious group of survivors who call themselves The Chosen, Dan is unsure whether he can trust them.

THE WHITE FIST: Five years after the first of the infected reach Texas, pockets of survivors are reminded that the living can be even more dangerous than the dead.

ROAD TRIP AT THE END OF THE WORLD: A middle aged couple, cut off from civilization for months, decides to strike out into the ruined world and make for the West Coast.

FLIGHT 124: Air Thailand Flight 124 threatens to bring a gruesome and unwelcome passenger to Los Angeles International Airport. 


This collection is being released exclusively for Amazon Kindle and runs approximately 13,000 words or about 60 printed pages in length.

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  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Galleon Publishing; 1st edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These stories are about people November 29, 2012
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The four stories included tell the story of the zombie apocalypse that infected every nine out of ten people on the planet. The stories, interestingly enough, are in reverse chronological order, starting with ten years into the future, when the zombie plague is already subsiding and the few remaining walking undead do not possess the speed and agility to be a major threat. The surviving humans start reestablishing parts of the ruined civilization, the hopes are up, children are being born; what could go wrong? Well, it's a zombie story, take a wild guess :P

Zombie stories could be action oriented, fast paced; they could be even humorous. These ones are about people - our follies, our doubts, our dreams; or our ideas of right and wrong, as in the "White Fist". However, the story that resonated with me the most is the last one - "Flight 124." It's set right at the beginning of the infestation with an Air Thailand plane coming close to the landing in Los Angeles International and carrying on board what is probably patient Zero. Most of the story is a dialog between an air traffic control operator and his close friend, the pilot of the plane, who barricaded himself in the cockpit and relays to the ground what he sees on the monitors from the inside of the passenger area. The story shows how things can change from usual and comfortable in almost a blink of an eye and become an existential horror. If it were to happen to you, how would you react?

This book reads as if it were written by a fan of the zombie genre for the fellow fans. A good read that makes you think.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome Zombie Stories! November 29, 2012
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If you're a fan of 'The Walking Dead' or a zombie fan like I am, you will enjoy read this book. It contains four different short stories, each one with a twist. They are stories written from different points of views, set in different locations, yet each story shares the premise of an inevitable apocalyptic zombie world. Some of the stories deal with the human aspect of being placed in different situations while in this zombie world.

One story in this book that I found especially haunting is the aftermath of a world ruled by zombies and very little human life. What becomes of humans when there is no order, no law to govern them? Their humanity is lost, so much so that humans are feared more than the zombies.

This is a good read if you can't get enough of zombies and want to read some nice short stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie zone April 19, 2013
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This was good it was like a mini twilight zone only with zombies. The stories were good. They were short and sweet and to the point. It was kind of short but otherwise I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun quickie! March 14, 2013
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A lovely novella mixing two of my favorite things, zombies and the end of the world as we know it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful & sad March 9, 2013
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The stories in this book are beautifully written and amazingly heart wrenching. The last story in the book, "Flight 142", literally brought me to tears. Bravo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool! February 24, 2013
By Erik
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Four short stories. Each one a glimpse at the same world, only years apart and set in reverse chronological order. That's a pretty cool idea.
Subject matter: zombies. A world crashing to pieces amidst hoards of ruthless, mindless, infectious, flesh-eating zombies is fascinating to behold. Ad to that the effect of the reverse chronological order (imagine a video of a cup smashing on the floor seen in reverse) makes this easy-read page-turner pretty cool!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Read it Backwards December 13, 2012
By Scott
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(I acquired this book during a KDP Select free promotion.)

Rizen is a pleasant mixture of light reading that deals with a heavy topic. The fact that it is a collection of several short stories makes it very approachable if you only have on-the-fly reading time to spare, which is a definite plus for me. The stories are all unique unto themselves, but remain connected by occurring in the same reality at different points in the apocalypse, all the way from patient zero to ten years after the outbreak. This also makes it easy to jump back in whenever it's most convenient. If you're looking to digest your zombie stories during your lunch break, Rizen may be for you.

The four stories in the book are presented in reverse chronological order, with the first occuring ten years after the outbreak, and the last marking the moment it began. Author Kirk Anderson includes a note at the beginning welcoming the reader to enjoy the stories in the order they are presented, or to read them backwards if you prefer to remain true to the flow of time. I chose the latter. It really doesn't matter how you approach it, but for me, the best part of a good zombie story is the very beginning, when the people in the story (who were apparently never exposed to the legacy of George Romero in their reality) have no idea what's happening and must cope with the horrors unfolding around them. I prefer to begin with that and then expand outwards. While I found all of the stories to be enjoyable reads, it may be the desire I just expressed that somewhat colored my opinion while reading this book. If I had to rank the stories from my favorite on downwards, I would rate them exactly in the order I read them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
This book had some really great stories in it . A must read for zombie lovers. I really enjoyed the characters in all the stories.
Published 6 months ago by Kelly Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool
A good solid zombie novel. Well written and edited. If you enjoy apocalyptic fiction, you'll definitely dig this. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Jodi BE
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didn't finish it. Had trouble getting in to it.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shorties
Would recommend this book highly but would like all three of the them to be full length. Well worth the time to read and enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Dorene
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. Highly recommend
Very good writer, can not wait for his next book. First book and already has become of my favorite authors.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rizen.
I liked every story in this collection. Some were harsh, but I can't imagine a zombie apocalypse being any other way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I like the backwards way the zombie apocalypse unfolds with the "patient zero" story at the end of the book and the embedded survivor stories closer to the front. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eric Seemann
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This book was a lot more interesting than i expected. It somewhat happy endings and not so happy endings. Which i really liked.
Published 14 months ago by Sight47
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on it, better storys to read.
Four short stories supposedly related, but initially the zombie infection is carried by air (the last story), then later (oh yeah the stories are in reverse time line) the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by FarAway
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I enjoyed this short collection of stories about the zombie apocalypse. There are 4 stories in total but none of them relate to each other in any other way than each one is about... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crazie Betty
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More About the Author

They smell awful, can't talk and possess a single-minded hunger for human flesh. Zombies are the stuff of nightmares. Or if you're like Kirk Anderson, they're the kind of monster you daydream about.

Kirk has always been fascinated with science fiction and horror, writing short stories in school and during his free time. Over time, his fascination has grown beyond simple tales of biting and being trapped in a confined space.

Kirk's desire to explore all stages of a zombie apocalypse is what drove him to publish RIZEN, a haunting collection of four loosely connected zombie short stories set in reverse chronological order and taking place over the span of 10 years.

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