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Praise for Joseph Souza

"I highly recommend this book."--Portland Press Herald

"Sure to sate readers hungry for an old-fashion zombie story that takes a few steps beyond standard fare."--Kirkus Reviews

"An instant indie classic!"--Indie Horror News

"This is one book you won't want to put down. It caught me in its cold, rotting grip and never let go!"--Michael Juvinall, Horror Society

"A tense, intelligently engaging story from start to finish!"--Steven Konkoly, author of THE PERSEID COLLAPSE

"An intriguing tale with a wild new slant on the apocalypse."--Tomes of Darkness

"Filled with survival, science, action and deceit, which did keep me on the edge of my seat."--Double Shot Book Reviews

"Look out Robert Kirkman and The Walking Dead because here comes Dar."--Harold Leavitt, Podcast interviewer

About the Author

Joseph Souza's award-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals throughout the country. Winner of the 2004 Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, he also won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard award in crime fiction. His novel The Reawakening won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction. He currently lives near Portland, Maine with his wife and kids. Visit josephsouza.net for more information about his novels or contact him at souzajf@hotmail.com. If you've enjoyed reading any of his novels he'd very much appreciate a customer review on Amazon or some reader feedback. Thank you so much, dear reader!

Other novels by Joseph Souza

Darpocalypse, the Living Dead Series, book 2
Darmageddon, The Living Dead Series, Book 3
The Liger Plague, Book 1

Product Details

  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MHDN7Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joseph Souza is the author of many award-winning short stories and essays. He graduated from Northeastern University and grew up near Boston. THE REAWAKENING is his debut horror novel and the first in THE LIVING DEAD SERIES. The REAWAKENING won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction and was an Amazon bestseller. DARPOCALYPSE, BOOK 2, is now published. DARMAGEDDON, BOOK 3 will be published in the fall of 2013 or early 2014. All three novels published by PERMUTED PRESS. His latest thriller THE LIGER PLAGUE, is the 1st book in his next exciting series.

He lives near Portland, Maine with his wife and two children and enjoys running, cooking and playing golf when not writing.

Joseph can be contacted at souzajf@hotmail.com and on Twitter @josephsouza3. You can also visit his website to read more about Joseph as well read reviews and an excerpt of THE REAWAKENING and THE LIGER PLAGUE at www.josephsouza.net.

I'd love to get readers' feedback on my books. Please leave a review on Amazon after you've finished.

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Joseph Souza's book The Reawakening is not your average Zombie story. I am a big fan of Zombie genre and I can say that this book ranks up there in at least the top two that I have read. I can relate to the characters, particularly the Daughter, Dar. Her rebelliousness reminds me of things that I've gone through with my daughter. All the characters are relate-able, at least to myself and I would bet to most others as well. The action is intense and detailed, and the environment is very detailed as well. I highly recommend The Reawakening, I cannot remember if I got this on a free promotion or the current $3.99 price, either way it is worth twice that price. Read this book you will not be disappointed.
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If you think Stephen King has a lock on Maine horror, you haven't strapped-in for the latest thrill ride from the state's best kept secret: Joseph Sousa. Travel with him as a pleasant family outing to an upstate farm quickly spirals into a descent into genetically-altered madness. Root for teenage Dar as she, her father and uncle battle an expanding army of the undead as they try to stay alive long enough to solve the mystery that's turned Vacationland into Damnation-land. It's a tale told as only Sousa can, in all of its vicious, visceral, gory, glory.
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I tried to like The Reawakening, and read all the way to the end (although I did start skimming after half way).
It starts off OK, the characters seeming normal and likeable enough. Unfortunately things start to go down hill pretty quickly, I personally didn't mind the animal Zombies too much, although I can imagine a lot of people would be turned off by this.

The first warning signs, for me, came when Thom and Dar go into town and encounter a gang of 'thugs' who have already beaten or shot (I don't remember which) a man. Rather than high-tail it out of the place, as I would imagine 99% of the population would, Thom leaves his teenage DAUGHTER in the car, and approaches the men. You can probably guess what happens next. Added to this the fact that Thom pretty much lets it happen, and in a couple of pages you are already shaking your head at the characters decision making capabilities and have taken an instant dislike to the main character for being both gutless and really stupid.

There are lots of other problems, the main one for me being that just before half way in the book, things start to slow down hugely. There seems to be a massive amount of time spent in the house, where very little happens (hence the skimming), save for a couple of excursions outside, and some tedious experiments on a 'Zombie'.

A lot of reviewers have mentioned how unlike-able the characters are, and I've got to agree, Dar is unrealistic, annoying and very hard to like or care about, the two Brothers, although starting off well, soon become annoying as well, continually sniping at each other.

Finally, there is the constant re-going over of scenes and thoughts.
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I always start my zombie novel reviews with a disclaimer. I selectively dabble in the genre, reading stories suggested by my editor, Felicia A. Sullivan, who has read every book in the genre (and has had a hand in editing a vast majority of them). I'll admit from the start that I'm not a major fan of the mindless gore fest, and Felicia passes on recommendations with that consideration in mind. It was with great pleasure that I could return the favor and send something in her direction. I have read Joseph Souza's works in the past and know him from the local Maine writing scene. His detective fiction and crime stories have won awards and earned him New England acclaim. For several years, his work and writing advice has captivated my interest and kept me on the writing path. Several months ago, when he gave me his first draft of The Reawakening...out of nowhere, I was simply blown away. From the very beginning of the story, I sensed that I was in store for something sinisterly different. I hesitate to use the word refreshing for this genre. What an understatement. His story unfolded into the most unique interpretation of undead "literature" that I have ever encountered. The Reawakening carefully preserves many of the traditional elements of the zombie genre, while building a new, deviously intelligent post-apocalyptic platform. Putting Joe and Felicia together on this project was a hardcore win for the genre.

The story starts on a small farm in northern Maine, visited by novelist Thomas Swiftley and his troubled daughter, Dar. Swiftley's brother (Rick) owns the farm, having suddenly traded his fast tracked career as a bio-genetics engineer, for the slower paced, self-sustainable lifestyle provided by the Maine countryside. Thomas couldn't have picked a worse time to visit.
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Even though I'm not a real fan of zombie books, I loved this one and I am waiting impatiently for the second and third books of the trilogy. I did read S.K.'s CELL and it was OK. Almost put Reawakening down, but just a little ways into it I realized it was much more than CELL. Can't wait to read #2.
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