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  • File Size: 3966 KB
  • Print Length: 588 pages
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  • Publisher: Severed Press (November 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BLH7XQ0
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Kristal Stittle was born and raised in Toronto where she still lives with her cat. She was trained in 3D animation and enjoys painting, but her true passion is writing. Although currently focused on writing horror novels and shorts, she also dabbles in children's stories, an odd bit of poetry, and scripts for both film and TV.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Mccarthy on March 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I decided to buy this book when there were only three reviews for it and took a chance. I'm really glad I did! It is the best zombie/survival book I have read to date from Amazon Kindle. I have read:

Apocalype Z: The beginning of the end
Joshua
The Passage
The Strain
Death Flu (sucked!)
No Easy Hope
Yesterday's Gone
The Remaining and Aftermath
Blue Plague Survival and The Fall (long winded)

I have not read World War Z simply because the Publisher raised the price up several dollars, costs more than a paperback version, as soon as an upcoming movie was announced. Common...it costs nothing to send a digital book, the publisher can make limitless copies, why rip off the consumer! At least it's not Amazon's fault and Amazon plainly states the price is set by the publisher. I give a book one star when I see that happen.

Now back to this book. This is a long read for a great price! I won't be too specific and spoil it for anybody but an outbreak occurs in a particular location and spreads from there. These are real zombies! They bite non-infected normal people to spread the infection. The zombies are described in great detail, some all bloody and missing body parts, gory, running, crawling...doing anything to get to the characters in the book. They spread like a plague through the city center to the suburbs and beyond just tearing people up! All forms of government, law enforcement and hospitals are quickly overwhelmed. Loved ones become infected and rip thier families apart. These zombies smash through the front doors of houses, parlor windows.....anything to get inside and get at normal people. They are children, men, woman, old people...anybody!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jerry N on March 11, 2013
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The worst part of Zombie books, in my opinion, is the initial "naive encounter" phase: "ooh, are you hurt, let me help you. Ouch you bit me". It gets tiresome watching stupidity in action. Imagine how painful it is, then, to watch this phase unleashed multiple times. This book follows about 15 characters through the initial phase, then the dawning of wisdom and finally to union as a team. This book is well-written and, perhaps because of the time invested in describing the early plight of each character, forces you to become invested in their collective plights. Some of these people you like, some you detest and others you're left wondering. There is a nice balance of rational, logical individuals who are prepared to do the right and smart thing, and some who mindlessly trudge forward with little regard for consequences. Perhaps most riveting in this story is the presence of two evil forces, one of which is unique. There are, of course, the zombies. But there also is an evil group that seeks to capture the still-living for a purpose that only becomes clear towards the end of the book. Not all your favorite characters survive, but those who do survive show surprising positive growth during the entire ordeal. Finally, the book is clearly written to have a sequel, but at least the end point is logical and satisfying. If you can wade through the slow character development, you will most definitely enjoy this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alex Samaras on March 21, 2013
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I've read quite a bit of zombie fiction, from the astoundingly terrible to the pretty darned good. This book is up there with the good stuff. It's well written, and the author has a style that seems to get out of the way and let the parts of the story happen. The story tells itself, rather than it feeling like an author saying "Look at me, I'm writing!", which is the problem with a lot of the poorer zombie fiction.

The only thing that made the author step out of the shadows was the constant perspective shifting. This story follows a lot of separate threads that will finally come together towards the end. There are several perspectives, and at times it does feel a little overwhelming or annoying to jump between them, especially when you are getting to know a character and want to know more. However, it's not terribly done. This is a big story with a lot of lead characters; the author did her best. There are definitely kinks here and there, but overall the story is enjoyable.

One thing that makes me happy about this, on top of being a good story and fairly well written, is the length. It is SO nice to read zombie fiction around this price point that doesn't seem to be ending on a cliff-hanger right in the middle of the story. This book tells a full self-contained story about the beginning of a zombie apocalypse, and it finishes that story with very few loose threads. It is its own self-contained book, AND it is also open for a sequel. It does leave you wanting more, but it doesn't leave you feeling like you are missing half the story, as a number of other such books do. The length of this book leaves you satisfied at the end, full enough for now, but looking forward to the next meal when it comes. :)

If you like zombie fiction, then this book is worth checking out. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2013
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Im always on the look out for a kindle zombie story that isnt 200 pages or less. Seems a waste to get into a story that is 53 pages long and no sequel in site. I downloaded the sample of this one and it seemed quite interesting. It being over 700 pages was also another reason why i ended up buying it. I really liked some of the characters, I really disliked some of the characters and i definetly hated how some of the characters ended up. That being said, It is a really good story and you wont be sorry if you get this book especially if you're a zombie lit fan. I do hope there is a 2nd book.
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