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The Dying Times: Nadene's Story in the Times of the Living Dead (The Survivor Chronicles Second Edition Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Kittrell
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Book Description

Product description for: The Dying Times, second edition, 55,000 words.

Nadene Schafer never imagined a world plagued with the walking dead, and when she becomes infected with the virus, she wonders how much time she has left amongst the living.

A missile attack by the African arm of the terrorist organization known as Six releases a virus on the eastern United States and its allies. In the blink of an eye, the virus infects more than forty million Americans. The disease transforms the infected into cannibalistic monsters and spreads through the countryside like wildfire.

Nadene hopes that she can use her strange new abilities to help her friends to safety before the virus takes her life. With the living dead lurching around every street corner, the survivors are left with only two options: risk leaving their safe places to escape or remain hidden with no hope of rescue. In this new world, death watches from every shadow, waiting to sate its hunger on the tender flesh of the careless.

Content Advisory: Graphic depictions of violence, gore, and death. Some strong language. Reader discretion is advised.

Editorial Reviews


This book is a genuine masterpiece of this type of genre.  This book was so good I found it hard to believe it was from a first time author. Do yourself a favor and buy the book. You won't be disappointed. --Sandra Heptinstall --Sandra Heptinstall

Unlike Stephen King or even Jack London, "Dying Times" was easier to follow, and at the same time, just as interesting.An excellent read. If this book was a movie, I would be the first one in line to buy my ticket. --Nickie Hopkins

It is a well-written novel, the characters are well played out, it is a fast paced read, there is not a boring moment in the book, and the ending is just enough to make you want to wait on the next book from the series. --Greyz Grimalt

"The Dying Times" is a thoughtful read with much to be relished for readers of zombie fiction. --Midwest Book Review

The Dying Times is a fast paced story with plenty of action, some interesting characters, and enough zombie thrills and gore to please the fans of zombie fiction. --Brit, Bitten by Books

From the Author

I am so very pleased to present this story to the world at long last. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but I never pursued it until recently. I wrote the first sixty pages of this book and put it down, thinking to myself that I would never write anything that anyone else wanted to read. Almost a year later, I picked up those sixty pages again and started adding to it, little by little, until it reached over one-hundred
pages. At that point I decided to let a friend look at it and tell me what she thought.

Her response was shocking to me: she liked it very much. That made me think that I might be able to finish it, and that it might be appealing to others. So, I finished the book, let my friend proofread it again, and sent it out to reviewers. After receiving several rave reviews, I said to myself, "Maybe this thing is worth publishing after all." So, here you have it, The Dying Times: Nadene's Story. I certainly hope that you enjoy reading my very first book at least as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Late Nite Books (September 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FPRHT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,368 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such annoying characters; so unrealistic August 19, 2011
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Ok, so this story sounded good and the reviews are positive. The story even started out well. The set up went on for a while where we meet 2 families, including one girl who gets stomach cramps when something bad is going to happen (no explanation given at all). That's a little odd, but ok, I can deal with that. Then it just all fell apart.


So, the US is attacked by biological weapons. People start to flee the cities. After getting to know the two families, we then leave the one behind as a mother and her young daughter decide to head away from the attacked area to Texas. Ok, so far so good. But then the crazy begins. While getting her car from where she works, the mother is grabbed from behind by a smelly, drunk, homeless person who scares her. Ok, that makes sense. But then when he asks her to ride with them, she says sure since he seems "harmless."

The 3 of them drive for a while (seeing no one as far as we know -- really???) then pull over to get gas. At the gas station they find a dead woman. They call the police (who actually respond) and find out that the woman's throat has been ripped out. Then a zombie attacks their car. The policeman shoots him dead (again) with some difficulty. Then the dead woman with no throat gets up and starts to attack them. More gunfire. Down she goes. Then the mother goes all nuts about how can we shoot these people since they're just sick. And the policeman procedes to explain to her what's going on. Because she's just so dumb she doesn't understand that if you're dead, have no throat, and attack people, then you aren't just infected with a virus. You aren't just angry (another one of her earlier suggestions). You are, in fact, a zombie.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repost January 10, 2011
I just checked an old email address of mine, and saw that my review of this book had a bunch of comments, most of them calling my opinion a load of bull. I even had a reply from the author accusing me of being in the industry myself, and of having some ulterior motive. (Like what, I wonder?) Anyway, I felt a bit guilty about hurting his feelings, and deleted the post.

Now, five minutes later, that decision has made me feel like a bit of a hypocrite. I still stand by my review, even if the author's friends do not. It's not as if I revoke the failing grades I give my students when they cry (you see, I'm a teacher, not a jealous author,) so why would I revoke some well earned criticism? As I tell my students, it means I care about quality writing.

Here is my old review, in all it's nasty glory. :)

As much as I love to support self-publication, books like TDT are what give the industry a stereotype of producing horribly plotted, shoddily developed wastes of time that no real publishing house would touch. Kittrell's work reads like a twelve year old's fanfiction; his characterization is shallow, the plot is boring and pointless, and he seems to think PMS is the natural state of all women, at all times, but not in a funny way. And as if that isn't enough, I haven't even gotten to the actual writing! Here is an excerpt from the novel which speaks for itself:

As they approached, a scene not as apparent as seen from the police station made itself known.

Ohmygawd. Nuff' said.

Only I have a couple more things to say...

1.) Naming two of your main characters 'John' and 'Wayne'? Imagination, dear sir, IMAGINATION!

2.) The characters need not have worried about the zombies, but asphyxiation by diesel fumes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ho hum January 10, 2011
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The storyline is interesting, but the tedious and excessive irrelevant details make it a chore to read. if a random guy is wearing a mechanic uniform, we don't need to be told what he does or the how/why he's dirty, everybody knows already. A whole paragraph about it is just boring, especially when he's just another zombie. Same for the cop signaling to watch, and I'm just not going to list them all. With the book being $2.99 I don't feel ripped off, it was entertaining once I realized a lot of the book should be skimmed over to find the storyline. I'll be buying the second installment, and hope the author focuses on the plot and central characters instead of minutiae. yay for zombie books!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definately no Romero February 21, 2011
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Love zombie books but this was just a waste of time. The characters were shallow and the plot was as hollow as a thousand year old tree. The mother invites a homeless alcoholic to join her and her daughter escape zombies, a cop that deserts his post and "OOPS" forgets about his parents and fiancée until days later,a police chief who cracks and hides in the ceiling crawlspace BEFORE the zombies even make an appearance. The cop helps save a lady and her child trapped in a house. He accidentally steps on the mutilated headless body of a baby, shoots a 6 year old zombie boy, saves the people, then takes a nap without ever asking if they are alright or check to see if they were biten. Give me a break.
This felt more like it was written for (or by) a 10 year old. I'm not going to spoil the plot, or lack thereof, for anybody but get this only if your desperate for something to read and you can't find any Goosebumps books to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems more for teens
Although I did enjoy this book I feel it's more for teens then it is adults. A good short book.
Published 3 months ago by brittany
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read simple and enjoyable flows nicely
Easy read simple and enjoyable flows nicely fast pace can't wait for the next one in the series. Similar to the walking dead.
Published 4 months ago by Ralph Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Too gory.
It's okay. Very gory. Too gory for me.
I thought it was going to be about a girl coming of age during a zombie apocalypse. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Such annoying characters; so unrealistic
Ok, so this story sounded good and the reviews are positive. The story even started out well. The set up went on for a while where we meet 2 families, including one girl who gets... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Petzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was a fun and exciting read
The book was a fun and exciting read. Zombie lovers will enjoy this story. It is different in that it is Marines view.
Published 10 months ago by robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadness and loss
Sadness and loss marks the stories of each survivor and bonds them until their ends and new beginnings. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laura Covert
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked!
I don't enjoy zombie stories. I just don't. All that dead blood and grotesque faces and partial bodies just don't do it for me... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fred Furr
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!!!
Very well written. I was able to feel for the characters and the story was believable. I can't wait to read more in this series.
Published 13 months ago by JaimeB
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I enjoyed this book. I like how the author is a man that writes very well from a girl teenager's point of view. It's got plenty of action. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JaYa
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More About the Author

Brian Kittrell is a speculative fiction writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Hundreds of thousands of readers have purchased and downloaded his books all over the world.

He was a communications officer with his local police department, having begun his career in law enforcement in 2006 as a detention officer. He left law enforcement to write full time in 2013.

He was married to his wife Elizabeth in 2009, and they have two children.

Publications include: The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1 (2011, Late Nite), and The Consuls of the Vicariate (2012, Late Nite), The Immortals of Myrdwyer (2012, Late Nite), The Mages of Bloodmyr Omnibus (2012, Late Nite), The Dying Times second edition (2012, Late Nite), The War of the Dead second edition (2013, Late Nite), Prisoner and Survivor second edition (2013, Late Nite), A World Forsaken (2013, Late Nite), The Survivor Chronicles Omnibus (2013, Late Nite), and Cure (2013, Late Nite).


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