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The Zombie Chronicles: Outbreak [Kindle Edition]

Mark Clodi , Mike Keleman , Doree Anne Colon
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It was the start of another ordinary day at the office for Max, he was emailing a friend when one of his other early morning co-workers called for his help, someone was having a heart attack. Rushing to the aid of his fallen co-worker Max knew one thing, it wasn't a heart attack. Heart attack victims didn't bleed and didn't start chewing on anyone they could catch either. Once the victims died they came back to life with only one goal; to consume the living. Now Max was stuck in a rapidly deteriorating situation thirty miles from home, where his wife and two kids were sleeping away the warm mid summer morning. He had to get back to his family and get them to a safe place, if he could find one. Forming a group made up of his coworkers Steve and Tom and a police officer called 'Stewart' they make their way into the city to save the ones they love. The newly returned, however, were not all mindless shamblers and some of them had a plan...


This is a revised edition (2.2) uploaded on March 26th, 2011 and incorporates many spelling and grammar fixes send in from fans. Thanks for the feedback!


Product Details

  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ctales; 3.0 edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BDT64A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The zombies must have eaten the editor... August 6, 2010
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Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and unbelievably lame dialogue make this book too painful to endure. What is a "Lugar"? Not a German pistol, that's for sure. The story at least starts out well, but I had to quit about 15% of the way through the book, when the urge to have one of the undead chew my eyeballs out became too strong to ignore...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Did anyone proofread this story? Multiple typos on a page often times. As far as the story goes, I prefer traditional non speaking zombies. Nevermind some of the things the authors have them doing. Laundry? Good God.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average zombie story February 17, 2010
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When I first started reading this e-book, I really did not think I would finish it. The story resembled something written for young teens, the characters flat, the story rushed. Luckily I was bored and had nothing else to read so i stuck with it. Once they got out of the building the character's personalities grew as did the story. It bloomed out dragging you along by introducing a new form of "smart" zombies but kept the "shamblers". The "Smart" zombies kept their thoughts and personality from before they were changed, grew smarter, could talk and became stronger the more they fed, and the "shamblers" were just your traditional stupid, non talking "brainnnnnns" type. Even though i am a die hard "brainnnnns" fan, I liked the new smart zombies. I liked how it showed the story from the zombies point of view. It was more of "evolution" than a "invasion" of zombies. Its about time zombies became as smart as vampires and take their place as something that could form its own society to feed off the weaker humans. Its soooo nice to see them as something other than a monster to just fear and bash their heads in. I can see great possibilities for the story to grow out to a new world order type thing where the zombies become the dominate species and humans battle for a spot to live and not be food.

The typos and mis-labeled/named characters were distracting and confusing. There is a part where Nancy is slapping Jimbo and it says Fred. I had to read that section several times to understand it. And then there is a chapter that ends with just the end half a sentence hanging. It makes you wonder what you missed.

Over all for the price I paid to read the story, it was totally worth it. I am intrigued and off to buy the others by Mark Clodi. I totally recommend it as a read, just take the errors with a smile, no one is perfect.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Independent Author Needs Editor June 3, 2009
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This is the story of a regular work day at the start of a zombie apocalypse. After getting a sample, I was hooked on the story. The zombies were really different. It still has the shambling zombies, but the story also contains "smart" zombies. Each time a zombie feeds it regenerates and gets stronger and smarter. Also some zombies had some pings of humanity. I do not usually like this in my stories. I usually really like the old fashion romero type zombies, but the author did a good job with it so it did work for me. Not bad for an independent book. This book really is in some bad need of editing! I would have given this story a much better rating if not for the mispellings and errors. It is so distracting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different! Definitely worth a read! February 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book! There are still editorial errors but not so much that it`s painful. The story is so different than the ones I`m used to! Reading the next one now and can already tell the editing is much better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book December 28, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
At first, the book seem`s pretty stupid. As you get farther in, some of the outcomes may be upsetting, which is a good thing. There ARE a few things that go against many zombie movies and guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - LOTS of mistakes November 29, 2010
By Paul
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I love Zombie stories and this one adds a new twist to the old slow moving undead. As mentioned by others, all the typos, grammatical errors, and punctuation mistakes were fairly painful. The author's note claims that most of them were corrected, but I beg to differ. I struggled through these issues because I liked the story. Mark - Please get a competent editor for the next book. I like your story lines. I think this book is well worth editing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, horrible editing January 18, 2011
By Devin
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a great book. You read the first page and it is impossible to put down. On the downside, the characters curse way to much, and it looks like he didn't even bother to have someone edit it. So, if you can put up with tons of cussing and bad editing, then I recommend you read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic. Book is AWESOME AND THE FIRST. PEOPLE WHO KNOWS WHAT IS...
ZIMBABWE THE WORLD OF A NEW. BOOK REVIEW OF THE FIRST TIME IN THE PAST FEW YEARS AGO AND THE FIRST TIME SINCE I WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND IS GOING TO HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRST PLACE... Read more
Published 22 days ago by jrvb
1.0 out of 5 stars and I usually like anything in the zombie genre
God awful, couldnt get through 2nd chapter, and I usually like anything in the zombie genre.
Published 25 days ago by Chris S.
3.0 out of 5 stars until book 3 it was a very good read. However
I read the series, until book 3 it was a very good read. However, the author introduces characters that seem to drop off the planet never to be heard from again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer
Great Writer. He has me hooked on all his books. Keep them coming.
Published 2 months ago by La Donna Thomspon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
It was well detailed amazing and very interesting I was into the book more then anything. It had a lot of action as well
Published 4 months ago by Colin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good
We all have you likes and dislikes, however, the misspelling, grammatical errors and general lack of editing is distracting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amber B Enterprises
3.0 out of 5 stars not a total page turner.
Started out strong and then fizzled. It was strange reading about very intelligent zombies. Worth looking into, but it took a while for me to finish.
Published 6 months ago by Gregory Dickensheets
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to recommend
I chose this rating because of the grammatical errors as well as the punctuation errors. I have only been reading this genre for about two years and I have to say that this is the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Zombie
A very readable, solid book. I love the twist, with said zombies. Very clever :) If you're into apocolyptia (yes I know it's not a real word, but it should be) You'll definitely... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jodi BE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Have just started reading this series and can't put them down. Read first three books in under a week. Definitely recommend a good read.
Published 7 months ago by Shawn Malone
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More About the Author

I've been asked quite frequently about which order to read my work in, I hope this helps:

1. Collapse - Really just the first story: The First Zombie
2. TZC1: Outbreak
3. TZC2: Discovery
4. TZC3: Ascension
5. Undead Advantage, these characters are also in 'Of the Dead and Dying' and TZC5.
6. About a Woman, these characters are also in TZC4.
7. Cayo Elina, these characters will also appear in TZC5 or 6.
8. TZC4: Emergence
9. Of the Dead and Dying (Undead Advantage II)

Upcoming work (titles subject to change):
10. TZC5: Peregrination, Outlined
11. TZC6: Resolution, Outlined

Other works:
Billions - this is a collection of short stories that end badly for the protagonists.
Fraser - a work of cthulhu-esc horror with Co-author Michael Picco (non-zombie) work.

Now back to the regularly scheduled biography...

Mark Clodi (born March 30th, 1969) is the author of many zombie apocalypse novels and short stories. At an early age Mark was hooked on fantasy and the pulp fiction of the 'Golden Age of Science Fiction'. While moving around the mid-west with his parents he continued to feed his frenzied reading by buying fiction at yard sales and utilizing the local libraries. The thought of actually becoming a writer struck him at an early age, but he never followed through on his dream until he was much older and 'settled in' to a career as a computer programmer. His writing started one day while trading emails back and forth with Mike Keleman, the co-author of his first book. They started assigning chapter numbers to the emails and the rest, as they say, is history.

He lives in a small town in Iowa in the United States with his wife and family, plus three dogs and two cats. On any given Saturday night no matter what the temperature, rain or shine, you can find him on the rough 'man-deck' behind his house grilling, reading and listening to the radio by the light of an L.E.D. light.


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