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The Zona [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Yocum
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Praise for The Zona:

"The Zona is a brutal glimpse into a post apocalyptic world that is all too plausible... If you enjoy your apocalyptic fiction gritty and with a hint of the new old-west, The Zona will blow you away."
-- Paul Antony Jones, Author of Extinction Point and Towards Yesterday

"A striking, fierce, powerhouse of a book."
-- Cheryl, Goodreads Reviewer

"This is what we all fear will happen if we continue to abuse the Earth. Nathan does a phenomenal job of painting the bleakest environment we could face and showing us the path we are on. He can use words to paint such a grand picture and leave you astonished at the final act."
 -- Albert Robbins III, Amazon reviewer

About the Book:

Welcome to the Arizona Reformed Theocracy, otherwise called THE ZONA. Here the Church rules with power absolute. The laws are simple: all sin is punished swiftly. Preachers enforce the Church's words like old West lawmen. But what happens when a Preacher refuses to kill? What happens when men of honor take a stand against their rulers?

More Praise for The Zona:

"It did not surprise me to learn that Nathan Yocum, author of The Zona, is an award-winning screenwriter. As I was reading this, his debut novel, I could not stop picturing it as a movie. (I will honestly be very surprised if it isn't optioned, especially with the popularity of dystopias generally and the upcoming Hunger Games specifically!)"
 -- Taryn, Bookwanderer Reviews

Fans of The Zona should be sure to check out more titles from Curiosity Quills Press:
  • For paranormal mystery in the highest levels of US Federal Government, search for The Department of Magic by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.
  • For excellent cyberpunk-fueled dark sci-fi, look for Shadow of a Dead Star by Michael Shean
  • For a high-concept action-packed technothriller, seek out The God Particle by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.
  • For lovers of detective noir with a horror twist, look up Michael Panush's Stein & Candle Detective Agency series

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About the Author

Nathan L. Yocum is an author, teacher, and entrepreneur living in the jungles of Hawai’i. As a writer Nathan’s inspirations include Kurt Vonnegut, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Charles Bukowski, but admits that the list goes on and on. Nathan is also the editor-in-chief of SpecLit Masters Magazine, an eZine featuring the best in new speculative short fiction, as well as an award winning screenwriter for Catbrain Film Factory. His first novel, The Zona, was published via Curiosity Quills Press in February, 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press; 2 edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00797RDWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and graphic post apocalyptic October 20, 2011
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This is an interesting, post apocalyptic story, set in a violent, destroyed future American southwest (Arizona, Utah, etc), which follows a "Preacher" named Lead and warring groups of religious extremists who are trying to control the future, apocalyptic world via their own violent versions of religion.

Gritty and graphic, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the post apocalyptic genre. And the book ends with the possibility of a sequel, which I would be very interested in reading if it is written.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the world turns against us...make every bullet count September 18, 2011
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In the mid 1960's Italian film director Sergio Leone made three iconic westerns starring newcomer Clint Eastwood. They portrayed a world of hot deserts and dusty towns made of wooden shacks, where the gun was law and fear governed. Imagine a story where the setting for A Fistful of Dollars meets the Spanish Inquisition and you have The Zona in your sights.
Nathan L. Yocum has envisioned a world (a comparative paradise) that is destroyed by man's inability to control global warming. First rains and then floods, followed by the winds and disease. A catastrophe of biblical proportions removes the last two hundred years of human technological advancement with divine indifference. A small amount of tech survives but it is mainly military and controlled by The Church; a reprehensible organisation performing sadistic acts in God's name.
The story unfolds in post-apocalyptic Arizona, in an area now called The Zona.
We travel with Lead, full name Leonard Marchez, as he performs the Church's work as a Preacher by making sinners repent by rope or blanket. Either be bound and delivered to the local parish for mock trial and execution, or just cut to the chase and agree to be shot immediately (with an ancient .38 revolver), then covered by the blanket. Placing his trust in a Higher Authority means that Lead never really considers himself responsible for his own actions; in fact he never considers his actions at all. One day he is charged with making another sinner repent; Terence Wood. When he discovers that Terrence is an old Preacher, Lead cannot bring himself to pull the trigger, and so starts the process of questioning divine authority. This is an extremely unhealthy option when the Church is sole judge, jury and executioner...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic powerhouse of a story November 9, 2011
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The Zona by Nathan Yocum is a striking, fierce, powerhouse of a book. Post-apocalyptic Arizona ("the Zona") is a beautifully described setting: bleak, depressing, oppressive and stark; the people who populate the Zona, likewise, are downtrodden, living a hardscrabble life. They call their era the "Broken Times," and that is the strong impression that the reader is left with -- the world is broken, and savage, and short on hope. As one of the characters says, "Peaceful men don't live anymore. Good men don't live any more. We're just winding down the clock until the Earth finishes us all off with weather and viruses or we finish ourselves with our own viciousness."

Our guide through this harsh, Wild-West world is Lead (named after his military division, Lead Group Two). Lead is a Preacher, an enforcer for the Zona's iron-fisted Theocracy; his job is to unquestioningly stamp out dissention by hunting down those who the Church have marked as troublemakers. When a Preacher tracks down a Mark, he gives them the Church's choice of rope or blanket -- to be tied with rope, and taken back to the Church for punishment, or to be shot dead and covered with a blanket.

At the beginning of the book Lead comes across as an arrogant, hard, instrument of the Church. However, as a series of life-changing encounters unfold, we see that he has a conscience and (even more surprisingly), a capacity for hope and joy in living, despite the bleak circumstances of his existence. Consider this passage, as he is running for his life: "The winds shifted, the sands settled. Night had fallen and the stars stretched out to infinity, tracing their slow spiral through the moonless sky. Despite his many and varied travels, Lead had never seen the evening sky so radiant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! February 26, 2012
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Picture the end of the world as we know it. Imagine our civilization vanished into thin air. Think of a world where the infrastructure and the government are gone. Chaos? Not so much.

A new order has arrived. The Church controls western territories that haven't been subject to floods, pandemics, and nuclear radiations. The Zona is one of these territories. Lead is a Preacher. He knows how to spread the word of the Lord. His mission? Kill the infidels. Kill men who don't abide by the Church's rules anymore. The Church sends him to punish - by the blanket or the rope - a former Preacher, Terrence. But Lead can't kill him.

Lead has now failed in his holy mission. Cruisader Eliphaz comes after Terrence and him, hunting them like animals. Lead must repent for he has sinned.

The chase forces Lead and Terrence to stick together. Lead has no faith in the Church anymore and wants a way out. That way out is called New Pueblo, a hidden town away from the Zona where life like before the apocalypse is possible.

Will Eliphaz get hold of the fugitives before they reach New Pueblo?

The Zona is a gripping and dark tale that'll haunt your thoughts until the last chapter. Lead is a stunning character who searches for his true identity in a world where superficial dreams don't survive.

Back to basics. Be ready to start a journey into the bowels of the human nature.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too "Religion in Charge"
I had a few problems with this book. First, with the day of the end of the world still in living memory, I don't see how the government collapsed that bad that fast, and I'm giving... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Growing_hair
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great
I was really excited for this book, and it was good but not great. I was hoping for more of a post-apocalyptic survival thriller but it’s more dystopian themed book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like I'm in the minority on this one . . .
***Note for the review: Amazon is showing the page count at 252, however the copy I received, direct from the publisher (not purchased from their website but a final copy received... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donna C
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful description, thought-provoking, but bad editing
Book Info: Genre: Post-apocalyptic
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of dark post-apocalyptic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: religious persecution (by which I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Sozaeva
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror
"We're just winding down the clock until the Earth finishes us all off with weather and viruses or we finish ourselves with our own viciousness." -'The Zona. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Horror Novel Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got it free
I'm glad I got this book when it was free because I just couldn't get into it. I struggled along to 10% and gave up. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patricia Kenworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid (though graphic) PA story
This was in general a good read and fans of PA books should enjoy it. Like some others I felt that the first quarter to third of the story dragged a bit and some of the early... Read more
Published 21 months ago by azgrad
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow
Interesting story concept, but the writing style was very distracting - some cross between faux Elizabethan and Charlton Heston's (speaking) role as Moses.
Published 22 months ago by Ernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Read
Warning: Spoiler Alert

The Zona was a short, post-apocalyptic story that took me almost two weeks to read. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Christina White
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!
I loved this book! I am a HUGE apocalyptic thriller fan and this was right up my alley. Had a religious contest that kept it interesting. A great "end-of-the-world" read. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by atabarac
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More About the Author

Nathan L. Yocum is a writer, teacher, and entrepreneur living on the Big Island of Hawai'i. His novels, The Zona and Automatic Woman, are available through Curiosity Quills Press. He is also features in Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road, Lamplight: Dark Fiction Quarterly, Curiosity Quills: Primetime, and Curiosity Quills: After Dark.

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