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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.

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  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press; 2 edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00797RDWA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SM on 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Dowling on 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 By C. M. Wilson on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julianne K. Freeland on July 27, 2011
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I really liked this book! Im a huge PA fan and loved the descriptions of the few towns and people that were left.The author painted a bleak and sometimes brutal picture that was easy to visualize and sometimes even feel/taste/smell. There was an almost wild west feel but the author brought in some wacko religion gone wild elements that fascinated me and more importantly, were believable in such harsh circumstances. I loved Lead's evolution and sort of finding himself and what was really important though each encounter played a big part in that. If I had to say something negative, it would be that it needs an editor to correct the typos, incorrectly used words and grammar issues but that is secondary to the really entertaining tale. I hope there is a sequel planned? I devoured this book in two nights and could have gone on reading! More please?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johanna K. Pitcairn on 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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