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Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Marquitz , J.M. Martin , Kenny Soward
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Book Description


THE YEAR IS 1868. Somewhere in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada near Donner Pass, during the expansion of the Central Pacific Railroad, NINA WEAVER and her pa, LINCOLN, trundle into Coburn Station with a wagonful of goods they're looking to barter. Of all the rotten luck, their world, and the future of the American West, is forever changed when a strange and sudden swarm of zombies--called deaduns--invades town on the hunt for some human-sized vittles. says: "The writing is very visceral, RAW IN A STYLE SIMILAR TO CHUCK WENDIG...There is action aplenty, there is furious gunplay, there are characters knee-deep in the blood and guts of their eviscerated friends. This is a high octane story, but what makes it stand out among the rest is the drama between the human characters..."


  • Protagonist and Shoshone half-breed, NINA WEAVER

  • Her hard-bitten, mountain man of a father, LINCOLN WEAVER

  • The handsome and secretive JAMES MANNING, whose quick draw is greased lightning

  • MASON DAGGETT and his brother MEAN GEORGE, a shifty pair of ex-Confederates

  • RED THUNDER, a stoic Nez Perce Indian who believes in the Land and its People

  • CPRR railroad boss J.H. STROBRIDGE and his man LESTER 'WOODIE' WOODRUFF with his explosive Swedish oil concoctions

  • FATHER THOMAS MATHIAS, a Jesuit missionary who can work 'turn' the undead, but has everyone wondering which side he's on

  • And a few more UNFORTUNATES to round out the crew (deadun bait?)

  • FROM RAGNAROK PUBLICATIONS and the twisted minds of Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward, Those Poor, Poor Bastards is the first volume in the all-new Old Western Action-Horror series, "DEAD WEST." It takes elements of HBO's Deadwood and AMC's The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels, puts it all in a big cask of TNT, then watches it all go BOOM! Not to be missed!! Rated MA-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with advisories for coarse language and violence).

    Editorial Reviews


    "If Night of the Living Dead happened in the Old West, it would be Those Poor, Poor Bastards. It's the first book in the 'Dead West' series, but in no way falls victim to the syndrome common to those sorts of books. TPPB is polished and as smooth as fine Scotch. It's violent, gory, and delightful." 
    - Dan Schwent, Dangerous Dan's Book Blog

    "Those Poor, Poor Bastards proves that zombies and the Old West were made for each other." 
    - Lincoln Crisler, author of Wild

    "...this was my first time reading about 'deaduns' and now I'm hooked! The story flowed with ease, the characters were vivid and most parts likeable, even the not-so-pleasant characters gain your respect and empathy towards the end. I loved the fact that it's set in the Wild West rather than modern times or some apocalyptic future. I recommend Those Poor, Poor Bastards to my friends, and am looking forward to book two!" 
    - Sarah Fernandes, Bloody Cake News 

    "A rip-snortin', Aces-high addition to the walking buzzard-food genre. Marquitz, Martin, and Soward have a hit series on their hands." 
    - Paul Martin, Self-Publisher's Showcase 

    "Two parts bullets, three parts shambling undead, one part magic, all fast-paced Wild West action. 'Dead West' book one takes you on a wild ride." 
    - Becca Butcher, Voluted Tales Magazine

    From the Author

    With "Dead West" we are planning to write either a five or six-novel series. Though you will find zombies -- which we call 'deaduns' -- throughout, we are also interested in exploring character relationships, monsters, and mysticism, all within the setting of 19th century America. The series begins in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, near the infamous Donner Pass, during the time of rail expansion, and from there we expand outward as the evil spreads like ripples in a pond. 

    Very mild spoilers ahead, but also perhaps enough to intrigue you to invest in our series: "Dead West" is written from the perspective of a young woman who is half-Native American (Shoshone) and she has been living in the wilderness with her wasichu (white) father, an aging trailblazer and former fur trader, for many years, especially since the violence between the white man's Army and local natives have broken out. Now we introduce a new enemy into the mix, a mysterious necromancer type who guides his 'heavenly subjects,' a.k.a. 'deaduns' like pawns on a chessboard.

    If you enjoy postapocalyptic (zom-poc) novels or Weird Western tales, or just like a ripping good action yarn with edgy dialogue and a fair amount of gore, this series is most definitely for you.
    -J.M. Martin, April 2014

    Product Details

    • File Size: 4308 KB
    • Print Length: 146 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Ragnarok Publications; 2 edition (February 19, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00IJMZPP6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and zombies March 25, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I do not care much for zombies. Lack of conversation and deplorable personal grooming makes them a trial at the best of times, and all that moaning and shuffling makes me think it’s a permanent state of Monday morning.

    However, occasionally one stumbles (ha!) across a satisfying frolic with our decomposing friends. A case in point is Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward. It is, as the titles suggest, set in the post civil war era of nineteenth century America. The characters are drawn from the archetypes of the mythic old West—cowboys, Indians, railway barons, preachers, farmers, and a Chinese sorcerer in search of a mysterious object (think Kung Fu with serious attitude). The zombies are the sorcerer’s calling card, which means that for once, we get a smelly, ravening hoard with purpose. Sort of.

    The plot proceeds as these things do. Disparate individuals are forced to get along to survive. Some play nice, and others make the zombies look saintly by comparison. The mystery of who created the walking dead and why is sketched in, although plenty of detail will undoubtedly be filled in during future episodes. In short, what the authors give us (thankfully) is a problem to be solved rather than a relentless apocalypse—if only the characters can keep it together. By the end of Those Poor, Poor Bastards, a smattering of good guys survive but so do a few of their less savory counterparts. And so the reader is drawn onward to continuing adventures . . .

    The main protagonist, half-Shonone heroine Nina Weaver is well worth rooting for. The dialogue is filled with slang and the characters can be crude, but this grit is appropriate and welcome color. I am no aficionado of the zombie-centric genre, but I enjoyed this taste of the Dead West.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A standout in the Weird Western genre July 10, 2013
    By Ryan
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I'm not a big Weird Western reader. I'm not a big zombie reader. But this first Dead West book is better than just another Weird Western or just another zombie book. The writing is very visceral, raw in a style similar to Chuck Wendig, with some gooey depictions of bodies being torn apart and decaying in a very fluid way. It is at times high impact, so if you are somewhat squeamish at the thought of a body being emptied of all its fluids, you might want to check out the sample first. If not, get onboard and have some fun.

    There is action aplenty, there is furious gunplay, there are characters knee deep in the blood and guts of their eviscerated friends - this is a high octane story. What makes this story stand out among the rest is the drama between the human characters - there are a bunch of survivors holed up a dilapidated and very fragile house, and they hate each other. They hate each other more than they want to survive this zombie outbreak. So while they have to protect themselves from the threat of the undead, they have to be even more watchful for sabotage within their ranks.

    The lead character, Nina, is fantastic. She is a survivor, she is brave, she is loyal, and she is quick to lend her services to those who need help. She acts like she is the shoot first ask questions later type of person, but she always holds back from pulling the trigger, willing to give people the chance to redeem themselves right up until the end. The scenes between her and Jasmine are borderline wish-fulfilment, but they have context, they make sense, they are not gratuitous, and they make you feel stuff. The other characters get a fair representation, have their own quirks, strengths and weaknesses, but I think this story was a little to short to fully flesh these people out.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Those Poor, Poor Bastards is the first part of the Dead West dark fantasy/horror series. It's an action-packed weird western novel that contains interesting dark fantasy and horror elements.

    Before I write more about this novel I'll mention that I'm not a big fan of western novels, because in my opinion most of them are badly written trash that shouldn't be read by anybody, but I enjoy reading original and well written weird western novels. One of the reasons why I like weird western novels is that the speculative fiction elements spice up western stories in a nice way and make them readable and enjoyable. Those Poor, Poor Bastards is an excellent example of a good weird western novel (it's a nice addition to the weird western genre, because it's an enjoyable and fast-paced novel).

    Those Poor, Poor Bastards was a nice and pleasant surprise for me, because it was good entertainment. When I began to read this novel I noticed that I found myself almost skipping pages to find out what happens next.

    Here's a bit of information about the story:

    Those Poor, Poor Bastards is a story about Nina Weaver who travels to Coburn Station with her father, Lincoln Weaver, to barter goods. When Nina and her father arrive to Coburn Station, the living dead - the deaduns - invade the town and they have to fight for their lives. They team up with other survivors and start to fight against the zombies...

    Nina is an interesting protagonist. She's half-Indian and has to hide her looks from people in order to avoid attention. Nina is a survivor type kind of a young woman - she's brave and resourceful. Her life changes radically when the zombies invade the town and start attacking against people.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cover Artist
    I have to admit the cover is what caught my eye. Kudos to the cover artist, they not only know how to paint/draw, but they know how to make an attractive cover that gets folks to... Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Ancient Grey-bearded Reader
    5.0 out of 5 stars cool...
    Published 6 months ago by ampen - techmatte
    4.0 out of 5 stars just a taste
    A short easy read. Plenty of zombie killin' but not much plot advancement. Obviously meant to entice you to purchase the next book in the series, not that there's anything wrong... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Ernie Cooke
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    When Nina Weaver, the attractive part-indian protagoniste of this fast moving western rides into town for supplies, she runs full on into the dark side of Tim Marquitz's twisted... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Juststu
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant weird western zombie hootenanny that just keeps getting...
    Brilliant weird western zombie hootenanny that just keeps getting better the further you read. Perfect narrative voice, funny, disgusting; everything you want from this genre.
    Published 7 months ago by GN Braun
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Wild, Wierd West
    Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book 1) (Kindle Edition) - My ONLY complaint is that is is not on Audible books yet. I loved the premise indians, cowboys and zombies. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Debra
    3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies in the Old West. Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book 1)...
    Most zombie apocalypses occur in a modern setting or in the future. Tim Marquitz and his group of writers chose to go back in time to saddle up for their zombie invasion. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Lori Parker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Western Horror
    Nina and her father go to a small frontier town for supplies and all hell breaks loose. The town becomes overrun with zombies and they make their escape with a small group of... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Colleen Wanglund
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters and the pace of the story
    This book is my introduction into the world of wierd westerns. Love the characters and the pace of the story. keep bringing them on!!
    Published 8 months ago by kysweethang
    5.0 out of 5 stars old west meets the zombies
    A story of the old west with a zombie twist. This book has it all. I could not stop reading it.
    Published 9 months ago by brenda
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