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Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Chesser , Monique Happy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Through a combination of tight, well-structured plots and fully realized characters, Chesser has emerged as one of the top indie writers in the business."
- Joe McKinney, two time Bram Stoker Award winner, and best-selling author of the Dead World series.

62000 words. Approximately 250 pages.

For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July—later to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead—began like all the others before, and none since.
With his daughter, Raven and wife, Brook, away visiting her parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Cade hopes his immediate future holds nothing but an easy chair, Mariners on the tube, and paring down a honey-do list a mile long.
But those hopes were quickly dashed and his life forever changed when news broke of a clash in downtown Portland between soldiers from the Oregon National Guard and hundreds of anarchist protesters suddenly turned violent and, by one anchor’s account, blood-thirsty and cannibalistic.
As the first waves of injured bystanders, Guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals in and around Portland, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population.
Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment Cade hadn’t a clue, and he wasn’t especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the talking heads on the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.
Armed with this new information and now seeing the bigger cities such as Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles rocked by the rapidly spreading scourge, Cade ignores the volley of contradictory edicts drawn up by the White House and set into motion by FEMA and DHS, dusts off his tools of war, and loads his truck with supplies.
Unable to get ahold of Brook and Raven and unwilling to leave them at the mercy of some distant politician’s inability to hold the nation together, he begins an impossible 3,000 mile journey across a reeling United States with presumably millions of infected in his path and only one acceptable outcome: find Brook and Raven alive—or die trying.

Edited by Monique Happy
Monique Happy Editorial Services

Editorial Reviews


Trudge review by Terra King, horror and paranormal, eBook and film critic, Las Vegas, Rating: 5 stars "Author Shawn Chesser has written a zombie story full of scares, excitement, sadness and kick-butt action. Chesser doesn't fool around, his zombies appear early on in the story, and it's all up from there. Shawn also has something that many e-book authors don't, he understands characters. Several of his major players are military special ops. My husband was a Green Beret, so I had a go-to guy to ask about this situation or that weapon. Vietnam was a long time ago, fortunately one of the characters was a Vietnam vet. Believe me when I say, his writing is top-notch. Unlike other authors, even some of the big names, Chesser understands female character as well as male. This is such an important thing in a book with strong characters that are of both sex. I would recommend this book to all zombie fans, it's a good one.There is also a sequel entitled "Soldier on: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse." - Terra King
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About the Author

Shawn Chesser is the author of Trudge, Soldier On, and In Harm's Way all books in the Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series. He is a practicing father, and has been a zombie fanatic for decades. He likes his creatures shambling, trudging and moaning. As for fast, agile,
screaming specimens... not so much. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his
wife, two kids and three fish.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4004 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Morbid Press (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D24RYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
227 of 275 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Summary: I believe that the author or one of his supporters is artificially increasing the user review rating with bogus reviews and/or phantom accounts.

I purchased this book because of it's 4-star rating thinking that with 40 reviews, the majority couldn't be wrong. I should have paid more attention to who was giving the reviews and what else they'd read. When I took a deeper look into the ratings themselves (unfortunately after purchasing this book) I discovered what can only be described as suspicious authenticity at best, and downright fraud at worst. Read on...

As I write this review there are currently a total of 41 reviews for "Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse," including this one. The review ratings break down as follows

22 5-star
6 4-star
4 3-star
4 2-star
5 1-star

Pretty good for the author right? I mean, you can't please everyone and the majority seem to really enjoy this book. But here's the suspicious part: Of the 22 5-star reviews 8 are written by users who only reviewed 1 or 2 books in all of Amazon's library. That's it, one or 2 reviews of all books ever purchased on Amazon. And can you you guess who these reviews were for? I'll give you hint... the author's name starts with Shaw and ends with nChesser. For the record these users are:

Bill Dillard
Hal L
Cowboys #1
Andrew Paternoster

That's right, 8 of 22 reviews that give this book 5-stars are written by users who have only reviewed this or "Soldier On", another of Shawn Cheeser's novels. In all fairness 2 of the 1-star reviews were written by users who only reviewed this book, as was one of the 4-star reviews.

Why do I bother to bring this up?
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just could not get into it... February 21, 2012
By MarkM
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I tried and tried to get into this book...but I finally gave up. This is the first Zombie book that I have not enjoyed. Aside from the punctuation and spelling errors which I tried to overlook...the book really lost me when it got to the part about the gang members. When one of them reanimated without actually being bitten by a Zombie...the book lost me. I re-read this chapter 3 times thinking that I was missing something...but I was not.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can skip this one May 26, 2012
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I'm about 30% through, and I don't think I'll be finishing it. I've read lots of zombie books over the past 2yrs or so, and only once in a while do I find one I just can't get into. This is one of them. The 'hero' is the typical ex-delta spec ops Rambo. He decides that since it's too dangerous to walk out of his house, he'll drive from Oregon to South Carolina to get his wife and daughter......right. A cross county trek in your import SUV during the zombocalypse?? Really?

The characters are dry and one dimensional. The 'action' is lame and predicable. I didn't even get to the political agenda part yet, and I don't care. I'm moving on to something better, and you should too.
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105 of 135 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain bad February 12, 2012
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Why oh why did I pick this book? It is ruined by the author's political beliefs. I could not finish it because I read zombie books to escape the real world, not to be indoctrinated with partisan politics. I can read the newspapers for that. All I wanted was a FAIRLY decent zombie story so I could relax and 'get away.' Instead, I get political nonsense. The author is obviously anti- Obama. Dude, left-wing, right-wing, chicken-wing....we don't want to know unless a zombie is eating one!! Just write about zombies! Buyer beware.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful. Try something else. August 8, 2012
By Squab
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this book last night for something to read in a hotel room while on business travel. Turned out to be absolutely awful. The writing is high school freshman English (at best). Absolutely no plot development, no character development, just zombies eating people within the first five pages. I returned it for a refund after trying to get through the first few chapters. Please do yourself a favor and don't download it at all. I wasted 30 minutes of my life on this trash.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Felt sloppy, clinically detached. June 29, 2012
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I love Apocalypse, Zombie, Pandemic stories amongst others, and just was so flat I had push and push to finish it. Being a man with military experience, this was such an obviously fabricated tale, with conversations you might overhear listening to a couple of kids playing with their G.I. Joes. The story never really developed any more after the first third of the book, and just wasn't enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious December 16, 2013
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I hate to write bad reviews but Oh wow, wow, wow, I am so thoroughly disappointed and to think I bought the complete series. Well, the author got my money but I got nothing in return. I have been on a apocalyptic/Zombie read fest for the past few months enjoying books from Ben Tripp, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney, Jonathan Maberry, David Moody and many others and just ended with Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro, which I loved. Jumping from that to this was like hitting a brick wall. If you have enjoyed the masters of the genre, this will be a complete letdown for you.
I suppose I have to say a little about what I don't like about the book.....I do not like the characters. I do not like this family and half way through the book they seem empty. I don't care if they live or die. The writing? It's an effort to read.
Half way through the first book and I have to place it back on the shelf. I think it's time to pull Wool off the shelf.
I'm sorry it's harsh but
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible cliched writing
Horrible cliched writing. I am a big fan of this genre and I should have taken my cue from the laughable, pulpy book 'covers' shown on the site. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by WW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, the apocalypse is in rare form!
Awesome read, can't get enough of the Delta Tier 1 operators, or the Omega infected populace. Strikes a nice balance between heavy action and thoughtful introspection. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Marc McDonough
1.0 out of 5 stars Properly named "Trudge." That is what it is like trying to read it.
I honestly can't figure out how anyone could give this book 5 stars, or even 4. If it were the first zombie book you read I could see 2-3 stars. Read more
Published 14 days ago by G. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this seris 💥🔫💥🔫💥🔫
Shawn is a great writer and a great guy to chat with.This seris is awesome and I can't wait for more.Yhis seris gets better and better every book.GET YOU ONE.... Read more
Published 14 days ago by charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!!
What an adventure. This author isn't afraid to make it really an have casualties. Not saying I wasn't shocked or sad, trust me I was. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Fro
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent book
Published 25 days ago by Melissa Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!!!
Probably one of the best zombie books I have ever read. Love the series! I get excited every time a new book comes out!
Published 1 month ago by R. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies and the military
Zombie novels can easily become generic in nature. This one held my attention and made me like the main characters in a short amount of time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Read the first few pages and the top reviews, this book is obviously in the 1 - 2 star range.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and enjoy.
I thought this was a great zombie book. I liked the main character Cade. I enjoyed following the story from Cade's side as well as what was going on with his wife/daughter in SC. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle N. Mills
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More About the Author

Shawn Chesser resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children. He studied writing at Harvard on the hill(PCC Sylvania) many years ago. Shawn is a big fan of the apocalyptic horror genre. Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy and George Romero are strong influences. When not writing, Shawn spends the rest of his time doting on his two children and doing whatever his wife says. :)

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