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Trudge: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Chesser , Monique Happy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)

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Book Description

62000 words. Approximately 250 pages.
Cade Grayson finds himself separated from his wife and daughter during a viral outbreak; between them are 3000 miles and millions of infected. Cade must form alliances and rely on his military training to run the gauntlet of undead, as well as the living.
He must leave Portland, Oregon to locate his family in South Carolina. Fifteen months after an honorable discharge the disillusioned former Tier-One operator travels east with his less than clean-cut neighbor and two neighbor kids.
Meanwhile, his wife Brook is forced to flee the familial home with daughter Raven in tow.
Humans bent on taking advantage of other humans are as much a threat as the newly risen walking corpses.
Incommunicado and desperate for any information about the outbreak’s spread, Cade must chart the right course on his trudge to reunite with his family.

Edited by Monique Happy

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: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615639968
  • 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: #13,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
223 of 270 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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61 of 76 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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36 of 44 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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103 of 133 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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25 of 31 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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13 of 15 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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5 of 5 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
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 9 days 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 11 days 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 12 days 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 16 days ago by Michelle N. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough, just
A pretty shallow attempt at breaching the genre, other then that fast paced with tragedy aplenty for the hero.
Published 24 days ago by john r
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This is the first once star review I've ever given. I don't necessarily feel that harshly in the negative about it, I would normally give a book of this quality two starts. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Characterization Gets A Head Shot From Author's Politics And...
It's virtually impossible to write a book that doesn't reveal something about the writer. And that's a good thing, as it allows readers to experience the world from a multitude of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tigerflower
5.0 out of 5 stars love Hero's that survive Zombies
Chesser has done great job with Zombie books...I have read many including 'Z' & I feel her books are the best ,great reads..
Published 1 month ago by 001341
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has all the elements that make this a good zombie story. It has characters that one can relate to, edge of your seat tension, the military and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LLMault
5.0 out of 5 stars And it's nice to read fiction where the technical info about weapons...
Outstanding read. And it's nice to read fiction where the technical info about weapons is correct. Good story, good character development.
Published 1 month ago by Douglas B.
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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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