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The Turn (Extinction Level Event Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J. Walker
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if you knew the zombie apocalypse was imminent?
Would you tell your family? Your friends?
Or would you wait until the end was near?

The Turn is the first book of an exciting new zombie apocalypse series called Extinction Level Event. Written specifically for the ever-growing female audience of the zombie apocalypse genre, the story is told through the eyes of Emily Hanson, wife, mother and survivor.
Follow the incredible struggles of two families as they prepare for humanities possible extinction and society’s eventual collapse. Witness the devastating isolation of the outbreak’s early days and the unforeseen trials of living in the post-apocalyptic world.
Regardless of how prepared they are, there is always another unexpected threat waiting to jeopardize their best laid plans.

Product Details

  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Walker; 3 edition (May 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written, But Not Very Good June 29, 2014
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The good: Apart from one or two homophone issues, this is mechanically well constructed and well edited. Author exhibits good use of vocabulary without overdoing it or falling into the trap of trying to wedge in every descriptive adjective possible. Narrative and dialog flow well and smoothly.

The less good: Plot holes, suspension of disbelief issues, and way-too-convenient coincidences abound. None of the characters display ANY tactical awareness - not the special forces operator nor any of the collection of soldiers he has with him, not the bad guys, and certainly not the main protagonist.

As another reviewer points out, the characters keep engaging in stupid, contra-survival activities and for the most part get away with it:

*The zombies are blocks away, and at the very last minute the main protagonist suddenly remembers her handgun, retrieves and opens the locked box it's stored in, verifies it's in there, and then RELOCKS the gun back in the box and sticks it under the front seat of her escape RV.

*They make it to their survival compound, but don't maintain a watch on the CCTV monitors at night.

*They DON'T check newcomers for bites or scratches; the newcomer's word is sufficient.

*They regularly smoke dope and listen to music as they make their forays out into zombieland.

*They keep all the weapons under lock and key 'to keep the children safe'.

There are more, but these are my favorites.

Bottom line: It's a well-written, not-very-good zombie tale.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombielicious June 3, 2014
By Trajen
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What would you do if you received advanced notice of a zombie pandemic? This is an excellent story that captures you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. With its Romero style zombies and perfect balance of action and character driven scenes it is sure to appeal to a wide range of horror fans. If you are a prepper with a taste for brains you are sure to like this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good June 16, 2014
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Very surprising, this was a good story. I was leery of a female author writing this type of thriller. But she did and excellent job.
The story was engaging, and she did not shy away from the horrors of what may happen.
The book is more character driven, so if you are looking for tons of blood and guts go elsewhere.
There is plenty of realistic gross happenings, but it is the people you care about, and hope they make it out alive.
The ending was good and I am hoping she will write more about these people, and possibly some others that have survived the
zombie apocalypse.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, until... July 21, 2014
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Decent book. Not many that I've read where the characters had that much warning. The characters are like-able and fairly well developed. Fairly good, easy read, until:


These people were prepared. Huge concrete walls, great field of view/fire from the top of the wall. Lots of guns and ammo - which they have no problem using to shoot zombies. Here's where it gets me - why on earth would they let five armed men inside the walls without a fight? Oh no! they have explosives! They have to get to the darn gate to use them. That is what your prepping and planning was for! Not to just roll over as soon as a threat arrives. Especially one where a few head shots saves the day - which, coincidentally, they've been practicing every day! I mean, really - you give up your home, sanctuary, bodies, without a fight? Especially when you're the ones with all of the tactical advantages???
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fast zombie read! July 11, 2014
By Donna
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First I am giving this book 4 stars because although it is written with a female first person POV, I have to say I really didn't like her very much at first. She seems too ready to avoid anything painful or outside her comfort zone. Yet she is living during a zombie apocalypse when she needs all her best thinking and reflexes but smokes pot (I guess they considered this was an important resource to take along?) which dulls both of those senses. But perhaps with nerves always on edge relaxing once in a while is okay, but when you are two people out on your own? Not wise in my zombie book. She just seems like she is not operating on her best smarts yet but I am willing to give her a chance to grow.

I finished this book in a day. It very much captured my attention. It is pretty much your standard zombie story told from a woman's viewpoint. This woman is one I did not particularly like in the beginning, as she was one to avoid facing hard choices and sort of buried her head in the sand for as long as she could, even with stern warnings and entreaties not to.

When she finally does face the dread coming she rises to the challenge and continues to step up to meet them. She is separated from her husband but is able to take friends and her daughter to prepare for the zombie apocalypse that is coming.

And as in most zombie stories, the most dangerous creature out there is man who without laws think they are entitled to take whatever they want....just because they can. And it does get intense.

I am hoping a second book is coming. This one set a good foundation but there is much left to tell and I won't go into all the story lines here because it would ruin the power of them. Do read this book. It goes quickly and I did come to like the female protagonist much more than I did at the beginning, which was not at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CONSTANT PAGE TURNER...
This novel has it all...Great setup, Action, Characters that are believable. I didn't put it down and when it ended, couldn't wait to see if a second book is out. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dee
2.0 out of 5 stars And it's one I cannot ever recommend to anyone else
This book does have an interesting take on what would happen if the world is turned upside down by zombies, but someone knew about it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 days ago by Dee kimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little different but I still liked it enough to order #2.
Published 10 days ago by marianne
2.0 out of 5 stars Started with Potential and Ended with Blah
Like other reviewers, I found this book better written than most independent books in that it flowed and was very readable. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Marley
5.0 out of 5 stars The turn
Awesome read, unexpected twist at the end! A story of love, desperation, ans survival that was well written, worth the read!
Published 23 days ago by pam minnich
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, a Preppers dream.
Good, believable character development. The story moves along with very human reactions. I like that not all people outside of the little group of characters are depicted as... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tamara Salonich
2.0 out of 5 stars This was a real disappointment. No real story and I am about halfway...
This was a real disappointment. No real story and I am about halfway done, not even going to finish it.
Published 27 days ago by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Well worth the time and the effort
Excellent read. Well worth the time and the effort. I highly recommend this author.
Published 29 days ago by Kenneth C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new series
once this book got going it took the reader on a rollercoaster ride of excitement and took the heroine from observer to a leader
Great characters and fast read
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