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Waiting to Die ~ A Zombie Novel [Kindle Edition]

Richard M. Cochran
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Book Description

The dead have come back to life to devour the living. They hunger for flesh. They rip away life. They are the new scourge that tears away at the very core of humanity.

As panic spreads through the streets, a handful of survivors search for refuge in a dying world.

Waiting to Die is a ladder through the apocalypse, each step ascending higher into tribulation. With every soul that survives, new circumstances arise that delve deeper into the abyss that the world has become. Nowhere is secure and no one is safe.

If you were thrown into the apocalypse, what would you do? Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to survival. Waiting to Die is a story of a few survivors trying desperately to evade the dead. It is a story of hope, of loss, of the urge to keep fighting even when the odds are stacked against you. What hope is left for humanity when all that remains is death and hunger and gnashing teeth?

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From the Author

I first saw Night of the Living Dead on Halloween night in 1984. I was nine years old and that single night changed my life forever. I remember lying in bed, absolutely terrorized, staring out into the darkness of my bedroom. It wasn't real fear, it was contrived fear, a special fear that I was creating in my mind that went far beyond what I had seen flash on the television tube. As I grew older, these images built, amplified, and urged me to write them down on paper. Much of Waiting to Die came from those early nightmares, those quick scribbles in the dark, and grew into the novel. There were far too many ideas for just one book so I continue to work on the fallow-up and the third and maybe even a fourth and fifth. Who knows? These ideas might keep me going for quite some time. Either way, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Wasting Away, the second book in the series is available now.

                                                                                       Forever yours, R

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Cover by Peter Fussey.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real people, real zombies March 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been waiting to read a novel by this author for a while. I read a few of his short stories and I was entranced by his writing style, which flowed like a smooth lyric.

Waiting to Die is a self-published effort on part of the author, but don't mistake this for the many other self-published zombie `books' out there, ones that were rejected 20 times before resigning themselves to doing it themselves. Waiting to Die is a very well made book, and I applaud Mr. Cochran because the book's design is of better quality than some publishers. The cover art is superb and different, and the book is very well edited-unlike many other zombie crappers out there-I couldn't find very many typos or grammatical errors in the book.

Now let's get to the story itself.

Plot: As much as I loved the book's design, I wasn't very pleased with the ending. The ending, to me, seemed a little forced and there were a few things that I felt could have been tweaked, such as how he killed off characters.

The rest of the plot is good. It's not necessarily the most ground-breaking zombie plot in the world, but still an enjoyful world to walk through. I think the author just wanted to write a usual zombie book but with his own voice and vision. This story is a little darker than most zombie books out there, leaving the reader completely clueless about who will actually survive when the last few pages are flipped. The first ¼ of the book is a perfect vision of chaos. One of my favourite scenes of the book is the hospital scene near the beginning. There is so much destruction, horror and enough zombie action to fill any Undead gut. What I really like about the plot is that it's always human vs zombie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews' $0.02 October 19, 2012
Waiting to Die by Richard Cochran is a well written and unique tale of zombie survival. Within the pages of this book you will find what feels like several short stories intermixed into one novel. Where certain characters, each having their own "story" eventually meet and join together to create yet another yarn of undead carnage, mayhem and the will to survive just one more day.

The characters in Waiting to Die are normal everyday people, thus making them believable and likeable. People who have gotten caught in the destruction of a world where the dead walk among us and they have chosen to survive. Options arise and when it comes to time to make a choice the decision is not always an easy one. The author uses these difficult decision as a means to tug at the heartstrings. As it is in all tales of survival, someone must die and in Cochran's one is safe.

Filled with intense action and adventure. Waiting to Die is viciously detailed in its description of events and the attacks that occur to our various survivor. I don't feel the gore is overly gruesome, but it is definitely descriptive and well thought out.

Waiting to Die is a wonderful book that will strike at the emotions and give fans of the undead a thrill as they shamble and lurch their way after the people who are doing everything in their power to avoid becoming a meal for these festering creatures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for any time of day. November 21, 2012
If you have had the chance to read this book then you know what I am talking about. Without fail Richard was able to knock it out of the park (AGAIN). His words flow like a river. I save my time to read right before I sleep so I am able to get the most out of the story, This book damned my way of thinking, I was not able to put it down. This book reminds me of Dean Koontz's early work. Putting a story within a story. Flawlessly designed with just the right pinch of nasty. This book is on my top shelf for me.

The dead know what they are doing. They know what they want. If you are a fan of Zombies and everything in the middle, you will enjoy the hell out of this book. Waiting to Die is what this genre needs. It rips right into the heart and really makes you question what you want out of the story, and what you would do.

Fantastic read, really easy to pick up and re-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another Zombie Novel June 13, 2013
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I rated this high despite a couple of times when the author used the word reserved, when he probably meant to say resigned. Why? Because I liked the way that he developed the characters. He placed them in situations where they made choices, some of which would be difficult for anyone given those circumstances. I especially liked his character Emma.
I won't ruin the story for you, but I do highly recommend you read it yourself and then make your own decision.
I am always happy to discover a new author, and even happier when they show the potential that Richard Cochran does in this novel. An enjoyable read. I will be looking for more novels by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An assault on your senses December 11, 2012
By Hahno
Richard M. Cochrans' Waiting To Die a zombie novel, Is so carefully crafted and desrciptive you will catch yourself stop breathing in anticipation of whats next. Its a full on assault of your senses. Cochran takes normal characters (not make believe heros)and runs them through hell. I recommend this read to any one who wants to hear, smell, taste, and feel, the horror of the zombie apocolypse. This book is an emotional ride as well as a beautifully written work of horror.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it.
I had some trouble getting into this story. There is so much death that you almost lose complete sight of hope. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sherry Clifton
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting
A good zombie book all action and people getting eaten and humanity trying to survive. Pure Grade A zombie apocalypse.
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!!
A unique tale of zombie survival. A mix of characters, each having their own story that somehow cross paths one way or another. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Passion1kiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected.
I've read a lot of ZA books.
This one ranks among the best. The characters are more than likeable and there is a lot of intense action. I was bummed out to see it end.
Published 12 months ago by Dumb Blonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!!
This is definately a book for those who like zombie stories that feature normal every day people.
As another reviewer has said, there are no super men who can kill zombies by... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. Battey
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright
This is more 3.5 than 4 stars. Needs one more pass through an editor but the small errors here and there are not enough to distract. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jus
4.0 out of 5 stars greatly enjoyed it!
A great zombie quick read. I love the way this book was written. It full of excitement and twists in every page. I definitely recommend this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by enajera
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ!!!
Wow, what a fantastic read. This book was a real page turner. It was explicit in its details of guts and gore. Read more
Published 23 months ago by caridad cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Story Bro!
I really enjoyed this book. Nothing is safe nor are the main characters... Just as you find yourself rooting for a group of survivors something terribly unthinkable happens... Read more
Published 23 months ago by mcentity
5.0 out of 5 stars This Was The BEST Zombie Novel Ever!
I love Zombie Novels and I was getting sick of them. I saw this book and it had a couple free chapters. I read them and HAD TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Thendoo
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More About the Author

Richard M. Cochran resides in Riverside, California after having lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois for the majority of his life. Inspired by the likes of William Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, and George Romero, his writing tends to be a mash up of horror, surrealism, and literary fiction.

His first full length novel, Waiting to Die is available now on Amazon in both eBook and paper formats. Other works include the novellas, Silently Inside and No Rooms without Walls.

* Wasting Away ~ the second book in the Waiting to Die series is now available on Amazon. *

Short stories: SKY, Under the City of Dreaming Death, and Missing Teeth.

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