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Waiting to Die ~ A Zombie Novel Kindle Edition

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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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  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Walsh on 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 By HeadshotHeather on October 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Clark on November 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Julie J. Wickerd on 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 By caridad cruz on June 12, 2013
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Wow, what a fantastic read. This book was a real page turner. It was explicit in its details of guts and gore. It made me feel that if I breathed in, I can smell the funky, pungent rot off of the zombies. What a wonderful experience, it was that detailed. The author was able to make you feel some parts of the book. I fell in love with the characters. I got emotional when one of them wouldn't make it. I got angry at the government who did nothing to help the survivors but did everything they could to destroy them along with the zombies. It was a really wonderfully written book about trying to make it in a world full of cannibals and bad people. Its an AWESOME book!! totally awesome!! If you love creepy, scary, with a dash of sentimentality and have zombies in the mix, with all the guts and gore, then this book is for you. I really enjoyed reading it. I know you will too!
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